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Today’s Music News: Cynthia Robinson of Sly and the Family Stone dies at 69

Cynthia Robinson of Sly and the Family Stone has died of cancer at age 69. Robinson, a co-founder of the group, was a trumpeter and vocalist who provided some of the group’s most memorable moments — that’s her voice singing “get up and dance to the music” in the band’s 1968 hit. (Billboard)

Adele has smashed sales records even more quickly than expected with her album 25, which after just half a week of release has moved more copies than any album ever has in a single week. That breaks the previous record held by *NSYNC (“We officially say Bye Bye Bye,” quipped Lance Bass, as Joey Fatone admitted buying his own copy of 25) — but with music sales having declined precipitously since 2000, Adele is dominating the market in a way that’s leagues beyond what anyone has ever done before her. During their record-setting week, for example, *NSYNC represented 17% of all music sales — whereas copies of 25 represent 42% of all albums sold so far this week.

Adele’s music is even helping reunite Han Solo and Chewbacca:

Meanwhile, Damon Albarn has dismissed the idea that he and Adele are feuding in the wake of bittersweet comments she made about the perils of meeting one’s idol. “It’s not even true,” said Albarn, who is dumbfounded that the putative feud made his name a trending topic on Twitter. (Pitchfork)

Julian Dorio, the drummer who was playing with Eagles of Death Metal when their show became the target of terrorists in Paris, has shared a statement via Instagram thanking those who helped him and mourning the lives lost — including that of “our mate,” crew member Nick Alexander. (Stereogum)

James Taylor appeared on The Late Show to sing “La Marseillaise,” the French national anthem, in the wake of the Nov. 13 Paris attacks. (Rolling Stone)

Morrissey has claimed that Universal refused his request to reissue his 2009 song “I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris” as a tribute to “the lives lost in the Paris atrocities.” The label, however, denies that claim, saying “we have not received – let alone refused – any request from Morrissey himself related to ‘I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris.'” Morrissey responded to the denial by saying he “is in possession of a letter” proving his assertion. (Pitchfork)

As Bruce Springsteen prepares to release a deluxe reissue of his album The River on Dec. 4, he’s shared previously unreleased track “Party Lights.” (Billboard)

Steve Albini has penned an essay about his Christmas tradition of delivering packages to needy Chicago families. Over the past 20 years, says Albini, he’s received help from luminaries including Jeff Tweedy and Fred Armisen. (Pitchfork)

Thom Yorke says that in 2003, representatives of then-Prime-Minister Tony Blair blackmailed him by trying to force him to meet with Blair to enable continued access by an environmental group Yorke supported. “Because of the Iraq War,” says Yorke in a new interview, “I didn’t want to do it. I felt it was morally unacceptable for me to be photographed with Blair.” (Rolling Stone)

The Wu-Tang Clan‘s edition-of-one album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin has been sold at auction. An exact price has not been disclosed, but an unnamed fan has paid “in the millions” to own the only copy of the album that will ever be released. That makes it the most expensive record ever sold — even more expensive than Elvis Presley‘s first recording, which Jack White bought for a mere $300,000. (Stereogum)