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Today’s Music News: The Ramones to appear in Archie comic

The Ramones will meet the Archie gang next year in “a special comic that brings together the formerly disparate worlds of CBGB’s and Pop’s Chocklit Shop in a hyperspeed bubblegum battle of the bands,” reports Comics Alliance.

Sugar Hill Records executive Joseph Robinson Jr. has died of cancer at age 53. The label was founded by Robinson’s parents, who enlisted their teenage son to help form groups like the Sugar Hill Gang. (Rolling Stone) The music world is also mourning singer-songwriter Joan Sebastian, one of Mexico’s biggest stars. (Billboard)

If you’ve bought an artist’s album from a merch stand at a concert, that was surely appreciated by the artist—but it might not have counted towards that artist’s record sales as tracked by SoundScan and incorporated into the Billboard album chart. That’s finally changing with the launch of atVenu, a new mechanism that allows artists to report the sale of albums at concert venues. (Billboard)

In an essay published by Rolling Stone, Tom Petty has apologized for using the Confederate flag to promote his 1985 album Southern Accents. “I wish I had given it more thought,” writes the Florida native. “It was a downright stupid thing to do.” (Rolling Stone)

Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney have shared some advice with teenage girls in a video for Rookie Magazine’s “Ask a Grown Woman” series. Among their pro tips: for a first kiss, “just rub noses.”

Video has surfaced of a 20-year-old Thom Yorke performing “High and Dry” in the late 1980s with his early band Headless Chickens. The song would later appear on Radiohead‘s album The Bends. (Billboard)

Monday night on ConanBoy George and Jack Black joined Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger for a surprise performance of “Hello I Love You.” (Consequence of Sound)

Lana Del Rey has released “Honeymoon,” the title track to her forthcoming third album, which is expected to be released this fall. (Billboard)

Yo La Tengo have released a new video for their cover of the Cure‘s “Friday I’m In Love.” The track will appear on Stuff Like That There, a collection of miscellania. (Pitchfork)

On Monday night in Washington, D.C., Taylor Swift produced her pal Lorde for a duet on “Royals.” (Billboard)