Thurston Moore, formerly of Sonic Youth, has paid tribute to Minneapolis rock heroines Babes in Toyland as the reunited band—who once toured with Sonic Youth—prepare for a string of European shows before they head home to play Rock the Garden. “For me,” writes Moore, “for a certain period of time, Babes In Toyland were the greatest band on earth, and there are very few bands I can say that about.” (NME)
Another Rock the Garden artist, Courtney Barnett, filmed a “Take Away Show” for La Blogothèque, performing “Depreston” in Paris. (Pitchfork)
At Wednesday night’s show in Los Angeles, U2 paid homage to their recently deceased tour manager Dennis Sheehan. “We dedicate our whole tour to the very vivid memory of Dennis Sheehan: St. Dennis of Dublin, as he’s known around here,” said Bono. (Billboard)
The legal battle between the estate of B.B. King and two of the late bluesman’s daughters is growing increasingly heated, with both sides issuing strongly-worded statements. The daughters have accused King’s representatives of murdering their father by poison, and of not allowing them to see King in his final days; King’s estate denies the poisoning charges and says that “Mr. King saw who he wanted to see.” (Rolling Stone)
The organizers of Record Store Day have issued a statement clarifying that the new “Vinyl Tuesday” series is not intended to create “a weekly Record Store Day.” They don’t plan to have limited-edition exclusives available every Tuesday; rather, “Vinyl Tuesday is a way for us to encourage artists, labels, distributors and managers to continue to release physical music on Tuesdays when they can. This allows physical retailers to have something fresh to sell and to talk about during the week, and lets those releases not just get lost on the increasingly crowded Friday/weekend.” The program is being launched in response to the planned shift of the global music release day from Tuesday to Friday.
The Rolling Stones released an alternate version of “Dead Flowers” that will appear on their forthcoming Sticky Fingers deluxe reissue. (Rolling Stone) The Stones will likely play multiple tracks from Sticky Fingers—though likely not the entire album—next Wednesday in Minneapolis. It was recently announced that they’ll be joined at TCF Bank Stadium by Minneapolis-based choir VocalEssence.
A posthumous claim of molestation filed against Michael Jackson has been dismissed by a judge who said choreographer Wade Robson waited too long to file the 2013 claim that Jackson molested him as a child. Robson had earlier denied that Jackson had molested him and testified in Jackson’s defense in 2005; he said a pair of nervous breakdowns caused him to realize the damage Jackson had done and to file the belated claim. (Billboard)
“Bad Blood,” currently number one on Billboard’s Hot 100, is the fourth pop chart-topper for Taylor Swift, but the 20th for the song’s producer and co-writer Max Martin. Since first hitting number one with Britney Spears‘s “…Baby One More Time” in 1999, the Swedish songwriter/producer has been involved with 19 more chart-toppers by Swift, ‘NSYNC, Katy Perry, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, and Maroon 5. (Billboard)
Soul singer Ricky Spicer has settled a lawsuit against Kanye West over a sample of Spicer’s vocals in West’s hit “Bound 2.” Details of the private settlement between Spicer and West were not disclosed. (Rolling Stone)
The latest music-world beef on social media is seemingly between veteran R&B singers Anita Baker and Cheryl Lynn. A series of cryptic tweets suggest that Baker may have blocked Lynn on Twitter, and that the cause of the dispute may be related to Lynn’s forthcoming duets album. (Billboard)
We've been friends since 1980 before you had an album out, and we were always sweet to one another I wonder what changed. Voice maybe ?
— Cheryl Lynn (@itscheryllynn) May 28, 2015