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Music News: Nick Cave to debut new album in a feature film

A detail from the cover of Nick Cave's album "The Boatman's Call"

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have announced their 16th studio album. Skeleton Tree will be released Sept. 9, and will debut in a one-night-only feature film called One More Time With Feeling that will be screened the preceding night at theaters across the country — including the Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis and Zinema 2 in Duluth. “The project began as a performance-based piece and evolved into a documentary-type project that explored the ‘tragic backdrop of the writing and recording of the album’ concerning the loss of Cave’s teenage son in July 2015,” reports Rolling Stone.

Prince autopsy report released

An autopsy report reveals that Prince died due to an accidental, self-administered overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl. Though Prince was famed for his clean living (he was vegan and did not drink alcohol), he seems to have developed a dependency on painkillers — possibly initially prescribed to help him manage pain from years of taxing stage performances. Among the open questions surrounding his death is whether the fentanyl was prescribed to him by a doctor. (Local Current)

Chance almost signed to Sony

During an interview at the University of Chicago, Chance the Rapper revealed that he almost signed to Sony in 2012. He was ready to ink a deal, he said, until his father warned him, “Remember, don’t sign anything!” (Pitchfork) See the (still unsigned) artist later this month at Rock the Garden.

Angel Olsen teases new music

Angel Olsen has released a new song — with a video that has her singing in a silver-tinsel wig. The video is titled “Intern (Trailer).” What does it mean? (NPR)


Beck has released a new track, “Wow.” It doesn’t arrive with any album news, but he says the album does “exist.” (Rolling Stone)

Madonna wins “Vogue” sampling lawsuit

Madonna has notched a victory in a lawsuit filed against her and producer “Shep” Pettibone over a quarter-second sample in their 1990 hit “Vogue.” A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judge ruled that the sample — from the Salsoul Orchestra song “Love Break” — is so short, and infrequent during the song, as to be negligible. (Billboard)

These are the Greatest Hits

ABC has announced the lineup of musicians for its six-episode summer series Greatest Hits, which will feature musicians performing their big songs from the ’80s to the present. Among the artists who will appear: John LegendBonnie RaittWiz KhalifaWilson PhillipsMiguelChicagoCee Lo Green, and…yeah, you get the idea. (Rolling Stone)

Whitney Houston items to go up for auction

On June 24 and 25, the estate of Whitney Houston will auction 119 items formerly owned by the late star — including a 1985 passport and her 1992 wedding dress. (Billboard)

Vulnicura continues to go VR

Björk is moving closer to the completion of the virtual-reality version of her entire Vulnicura album. A fourth virtual-reality video will be released at an exhibit opening Friday in Sydney. (Stereogum)

PJ Harvey shoots video in Afghanistan

PJ Harvey has released a video for “The Orange Monkey,” filmed in Afghanistan. It follows previous Hope Six Demolition Project videos filmed in Kosovo and Washington, D.C. (Pitchfork)