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Today’s Music News: David Bowie confirms new album coming in January

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David Bowie has confirmed that his 27th studio album will be released on his 69th birthday: Jan. 8, 2016. Blackstar will contain only seven tracks: “long, jazzy jams mixed with the kind of driving beat pioneered by Seventies German bands Can and Kraftwerk,” according to a “Bowie insider” contacted by the Times of London. The album’s first single will be released on Nov. 20. (Pitchfork)

Prince is back on Instagram—that is, “Princestagram.” (Rolling Stone)

Janet Jackson has postponed two dates on her current tour to rest her vocal chords: “doctor’s orders,” she says. The tour’s Target Center stop is still scheduled to take place on Nov. 1. (Rolling Stone)

Joe Moss has died of bone cancer at age 72. Moss served as manager of the Smiths, and of Johnny Marr as a solo artist. “It was Joe who put the idea in my head to go and knock on Morrissey’s door,” wrote Marr in a tribute. (Pitchfork)

Courtney Barnett won every award she was nominated for at Australia’s Independent Music Awards. That made four awards for Barnett, though due to touring commitments she wasn’t able to attend the ceremony in her home city of Melbourne. (Billboard)

Pandora is feeling the pinch from Apple Music and other streaming services: its stock fell by 35% in just one day on Friday, in the wake of a weak revenue report and the announcement that Pandora would pay $90 million in a settlement of a dispute regarding pre-1972 recordings. (Billboard)

A London theater company has announced an unauthorized musical based on the lives and careers of the Beastie BoysLicensed to Ill will be presented by the Camden People’s Theatre from Nov. 23 through Dec. 12. According to the company, “We follow the gang from teenage punks, via their discovery by legendary producer Rick Rubin, to their induction into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame.” (Pitchfork)

A new movie based on the ’80s cartoon band Jem and the Holograms has turned out to be a flop of historic proportions: its projected weekend take of $1.2 million is the worst-ever for a major studio release playing in at least 2,000 theaters. (Billboard)

Robin Thicke‘s deposition for the “Blurred Lines” trial has been unsealed, meaning that you can now watch Thicke attest that he was under the influence of alcohol and Vicodin for essentially all of 2013 and 2014. (Billboard)

It was inevitable that Adele‘s new single “Hello” would be mashed up with Lionel Richie‘s 1983 hit of the same name, and Richie posted a tongue-in-cheek Instagram photo referring to the songs’ identical title. (Billboard)