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Music News: Hamburger Helper releases Hamburger-Helper-themed hip-hop mixtape made in St. Paul

Toki Wright and students from St. Paul’s McNally Smith College of Music have created a hip-hop mixtape called Watch the Stove, featuring contributions from Bobby Raps (thestand4rd) and DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip. As you might guess from the song titles — including “In Love with the Glove,” “Food for Your Soul,” and “Hamburger Helper” — the project was sponsored by Hamburger Helper, which released the collection on April Fool’s Day. It’s not a coincidence that the popular brand turned to local talent for its first hip-hop release: parent company General Mills is based in Minneapolis. (City Pages)

Kesha vs. Dr. Luke developments

In an Instagram post, Kesha says that she was offered her freedom — presumably from her record deal with Sony and Dr. Luke — if she recanted her accusations of assault against the superproducer. “I would have to APOLOGIZE publicly and say that I never got raped,” writes Kesha, who’s continuing a legal battle to be released from her contract. A representative of Dr. Luke says that Kesha’s claim she was offered such a deal is false. (Billboard)

Bon Iver feels the Bern

All eyes are on Wisconsin this week as our neighboring state prepares to hold its Democratic and Republican presidential primaries. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver has endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race; on Saturday, Vernon appeared at a Sanders rally in Eau Claire to introduce the candidate. (Rolling Stone)

A Tribe Called Quest to pay tribute to Phife Dawg

A Tribe Called Quest have invited fans to join them in Queens on Monday morning for a “Celebration of Phife” in honor of the hip-hop band’s recently deceased rapper Phife Dawg. (Rolling Stone)

Guns N’ Roses reunite

It actually happened: Guns N’ Roses have reunited with a lineup including Axl RoseSlash, and Duff McKagan. Friday night’s show in Las Vegas marked the first time the three members have performed together since 1993. (Rolling Stone) The band also announced a Not In This Lifetime Tour, its title — in the spirit of the Eagles‘ mid-1990s “Hell Freezes Over” tour — a reference to what were thought to be scant chances the band would ever reunite. There are no Minnesota dates, but the tour will hit Chicago on July 1. (Rolling Stone)

Motörhead announce live album

Motörhead will release a live album and concert film chronicling two of the last shows featuring late frontman Lemmy Kilmister. The shows were recorded in Germany last November, and Kilmister died the following month. Clean Your Clock will be released on May 27. (Pitchfork)

Today’s award news

Taylor Swift cleaned up at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards, winning Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Tour, and Most Meme-able Moment — for her running mascara in the “Blank Space” video. (Billboard)

Taylor Swift Blank Space

Jason Aldean won Entertainer of the Year at the 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards (Billboard), but the ceremony’s most memorable moment might have been Dolly Parton and Katy Perry duetting on a medley of Parton’s hits. (Billboard)