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Today’s Music News: The Who say they were Prince’s replacements at Glastonbury

Pete Townshend (l) and Roger Daltrey. Photo courtesy the Who.

NME has turned up an interesting tidbit on the Who‘s website: they were added to this year’s Glastonbury lineup “we were a last-months addition to the show, replacing Prince who decided not to come this year.” (NME)

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Jackie Fuchs of the Runaways says she was raped by the band’s manager Kim Fowley at a party on New Year’s Eve in 1975. Fuchs, who was then 16, says she was drugged and that the rape was witnessed by a number of people including the band’s Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. A representative for Jett denies that his client witnessed the assault as described. Fowley died in January of this year at age 75. (Pitchfork)

Keith Richards has announced the release of his first solo album in 23 years. Crosseyed Heart will be released on Sept. 18, and will feature a duet with Norah Jones. (Billboard)

The Library of Congress announced that this year’s Gershwin Prize for songwriting will be presented to Willie Nelson in November. Previous recipients include Paul McCartney and Carole King. (Rolling Stone)

Phil Rudd, the former drummer for AC/DC, has been sentenced to eight months of home detention in New Zealand. Earlier this year, Rudd pleaded guilty to possessing illegal drugs and threatening murder. (Rolling Stone)

Another sentence, this one in Israel, goes to Adi Lederman, the hacker who leaked Madonna‘s Rebel Heart demos last year. For the crime, Lederman has been sentenced to 14 months in prison. (Billboard)

Facebook says that contrary to a widely-circulated report, it has “no plans to go into music streaming.” (Billboard)

In September, Rosanne Cash will become artist-in-residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. As part of the residency, she’ll present three special performances to small audiences; for the first, on Sept. 2, she’ll be joined by Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams. (Rolling Stone)

Fallout from the Ariana Grande doughnut-licking video continues. After the pop star was caught by a security camera appearing to lick a doughnut and saying, “I hate America,” she apologized and clarified that she was commenting on Americans’ unhealthy eating habits, not on the country as a whole. Now, the shop where the video was captured—Wolfee Donuts in Lake Elsinore, California—has filed a police report based on the video, alleging deliberate food tampering. (NBC)

A new fad in electronic dance music is to suddenly cut to Spandau Ballet‘s mellow hit “True” to tease a crowd that’s waiting for a huge beat to drop. Far from being offended, the band is embracing the trend, which some are calling the new Rickroll. “It is great to see the original making a comeback on dance floors around the world,” Spandau Ballet said in a statement to Billboard. “It’s the ultimate last dance song!”