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Today’s Music News: Elvis’s library card goes on sale, and more

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An August 14 auction of Elvis Presley memorabilia will include a library card on which the then-13-year-old placed his earliest existing signature. Also on the auction block will be the 18-carat jewel-encrusted pendant the King wore to his 1970 meeting with President Nixon. (New York Times)

Well, this is awkward: Duran Duran are suing their own official fan club for $40,000, saying that Chicago-based Worldwide Fan Clubs, Inc. hasn’t made contractually-promised payments to the band after collecting membership fees and selling merch. (Chicago Sun-Times)

As Stevie Nicks goes on tour with Fleetwood Macthe tour’s first show will be at Target Center on September 30—she’ll release a new solo album on October 7. 24 Carat Gold—Songs from the Vault will feature new recordings of a number of songs written between 1969 and 1995. (Rolling Stone)

The curation battle among streaming music services continues to rage, with services competing for the highest-profile makers of playlists: Spotify has cut a deal that will give the service official playlists corresponding to shows on MTV, VH1, and CMT. (Rolling Stone) FYI, you can also enjoy the Current’s playlists on Spotify.

Jack White and Neil Young will headline this year’s Farm Aid, which will take place on September 13 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Fear not, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp will also be on the bill. (Consequence of Sound)

“I don’t want to get on the oldies circuit,” says Courtney Love, explaining why she’s reversed her earlier decision to reunite Hole. “It’s scary not to be selling out.” (Consequence of Sound)

A new Fifty Shades of Grey trailer is soundtracked by a version of “Crazy In Love” reimagined by Beyoncé. Providing the score for the film is Danny Elfman, the Oingo Boingo rocker who’s become one of the busiest and most respected writers of movie music.

While we’re in a sexytime frame of mind, let’s mention that Coolio has refuted a TMZ report that he’s signed a deal with Pornhub to release a video and debut music. Not that he’s opposed to such a deal on principle: “If they pay me enough money,” the “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper and cookbook author told Rolling Stone, “f— yeah, I’ll do an album exclusively for Pornhub.”

Just when you thought today’s music news couldn’t get any sleazier—or weirder—Kid Rock has been subpoenaed to produce a glass sex toy as court evidence in a sexual harassment lawsuit against Insane Clown Posse. The toy was given to Kid Rock by one of ICP’s employees, according to the subpoena—and the Detroit Free Press is on it.