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Today’s Music News: El-P previews ‘Meow the Jewels’ remix album

Run the Jewels are keeping their promise to release Meow the Jewels, a Kickstarter-backed remix of their Run the Jewels 2 album incorporating cat sounds. El-P has shared a short snippet of “Angelmeowster,” a remix of “Angel Duster.” (Pitchfork)

Who booed Kanye West at the Billboard Music Awards, and why? It remains unclear, but people are still talking about West’s two-song set on Sunday night, which was heavily censored for network broadcast due to predictable profanity; West was joined onstage by St. Paul rapper Allan Kingdom, who appears on West’s song “All Day.” (City Pages)

The Rolling Stones answered a series of fan questions via a Twitter Q&A. Among the revelations: Mick Jagger‘s favorite rappers are Jay Z and Vybz Kartel. Jagger said he enjoyed Jay Z’s “great tunes” and appreciated his “whole body of work.” (Rolling Stone)

“Buy now while stocks last,” said John Lydon, announcing a new album and tour by his band Public Image Ltd. What the World Needs Now…, due for release on Sept. 4, will be the band’s tenth studio album and their first since 2012’s This is PiL. (Billboard)

Courtney Love has released a new song, “Miss Narcissist.” There’s no word as to whether there’s a new album in the works, but the new song is out now as a digital download and will be released as a 7″ with the as-yet-unreleased B-side “Radio Killer.” (Rolling Stone)

The Church and Psychedelic Furs announced a joint tour that’s been in the works for 27 years, since a planned 1988 joint tour failed to come together. The new tour will stop at First Avenue on Aug. 25. (Billboard)

Metallica‘s James Hetfield covered Adele‘s “Crazy For You” at a San Francisco benefit concert with his 16-year-old daughter Cali Hetfield. (Billboard)

Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses has just published a new book: How To Be a Man (and Other Illusions). At a Seattle reading, McKagan was joined by Nirvana‘s Krist Novoselic—on accordion!—for a performance of “Sweet Child o’ Mine.” (Rolling Stone)

The pop star best known as Rihanna was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty. She recently attempted to trademark her given first name, apparently for use with a planned online magazine, but the attempt was blocked—no, not by the singer Robyn of “Dancing On My Own” fame, but by Robin. Yes, that Robin: DC Comics argued that “Robyn” was too similar to the name of Batman’s sidekick, a moniker they’ve trademarked themselves. (Billboard)

In other merchandising news, Madonna is developing a product line for her Hard Candy Fitness clubs. “As Madonna is to music, pop culture and fashion,” said a representative of her licensing company, “we believe Hard Candy Fitness will be the preeminent symbol for a fit, healthy and luxury-infused lifestyle.” (Billboard)

150,000 Starbucks employees in the U.S. have been given free Spotify Premium subscriptions so they can start preparing for a program, planned to begin this fall, in which baristas—and customers—will be given at least partial control over the music played while lattes are made. (Billboard)

The Blues Foundation has opened a new office and museum in Memphis’s arts district. (Billboard)