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Today’s Music News: Jack White and Loretta Lynn headed for Nashville Walk of Fame

An image from Loretta Lynn's 2004 album "Van Lear Rose," produced by Jack White

When Nashville’s Walk of Fame Park, which has been under renovation, re-opens on June 4, Jack White and Loretta Lynn will be honored. The two artists, who have collaborated in the past, will each be honored with a plaque alongside the likes of Elvis Presley and Les Paul. (NME)

Blues legend B.B. King has died at age 89. (Local Current)

“I guess from now on we’ll have to settle for bumping into each other at pilates,” said Tom Waits on his website as he bade farewell to David Letterman with a performance of a new song, “Take One Last Look.” (Pitchfork)

Amy Winehouse‘s father says he ordered that cuts be made to the new documentary Amy—and even so, he’s still not happy with it. The filmmakers will be “asking for trouble” if they invite him to the premiere, he says. The movie, it was just announced, will open across the U.S. on July 10. (NME)

“Just get together and make some good music,” Paul McCartney advises Oasis. “It would be good,” wrote McCartney in an online Q&A with Japanese fans, “because I think everyone likes brothers to like each other.” (NME)

At an Adult Swim party in New York, Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips previewed their forthcoming collaborative album with a performance of new song “Tiger Dreams.” (Billboard) To promote her new Happy Hippie Foundation, Cyrus also released a video of she and Ariana Grande covering Crowded House‘s “Don’t Dream It’s Over” in animal-themed pajamas. (Billboard)

Conor Oberst‘s reunited Desaparecidos have announced a North American summer tour. (Pitchfork) The tour doesn’t include any Minnesota stops, but local audiences will be able to see—and hear—Oberst at Rock the Garden.

Starting next year, the solo performance section of the U.K.’s GCSE music exam for high school students may include an option for the demonstration of DJ skills. The exam board has proposed that skills like scratching and mixing should be counted as testable musical skills, but regulators still have to approve the proposed changes if they are to go into effect. (NME)

On Instagram, El-P has shared a short music clip tagged #RTJ3—a reference to a forthcoming Run the Jewelsalbum. (Pitchfork)

Albert Hammond Jr. of the Strokes says his forthcoming solo album features “the best songs I’ve written.” Momentary Masters will be released on July 31. (NME)

Ryan Adams joined the parade of musicians contributing to David Letterman‘s sendoff week, performing “Starting to Hurt” from Demolition (2002). (Pitchfork)