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Today’s Music News: ‘Don’t Stop Believin” is the all-time most-liked song on Pandora

Cover art for the "Don't Stop Believin'" single, 1981

Are you one of the people who’s sick of hearing Journey‘s “Don’t Stop Believin'”? Sorry, but you’ve been disagreed with over 20 million times by Pandora users who have made the 34-year-old anthem the single most-liked song on the streaming service. Rounding out the top five most-liked songs are Drake‘s “The Motto,” Imagine Dragons‘ “Radioactive,” Mario‘s “Let Me Love You,” and Goo Goo Dolls‘ “Iris.” (BuzzFeed)

Royalties paid by SoundExchange—the performance rights organization that collects and disburses royalties for Internet, cable, and satellite radio plays—are skyrocketing, with a total of $773 million paid by SoundExchange last year. (Billboard) Check our our Music Rights 101 feature for a better idea of exactly what SoundExchange is and why it’s increasingly important to artists’ bottom lines.

Brian Wilson announced the title of his next album, and it’s pretty punny: No Pier Pressure will be released on April 7. The album will feature vocal contributions from Wilson’s Beach Boys bandmate Al Jardine, both members of She & Him (M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel), fun. frontman Nate Ruess, and others. (Consequence of Sound)

Tom Petty has released a statement about the “Stay With Me” songwriting settlement that saw Petty and “I Won’t Back Down” cowriter Jeff Lynne added to the list of songwriters for Sam Smith‘s hit song. Petty says he regards the songs’ similarity as a “musical accident,” that he never intended the settlement to be a matter for press attention, and that—contrary to the assumption of many observers—he never threatened to sue over the matter. (Rolling Stone)

Morris Day and the Time will perform with HAIM on Jimmy Kimmel on Feb. 9 as—wait for it—Morris Day and the HAIM. The gig is part of a musical mash-up series that will also see Kimmel welcome “Wee-Z Top” (Weezer and ZZ Top) and “Aloe Blaccstreet” (Aloe Blacc and Blackstreet). (Local Current)

Flight of the Conchords are taking off again, with new music and a tour. (Billboard)

Brian Eno will score Me & Earl and the Dying Girl, a forthcoming film that “follows the friendship between a young filmmaker and his classmate, whose struggling with leukemia,” reports Exclaim.ca. “The film’s cast includes Parks & Rec‘s Nick Offerman, Friday Night Lights‘ Connie Britton, and Molly Shannon, among others.”

“I’ve done some things that might not have been the greatest,” admitted Justin Bieber as he appeared on Ellen to help celebrate the host’s birthday week. (Billboard)

Jeff Bridges, the actor who’s also an experienced country musician—see his Oscar-winning performance in Crazy Heart—is taking a new tack for his latest album. Sleeping Tapes—available as a free stream or pay-what-you-want, proceeds-to-charity download via dreamingwithjeff.com—features “intriguing sounds, noises, and other things to help you get a good night’s rest.” (NME)

The N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton—already shaken by a drive-by shooting near its set—has again been rocked, this time by a deadly accident on the set of a promotional shoot, in Compton, for the film. After former Death Row Records executive Suge Knight  was reportedly involved in a fight on the set of the promotional film shoot and asked by security to leave the set, there was an alleged hit-and-run at a nearby restaurant that left Knight’s friend Terry Carter dead and two other victims wounded. Facts are still coming in, but sources allege that Knight himself was behind the wheel and he has reportedly now turned himself into police. Straight Outta Compton is schedule for release on Aug. 14. (Pitchfork)

“Whoa-oh-oh” is having a hot minute in pop music.