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Today’s Music News: Coldplay to star in Super Bowl 50 halftime show

Coldplay's Chris Martin practices his Springsteen moves earlier this year in Las Vegas (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

In 2016, almost certainly the year’s single most-watched music gig will be played by Coldplay, who will star in the Super Bowl 50 halftime show on Feb. 7. Beyoncé, who duets with Chris Martin on the band’s new song “Hymn for the Weekend,” is “in talks” to join the band on the field in Santa Clara, Calif. (Pitchfork)

BREAKING: Scott Weiland, the rock singer and songwriter best-known for fronting Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has died suddenly at age 48. (Local Current)

Cloud Cult have released a new song. You can hear “Through the Ages” at Paste. The song appears on the band’s forthcoming album The Seeker, which will be released on Feb. 12; the band are offering early access to music from the film, along with clips from an accompanying film, via a PledgeMusic campaign.

For its 25th anniversary next year, Lollapalooza will expand from three to four days. “When the party can’t wait for the weekend,” said festival founder Perry Farrell in a press release, “the movers and shakers make it happen on Thursday!” (Billboard)

Didn’t think there were any more sales records Adele could break? Wrong — here comes another one. 25 is on track to sell over one million copies in its second week of sales, making it the first album ever (or at least since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991) to sell a million-plus albums in each of two different weeks. (Billboard)

On The Muppets Tuesday night, Dave Grohl joined the Electric Mayhem for a performance of Foo Fighters‘ “Learn to Fly.” (Rolling Stone)

On Thursday Lucius released a new song, “Born Again Teen,” with an accompanying video — and announced that their next album, Good Grief, will come out on March 11. (The Current)

At a Wednesday night NYC show honoring booking agency Ground Central Touring, Kurt Vile and Kim Gordon joined forces with other musicians to cover the Velvet Underground‘s “Sister Ray”; Vile also collaborated with Woods on a cover of Bob Dylan‘s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door.” (Pitchfork)

Jesse Hughes joined his Eagles of Death Metal bandmate Josh Homme on Homme’s Beats 1 Radio show Wednesday night to play several covers of the band’s “Love You All the Time.” The band have announced that all royalties from covers of that song will be donated to charity in honor of the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks. (Billboard)

In an exhibit on display through Dec. 6 as part of Art Basel in Miami Beach, Lenny Kravitz is displaying his photographs of paparazzi, and of other members of the crowds that tend to collect around him when he ventures out to take photos. (Billboard)

George W. Bush has confessed that he was a little confused when Bono came to visit the White House to talk about the fight against AIDS. In a new Vice documentary about AIDS research, the former president remembers that “somebody walked in and said ‘Bono’s coming. You do know who he is?’ And then I looked at them and said, ‘Sure, he’s married to Cher.’” (Billboard)