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Today’s Music News: Hüsker Dü have an official website, for the first time ever

Twin Cities rock legends Hüsker Dü have their first-ever official website. The site is just a merchandise mart—but still, notes the Star Tribune’s Chris Riemenschneider, “marks the first thaw in a glacial ice pack that formed in early 1988, when the influential Minneapolis punk trio broke up.” The band’s bassist Greg Norton tells Reimenschneider that “there’s ongoing communication between the three of us now,” and it’s been a long time since that’s been the case.

Carey Mulligan has confirmed that she and her husband Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) welcomed a baby daughter. (Billboard)

British concert promoter John Giddings, who’s worked extensively with David Bowie, says that Bowie has decided to retire from the road. “Every time I see him now,” says Giddings, “before I even speak to him, he goes, ‘I’m not touring.’” (Billboard)

Phil Collins announced that he’s publishing an autobiography in October of next year. “Having found the right publisher in Penguin Random House,” said the sometime Genesis frontman in a statement, “I am ready to go on record about my life in music with all the highs and all the lows and to tell the story from my point of view, warts and all!” (Rolling Stone)

Two-thirds of American households with broadband Internet access now use it to stream audio, according to a new study. The study was conducted before the launch of Apple Music, and it didn’t ask about specific free services—but it did ask about paid services, and guess which paid service has a substantial lead? Nope, guess again: it’s Amazon. (Billboard)

In a gala ceremony on Sunday night, Rosanne CashMark James (“Suspicious Minds”), Even Stevens (“Drivin’ My Life Away”), and Craig Wiseman (“Live Like You Were Dying”) were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. (Rolling Stone)

The author of a new, unauthorized Lou Reed biography says that his sources—who included exes and bandmates of the Velvet Underground frontman—described Reed as a man who could be abusive towards women and friends (including David Bowie, though Bowie was not one of the book’s sources). One source even told biographer Howard Sounes that Reed referred to Bob Dylan using an anti-Semitic slur. (Billboard)

Artist Jamie Hewlett confirms that new Gorillaz music is coming next year. Hewlett, who collaborates on the cartoon band with Damon Albarn, says “I’m working on it at the moment, and it’s going very well. I’m very excited.” (Billboard)

The first musician to hit 500 million Spotify streams with a single song is Ed Sheeran, whose “Thinking Out Loud” has taken the honors. Sheeran says he’s “chuffed” at the news. (Billboard)

The Flaming Lips don’t need Miley Cyrus to play material from their joint album, the band proved on Sunday night in California, when they played material from Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz for the first time sans Cyrus, who was “at home,” said Wayne Coyne. (Billboard)

Rita Ora says that she’d love to remake “Lady Marmalade” with Charli XCXIggy Azalea, and Miley Cyrus. Not happening, tweets Azalea. “That was an iconic moment in pop history and should be left alone,” she wrote, presumably in reference to the 2001 version of the song featuring Christina Aguilera, Mya, Lil Kim, and Pink. (Billboard) The song was first a hit in 1975, for Labelle.

If Russia wants to keep Crimea, they’ll have to keep Fred Durst too. Russian media are reporting that the Limp Bizkit frontman plans to move to the territory, recently annexed by Russia, to produce film and TV content. (Billboard) Did being confused with an accused murderer have anything to do with this decision? So far, Durst isn’t saying.