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Today’s Music News: Grooveshark co-founder Josh Greenberg dies at age 28

Josh Greenberg, a co-founder of Grooveshark, died of unknown causes at his home in Florida this weekend. He was 28. An autopsy was performed on Monday morning, and authorities are saying there is no evidence of suicide or foul play. Grooveshark, formerly a popular music listening service, was shut down in April after extensive litigation with record labels, who claimed the site violated their copyrights. (Billboard)

Sam Mendes, director of the new James Bond movie Spectre, has confirmed that a theme song has been recorded, but hasn’t said by whom. A British bookmaker who was taking bets on the artist’s identity was favoring Sam Smith until Smith distanced himself from rumors about his participation in the new film, saying he’d heard Ellie Goulding might be doing the honors. Other favorites were Ed Sheeran and Lana Del Rey, with One Direction regarded as a 40-to-1 shot. (NME)

In other movie/music news, filmmaker Björn Tagemose is making what’s being called “the loudest silent movie on earth.” The fantasy-concert hybrid, called Gutterdämmerung, will be screened with a narrator and live rock band providing the soundtrack. Among the musicians who will act in the film are Iggy PopHenry RollinsJesse Hughes (Eagles of Death Metal), and Grace Jones. (Rolling Stone)

As Dave Grohl continues to recover from his broken leg, he invited his foot surgeon, Lew C. Schon, onstage with the Foo Fighters on Sunday at Fenway Park to sing and play guitar for a cover of the White Stripes‘ “Seven Nation Army.” (Billboard)

PJ Harvey will perform new material at the London Literature Festival in October, festival organizers have announced. (NME)

Songwriter and producer Perry “Buddy” Buie has died at age 74. Buie is best-known for his role in helping to form the Atlanta Rhythm Section. (Billboard)

Erykah Badu has suggested (with an “lol”) that the Black-Eyed Peas “borrowed” the idea for her video “Honey” in their new clip “Yesterday.” Both videos have the artists shopping for records and appearing on the covers of classic albums. (NME)

YouTube megastar Psy was reportedly involved in a car crash in China; he was in a Rolls Royce that collided with a bus. No one was hurt, and Psy left the scene in a Porsche. (Billboard)

You’ve heard artists complain about people shoving phones in their faces, but that’s not literally what they meant—until Friday night in San Diego, when J. Cole was hit in the face by a flying phone. In a video of the incident, the hip-hop star seems to sigh, then picks the phone up and puts it in his pocket. (NME)

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe does a pretty good Eminem, karaoke fans in Half Moon Bay, California learned on Friday night. (Billboard)