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Today’s Music News: Jack White’s Third Man Records announces black-and-yellow Polaroid film

It only makes sense that a company dedicated to preserving the art of analog recordings would be excited about old-school Polaroid film. Jack White‘s Third Man Records has announced that it’s teaming with The Impossible Project to produce limited-edition Polaroid film that develops in black and yellow, Third Man’s signature colors. The film will be officially launched at Third Man’s Nashville headquarters on September 10,  at an exhibit of photos using the film. (Pitchfork)

Keith Richards has shared his dismissive views of hip-hop. “What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there. All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they’re happy. There’s an enormous market for people who can’t tell one note from another.” (Rolling Stone)

Black Sabbath have announced what they say will be their final tour as a band. To be called “The End,” the tour kicks off on January 20 in Omaha and hits Target Center just five days later. (Rolling Stone)

Early Beatles recordings have slipped into the public domain in Canada, precipitating a legal battle between the owners of the songs’ publishing rights and a company called Stargrove, which has been selling Beatles CDs for just five dollars Canadian (less than $4.00 American). The owners of the publishing rights (that is, the rights to the songs—not the recordings) say they have the legal right to withhold licenses at will, but Stargrove says that to withhold licenses that are typically granted automatically is anticompetitive behavior. (Billboard)

Ethan Hawke plays Chet Baker in the movie Born to be Blue, which premieres this month at the Toronto International Film Festival. A clip from the film has just been released, but no wide release date has yet been determined. The movie isn’t a conventional biopic: it mixes fact and fiction as it reimagines Baker’s life circa the late 1960s. (Consequence of Sound)

In an interview with—yes—James FrancoLana Del Rey has clarified comments she made last year, when she said she was “not really that interested” in feminism. She now acknowledges that there’s still “more to do” in the realm of feminism, but “the luxury we have as a younger generation is being able to figure out where we want to go from here, which is why I’ve said things like, ‘I don’t focus on feminism, I focus on the future.'” (Rolling Stone)

Dan Auerbach says he’d be interested to talk about boxing with Bob Dylan, since both musicians are fans of the sports. When asked which of the two would win in a boxing match, Auerbach says he’d be the victor, “but if we got in the songwriting ring, [Dylan] would win.” (Rolling Stone)

To raise awareness about the rising price of rental housing, Miguel performed an acoustic concert in the living room of a Detroit family who are struggling to pay their rent. (Billboard)

In a new preview for their documentary The Reflektor TapesArcade Fire are seen working on “Afterlife” with James Murphy. (Pitchfork)

Janet Jackson has released the artwork and tracklist for her new album Unbreakable, which will be released on October 2. It will be produced by Minnesotan superduo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, longtime collaborators of Jackson’s. The album includes collaborations with Missy Elliott and J. Cole. (Pitchfork)

Meghan Trainor reports that she’s “survived” surgery to treat a vocal hemorrhage that forced her to cancel a string of shows, including a planned appearance at the Minnesota State Fair. (Billboard)

For $50, you can now buy the ultimate hipster audio accessory: a headphone monocle.