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Today’s Music News: Beach House are releasing a new album – next week

Beach House. Photo by Shawn Brackbill.

Beach House have announced a follow-up to their new album Depression Cherry. You won’t have to wait long: Thank Your Lucky Stars is being released next Friday. (Pitchfork)

In Nashville, Jack White decided to show up at his neighborhood potluck, and his neighbors had no idea who he was. After introducing himself, “he apologized for traveling so much and missing out over the years,” wrote one of the neighbors on Instagram. (Consequence of Sound)

Pandora has purchased the ticketing service Ticketfly for a cool $450 million. Pandora’s CEO said the deal was a “game-changer” not just for Pandora, but for the music industry as a whole. “With Ticketfly, we will thrill music lovers and lift ticket sales for artists as the most effective marketplace for connecting music makers and fans.” (New York Times)

Pop country artist Billy Joe Royal has died at age 73. Encouraged by Roy Orbison in the early ’60s, Royal had a top ten with with “Down in the Boondocks” in 1965. An attempt at a comeback faced a setback in 1986 when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded just as his single “Burned Like a Rocket” entered the country top ten. (Billboard)

Billy Corgan has quit Twitter to focus on his latest project: a website called “People and Their Cars,” which features…yep, you guessed it. (Consequence of Sound)

The 31-song tracklist for Kurt Cobain‘s Montage of Heck soundtrack has been released. As Pitchfork explains, “It features early demos of Nirvana songs, as well as unreleased tracks like ‘Letter to Frances,’ ‘Aberdeen’ (about a suicide attempt), ‘She Only Lies,’ and ‘Do Re Mi.'” The album comes out on Nov. 20.

Jimmy Buffet‘s Margaritaville is coming to the Mall of America. A branch of the singer-songwriter’s popular restaurant chain will open in spring 2016. (KARE 11)

Florence + the Machine appeared on the Late Show with Steven Colbert on Tuesday to deliver a powerful, stripped-down rendition of “What Kind of Man.” (Consequence of Sound)

Offended by Donald Trump‘s comments about Mexican immigrants, Julio Iglesias has vowed to “never again” perform at a venue owned by the hotel magnate. Trump responded, “Good, I don’t like his voice or his performances anymore, anyhow!” (New York Times)

Celebrity cat Lil Bub has announced plans to release a debut album, Science & Magic. How will that work? Watch for yourself: