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Today’s Music News: Now you can get cozy with a life-size David Bowie – in pillow form

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Artist Demi Anter has created a life-size David Bowie pillow that she’s selling on Etsy for $400. “Sit this Bowie doll onto a daybed or sofa, against a wall as a soft sculpture artwork or on the floor as a makeshift chair,” suggests Anter, who calls it “the ultimate gift for a David Bowie fan.” (NME)

Several music stars have posed for a new Alexander Wang campaign. The designer is promoting his “Do Something” line of clothing, which benefits a nonprofit motivating young people to work for social change. Among his newest models: Haim, Alison MosshartGrimesBeth Ditto (The Gossip), Lykke LiAlice Glass, and Kanye West. (Pitchfork)

Meanwhile, a political action committee has already been founded to support Kanye’s hypothetical 2020 Presidential campaign. Eugene Craig, the 24-year-old founder of the “Ready for Kanye” PAC, says he thinks Kanye would make a good Presidential candidate—but even so, he’s not actively fundraising quite yet. (Consequence of Sound)

On Monday night in Vancouver, Janet Jackson opened her world tour with a hit-heavy 30-plus song set that opened with a new Missy Elliot collaboration—produced by local legends Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Jackson’s tour hits Target Center on November 1. (Rolling Stone)

In a new interview with the Guardian, Tyler, the Creator says he’s been “treated like a terrorist” by the UK Home Office, which is denying the rapper a visa due to what it finds to be objectionable content in his lyrics. “The thing that irks me about it,” says the former Odd Future leader, “is that the paper saying I am denied entry to the UK clearly states that these songs were written from [the perspective of] an alter ego—which means they obviously did some research on these songs that they’re detaining me for. So the argument is right there!” (Pitchfork)

Gary Clark Jr. stopped by The Tonight Show on Monday night to play his new song “The Healing.” He also announced a tour that will stop at First Avenue on April 2. See the performance at Consequence of Sound.

Animal Collective have released a live album: Live at 9:30, recorded on June 12 at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. It’s their first live release since 2002’s Hollinndagain. (Consequence of Sound)

Quincy Jones will receive the Desi Arnaz Pioneer Award from the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame. Jones, who will receive his award at a ceremony October 15 in Miami Beach, is being honored for his influential Latin music—including the 1962 album Big Band Bossa Nova, which contained the well-known song “Soul Bossa Nova.” (Billboard)

It’s no secret that New Jersey governor—and Presidential hopeful—Chris Christie is a giant Bruce Springsteen fan, despite having strikingly different political views than the Boss. Still, the extent of Christie’s fandom has been newly illuminated by e-mails the then-lobbyist sent to a Springsteen fan listserv in 1999 and 2000. One e-mail includes a detailed account of a conversation Christie had with Springsteen on a flight from Minneapolis to New Jersey after Christie and his wife attended a Springsteen show in Minneapolis. “He was everything I hoped he would be if I ever got a chance to meet him,” wrote Christie, “gracious and incredibly normal in a truly extraordinary way.” (Rolling Stone)