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Today’s Music News: ‘There should be more women in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,’ says Joan Jett

Joan Jett will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 18, and she tells Billboard “There should be more women in the Hall of Fame, and more women in rock. They’re out there, they just don’t get the notice the pop girls do.” She also recommends that young musicians keep full speed ahead with the selfies—and, as Prince might say, the “everybodyelsies.” Jett wishes there were more photos and videos of her early band the Runaways, she says.

Blues legend B.B. King has been hospitalized with an undisclosed ailment. (Local Current)

Last night on The Tonight ShowSt. Vincent performed her new single “Teenage Talk” (as first heard on HBO’s Girls) with a dance troupe of teenage girls. (Consequence of Sound)

Elvis Presley impersonators will be banned from an Elvis-themed wedding chapel at an Elvis exhibit at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. “This is not a joke,” said Elvis’s ex-wife Priscilla Presley. “Elvis had a lot of dignity. Elvis had a lot of class. He was a beautiful specimen of a man.” The exhibit and chapel open on April 23. (NME)

Conor Oberst‘s punk band Desparecidos will release Payola, their first album in 13 years, on June 23. Take a listen to new song “City on the Hill” below, and hear their 2013 session at The Current here. Oberst will be at Rock the Garden this summer.

On Saturday night Prince played a late-night set at Paisley Park and hosted a semi-public rehearsal by Judith Hill, whose new album Back in Time was produced by Prince. (Vita.mn)

Shots fired: With his new streaming service Tidal up and running, Jay-Z has pulled his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt from Spotify. (Stereogum)

Tame Impala shared “‘Cause I’m a Man,” a new song from their forthcoming album Currents. (Stereogum)

Morrissey released a new video for his song “Kiss Me a Lot.” (Rolling Stone) Morrissey will perform at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul on July 13.

Tiffany, whose 1987 debut album made her a Reagan-era pop princess at age 15, says that posing for Playboy in 2002 was a great decision. She said it was “a great honor” to pose nude for Playboy, and that the spread rejuvenated her career: “We couldn’t stop the phone ringing. It worked.” (Billboard)

Kendrick Lamar is in a new Reebok ad. (Stereogum)