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Today’s Music News: Duluth’s Sacred Heart Music Center damaged by runaway truck

The interior of Sacred Heart Music Center, an area not damaged by the crash. Photo via Sacred Heart Music Center on Facebook.

On Thursday, an out-of-control pickup truck smashed into the education wing of Duluth’s Sacred Heart Music Center. No one was harmed inside the historic venue, though the driver of the truck suffered minor injuries after his brakes went out and he was forced to swerve to avoid oncoming traffic. Damage to Sacred Heart is estimated at $50,000, and will take several weeks to repair. The venue, a former church, has hosted recording sessions by LowTrampled By TurtlesCharlie Parr, and many more artists. (Star Tribune)

Taylor Swift‘s “Bad Blood” won Video of the Year at MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sunday night—but even after host Miley Cyrus ended the ceremony by releasing a surprise free album, everyone was talking about Kanye West, whose long acceptance speech for his Video Vanguard Award climaxed with a declaration that he’s running for President in 2020. The surprise Miley album turned out to be her long-anticipated Flaming Lips collaboration—which also features appearances by Ariel PinkSarah Barthel (of Phantogram), Billy Ray Cyrus (yep, her dad), and more.

You can now vacation in “Big Pink,” the upstate New York house where Bob Dylan and the Band recorded The Basement Tapes and that inspired the name of the Band’s classic album Music from Big Pink. The house’s owners are embracing its heritage: they’ve kept it pink and are noting that part of the space being rented for $650 a week “was Levon Helm‘s bunk area back in the late ’60s.” The basement, however—where Dylan and the Band recorded—is not part of the rental space. (Rolling Stone)

Another piece of music history you can cozy up to: a piano played by ABBA on hits including “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo,” and “Money, Money, Money.” The piano is going up for auction on September 29, and is expected to fetch approximately $1 million. (Billboard)

Chrissie Hynde is under fire for comments she’s recently made about rape. When an interviewer from The Sunday Times asked the Pretenders leader about an episode Hynde describes in her new memoir—in the book, Hynde relates that when she was 21, she was forced to perform sexual acts on a member of a biker gang—Hynde said the incident was her own fault, and went on to say that women need to be mindful of how they act and dress so as not to “entice” potential rapists. Critics of Hynde’s remarks say that rape victims should never be made to feel responsible for the crime. (Pitchfork)

For a third straight weekend, the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton continued to dominate the U.S. box office; it’s now grossed over $134 million. (New York Times) The new attention resulting from the film has pulled Dr. Dre‘s album The Chronic back into the top 40 on Billboard’s album chart for the first time since 1993.

The latest musicians to get a show on Beats 1 Radio are HAIM, who say they might call their show HAIM Time. They also revealed, in an appearance on Pharrell‘s Beats 1 show, that they’re currently working on their next album. (Pitchfork)

It will release music, but don’t call it a label: Grimes prefers to refer to her new Eerie Organization as “a cooperative.” The organization’s first recording artist is singer-songwriter Nicole Dollanganger, whose album Natural Born Losers will be released on October 9. (Billboard)

At BMI’s 2015 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards on Friday, John Legend‘s “All of Me” was named song of the year, while the BMI Icon award went to Nile Rodgers. (Billboard)

Billy Joel‘s 1983 hit “Uptown Girl” is featured prominently in Amy Schumer‘s hit summer movie Trainwreck, and when Joel played the song on Thursday night at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Schumer showed up—with pal Jennifer Lawrence—to dance along on the Piano Man’s piano. (Billboard)