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Today’s Music News: Lorde heading into the studio to make her second album

Lorde in the "God Only Knows" video from BBC Music

Lorde‘s producer says that she’s heading into the studio within weeks to begin work on a sophomore album that will follow the wild success of her debut Pure Heroine. We’ll need to be patient, though: the songs aren’t even written yet. (Billboard)

have announced a spring tour (sorry, no Minnesota dates), and plan to celebrate the tour by re-releasing their 1978 debut single “Adult Books” on vinyl. (SPIN)

At shows in Australia this weekend, Soundgarden played their Singles soundtrack number “Birth Ritual” live for the first time since 1992. (SPIN)

The Pixies have announced a new series of North American tour dates starting on May 5 in New Orleans and running through June 21 in Quebec. In a statement on their website, the band said that they’ll be playing some brand-new songs, just written and recorded this winter. (Rolling Stone) The new dates don’t include a Minnesota stop, but they came through town last fall and stopped in for a session in our studios.

Inspired by topical songs written by Bob Dylan, each day this week Will Butler will be writing a song based on a headline from The Guardian. The first, “Clean Monday,” was inspired by a story about economic reforms in Greece. (Nova.ie)

Royal Blood kicked off a U.K. tour on Sunday night in Glasgow, with a set list that included a cover of T. Rex‘s “20th Century Boy.” (NME)

Pete Doherty, just out of rehab, is warming up for a planned Libertines reunion with solo shows in Brixton. On Sunday night, Doherty’s set included a number of Libertines songs and opened with his new Amy Winehouse tribute, “Flags of the Old Regime.” (NME)

Natalie Prass, an up-and-coming singer-songwriter who’s been widely described as having a classic Nashville sound and a “Disney princess” voice, has been touring the U.K. with Ryan Adams. On Thursday night, Adams covered Prass’s song “Your Fool” and Prass joined Adams onstage for a couple of songs. (Pitchfork)

Apple is hiring a culture editor for iTunes, a person who will seemingly be responsible for curating a new stream of pop-culture editorial content on the music service—which is expected to relaunch later this year with a version incorporating Beats Music. (Billboard)

The most Shazamed moment in the Oscars telecast didn’t go to John LegendCommon, or Lady Gaga: it was during Maroon 5‘s performance of “Lost Stars.” (Billboard)

“FourFiveSeconds” collaborators Kanye West and Rihanna seem to be planning a tour together. (Rolling Stone) Meanwhile, Kanye’s also working on a video game in which the player helps Kanye’s deceased mother get to heaven. (Business Insider)