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Music News: Adele Day declared in Minnesota

Adele in Germany (Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images)

Gov. Mark Dayton has declared July 5, 2016 Adele Day in the State of Minnesota. The declaration celebrates Adele’s two shows at the Xcel Energy Center, marking the kickoff of her North American tour in support of her record-breaking album 25. Watch for Andrea Swensson’s review of Tuesday’s show on our Local Current blog.

Early Vernon footage surfaces

Early footage of Justin Vernon playing with his high school band Mount Vernon has surfaced. The footage, from 1998, was filmed at Vernon’s alma mater Memorial High School in Eau Claire, Wisc. The nine-piece band also included three future members of Megafaun, including Phil Cook. Watch the video at Consequence of Sound.

Library of Congress to honor Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson will be the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Robinson will accept the award in November; previous recipients include Paul McCartneyStevie Wonder, and Paul Simon. (Billboard)

Assaults plague Swedish festivals

Mumford & Sons say they are “appalled” at the 17 reports of rape and sexual assault at Sweden’s Bravalla Festival, which they headlined along with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and others. Another Swedish music festival, Putte I Parken, resulted in 35 reports of sexual assault this year. (Rolling Stone)

Chance the Rapper describes discrimination

Chance the Rapper says he was discriminated against at a Chicago amusement center. He tweeted that WhirlyBall is “very inaccessible if you’re black or friends with black people,” citing a dress code. (NME)

Country stars reschedule show after receiving threat

The Band Perry canceled and rescheduled a sold-out show in Delaware on Sunday after police reported that two men had made threatening comments about the group. (Billboard)

Ginger Baker recovering from heart surgery

Drummer Ginger Baker, best-known as a member of Cream, is “OK” and recovering from open heart surgery, says his daughter. The 76-year-old Hall of Famer had to cancel a tour with his band Air Force earlier this year due to heart health issues. (Rolling Stone)

Remembering Bob Goldstone

Marketing executive Bob Goldstone died after a bicycling accident this past weekend in Tennessee. Goldstone was a co-owner of the agency Thirty Tigers, and earlier in his career he provided crucial marketing support to then-rising bands including Widespread PanicCake, and 311. “He was intensely proud of his part in creating an environment where his loving nature and strong commitment to being of service to their clients was paramount,” said Thirty Tigers in a statement. (Billboard)

DOJ ruling disappoints songwriters

Many songwriters and music publishers are saying they’re disappointed in a Department of Justice ruling about licensing rules. Among the implications of the ruling, when it takes effect: a song with multiple songwriters can be licensed by consent of only a single one of those songwriters. (Billboard)

Lady, you can drive my car

Congratulations to Lady Gaga, who, at 30, has passed her California road test and been given her first-ever driver’s license. (Billboard)

And after I passed my driving test. PRAISE HIM 🙏🏽 😂

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