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Today’s Music News: New Radiohead album will include ‘Bends’-era song

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood says that the band’s forthcoming album will include the first officially-released recording of “Lift,” a song Radiohead first performed in 1996. Greenwood suggested that the band never found the right arrangement of “Lift” until now. (Billboard)

Apple has denied reports that it’s threatening to remove artists’ music from the iTunes Store if they decline to participate in the free (and unpaid) three-month trial period for new streaming service Apple Music. A series of tweets by Anton Newcombe alleged that such a threat had been made to his band Brian Jonestown Massacre. (Rolling Stone)

Kubana, the largest outdoor music festival in Russia, is looking for a new home. In the past it’s been held near the Black Sea, but this year it was to be moved to the village of Yantarny—until local Orthodox activists protested, claiming the festival promotes unsavory moral values. Wherever it happens, the festival is still scheduled to be held August 6-9 with performances by Panic! At the Disco and many other bands. (Billboard)

Dolly Parton announced a rare stripped-down show at the Ryman Auditorium—her first full-length performance in Nashville since she played the Ryman in 2002. The July 31 concert will benefit Nashville’s W.O. Smith School of Music. (Rolling Stone)

Robyn has shared “Love is Free,” the first track from her new project La Bagatelle Magique with keyboardist Markus Jägerstedt and the late producer Christian Falk. (Pitchfork)

Madonna‘s opening act for her three New York shows in September has been announced: comedian Amy Schumer. (Billboard)

Lauryn Hill has released her cover of Nina Simone‘s “Feeling Good,” from the forthcoming Simone tribute album Nina Revisited. The album, which will also feature Mary J. BligeCommon, and Usher among others, will be released on July 10 in association with a new Netflix documentary about Simone. (Pitchfork)

Billboard says that James Taylor is likely to land his first-ever number one album with his new release Before This World. Taylor has landed 11 albums in the top ten, but never claimed the top slot.

Deadmau5 has settled a legal dispute with the Toronto theatrical production Deadmouse: The Musical. (Billboard)

Actor Jon Hamm handed off his Bonnaroo artist’s wristband to Abby Swartz, a server at a Chattanooga diner. Swartz went to the festival and hung out in the artists’ hospitality area in addition to seeing performances by Billy JoelFlorence and the Machine, and Brandi Carlile. (Billboard)