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Today’s Music News: Pharrell Williams is working on new Missy Elliott music

Pharrell Williams stopped by The Tonight Show and told Jimmy Fallon about his current projects—including work with Kendrick LamarSnoop Dogg, and, yes, Missy Elliott. Williams and Fallon also performed as the fictitious 80s R&B duo “Afro & Deziak.” (Billboard)

An appropriately strange charity tribute concert to David Lynch in Los Angeles featured performances by Duran Duran (Lynch directed a concert film featuring the rockers in 2011), Donovan, MobySky Ferreira, members of the Flaming Lips, and longtime Lynch composer Angelo Badalamenti. (Rolling Stone)

The National have released “Sunshine On My Back,” a song featuring Sharon Van Etten that was recorded during sessions for the National’s 2013 album Trouble Will Find Me. (Pitchfork)

Jay-Z says he’s not currently signed to a label, suggesting that he—and other artists without record deals—could possibly release future music directly through Jay-Z’s new streaming service Tidal. (Consequence of Sound)

Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses) have announced a joint covers album called Sing Into My Mouth—a title phrase taken from the album’s first song, the Talking Heads‘ “This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody).” The album, which will also feature covers of songs by Pete SeegerBonnie Raitt, and JJ Cale, will be released this summer. (Stereogum)

Live Nation announced that it will refurbish and relaunch two historic venues on the legendary Beale Street in Memphis: the New Daisy Theatre and the Palace. (Billboard) Here’s The Current’s Jay Gabler standing in front of the New Daisy Theatre with an Elvis impersonator.

Jay Gabler The Current

Speaking of Elvis impersonators, Billy Ray Cyrus is going to play one in a new show on CMT. (Billboard)

Billy Ray Cyrus Elvis

I Saw the Light, a Hank Williams biopic starring Tom Hiddleston, will likely see release in theaters late this year. (Billboard)

Björk is being sued by her ex-partner Matthew Barney for custody of their 12-year-old daughter Isadora. Björk’s new album Vulnicura was inspired by her split with Barney. (Billboard)

Vanilla Ice has cut a deal with the authorities regarding his alleged break-in and theft at an abandoned home in Florida. The 47-year-old rapper accepted a fine and 100 hours of community service, maintaining that the incident was all a misunderstanding. (Billboard)