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Today’s Music News: Surprise! Björk’s new album is out now.

Björk‘s new album Vulnicura is now being officially released via an ongoing 24-hour rollout around the world. The decision to release the album ahead of its planned March release follows the recent leak of a low-quality version of the album, making the decision reminiscent of Madonna‘s choice to release several tracks from her new album Rebel Heart after they leaked online. (Gawker)

Three big tour announcements include Minnesota stops: New Kids on the Block will be supported by Nelly and TLC (sans the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes) on a tour that will hit the Xcel Energy Center on May 20“Weird Al” Yankovic announced an 87-date world tour that includes a Mystic Lake Casino gig on July 3; and Mötley Crüe will play the Xcel Energy Center on Aug. 5 as part of a string of dates they’re calling their last ever, culminating at a final show in L.A. on New Year’s Eve.

Comedy Central is planning a roast of Justin Bieber. Now what could they possibly have to make fun of? (Billboard)

D’Angelo will be the musical guest on the Jan. 31 episode of Saturday Night Live, hosted by actor J.K. Simmons. (Pitchfork)

Likely Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee isn’t letting up on Beyoncé, who Huckabee says is a poor role model for young girls due to her sexually provocative performances. When Jon Stewart showed a video of Huckabee playing bass while Ted Nugent sang a ribald song, Huckabee argued that unlike Beyoncé, Nugent is an artist “for adults.” (Billboard)

Nugent also got Kid Rock in hot water with animal-rights activists by posting a photo of a cougar killed by Kid Rock on a hunting trip with Nugent. “HAIL my MotorCity boy KidRock for saving all those muledeer elk & livestock by whacking this magnificent mountain lion,” wrote Nugent on Facebook. “I can hear the braindead squawkers already with their obscene denial that killing lions is wrong. Its legal its necessary its good its beneficial its a damn riot!” (Billboard)

Jessie J can sing strangely well with her mouth closed.

Matt Healy, frontman of the 1975, has confirmed that he and Taylor Swift exchanged phone numbers, but denies the two are dating. “We met each other, we exchanged numbers in the same way that a lot of people in this kind of world do, and we spoke occasionally. She’s the biggest pop star in the world and I’m in Australia. There’s no relationship or anything happening.” (Billboard)