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Today’s Music News: Bono’s luggage fell out of his airplane and landed somewhere in Germany

Bono and U2 stand in the cover of the Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris on the cover of their 2000 album "All That You Can't Leave Behind."

Fortunately all passengers are safe despite an accident involving Bono‘s private Learjet: according to the Irish Daily Mail, the plane was over Germany when the passengers heard a thud from the rear of the aircraft. They landed in Berlin just a few minutes later and “were horrified to learn that the compartment at the rear of the place had completely detached. The entire door along with Bono and his companions’ luggage had fallen out mid-air. They don’t know if the door and the contents landed over water or land, but they were extremely lucky.” (Billboard)

The Secret Service gave Mick Fleetwood permission to urinate on the White House lawn, dressed as “Mr. Rumours,” at Bill Clinton’s goodbye party in 2001, the Fleetwood Mac drummer reveals in his new autobiography. He was “dying to pee” before Fleetwood Mac performed, Fleetwood explained in an interview with the Guardian, but he didn’t have time to go inside before the band went on. “I was dressed like Mr. Rumours, in knickerbockers, with my wooden balls hanging out. The security guys must have heard because suddenly this fella with an earpiece said something like ‘permission granted to urinate on the lawn.'” Fleetwood added that the Clintons never found out, but he’s sure “they’d forgive me.” (NME)

Patti Smith met the Pope this spring, and it must have gone well: the Holy See just announced that Smith will perform at the Vatican Christmas Concert on Dec. 13—along with Sister Christina Scuccia, Italy’s “singing nun” who recently covered Madonna‘s “Like a Virgin.” This despite the fact that the Catholic organization Portosalvo is trying to block Smith’s scheduled Dec. 9 concert at a basilica in Naples, calling the artist “blasphemous.” The controversy is understandable, given that perhaps Smith’s most famous lyric is “Jesus died for somebody’s sins/ but not mine.” (Pitchfork)

Culture Club have cancelled their entire upcoming tour due to a polyp that has developed on Boy George‘s throat. “We are hoping we can reschedule the concerts for next year, and hopefully George’s problem will be resolved,” said the band in a statement. (Billboard)

26-year-old Zoe Fennessy of Nottinghamshire, England has had a portion of her brain removed to treat a unique neurological condition: she has an epileptic seizure every time she hears vocals by Ne-Yo. Notes from her medical team say that “We recognised a few musicogenic seizures arising from the right temporal lobe stimulated by songs sung by Neyo.” Fennessy, who’s lost six months of work due to her epilepsy, says that when she walks into a venue with a DJ, she has to go up and ask that Ne-Yo not be played. “People might think it is funny,” she says, “and I can laugh at it myself—but it has taken over my life. It’s ruined my life.” (Daily Mirror)

Sir Mix-a-Lot has revealed the inspiration behind his hit song “Baby’s Got Back”: Jennifer Lopez, whose posterior the Seattle MC admired when she was a Fly Girl on In Living Color. (SPIN)

Duck Dynasty stage musical is in the works. (Billboard)

After a week of intense debate across the music industry over Taylor Swift‘s decision to pull her music from Spotify, maybe the last word can go to the ever-pithy Dave Grohl: “I don’t f—ing care.” (Stereogum)

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