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Today’s Music News: Buddy Holly hologram to go on tour

When the company Hologram USA recently announced a posthumous Liberace hologram tour, they promised that other artists were coming soon. Now, we have the next tour announcement: a Buddy Holly hologram tour, authorized by Holly’s widow, will kick off in 2016 with a show in the rocker’s native state of Texas. “I am so excited that my partnership with Hologram USA on the Buddy Holly concert project will allow a new generation of fans to experience the thrill of seeing Buddy ‘live’ and in concert for the first time in many decades,” said Holly’s widow Maria Elena Holly. (Billboard)

Kenny G has sold over 75 million records, so he’d be doing alright for himself even if he hadn’t made another savvy investment: he was, he revealed in an interview with Bloomberg, one of the earliest investors in Starbucks. What’s more, he repeatedly told Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz that the chain needed a cold blended coffee drink. “I would always call Howard and say, Howard, there’s this thing that they do [at a competing chain] that’s like a milkshake or whatever. And so I think that I—part of the reason that they did Frappuccino was people like me giving them that kind of feedback. So I would like to think that I was partially responsible for that.” The saxophonist adds that the Frappuccino is still his go-to order at Starbucks. (Billboard)

Starbucks has also become an important music retailer, and here’s another food chain getting into the music biz: Cracker Barrel, which is releasing Man of Constant Sorrow: Ralph Stanley and Friends, the bluegrass legend’s new all-star album featuring collaborations with Robert PlantElvis Costello, and others. “I think it’s a great combination with their great old country cooking and my old-time mountain music,” said Stanley. “It works perfect, because a lot of our fans visit Cracker Barrel and eat there. We’re both old-timey, so it just works together really well.” (Billboard)

A Los Angeles Supreme Court jury has awarded Sly Stone $5 million in royalties, saying Stone was tricked out of a share of his proper royalties via shenanigans involving his former manager and a lawyer. (Rolling Stone)

In other music/fraud news, no one can bail Jack Utsick out of jail. The former music promoter—who worked with the Rolling StonesElton John, and Aerosmith—has just been extradited from Brazil with a $300 million criminal fraud case hanging over his head, and a U.S. magistrate says that if Utsick posted bail and left custody, Utsick would likely flee prosecution. Utsick’s music promotion business, prosecutors allege, was a fraudulent pyramid scheme designed to bilk over 3,000 investors. (Billboard)

One more law-related news item: Taylor Swift has trademarked the phrase “party like it’s 1989.” Sorry, Prince. (Local Current)

Björk has opened up about the leak that motivated her to release her new album Vulnicura ahead of schedule. She was lucky, Björk told the BBC, that her album was complete at the time of the leak (unlike in the recent case of Madonna), so a quick release was a viable option. (Stereogum)

You’ll soon be able to link your Spotify account to your PlayStation, thanks to a deal struck between Sony and the music streaming service. One of the features of the partnership is that players will be able to choose music from Spotify’s vast library to soundtrack their video games. (Billboard)

Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the primary recording session that produced USA for Africa‘s “We Are the World.” (CNN)

Comedian Tim Heidecker has “leaked” the song that Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz are supposedly going to perform during the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 1. (Billboard)