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Music News: Sinead O’Connor safe after Chicago disappearance

Sinead O'Connor as seen on the cover of her hit version of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U"

Sinead O’Connor is safe after disappearing in Chicago. When the singer didn’t return from a Sunday morning bike ride in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette, a concerned acquaintance reported her absence to the police, who classified her as “missing suicidal” until she was located early Monday afternoon. The incident is the latest in a string of troubling statements and behaviors that have left fans concerned for O’Connor’s well-being. (Rolling Stone)

Remembering the man who gave us the “Fab Four”

Publicist Tony Barrow has died at age 80. He worked with music legends including the Jackson Five and the Kinks, but he’s best-known for his work with the Beatles from 1962 to 1968. During his association with the Beatles, Barrow coined the popular moniker “Fab Four.” (Billboard)

Laura Jane Grace burns birth certificate to protest HB2

Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace cried “Goodbye gender!” as she burned her birth certificate during a show in Durham, N.C. on Sunday night. Grace, one of the country’s best-known trans musicians, said that her band’s North Carolina show would go on as a protest against HB2, the state’s widely-criticized “Bathroom Bill.” (Billboard)

Rolling Stones do fan a solid

It takes a lot to be considered a “superfan” by a band with as many fans as the Rolling Stones, but the band think highly enough of New Yorker Alex Emanuel that they flew him to London for a surprise meet-and-greet at their Exhibitionism museum retrospective. “I suppose I can die now,” said Emanuel. (Rolling Stone)

Willie Nelson preps picnic

Willie Nelson has announced the lineup for his annual 4th of July Picnic, this year being held in Austin, Texas. Nelson will be joined at the mini-festival by Kris KristoffersonMargo PriceAlison Krauss, and more. (Rolling Stone)

Sia soon

Sia has announced an international tour with support from Miguel and AlunaGeorge. Both supporting acts will be on hand when the tour hits Target Center on Oct. 13. (Pitchfork)

Bad Boy Family Reunion takes off on tour

Puff Daddy (yes, he’s “Puff Daddy” again) has announced that his Bad Boy Family Reunion — a lineup coming together this weekend to celebrate the legacy of the Notorious B.I.G. — will take off on tour. The stacked bill includes Lil’ KimMaseFaith Evans, and 112; it’s not coming anywhere closer to Minnesota than Kansas City. (Pitchfork)

Coldplay go “Up & Up”

Chris Martin must have been pretty high when he shot the new video for Coldplay’s song “Up & Up.” (Billboard)

Fatboy Slim plays a kids’ rave

On Sunday, Fatboy Slim made a surprise appearance DJing a two-hour show in the Baby Loves Disco series, as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival in England. (Billboard) If your kids like to rave, bring them to the Minnesota Children’s Museum on Saturday for our Rock the Cradle pop-up event.

Hanson’s anthem

On Friday night, Hanson helped their hometown (minor league) team the Tulsa Drillers get in the mood for baseball by singing the National Anthem. The Drillers went on to win an 8-6 victory over the visiting team — appropriately named the Arkansas Travelers. (Billboard)