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Today’s Music News: Björk’s new album art is really something

Album art for physical editions of "Vulnicura"

When a musician is about to have her own exhibit at MoMA, the stakes are high for any new album art. In the just-released cover image for physical releases of VulnicuraBjörk doesn’t disappoint. (Pitchfork)

Bob Dylan apparently has another album’s worth of Frank Sinatra covers in the can—according to former Dylan producer Daniel Lanois, who says he’s heard them. There’s no indication thus far, though, as to whether or not Dylan has any plans to release a sequel to Shadows in the Night. (Rolling Stone)

Kanye West released the studio version of his new song “All Day,” and it features not only St. Paul rapper Allan Kingdom, but also Sir Paul—McCartney. (Local Current)

Two beloved albums will make it to vinyl for the first time: the Boogie Nights soundtrack (April 14) and the White Stripes‘ Get Behind Me Satan (Record Store Day, April 18). Meanwhile, Metallica are reissuing their 1982 cassette demo No Life ‘Til Leather—first on cassette for Record Store Day, and later in an expanded edition on digital and vinyl. It’s the first in a new series of reissues by the metal gods. (Rolling Stone)

M83 and Haim have collaborated on “Holes in the Sky,” a song that will appear on the Divergent Series: Insurgent soundtrack. The soundtrack is set for release on March 17. (Billboard)

The latest gory details from the “Blurred Lines” trial: exactly how much the song’s three composer/performers took home from the massive 2013 hit. Robin Thicke pocketed $5,658,214; Pharrell earned $5,153,457; and T.I. got $704,774. Of course, that’s just direct revenue: the heirs of Marvin Gaye say that Thicke earned $11 million in touring revenue due to the success of “Blurred Lines,” and they want a chunk of that too. (Billboard)

When Bob Dylan‘s 30th anniversary tribute concert was held in 1992, Neil Young jokingly called it “Bob Fest.” Perhaps taking a cue from Young, organizers of an upcoming Brian Wilson tribute show are calling it “Brian Fest.” At the show in L.A. on March 30, Wilson’s songs will be covered by performers including Norah JonesWayne Coyne, and Al Jardine—a fellow Beach Boy. (Rolling Stone)

The promoter of a Viet Cong show scheduled to take place at Oberlin College in Ohio has cancelled the show and apologized for booking a band with a “problematic” name. Promoter Ivan Krasnov says he’s disturbed to learn that the band acknowledge their name may be offensive to some listeners, yet fail to change it. (Pitchfork)