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Today’s Music News: Brian Wilson sees star rise due to ‘Love & Mercy’

John Cusack as Brian Wilson in "Love & Mercy."

Brian Wilson has had to postpone a U.K. tour for a reason that’s exactly the opposite of why most artists postpone tours: he’s increasingly in demand, due to the success of the new biopic Love & Mercydirected by Minnesota native Bill Pohlad. Instead of touring the U.K., Wilson will spend the fall making a series of U.S. appearances, then next year he’ll tour Europe to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pet Sounds—a tour the 73-year-old Beach Boys mastermind says will be his last European tour. (Billboard)

Star pianist Lorie Line is hosting a two-day estate sale on Thursday and Friday in Maple Plain. According to the sale listing, “For the first-time ever, Lorie Line is selling touring pieces from the past … props, set pieces, period costumes, road cases, furniture, endless Christmas decorations, floral arrangements, fabrics, Rosco flooring, art, chandeliers and sound and lighting gear.” (Pioneer Press)

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, has been moved to hospice care as her condition continues to deteriorate. Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22, was found unconscious on Jan. 31 and has since been in a medically induced coma. (Billboard)

Made in America, a Philadelphia music festival curated by Jay Z, announced the lineup for this year’s event, to be held Sept. 5-6. Among the performers will be BeyoncéModest MouseDeath Cab for Cutie, and the Weeknd. (Pitchfork)

Rapper Rick Ross has been arrested in Fayette County, Georgia and is being held on charges of kidnapping, aggravated battery, and aggravated assault stemming from a June 7 incident in which Ross allegedly assaulted a man and forced the man to remain in Ross’s guest house against his will. (Billboard)

On Tuesday night in Milwaukee, Buddy Guy opened for the Rolling Stones and later joined the band onstage for a rendition of Muddy Waters‘s “Champagne and Reefer.” (Rolling Stone)

Apple Music has reached an agreement with leading independent record labels, ensuring that they will in fact be on board when the new streaming service launches on June 30. (Rolling Stone)

Video has been released of Erykah Badu performing a 17-minute medley onstage with the Roots in May. The medley includes covers of songs by Kanye West, NasGrandmaster Flash, and more. (Pitchfork)

Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, a founding member of Smashing Pumpkins, will rejoin the group on July 7 as they head out on tour with Marilyn Manson. Thursday night’s acoustic show at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis will be the band’s last show before Chamberlin rejoins the group. (Rolling Stone)

A film version of Roger Waters‘s recent concert production of Pink Floyd‘s The Wall will screen at hundreds of movie theaters around the world on Sept. 29. Participating local theaters include Showplace ICON in St. Louis Park and the Rosedale 14 in Roseville. (Rolling Stone)

Paparazzi photos of Beyoncé‘s pregnant belly and Katy Perry in a bikini are at the center of an escalating legal battle that will determine the liability of user-driven websites like LiveJournal and Tumblr for copyrighted content posted by their users. At issue is exactly how assiduously those sites need to police users who post potentially infringing images. (Billboard)