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Music News: Sex Pistols house in London designated historic

Johnny Rotten performs with the Sex Pistols in 1976 (Graham Wood/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

A 17th century London townhouse used as living and recording quarters for the Sex Pistols from 1975 to 1977 has received a rare historical designation from the group Historic England. The house, which still bears graffiti left by Johnny Rotten, now has the group’s second-highest designation for structures of historical interest. (Rolling Stone)

Musicians react to Brussels attacks

In the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks Monday in Brussels, musicians around the world have taken to social media to express their condolences and support. Here’s a selection of reactions.

Lollapalooza lineup announced

The 25th-anniversary Lollapalooza lineup has been announced, confirming rumors that Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Lana Del Rey are set to headline. (Rolling Stone)

Patrick’s Cabaret ousted from site

Minneapolis institution Patrick’s Cabaret has announced that its lease has been terminated, and that it needs to vacate its historic Longfellow firehouse by May 31. “We have not identified a physical space for relocation,” said executive artistic director Scott Artley in a statement. The final event to be held in the organization’s current space will be a 30th anniversary cabaret next month; this summer’s Longfellow Roots Rock and Deep Blues Festival is scheduled to take place as planned.

DJ stages concert for the deaf

Event sponsor 7UP has shared video of a recent concert Dutch DJ Martin Garrix performed for members of the deaf community. The concert took place at a venue specially designed to amplify vibrations. (Rolling Stone)

Fallon and Martin cover Bowie

On The Tonight ShowJimmy Fallon and Chris Martin paid tribute to David Bowie with a performance of “Life on Mars?” Roots guitarist Captain Kirk Douglas added an assist. (Billboard)

Recording industry grows (a little)

The Recording Industry Association of America has released full revenue figures for 2015 — and the industry grew over 2014, though by less than a tenth of a percent. Streaming has officially emerged as the industry’s leading source of revenue: streaming income made up 34% of the industry’s $7 billion revenue, slightly more than income from either download sales (a slightly smaller 34%) or physical sales (28%). In a development that some industry observers found ominous, the income per song stream dropped by almost 24% from 2014 — meaning that people are streaming more, but paying less per stream. (Billboard)

Iggy Pop and Josh Homme explode “American Valhalla”

Iggy Pop and Josh Homme went on the podcast Song Exploder to break down the making of their song “American Valhalla,” from Pop’s Homme-assisted album Post Pop Depression. (Pitchfork)

Behind the scenes with The Tallest Man On Earth

The Tallest Man On Earth has released a new documentary about the making of his new album Dark Bird is Home. The video is directed by Minneapolis filmmakers Lauren Josephine and Dan Huiting. (Pitchfork)

Mixing plans for Nigel

Longtime Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich is in the studio with Red Hot Chili Peppers, mixing their to-be-announced forthcoming album. The Peppers’ first album without Rick Rubin in 25 years, the new record is being produced by Danger Mouse. (Billboard)

Obama gives props to Pitbull

What do Gloria Estefan and Pitbull have in common? They’re both beloved by Cuban-Americans, and they both just got shout-outs from President Obama in a Havana speech — along with the late Cuban singer Celia Cruz. “Even as our governments became adversaries,” said Obama, “our people continued to share these common passions, particularly as so many Cubans came to America. In Miami or Havana, you can find places to dance the Cha-Cha-Cha or the Salsa, and eatropa vieja. People in both of our countries have sung along with Celia Cruz or Gloria Estefan, and now listen to reggaeton or Pitbull.” (Billboard)