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Music News: Musicians around world share sadness and outrage after police shootings

A sign at the Minnesota Governor's Mansion on Thursday (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Musicians around the world are sharing sadness and outrage in the wake of two recent fatal police shootings: the death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La. and the death of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minn.

Beyoncé made a statement on her website, saying, “We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities.” She continued, “We don’t need sympathy. We need everyone to respect our lives.” She encouraged readers to contact their elected representatives to voice protest. (Rolling Stone)

“It’s impossible to ignore that the relationship between black and brown communities and law enforcement remains as strained as it was decades ago,” wrote Drake in an Instagram post. (Rolling Stone)


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Chance the Rapper, Questlove, Lizzo, Solange, Toki Wright, and others have also shared statements. (Pitchfork, Billboard)

Wavves ban racists

Wavves have declared that “racists, homophobes, misogynists and Trump supporters are not among those invited to attend their concerts,” as Rolling Stone summarizes.

Justin Vernon, Kanye appear in Frances and the Lights video

Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Kanye West dance in a new video for Francis and the Lights‘ “Friends.” (Billboard)

Lizzo, André 3000, FJM take Adult Swim

Lizzo, André 3000, and Father John Misty will make guest appearances on a new Adult Swim cartoon show called Brad Neely’s Harg Nallin’ Sclopio Peepio. The show will feature one guest per episode, some of whom will perform music. (Pitchfork)

Bowie film to return to UK theaters

The Man Who Fell to Earth, the 1976 science fiction film starring David Bowie, has been restored from the original camera negative and will return to UK theaters on Sept. 9. There’s no word yet as to a run of the restored film in U.S. theaters. (Billboard)

Bon Jovi: Wedding singer

Jon Bon Jovi joined a wedding band for a jazz-tinged performance of Bon Jovi’s hit “Livin’ on a Prayer.” Wedding band singer Lourdes Valentin said the band prepared the song knowing that Bon Jovi would be a guest at the Florida wedding, but didn’t think he would actually jump on stage to sing with them. (Billboard)