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Today’s Music News: The Jesus and Mary Chain are making a comeback album

Jim Reid performs with the Jesus and Mary Chain in France in 2007. (GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/GettyImages)

The Jesus and Mary Chain, who haven’t released an album since the Clinton Administration, are working on a new album. The band reunited in 2007 after breaking up in the 90s and are now on tour; vocalist Jim Reid has just confirmed that a follow-up to 1998’s Munki is in the works. (Billboard)

Guess who else is back? Will Smith. That’s right, the Fresh Prince himself appears on a new music track for the first time in over ten years: he contributes a rap to a remix of the song “Fiesta” by Colombian dance group Bomba Estéreo. In the remix, Smith raps, “Hola mamacita / Go get me a beer-a.” (Rolling Stone)

Chef Kerry Simon has died, of a rare neurogenerative disease, at age 60. Simon was dubbed “the Rock and Roll Chef” because he was friends with so many music stars; Debbie HarryDavid Crosby, and members of the Rolling Stones were among the rockers who dined at Simon’s private chef’s table at New York’s Plaza Hotel. (Rolling Stone)

Paul McCartney and Beck shared the stage at a Wednesday night PETA benefit in Hollywood. They sang the Beatles‘ “Drive My Car” and “I’ve Just Seen a Face.” McCartney later tweeted, “Sorry we didn’t get to play Beck In The USSR, Get Beck or Paperbeck Writer!” (Pitchfork)

What would you do if you cleaned out your desk and found a rare 1962 recording of the Beatles playing live at the Cavern Club? Yep, that’s what British TV producer Johnnie Hamp is going to do too: auction it. Only five original copies of the tape exist. The last time a copy went on the market, in 1993, it was bought by Apple Records for £16,000—about $40,000 in today’s dollars. (NME)

Björk has shared what she’s calling the last batch of remixes from VulnicuraJuliana HuxtableBloom, and patten take the mixer on this set, which will be released on limited-edition translucent vinyl. (Pitchfork)

The Afropunk Festival has canceled what was to be its Atlanta debut this weekend, with inclement weather expected this weekend in the Big Peach. “Safety is always the #1 concern for any of our festivals, nothing is more important,” wrote festival founder Matthew Morgan in a statement. (Billboard)

Sam Smith has shared a teaser for his new “Writing’s On the Wall” video. The song is the theme to the next James Bond movie, Spectre. (NME)

The newest artist on the roster of California indie label Burger Records is Jakob Danger—the 16-year-old son of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. (Rolling Stone)

In the wake of Ryan Adams‘s song-for-song cover of Taylor Swift‘s 1989, Billboard has a helpful roundup of previous cover albums. Did you know that Booker T. & the MGs covered Abbey Road, or that Diana Ross covered the complete Funny Girl soundtrack?

Ready or not, here’s the video for “Movin’ Up,” the debut single by Alana Thompson—a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo. (Billboard)

The new Star Wars movie will contain a character named “Ello Asty,” which some fans are taking to be a reference to the Beastie Boys album Hello Nasty. (Stereogum)