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Music News: Northern Minnesota Ojibwe rappers featured in Apple Music documentary

Apple Music and Vice have launched a music documentary series called The Score. The series will explore music across the country, and the first episode, “Reservation Rap,” spotlights Ojibwe hip-hop artists from northern Minnesota. Baby ShelTall PaulThomas X, and Left Field appear in the two-part documentary, which clocks in at just under 20 minutes and is now streaming on Apple Music. (Sways Universe)

Sir Paul under the Jolly Roger

Paul McCartney will make a cameo in the forthcoming fifth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. No further details are known about the planned appearance by McCartney, who follows Keith Richards as the second major music star to appear in the films. (Rolling Stone)

Today’s covers

The National have released five tracks from their mammoth forthcoming Grateful Dead tribute set. In the tracks released, The National cover “Morning Dew”; the War on Drugs do “Touch of Grey”; Bruce Hornsby and DeYarmond Edison cover “Black Muddy River”; PhosphorescentJenny Lewis, and “friends” play “Sugaree”; and Courtney Barnett covers “New Speedway Boogie.” The full 59-track Day of the Dead comes out May 20, and a special set of music from the album is planned for this summer’s Eaux Claires festival. (Billboard)

The next Sturgill Simpson album, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, comes out April 15. Simpson has shared a track that will appear on the album: a cover of Nirvana’s “In Bloom.” (Pitchfork)

Las piedras rodantes hablan español

In anticipation of their free concert in Havana on Friday, the Rolling Stones have shared a special message for their Cuban fans — in Spanish. “We’ve performed in many incredible places, but this concert in Havana is going to be a historic event for us,” says Mick Jagger, as translated via subtitle. (Rolling Stone)

A Tribe Called Quest issue statement on Phife Dawg

A Tribe Called Quest have issued a statement on the death of founding member Phife Dawg. “We’re inspired by his daily joy and courage,” the statement reads in part. “He wasn’t in pain. He was happy.” (Rolling Stone)

Remembering the heyday of CDs

Jack Antonoff (fun.Bleachers) is writing a book on music store culture in the ’90s. “Record stores were the most exciting place you could go, regardless of your age or social standing,” said Antonoff about his New Jersey youth. “You knew when you walked in that you might walk out with something that could change your life.” No publication date has yet been announced for the book, which will be called Record Store. (Billboard)

John Malkovich gets naked on vinyl

John Malkovich’s unusual collaborative album Like a Puppet Show is coming out on Record Store Day, April 16. A few of the tracks from the album — featuring remixes by Yoko OnoSean Lennon, and others — are also being released on a picture disc called Illuminated. On one of the sides, Malkovich poses wearing a suit. On the other, he poses wearing nothing but his birthday suit. (Fact)


Hannah Montana turns 10

Believe it or not, it’s been ten years since Miley Cyrus was introduced to the world as Hannah Montana. “Even though I feel disconnected to who I was at that time,” wrote Cyrus on Instagram, “I will always feel eternally grateful for the opportunity and platform I was given.” Fans were sharing Cyrus’s Hannah Montana audition video, made when she was just 11 years old. (Rolling Stone)

Snoop gets a nature show

Snoop Dogg’s nature-video narration on Jimmy Kimmel Live has been such a hit, he’s launched his own new Web series: Planet Snoop. (Rolling Stone)