Prince isn’t finished with his meme-inspired song “This Could B Us,” which first appeared on last year’s ART OFFICIAL AGE album. On Tidal, Prince has released a sultry, reimagined version of the song; the new version will appear on his forthcoming album HITNRUN, which is due for release September 7 on Tidal and later in physical formats. Listen to the new version here. (Stereogum)
As Rolling Stone puts it, “Taylor Swift is living out her ultimate mixtape.” On Monday night in L.A., Natalie Maines joined Swift for the Dixie Chicks song “Goodbye Earl” and Alanis Morissette sang “You Oughta Know” with the country-singer-turned-pop-idol. Then, on Tuesday night, Swift was joined by John Legend for “All of Me” as well as by Beck and St. Vincent simultaneously (!) for a performance of Beck’s single “Dreams.”
Pandora listeners will soon start hearing more ads for local businesses: Billboard reports that the streaming giant is opening a Minneapolis office in the IDS Center, with 20 employees who will largely be focused on selling ads. It’s Pandora’s 37th U.S. office.
Dozens of Van Morrison albums will get online releases for the first time—thanks to Legacy Recordings, which has acquired the rights to a sizable chunk of the rock legend’s catalog. While some of Van Morrison’s most popular albums, such as Moondance (1970) and Astral Weeks (1968), are already available on streaming and download services, the new deal will eventually lead to the digital release of albums including Saint Dominic’s Preview (1972) and Enlightenment (1990) among many others. (Rolling Stone)
Bruce Springsteen‘s Born to Run celebrated its 40th anniversary on Tuesday, earning tributes from many fans—including New Jersey governor Chris Christie, despite the fact that the Republican Presidential candidate holds political views that are quite different from those of the famously liberal Boss. Christie says Born to Run is “the most powerful rock album of my lifetime.” (Billboard)
— Chris Christie (@ChrisChristie) August 25, 2015
The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards will be presented to Kanye West, the network has announced. Previous recipients have included—in addition to Jackson himself—Madonna, Beyoncé, and the Beastie Boys. This year’s VMAs will be presented on Sunday night in L.A. (Pitchfork)
Beyoncé will always have her Video Vanguard Award, but she’s lost another distinction: that of being the most-followed person on Instagram. She’s been eclipsed by the wife of her husband Jay-Z‘s longtime collaborator Kanye West: Kim Kardashian now rules Instagram with over 44 million followers. (Tech Insider)
The Velvet Underground‘s fourth album, Loaded (1970), will be released in a 45th anniversary deluxe edition on October 30. The six-disc set will include five different mixes of the album, two live sets, and various demos and other tracks. The band’s three first albums have already received the deluxe-edition treatment. (Pitchfork)
Dead & Company have announced an eight-show fall tour that will stop on both coasts. The band features three surviving members of the Grateful Dead, as well as John Mayer. (Pitchfork)
N.W.A. have the first Top 40 hit of their career, as the title track to their 1988 debut album Straight Outta Compton climbs to number 38 on Billboard’s Hot 100. The song and album inspired the name of a new N.W.A. biopic, and Pitchfork just named “Straight Outta Compton” the third-best song of the 1980s (in a list that Prince topped).
AC/DC have been pulled into the story of the Ashley Madison hack—the computer attack that resulted in the leak of information about many customers of the find-an-illicit-lover website. When Ashley Madison employees logged on in the wake of the hack, authorities revealed at a Monday press conference, they were greeted with AC/DC’s song “Thunderstruck.” (Billboard)