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Today’s Music News: Patti Smith’s memoir “Just Kids” to become Showtime series

Detail from the cover of Patti Smith's album "Horses"

Showtime president David Nevins announced that Patti Smith is collaborating with the cable network to create a limited-run TV series adaptation of her 2010 memoir Just Kids. The book focuses on Smith’s relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and includes stories of their run-ins with Jimi HendrixJanis Joplin, and other luminaries.”The medium of a television limited series offers narrative freedom and a chance to expand upon the themes of the book,” said Smith in a statement. (Rolling Stone)

32-year-old Ian Jones has been confirmed to have died in a Saturday kayaking accident that he suffered in upstate New York with his girlfriend, Tali Lennox-Fruchtmann. Lennox-Fruchtmann, the daughter of Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox, escaped safely after the couple’s tandem kayak capsized. (Billboard)

Iggy Pop and members of the groups New OrderHappy Mondays, and The Fall have contributed to a charity single and video in tribute to the late Tony Wilson, founder of Factory Records—the Manchester label that signed Happy Mondays and Joy Division. Proceeds from “St. Anthony: An Ode to Anthony H. Wilson” will go to fight cancer, which took Wilson’s life in 2007. (Billboard)

Young Thug and Gyptian joined Jamie xx for a Sunday night set at New York’s Boiler Room. Young Thug helped Jamie xx perform his hit track “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times),” which he appears on the studio version of. (Pitchfork)

Wolf Alice stopped by James Corden‘s Late Late Show to perform “Moaning Lisa Smile.” (Billboard)

One of the longest-running active lawsuits in America is finally coming to trial: Jay Z and producer Timbaland will both testify at a trial over rights to an Egyptian music sample used in the rapper’s 2000 hit “Big Pimpin.” Timbaland originally believed the music was in the public domain, and both he and Jay Z contend that various financial settlements over the years have adequately compensated the heirs of musican Baligh Hamdy, whose 1960 composition “Khosara, Khosara” was sampled. Hamdy’s heirs believe otherwise. The trial is scheduled to begin on Oct. 13 in California federal court. (Billboard)

Aretha Franklin has canceled a scheduled show in Las Vegas, citing exhaustion. “I thank all of my fans, friends and supporters who bought tickets,” said the Queen of Soul. “I hope to see you all soon.” (Billboard)

When the reunited Libertines go on tour this fall, their retinue will include some special support for one of the band’s frontmen: a post-rehab Pete Doherty is bringing his drug counsellor. (NME)

A wax figure of Sam Smith was unveiled at Madame Tussauds in San Francisco—and the singer got a little familiar with his likeness. (Billboard)