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Today’s Music News: Haim want to bring Lillith Fair back

Este Haim in The Current's studios. Photo by Nate Ryan/MPR.

Este Haim, 29, never saw the original Lillith Fair—but she says that she and her sisters (who are also her bandmates in Haim) talk “all the time” about how they’d love to revive the festival, or create a female-driven festival like it. Her dream lineup would include LordeFlorence + the MachineCHVRCHESJenny LewisSavages, and of course Haim’s tourmate Taylor Swift. (Billboard)

Bluegrass great Ralph Stanley, 88, has been hospitalized after a fall that resulted in a small pelvic fracture. The injury forced Stanley to cancel two shows, but he’s expected to make a full recovery and plans to play a scheduled show on Oct. 18 in Austin, Texas. (Rolling Stone)

On Saturday Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips performed as the first musical guests on this season of Saturday Night Live (Cyrus also hosted), and announced a short club tour together. The six-stop tour will open on Nov. 19 in Chicago and continue on to Detroit, Washington D.C., New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. (Pitchfork)

Al Abrams has died, of cancer, at age 74. Abrams was Motown Records’ first publicist, working with artists like the Supremesthe Miracles, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye. He invented the label’s slogan: “The Sound of Young America.” (New York Times)

Kylie Minogue is making a Christmas album, and on one track she’ll duet with special guest Iggy Pop. The two are collaborating to cover “Christmas Wrapping,” a 1981 song by the Waitresses. Kylie Christmas will be released Nov. 13. (Billboard)

Nile Rodgers has updated Chic‘s 1978 song “I Want Your Love” with a little help from Lady Gaga. The new version serves as the soundtrack for fashion designer Tom Ford‘s spring/summer 2016 collection. (Rolling Stone)

Ryan Adams‘s 1989 and Taylor Swift‘s original version of that album are currently both in the top ten of Billboard’s album chart. That’s the first time that’s ever happened with two albums that contain the same songs—but interestingly, it’s happened four times that different albums that simply share the same title have both landed in the top ten. The four titles are The Shadow of Your Smile (1966, Andy Williams and Johnny Mathis), Love Story (1971, the movie soundtrack and, again, Andy Williams), Greatest Hits (2007, Gary Allan and the Notorious B.I.G.), and Up All Night (2012, Kip Moore and One Direction). (Billboard)

John Fogerty has announced an eight-show residency in Las Vegas. The residency will focus on music from the year 1969, when Creedence Clearwater Revival released three (!) albums: Bayou CountryGreen River, and Willie and the Poor Boys. (Rolling Stone)

Sam Smith has released the video for his James Bond theme song “Writing’s on the Wall.” The song has become the first James Bond theme to hit #1 on the U.K. singles chart. The closest any previous theme song came was #2—that was Duran Duran, with 1985’s “A View to a Kill.” (BBC)

Wildhoney, a Baltimore shoegaze band, have found their debut album accidentally distributed to many consumers who thought they were buying vinyl copies of Lana Del Rey‘s album Born to Die. A “mix-up” with the stampers at the record plant resulted in the error, which affected an entire pressing of the Del Rey album. (Billboard)