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Today’s Music News: Metallica-branded Budweiser is coming to Quebec

91,000 cans of Metallica-branded Budweiser are coming to Quebec, commemorating the band’s Sept. 14 and 16 Quebec City shows—which will be the last in the slated-for-demolition Colisée Pepsi and the first in the new Centre Vidéotron, respectively, so they’re kind of a big deal for Quebecois. Metallica Budweiser will arrive in stores (in Quebec) starting Sept. 28. (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Speaking of Canada, a number of Canadian artists have signed the Leap Manifesto, which Pitchfork describes as “a pledge that calls for ‘a Canada based on caring for the Earth and one another.’ The manifesto pledges to support the rights of indigenous people, a shift toward renewable energy, the construction of high-speed rail systems and affordable housing, and many other causes.” Among the artists who have signed on: Leonard Cohen, Neil YoungFeistTegan and SaraAlanis Morissette, and Arcade Fire.

Speaking of Arcade Fire, their song “Wake Up” soundtracks a new video promoting a bid to bring the 2024 Olympics to…no, not Canada, but Los Angeles. (Billboard)

Bruce Springsteen will headline the ninth annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit concert for injured military veterans. The show, which will take place Nov. 10 at Madison Square Garden, will also feature Jon Stewart and other performers. (Rolling Stone)

The 29th annual Bridge School Benefit Concert will be headlined by Neil Young, who co-founded the concert series with his ex-wife Pegi Young. Neil Young will perform with Promise of the Real, his collaborators on The Monsanto YearsSt. VincentRyan Adamsthe Dixie ChicksSpoonGary Clark Jr.Nils Lofgren, and Sheryl Crow will also perform at the benefit concert, which will take place at Mountain View, California’s Shoreline Amphitheatre on Oct. 24 and 25. (Rolling Stone)

The first round of winners in the fifth annual Streamy Awards for online video were announced on Monday night; among the musical winners were “Weird Al” Yankovic (best cover song: “Foil”) and Alessia Cara (best original song: “Here”). More Streamy Awards will be presented at a Hollywood ceremony on Sept. 17. (Billboard)

James Corden didn’t let Stevie Wonder drive—despite the musician’s joking insistence that he was ready to take the wheel—when filming a new installment of Carpool Karaoke. Among the songs Wonder sings in the segment are “Sir Duke” and, in a phone call to Corden’s wife, “I Just Called to Say I Love You.” (Rolling Stone)

Vladimir Putin doesn’t have any immediate plans to meet with Elton John—but he’s not categorically ruling it out. After John said that he’d like to meet with Putin to talk about the Russian president’s “ridiculous” views on gay rights, a Putin representative replied, “We are aware from media reports, but we haven’t received any signals directly from Sir Elton John. Given that there have been many insinuations in the media lately, we are treating information of that kind carefully.” (Billboard)

A cover of “Trap Queen” has gone viral—because the cover artist is child actor George Dalton, whose credits include the new Wet Hot American Summer series. Watch Dalton’s kid-friendly version of Fetty Wap‘s summer hit: