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Today’s Music News: CBGB to reopen – as an airport restaurant in Newark

Patti Smith at CBGB on its closing night in 2006 (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

CBGB, one of the most famed venues in music history — proving ground for artists like Talking HeadsPatti Smith, and the Ramones — closed in 2006. Now, it’s set to reopen — but no, not in its original Bowry location. Also, not as a music venue. CBGB — renamed the CBGB L.A.B. (Lounge And Bar) — will reopen as a restaurant in the Newark airport, serving “American fare in a fun environment recalling the legendary music venue.” (Rolling Stone)

Big BoiKiller Mike, and T.I. have filed an amicus brief in a U.S. Supreme Court case involving a student who was suspended from his high school after recording a rap song that had lyrics accusing two coaches of sexual misconduct. The Supreme Court is currently deciding whether to hear the case; the hip-hop stars say that the student’s musical expression is being treated with unfair harshness just because it’s a rap song. (Rolling Stone)

Even as Jamie xx collects year-end accolades for his solo album In Colour, regarded by many critics as one of 2015’s best, his band the xx are back in the studio — working on the follow-up to Coexist, and updating fans via social media. (Consequence of Sound)

Björk has released the video for her song “Stonemilker” as a virtual-reality app available for $2.99 via the iTunes store. (Rolling Stone)

Mariah Carey‘s 1994 song “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has reached a new milestone: the top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100. At number 18, the song now holds a higher chart position than it ever has before. (Billboard)

NME crunched some numbers to determine how much various pop musicians are making from their holiday hits. Among the highlights: George Michael makes about $615,000 a year from Wham!‘s “Last Christmas,” and “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has netted about $50 million in total royalties since its release.

Cheap Trick have released a new single. “No Direction Home” will appear on the band’s next album, due for release April 1, just a week before they’re inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Rolling Stone)

Lenny Kravitz has been accused of illegal dentistry in the Bahamas. To explain: Kravitz launched a charitable organization that provides free dental care to people in need. His organization, however, failed to secure the necessary permits; its office was raided by authorities “as local residents were being fitted for dentures and having root canals.” (Consequence of Sound)