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Today’s Music News: Girls Rock campers remake classic album covers

The Girls Rock Camp Foundation is raising funds for girls’ music education by selling prints of their campers remaking the covers of classic albums by artists such as David BowieKendrick Lamar, and U2. Their remake of Blondie‘s Parallel Lines cover stars the niece of Beth Ditto (Gossip). (Pitchfork)

Vladimir Putin called Elton John—no, for real this time. After a pair of Russian pranksters convinced the pop star that he’d spoken to their country’s president, Putin actually called John. A Putin spokesman said that the president apologized for the prank and offered to meet John to “discuss any subject which interested him.” John has previously expressed interest in speaking with Putin about gay rights in Russia. (Rolling Stone)

There’s a phone number on the cover of Lana Del Rey‘s new album Honeymoon. Fans who call the number have heard songs from the album as well as poems and other material read by Del Rey—and sometimes, the artist herself has actually picked up the phone. (Billboard)

Jack White‘s burgeoning career as a director continues with the new video for the Dead Weather‘s “Be Still.” (Rolling Stone)

A deluxe reissue of Paul McCartney‘s 1982 album Tug of War features a new, alternate mix of the whole album. The reissue comes out Oct. 2, but in the meantime McCartney has shared the new remix of “Ebony and Ivory,” a hit duet with Stevie Wonder. Hear it at Billboard.

In a new interview with Vanity FairKanye West says that he’s “definitely” still thinking about running for President. In the meantime, he’s a Ben Carson fan. “I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him. I was like this is the most brilliant guy.”

Director Paul Thomas Anderson‘s documentary Junun, which follows Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead) and Israeli musician Shye Ben Tzur to India, will be released Oct. 9 via the video-on-demand platform Mubi. As Billboard describes, “In a 15th-century fort in Jodhpur they build a makeshift studio and, along with a group of musicians from across the Indian sub-continent, work on Ben Tzur’s new album.”

Electric Light Orchestra have announced their first new album in 14 years. Alone in the Universe, credited to “Jeff Lynne‘s ELO,” will be released on Nov. 13. The single “When I Was a Boy” is out now. (Pitchfork)

Can the subscription-service model change live music the way it’s changed recorded music? The founders of Jukely think so. The service, which is now active in 17 cities around the world, charges a flat monthly fee of $25 for members to get into any shows the service has tickets to. (Billboard)

An Italian man named Nicola Pavan built a guitar entirely (well, mostly) out of Legos, and it doesn’t sound too bad. (Billboard)