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Today’s Music News: Authorized Replacements biography coming in March

The Replacements have cooperated with writer Bob Mehr on a 520-page book about the band’s history. Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements will be published on March 1. The book, nearly a decade in the making, will also include 70 rare and never-before-seen photos. (Rolling Stone)

The 2016 Golden Globe nominations have been announced; nominees for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture are Ellie Goulding (“Love Me Like You Do” from 50 Shades of Grey), Brian Wilson (“One Kind of Love” from Love and Mercy), Wiz Khalifa with Charlie Puth (“See You Again” from Furious 7), David Lang (“Simple Song #3” from Youth), and Sam Smith (“Writing’s On the Wall” from Spectre). (Billboard)

Billboard has obtained Hennepin County police documents detailing substances found on the tour bus where Scott Weiland died in Bloomington last Thursday. In addition to cocaine, police found “a ‘baggie with green leafy substance’ as well as Viagra, a painkiller, sleeping pills and Ziprasidone, an FDA-approved pill used to treat symptoms of bipolar disorder.”

Barack Obama‘s favorite song of the year is “How Much a Dollar Cost” — a deep cut from Kendrick Lamar‘s much-lauded album To Pimp a ButterflyMichelle Obama preferred “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. (Rolling Stone)

The First Lady’s favorite song was also the year’s most-viewed video on Vevo, the service announced — though in total views, Taylor Swift dominated the year, with three different videos in Vevo’s 2015 top ten. (Billboard)

The Indian ashram where the Beatles went on retreat in 1968 — and wrote much of the White Album — has officially been reopened to the public under the auspices of the local forestry department in Rishikesh. The forestry department took control of the then-derelict site in 2003. (Rolling Stone)

Singer Bonnie Lou has died at age 91. Lou became well-known as a yodeling country star in the 1940s, then turned to rockabilly in the 1950s. She was a TV and radio host in the 1960s through the 1980s, and continued performing into the 21st century — enjoying a resurgence of interest in her music starting in the early 2000s. (Billboard)

Spotify is reported to seriously be considering allowing artists to make their music available only to paid subscribers. The service’s ad-supported “freemium” model has been a bone of contention with artists like Taylor Swift and Adele, but publicly, the service says it continues to stand by its model “100%.” (Billboard)

Bruce Springsteen says he’s working on a new solo album — one that will likely lead to a tour without the E Street Band after the band and the Boss finish their upcoming tour dedicated to The River. (Rolling Stone)

The estate of Elvis Presley is escalating its legal battle with Sony Music, both in the U.S. and abroad, over revenues from the King’s music. Presley reached an agreement with RCA (now owned by Sony) in 1974, but copyright extensions and digital revenue streams have meant that Presley’s music has earned much more in recent decades than he and Colonel Parker ever guessed it would. (Billboard)

Christmas queen Mariah Carey announced a new holiday special: Mariah Carey’s Merriest Christmas will air Dec. 19 on the Hallmark Channel. (Billboard)