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Today’s Music News: Björk ends “Vulnicura” tour, is writing new music

Album art for physical editions of "Vulnicura"

Björk says she’s ready to move on from promoting her critically-acclaimed, emotionally taxing breakup album Vulnicura. After canceling a series of European tour dates, the Icelandic singer-songwriter took to Facebook to tell her fans that the “intense” performances supporting Vulnicura have ended “for reasons beyond my control.” She says she’s now writing new music, and says she feels “the best most natural pathway to go is to let this beast flow its natural course and start anew.” (Rolling Stone)

Annie Lennox‘s daughter was involved in a serious kayaking accident on Saturday in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Tali Lennox-Fruchtmann safely escaped a strong current after a tandem kayak she was sharing with her boyfriend Ian Jones capsized, but Jones went missing. A body recently recovered from the Hudson River is suspected to be that of Jones. Authorities say that alcohol may have played a role in the incident. (Billboard)

It’s the end of an era for anyone who remembers getting 13 albums, tapes, or CDs for one penny: the parent company of Columbia House music and DVD clubs has filed for bankruptcy. Founded in 1955 as a vinyl-by-mail service, Columbia House was hurting from online competition by the late 1990s, and ceased operation as a music club in 2010. The only operating portion of the business, the Columbia House DVD Club, will be sold through a bankruptcy operation. (Star Tribune)

Lana Del Rey has shared new music from her forthcoming album Honeymoon. “High By the Beach” is the second track released from the album, after its title track. (Billboard)

Arcade Fire have released a new trailer for their movie The Reflektor Tapes, which will be released on Sept. 24. (Rolling Stone)

Just when you thought there weren’t any more details about Elvis Presley‘s life that could possibly be revealed, the King’s private nurse has written a memoir about her life at Graceland. Don’t expect too many salacious secrets, though: Letetia Henley Kirk, who lived at Graceland with her family from 1972 until 1983 (Presley died in 1977), says that fans “already know the stories about drugs and sex and life on the road. They want to know what Elvis was like at Graceland during his private time. That’s what this book is, light-hearted stories of my memories and experiences with Elvis.” Taking Care of Elvis—Memories with Elvis as His Private Nurse and Friend was published Monday. (Billboard)

Haitus Kaiyote have released a new video for their song “Breathing Underwater”; watch it on Rolling Stone. The band will be back at the Fine Line at Oct. 14.

Led Zeppelin are back in the top ten, as the In Through the Out Door reissue hits number nine on the Billboard Hot 200. When originally released in 1979, the album was number one for seven weeks. (Rolling Stone)

Roots musician Fantastic Negrito (a.k.a. Xavier Dphrepaulezz) was detained by authorities in San Francisco on Saturday after one of his label’s interns illegally sold a VIP wristband to the Outside Lands festival, at which Fantastic Negrito was scheduled to perform. Dphrepaulezz says he was handcuffed by ten officers, who he says treated him “like an animal” and told him he would no longer be performing at the festival. “The incident is over now,” says Dphrepaulezz. “I don’t even hold it against the intern. He’s a good kid. As soon as he saw what was going down, he manned up and took responsibility.” (Consequence of Sound)

BET has announced a New Edition biopic, telling the story of the ’80s Boston boy band over a three-night miniseries to debut in 2016. The show will be co-produced by five of the six group members—excluding Bobby Brown, who declined to participate. (Billboard)

Phil Rudd says that when the seven remaining months of his home-detention sentence for threatening murder are complete, he’ll be ready to rejoin AC/DC. “I’ve never been fitter, I’ve never felt better, I’ve never been psychologically or physically in better shape my whole life, and I love playing,” he says. AC/DC have not commented on whether or not Rudd might return. (Billboard)