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Today’s Music News: Deadmau5 and Disney face off over mouse trademark

Look at the images above: can you tell which ones represent the Walt Disney Company and which ones represent a world-famous EDM artist? Disney is concerned that not everyone might grasp the distinction, and it’s trying to block Deadmau5 from trademarking his “mau5head” logo in a way that will allow it to be applied to consumer products. The DJ is confident: “Lawyer up Mickey,” he recently tweeted. This despite the fact that Deadmau5 himself admitted, in a past interview with Rolling Stone, that he was getting away with a logo that bore more than a passing resemblance to the head of Mickey Mouse. “Someone at the Disney patent office fell asleep on that one,” he said in 2012. (Rolling Stone)

That Hole reunion that Courtney Love said was going to happen, then called off? It’s on again, and will happen next year…unless Love changes her mind again, which just might possibly maybe happen. (Consequence of Sound)

With the smash success of her new My Everything, Ariana Grande has debuted at the top of the Billboard album chart with both of her first two albums. That puts her in the incongruous company of the most recent female artist to do so: Susan Boyle. Boyle and Grande are also two of only three women to top the album chart with two different albums in less than a year since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991; the third is LeAnn Rimes (Billboard).

Local artists Father You See Queen were ahead of the curve with their 3D video for “Oceans”: when Samsung’s Gear VR 3D headset is released later this year, says Vevo, the video streaming service will be ready with immersive music videos. (Billboard)

Nicky Da B, a New Orleans bounce rapper best known for his appearance on Diplo‘s “Express Yourself,” has died at the age of 24. (SPIN)

Consequence of Sound has compiled a virtual “album” of 28 covers performed live by Arcade Fire on their Reflektor tour. Listen here:

On their 1977 album Animals, Pink Floyd criticized inequality in the British economy. If Battersea Power Station, depicted on the cover of that album, was meant to be emblematic of economic exploitation, it would seem to be a win that the station is now being torn down—except that it’s being torn down to make way for luxury housing. (Consequence of Sound)

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Another British structure at risk—this time from natural forces—is the cliffside home of Kate Bush. Even as the singer celebrates record-setting album sales and a triumphant return to the stage, news comes that a recent landslide puts Bush’s Devon County property in jeopardy. (SPIN)

FKA Twigs is dating Twilight star Robert Pattinson. (Us Weekly)