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Today’s Music News: Nick Cave’s teenage son dies in fall from cliff

A detail from the cover of Nick Cave's album "The Boatman's Call"

Tragedy has struck the family of Nick Cave: his son Arthur Cave, 15, died on Tuesday after falling from a cliff near Brighton, England. “He was our beautiful, happy loving boy,” said Nick Cave and his wife Susie Cave in a statement. In addition to his parents, Arthur Cave is survived by his twin brother Earl Cave. Authorities are not treating the death as suspicious. (NME)

“Streaming has ended for me,” Neil Young announced on Facebook, saying that when it comes to audio fidelity, streaming services offer the “worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution.” He compared streaming unfavorably to AM radio, cassette tapes, and eight-tracks. It remains unclear exactly which streaming services will be affected by Young’s decision; presumably he doesn’t intend to pull his music from his own high-quality Pono service, for example. (Rolling Stone)

Arcade Fire have announced the release of their first feature film: The Reflektor Tapes will run in theaters, for a limited time, starting Sept. 24. Directed by Kahlil Joseph, the film is described as “a unique cinematic experience, meeting at the crossroads of documentary, music, art and personal history.” (Consequence of Sound)

On Dec. 6, this year’s Kennedy Center Honors ceremony will pay tribute to artists including music greats the EaglesCarole King, Broadway star Rita Moreno, and classical conductor Seiji OzawaStar Wars creator George Lucas and actress Cicely Tyson will also be honored at the ceremony, which President Obama and Michelle Obama are expected to attend. (Rolling Stone)

The Weakerthans are done,” confirmed drummer Jason Tait. The Winnipeg group, which formed in 1997, were nominated for a Polaris Prize for their 2007 album Reunion Tour. (Billboard)

A post-trial ruling by the judge who presided over the “Blurred Lines” trial has emended the decision against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. Among the significant points, via Rolling Stone:
• A request, by Thicke and Williams, for a new trial has been denied.
• T.I. is now included in the decision, as are three record labels associated with the performers.
• The award to Marvin Gaye‘s family has been reduced from $7.4 million to $5.3 million.
• The Gaye family will receive 50% of all future “Blurred Lines” royalties.

Rod Stewart appeared in an episode of CBS talk show host James Corden‘s series “Carpool Karaoke.” Stewart sang along to some of his hits, and was joined by A$AP Rocky for a surprise cameo on the rapper’s song “Everyday,” which samples a Stewart vocal. Stewart also shared some anecdotes about his career, including the fact that after he and his band were banned from Holiday Inns, they used to check in as Fleetwood Mac. (Rolling Stone)

A new study shows that fans who discover new music via live performances by the artists tend to spend more money on those artists—through concert tickets, merch, and record sales—than fans who discover artists via recorded music. An important note, though: the study was commissioned by Eventbrite, a ticketing company. (Billboard)

Miguel and Billy Corgan are co-writers of a song—but that doesn’t mean the two of them hung out in a studio and woodshedded until they came up with Miguel’s “Leaves.” After writing the song, it turns out, Miguel realized it was somewhat similar to the Smashing Pumpkins song “1979” and he asked Corgan for permission to extend a co-writing credit. (NME)

Thousands of people have signed an online petition asking producer and DJ David Guetta to stop using live horses in his Ibiza club show—even though the horses are apparently fitted with earplugs. “Even if the owner of the horse says that it was trained for shows and also is wearing earplugs,” reads the petition, “so it is still irresponsible to put a horse in the middle of the night under so much stress.” (Billboard)