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Today’s Music News: Wilson Phillips are on ‘FourFiveSeconds’

The Kanye West/Rihanna collaboration “FourFiveSeconds” was already distinctive for returning Paul McCartney to the top ten after 29 years—and now it turns out that it got Wilson Phillips back into the top ten as well. Carnie Wilson has revealed that the trio were specifically approached by Kanye to sing on the song: “When I think of authenticity and I think of angelic,” he said to the Beach Boys and Mamas & the Papas descendants, “I think of you.” The group can be heard on the bridge and possibly on the chorus of the song, according to Billboard.

Joni Mitchell has been hospitalized in Los Angeles; the legendary singer-songwriter, 71, is reportedly in intensive care. “We are awaiting official word on her condition,” says a statement on Mitchell’s website, “and will post it here as soon as we know.” As of Tuesday night, according to the site, Mitchell was “awake and in good spirits.” (Local Current)

Led Zeppelin have released an interactive video for “Brandy & Coke,” which is an alternate version of “Trampled Under Foot” that’s been released as part of a Physical Graffiti reissue. See the video at NME.

The David Lee Roth incarnation of Van Halen made—believe it or not—their national TV debut with a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night. (Consequence of Sound)

Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys gave some dating advice to teenage girls as part of Rookie Magazine’s “Ask a Grown Man” feature. Previous “grown men” who have participated in the feature include Thom YorkeStephen Malkmus, and Run the Jewels. (Pitchfork)

De La Soul quickly cruised way past their Kickstarter goal to fund a new album, raising over $200,000 just a couple of days after opening their campaign with a goal of $110,000. (Los Angeles Times)

David Duchovny, the actor who’s starred in The X-Files and Californication, is releasing a debut album: Hell or Highwater, a collection of Duchovny originals, comes out May 12. (Rolling Stone)

Marilyn Manson and the Smashing Pumpkins are touring America together this summer—but no Minnesota stop is planned on “The End Times” tour. (Billboard)

After a staggeringly successful live Sound of Music and a somewhat less successful live Peter Pan, NBC has announced that the next live musical in what the network is now calling an annual tradition will be The Wiz. A production of the 1974 Broadway show, created in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, will air on Dec. 3. (Rolling Stone)