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Today’s Music News: 50 years of David Bowie’s hairstyles in one animated GIF


David Bowie is a man of many talents—and even more hairstyles. In tribute to the rocker’s 68th birthday last week, artist Helen Green compressed a career’s worth of looks into one animated GIF—see below. (Sploid)

David Bowie

The first wave of the Bonnaroo lineup was announced last night via an unusual phone-in system; the annual music festival in Tennessee will feature performances by Minnesota artists Atmosphere and Trampled By Turtles. (Local Current)

Among performers at the Grammys on Feb. 8 will be MadonnaAC/DCAriana GrandeEd Sheeran, and Eric Church. (Billboard)

Having slammed Beyoncé and Jay-Z in his book, likely Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has spoken out further against Beyoncé’s music and choreography. Huckabee told People that he doesn’t understand how Barack and Michelle Obama can be so careful about keeping their daughters healthy, “and yet they don’t see anything that might not be suitable for either a preteen or a teen in some of the lyrical content and choreography of Beyoncé, who has sort of a regular key to the door” of the White House.

Right on cue, the track list for the new Fifty Shades of Grey movie soundtrack has been released, and Beyoncé is on it twice—along with the Rolling Stones (“Beast of Burden”), Annie Lennox (“I Put a Spell on You [Fifty Shades of Grey]”), Sia (“Salted Wound”), Frank Sinatra (“Witchcraft”), and others. (Billboard)

For a new TV documentary, Rick James‘s band members have opened up about the funk-pop superstar’s drug use—and it was even worse than you thought. James was already up to snorting $8,000 of cocaine a week when Sly Stone taught him how to start smoking the drug. (Billboard)

Nancy Jones, widow of country legend George Jones, has unveiled floor plans for a George Jones Museum that will open in Nashville on April 24. The Jones estate will also partner with a Kentucky distillery to produce White Lightning Moonshine, named after the 1959 single (written by J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson) that became Jones’s first number one hit on the country charts. Though Jones struggled with alcoholism for decades, his widow says it’s perfectly appropriate that her late husband’s name and likeness be used to promote a spirit. “He’d say the alcohol controlled him all his life, and now he’s controlling it.” (Rolling Stone)

Matt and Kim have released “Get It,” the first single from their forthcoming album New Glow, and booked a national tour that will stop at Mill City Nights on May 22. (The Current)

Zooey Deschanel, the “She” of She & Him and a recent Prince duet partner, is expecting her first child. The father is her boyfriend, film producer Jacob Pechenik. “Zooey Wowee Baby Nowee!” tweeted Gawker.

Macklemore made a family-friendly version of “Thrift Shop” for a Sesame Street guest appearance.