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Today’s Music News: New Order announce first album without Peter Hook

New Order announced that they’ll release a new album, Music Complete, on Sept. 25. The album will be their first without co-founder Peter Hook, who has not been on good terms with bandmate Bernard Sumner. A tour is also expected, with dates TBA. (Pitchfork)

James Horner, the Oscar-winning composer of music for over 100 movies, is feared to have died in a California plane crash at age 61. Both of Horner’s Oscars are for Titanic, for which Horner wrote both the instrumental score and the music for the song “My Heart Will Go On.” (YourClassical)

When Neil Young asked Donald Trump to stop using “Rockin’ in the Free World” at campaign events, Young noted that his pick for U.S. President in 2016 is Vermont Democrat Bernie Sanders. Trump agreed to stop using the song, and now Sanders—presumably with Young’s permission—has started using it at his own campaign events. (Consequence of Sound)

A scheduled Sunday night performance by Lil Wayne at a venue called The Venue in downtown Minneapolis was cancelled when—according to the club—members of the rapper’s entourage “refused to take part in The Venue’s standard safety procedures.” (City Pages)

The late great Patsy Cline will go on tour next year—in the form of a hologram. “The Cline hologram will be the centerpiece of a new, full concert experience, which will include performance, commentary and audience interaction,” reports Billboard.

Kanye West has apologized for post-Grammys comments questioning Beck‘s artistry. He says he still think Beyoncé‘s self-titled album should have won the Grammy for Album of the Year—rather than Beck’s Morning Phase—but adds, “I was inaccurate with the concept of a gentleman who plays 14 instruments not respecting artistry.” (Consequence of Sound)

The Chemical Brothers have released a new song, “Under Neon Lights,” featuring St. Vincent. The track will appear on their forthcoming album Born in the Echoes, out July 17. (Billboard)

A new video for the Tanlines song “Palace” stars Alex Karpovsky (Girls) and Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black). (SPIN)

Deadmau5 and Disney have resolved their dispute over the EDM artist’s desire to trademark his signature helmet shape—which happens to closely resemble Mickey’s head too. The terms of the agreement were “amicable,” according to Deadmau5’s attorney, but have not yet been made public. (Billboard)

A previously unreleased Michael Hutchence solo track will be released via…a t-shirt line. Donovan‘s daughter (yes, that Donovan) Astrella has a line of “Musical T’s,” and she’s releasing the song in association with a Hutchence t-shirt. (Stereogum)

Nathan Williams of Wavves will release not one, but two new albums this summer. One may be a new Wavves album, and the other may be a collaboration with Cloud Nothings. Wavves also announced a tour that will stop at the Varsity Theater on Sept. 22. (Pitchfork)

On Monday morning, Nile Rodgers of Chic decided to do a little busking in London. In 20 minutes, he earned £12.30 ($19.46) in tips. (NME)

A British couple in their late 60s have been threatened with an anti-social behaviour order (akin to a legal cease-and-desist order) from their county council—a local government organization. Their offense? Playing Fleetwood Mac and Roy Orbison too loudly while they’re hanging out in their garden. (NME)

  • funoka

    Love New Order, but they also performed one of the worst concerts I ever attended at First Ave. They play a whopping 45 minutes — early 80s. Yes I am old.