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Today’s Music News: Brittany Howard talks about jamming with Prince

Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes at Hall's Island, two days before her band played Paisley Park (Photo by Nate Ryan/MPR)

Prince is so mysterious,” says Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes. “He’ll summon you, and you’ll go meet him, and you don’t know what to talk about, and you’re just trying not to freak out.” Howard tells Rolling Stone it took Prince only 15 minutes to learn the band’s song “Gimme All Your Love,” which he took a solo on when the band played at Paisley Park this summer. If you’re a Prince fan, tune in to our Prince marathon on Local Current!

New Order have issued a statement in response to a lawsuit from former band member Peter Hook. The band clarify that Hook’s dispute with the band relates only to releases since 2011. “We’re getting on with life and concentrating on touring and promoting our new album” as litigation continues, say the band. (Billboard)

On the latest episode of The MuppetsDave Grohl faces Animal in an epic drum-off. (Rolling Stone)

Hip-hop and R&B ruled on Spotify this year — the year’s most-streamed artists, among U.S. listeners, are DrakeThe WeekndKanye WestEd Sheeran (the exception who proves the rule), and Eminem. (Billboard)

Nominees for the second annual BBC Music Awards have been announced. Up for British Artist of the Year are AdeleJamie xxFlorence + the MachineYears and Years, and last year’s winner Ed Sheeran. International Artist of the Year nominees are Foo FightersHozierMajor LazerPrinceTaylor Swift, and The Weeknd. (NME)

The Smithsonian has launched a website devoted to crowd-sourced photos from the history of rock and roll. The best submissions will be featured in a 2017 book with comments from greats like the Flaming Lips and Graham Nash. (Time)

On Monday night, Jimmy Kimmel‘s musical mash-up series continued with Fall Out Boyz II Men. (Billboard)

The TSA maintains that its San Francisco staff acted appropriately when screening Morrissey earlier this year — and an exhaustive Gawker investigation of the video evidence was inconclusive — but Morrissey strongly maintains that he was groped. “TSA stands for Thorough Sexual Assault,” writes Morrissey, adding, “It is unlikely that ISIS would stoop so low.” (Pitchfork)

In other Moz news, his novel List of the Lost has won the Literary Review’s annual award for Bad Sex in Fiction. The passage singled out describes what seems to be a pleasurable encounter:

At this, Eliza and Ezra rolled together into one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation, screaming and shouting as they playfully bit and pulled at each other in a dangerous and clamorous rollercoaster coil of sexually violent rotation with Eliza’s breasts barrel-rolled across Ezra’s howling mouth and the pained frenzy of his bulbous salutation extenuating his excitement as it whacked and smacked its way into every muscle of Eliza’s body except for the otherwise central zone.

Hello from the other side — of the football field. This past weekend, the Southern University Marching Band covered Adele‘s hit “Hello.” (Billboard)

The Killers have released their tenth annual Christmas song. “Dirt Sledding” comes complete with a video starring Richard Dreyfuss. (Rolling Stone)