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Today’s Music News: Florence + the Machine announce new album

It’s official: Florence + the Machine will release their (her) next studio album on June 2. The album will be titled How Big How Blue How Beautiful, and Florence Welch kicked it off with new single “What Kind of Man.” (Billboard)

Kanye West, never one to do things small, unveiled his new custom sneaker—the Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost—at a New York event that was live-streamed to 50 theaters around the world. As part of the event, Kanye debuted the first song on his forthcoming album: “Wolves,” featuring Sia and Vic Mensa. (Pitchfork)

And Kanye’s latest collaborator? Will Smith, who says Kanye’s helping him to end a ten-year recording hiatus. (NME)

A new mashup makes Beck and Beyoncé the best of friends.

Alison, don’t lose that number: Elvis Costello and Steely Dan are teaming up for a summer tour of the U.S. (Consequence of Sound)

Next week, Björk will co-host a radio show on London’s independent station Rinse FM. (NME)

Grizzly Bear have annotated several of their songs on the lyrics site Genius. (Pitchfork)

Charlie Parr has his own beer from Fitger’s Brewhouse, which has paid tribute to the singer-songwriter—a frequent guest on their stage—with “Parr’s Porter,” despite the fact that Parr himself abstains from drinking alcohol. (Local Current)

Justin Vernon appears with Sharon Van Etten and others on a forthcoming compilation from Cincinnati’s MusicNOW Festival, which next month will celebrate its tenth year. (Local Current)

It’s been ten years since Billboard’s Hot 100 first began incorporating digital download data. The track that saw the biggest boost from digital data that first week was Eminem‘s “Like Toy Soldiers,” which jumped 26 spaces on the strength of its online sales. (Billboard)

Steve Strange, lead singer of British “new romantic” band Visage, has died of a heart attack at age 55. Visage are best known for their 1980 hit “Fade to Grey,” and Strange also appeared in David Bowie‘s “Ashes to Ashes” video. (Billboard)

Continuing her foray into the app world, Madonna—who recently premiered her “Living for Love” video on Snapchat—will choose five fans to chat with her via the gay hookup app Grindr. (Huffington Post)