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Today’s Music News: Gary Glitter convicted of (more) sex offenses

Gary Glitter, born Paul Gadd, has been convicted in London of several sex offenses against very young girls in the 1970s. Though Glitter’s 1972 song “Rock and Roll (Part II)” has remained popular as a jock jam, repeated revelations of sex crimes and child pornography have effectively ended his career as an active artist. The sentence for his latest crimes will be determined on Feb. 27, and could result in the 70-year-old rocker being imprisoned for life. (Billboard)

Jack White has finally “made it” in the music biz, by his own definition: he had coffee with “Weird Al” Yankovic. (Local Current)

TV On The Radio have canceled a European tour; their drummer Jahphet Landis has been hospitalized with an unspecified illness. “He will be o.k.,” wrote the band on Facebook, “but is not able to travel at this time.” (Billboard)

To no one’s surprise, basketball superfan Win Butler of Arcade Fire will play in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Feb. 13. Sharing the court with Butler will be Common as well as many other celebrities from various fields, and halftime entertainment will be provided by MAGIC! The NBA All-Star Game itself, two days later, will feature performances by Christina Aguilera and Ariana Grande. (Billboard)

As Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 21-year-old daughter of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston, remains in a medically-induced coma, news comes that Bobby Brown and his wife Alicia Etheridge are expecting a new baby. The new child will be the couple’s second, and Brown’s sixth. (Billboard)

New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio has announced plans for the city to build 1,500 units of affordable housing specifically for low-income “creatives.” (Consequence of Sound)

AC/DC drummer (or, technically, now former AC/DC drummer) Phil Rudd will have his trial for threatening murder delayed until April, since his attorney has quit. (Rolling Stone)

Madonna released her new video “Living for Love” via Discover, the new service for providing content from major media companies to Snapchat users. (BBC)

Cloud Cult are back in the studio, though there still aren’t any details regarding a new album. (Local Current)

The latest rumors have it that the anticipated relaunch of Beats Music as part of iTunes will happen this summer. (Billboard) In other streaming-music news, Vevo videos are now earning 10 billion views every month. (Billboard)

Mary Healy, an actress and singer who became a star on record, screen, and stage in a half-century career, has died of natural causes at age 96. Healy was best known for her comedy duo act with husband Peter Lind Hayes. (Billboard)