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Music News: Coldplay and James Corden cover ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’

On Sunday night at the Rose Bowl, Coldplay invited James Corden to join them onstage for a cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.” It being Corden’s birthday, the band brought a cake out to give to the TV host after their duet. (Stereogum)

Warpaint relocate Varsity gig

Warpaint have relocated a planned Sept. 29 Varsity Theater show to the Fine Line Music Cafe, citing concern over allegations of abuse involving Varsity owner Jason McLean. Previously, Against Me! and Baroness relocated Varsity gigs for the same reason. (City Pages)

Bowie gets plaque in Berlin

The city of Berlin has unveiled a plaque marking the building where David Bowie lived with Iggy Pop from 1976 to 1978. The plaque quotes lyrics from Bowie’s song “Heroes,” the title track to one of the albums in Bowie’s acclaimed “Berlin trilogy.” (Pitchfork)

Joni Mitchell re-emerges

Joni Mitchell has made her first public appearance since suffering a brain aneurysm last year. On Saturday night, she attended a Chick Corea concert in Los Angeles. (Stereogum)

Today’s legal beefs

Having previously alleged that Demi Lovato’s song “Stars” contains a sample from their song “Infinity Guitars,” Sleigh Bells are now suing Lovato along with her label and producers Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub. “A comparison of the two songs reveals that, at the very least, the combination of the hand claps and bass drum, structured as 3 quarter beats and a rest, with the bass drum providing a counter-rhythm to the hand claps, is at least substantially similar in both work,” reads the complaint filed in California federal court. (Billboard)

The producers of a new documentary about Howlin’ Wolf are howlin’ foul, saying Dan Auerbach walked away from the project and left them holding the bag. Smokestack Lightning Inc., the film’s production company, is suing Auerbach for breaching a verbal agreement; the producers allege that Auerbach agreed to direct the film but then backed out after making unreasonable demands. (Pitchfork)

Rateliff performs living-room gig for sick fan

Nathaniel Rateliff visited a young fan’s living room to play his song “Wasting Time” since she is fighting an immunodeficiency disease and couldn’t go out to see him elsewhere. “It was a great surprise and we all had a pretty darn good time,” said the girl’s uncle, who invited Rateliff. “I already thought they were great guys, but they just proved it without a doubt.” See video of the performance at Billboard.

Metallica, Roger Waters booked for Bridge School benefit

Neil Young’s annual Bridge School benefit concert will be headlined this year by Metallica and Roger Waters — in addition to Young himself, with other artists including Willie NelsonCage the ElephantMy Morning Jacket, and Norah Jones. The benefit takes place Oct. 22 and 23 in Mountain View, Calif. (Rolling Stone)

Don’t splurge so soon, says Frank’s mom

Tempted to pay $1,000 on eBay for one of the few copies of Frank Ocean’s special-edition magazine Boys Don’t Cry? “Just hang tight,” counsels…Frank’s mom, Katonya Breaux Riley. It seems that more copies may become available soon. (Pitchfork)

“We’re Not Gonna Take It,” quietly

Magician Criss Angel has directed a video of Dee Snider performing Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” — as a solo piano ballad. The video raises funds for Angel’s charitable organization, which benefits children fighting cancer. (Rolling Stone)