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Music News: Lizzo to co-host MTV Video Music Awards pre-show

Lizzo at Soundset 2016. Photo by Emmet Kowler for MPR.

MTV has announced that Lizzo will be one of three co-hosts of the Video Music Awards pre-show on Sunday night — along with radio host Charlamagne Tha God and Snapchat celebrity DJ Khaled. (Billboard)

Job opening of the day

Looking for a cool job? Have clearance to work in the UK? Then why not apply for the newly-created position of night czar of London? Mayor Sadiq Khan has created the position to boost London’s nightlife, and the person who gets the gig will be responsible for “developing and diversifying London’s night time economy.” (Pitchfork)

Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa sued over railing collapse

Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa are the targets of a lawsuit filed by 17 people who were injured when a railing collapsed at a joint concert by the two rappers on Aug. 5 in Camden, N.J. The owner of the venue, BB&T Pavilion, is also named as a defendant in the suit, which seeks monetary compensation. (Rolling Stone)

Spin for sale

SpinMedia — the parent company of music and pop-culture publications including Spin, Vibe, and Stereogum — is reportedly up for sale. Layoffs have recently hit Spin, which just appointed a new editor. (Billboard)

Sleigh Bells announce new album

Sleigh Bells have announced their first new album since Bitter Rivals (2013). Jessica Rabbit will be released Nov. 11. Two tracks from the album, “Hyper Dark” and “Rule Number One,” have already been released. (Pitchfork)

J Dilla mixtape released

A previously unreleased mixtape by the late J Dilla has now been released, ahead of the Aug. 29 reissue of J Dilla’s album The Shining. The mixtape, Back to the Crib, was made between 1999 and 2000. (Pitchfork)

Bruce gets festive

At a four-hour show in his native New Jersey on Tuesday night, Bruce Springsteen played 35 songs — among them “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” an audience request. The Boss called it “the perfect summer song.” (Billboard)

Good Lorde, it’s coming!

Responding to a fan comment on Instagram, Lorde says her sophomore album is completely written and “in the production stages.” (BuzzFeed)

Chvrches cover Calvin

At a BBC gig, Chvrches covered the hit song “This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris and Rihanna. (Billboard)