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Today’s Music News: Uptown Minneapolis Cheapo moving to Eat Street

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The Cheapo Discs store that’s currently located on West Lake Street in Uptown Minneapolis will move several blocks northeast, taking the space currently occupied by Payday America at Nicollet and 26th. Cheapo is vacating its current location to make way for a new mixed-use development. At 9,000 square feet, Cheapo’s new location will be less than half the size of its current 22,000-square-foot store. (Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal)

Local hip-hop/R&B artists Bobby Raps and Corbin hit the Big Apple in support of their new Couch Potato EP, and Billboard gave the show a positive review, calling moments “gorgeous” and “thrilling.”

A Las Vegas coroner has concluded that B.B. King died of natural causes, dismissing the claims of murder via poisoning that were made by two of the blues legend’s daughters. (Billboard)

Jackie Fuchs says that one of the reasons she decided to go public with her story about her sexual assault at the hands of Runaways manager Kim Fowley was the media reaction to Kesha‘s allegation of rape against producer Dr. Luke. “People were saying, ‘Obviously her allegations can’t be true, because she stayed friendly with him,'” Fuchs noted in an interview with Billboard. “That completely ignores the fact that people stay friendly with their abusers when they know the person, especially where there’s a business relationship.”

Director Josh Trank announced that the closing credits of the new Fantastic Four movie will be soundtracked by El-P of Run the Jewels. Fantastic Four will be released in theaters on Aug. 7. (Consequence of Sound)

Lauryn Hill has canceled a July 15 show in London, saying that her “past legal situation” prohibits her from entering the U.K. Though Hill served time in 2013 for tax evasion in the U.S., she has played U.K. shows since then, and it’s unclear precisely what legal problems are standing in her way at present. (NME)

Today’s music beef: Ed Sheeran has swiped back at Morrissey‘s comments to the effect that Sheeran and Sam Smith are being “force-fed” to the public by deep-pocketed major labels. Sheeran says Morrissey’s views are “absolute bollocks. Taking me out of the equation, Sam was the least predictable success story of the last year.” (NME)

Another veteran rocker, John Lydon, passed on the opportunity to talk trash about boy band One Direction. Asked about the band, Lydon said, “the thing with those boys is, they can really sing. Fair play to them.” (NME)

Now he doesn’t even have as much as his name: 50 Cent has declared bankruptcy, downed by “primarily consumer debts.” The rapper shrugs it off: “Walt Disney has filed bankruptcy. Donald Trump has filed bankruptcy.” (Billboard)

Today in Kenny & Dolly news: Kenny Rogers announced that he’ll release his sixth holiday album—aptly titled Once Again It’s Christmas—this fall. (Rolling Stone) Meanwhile, seven-year-old Alyvia Lind has been cast as Dolly Parton in the upcoming NBC movie Coat of Many Colors. (Billboard)

Ariana Grande will go free in the infamous California doughnut-licking incident. Although Wolfee Donuts accused Grande of “deliberate food tampering” for licking doughnuts on the counter of their store, they’ve decided not to press legal charges. (Billboard)