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Today’s Music News: David Bowie and other stars writing songs for SpongeBob musical

David Bowie is just one of a motley collection of famous musicians who will write new songs for a SpongeBob SquarePants musical opening in Chicago next summer. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith; John Legend; Dirty Projectors; the Flaming Lips; They Might Be Giants; Cyndi Lauper; T.I.; Lady Antebellum; Panic! At the Disco; and Plain White T’s will also contribute songs. (Rolling Stone) Fallout […]

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Today’s Music News: Adele’s new album may come as soon as November

Billboard reports that the release of Adele‘s long-anticipated new album is being planned for November. The album, Adele’s first since the smash hit 21 (2011), is being made under tight secrecy. Collaborators known to be associated with the album include producer Danger Mouse; golden-eared hitmaker Max Martin; OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote a song on 21; and singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr., who […]

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Today’s Music News: Five-story Bob Dylan mural coming to downtown Minneapolis

Not to be outdone by St. Paul’s recent designation of “Positively 4th Street,” downtown Minneapolis will soon add a five-story Bob Dylan mural to its attractions. The mural is currently being painted, by artist Kobra, on the blank side of a building at 5th and Hennepin—very near the Orpheum Theatre, which Dylan formerly co-owned and where he played three […]

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Today’s Music News: Prince releases new version of “This Could B Us”

Prince isn’t finished with his meme-inspired song “This Could B Us,” which first appeared on last year’s ART OFFICIAL AGE album. On Tidal, Prince has released a sultry, reimagined version of the song; the new version will appear on his forthcoming album HITNRUN, which is due for release September 7 on Tidal and later in physical formats. Listen to […]

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Pitchfork names “Purple Rain” the best song of the 1980s

Pitchfork has just published its much-hyped list of the 200 best songs of the 1980s, and at the top of the list is the title track to Prince’s soundtrack Purple Rain, recorded live at First Avenue. “Purple Rain, the album and the film, were the magic results of Prince’s limitless imagination and bridged an invisible aural […]

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Reunited Babes in Toyland parts ways with bassist Maureen Herman

Only six months have passed since Babes in Toyland reunited to perform their first shows in years, and their reunion has brought them around the world to play gigs in Barcelona, Los Angeles, and a homecoming show at Rock the Garden in Minneapolis. With still more reunion gigs on the books—including a date this Thursday […]

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Today’s Music News: Morrissey announces debut novel

Father John Misty sings about writing a novel, and Paul McCartney says he wants to be a paperback writer, but Morrissey has beaten them both to it: his debut novel, List of the Lost, will be published next month. As of yet, we don’t know anything more about the book’s characters or plot. (Rolling Stone) It will […]

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