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Music News: Smiths song ‘Meat is Murder’ turned into PETA video game

The Smiths have partnered with PETA to create a video game inspired by the band’s song “Meat is Murder.” In the game, “This Beautiful Creature Must Die,” players try to save animals from being ground into meat. An eight-bit version of “Meat is Murder” soundtracks the game. “This game is the biggest social crusade of all, as we safeguard the weak and helpless from violent human aggression,” said Morrissey in a statement. “You don’t get that from Pokémon Go.” (Rolling Stone)

Meanwhile, Morrissey reportedly plans to reissue his 2014 album World Peace is None of Your Business. Due to a dispute between Morrissey and Harvest Records, the album has been unavailable on digital and streaming services. (Pitchfork)

“Weird Al” wanted to cover Prince

Even Kurt Cobain said that “You haven’t really made it until there’s a ‘Weird Al’ spoof,” but Prince refused to allow Yankovic to parody any of his songs. “I had a parody of ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ that was about The Beverly Hillbillies,” Weird Al says, and “for ‘1999,’ I wanted to do an infomercial where you could get anything you wanted by dialing 1-800-something-1999.” Another musician who passed on a Weird Al spoof: Paul McCartney, who wasn’t against a parody on principal but objected on vegetarian grounds to allowing “Live and Let Die” become “Chicken Pot Pie.” Yankovic will be at the State Theatre in Minneapolis on Aug. 19. (City Pages)

Rolling Stones announce mono box set

Fans who prefer their Rolling Stones restricted to a single channel are in for a treat: a 15-disc box set, The Rolling Stones in Mono, will compile monaural editions of the band’s 1960s catalog. The 186-song collection will also be available as a 16-record vinyl set as well as in digital editions, and comes out Sept. 30. (Rolling Stone)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to celebrate Cash

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will partner with Case Western University to celebrate the legacy of Johnny Cash in a weeklong event as part of the Music Masters Series. The Cleveland event will conclude on Oct. 21 with a tribute concert featuring performers to be announced. (Rolling Stone)

Today’s Chance the Rapper news

Chance the Rapper has premiered a new song, “We the People,” in a short film from Nike featuring visuals from the Olympics. (Pigeons and Planes)

Chance also freestyled over Monica’s “So Gone” as part of an informal competition among rappers: the #sogonechallenge. (Pitchfork)

Tony Iommi on the mend

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi says that his lymphoma is in remission. He praised the United Kingdom’s Spire Specialist Care Centre for providing effective treatment. (Billboard)

The sound(s) of Kanye

A YouTube user has created a compilation of many of the strange sounds Kanye West has made on his records. (Billboard)

Bon Iver hints continue

The mysterious publicity campaign conducted around new music being performed Friday, at the Eaux Claires festival, by Bon Iver has reached Uptown Minneapolis.