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Today’s Music News: Columbia House might come back – as a vinyl club

a vintage Columbia House ad

John Lippman, the man who bought the defunct Columbia House music club for $1.5 million, says he’s hoping to relaunch the club as a vinyl retailer. Lippman believes the online market for vinyl sales is underserved: “For a category that is meaningful and growing rapidly,” he told the Wall Street Journal, “you don’t see a whole lot of choice.” (Stereogum)

The ticketing company Songkick has sued Live Nation, alleging that the concert-promotion giant and its subsidiary company Ticketmaster have violated federal antitrust law by using their commanding market position to quash competition. Songkick, which specializes in fan club presales, says that Live Nation and Ticketmaster are pressuring artists not to work with Songkick and other independent ticket sellers for presales and other services. (New York Times)

Prince and Ebony have sparred over the publication of an interview conducted by journalist Miles Marshall Lewis. The interview was the basis for an August feature story, and on Tuesday, Ebony published an extended version of the interview. The interview quickly disappeared from Ebony’s website; Lewis tells Billboard that Prince asked that the interview be taken down, with Lewis and Prince apparently in dispute as to whether the conversation was off the record.

Paparazzi photographer Richard Terry has sued Chris Martin, alleging that the Coldplay frontman intentionally hit Terry with a Jeep after leaving a Santa Monica restaurant in January. The photographer says Martin has “a significant history of repeated and ongoing violent acts against entertainment news people.” (NME)

Who’s Meghan Trainor? Don’t ask Courtney Barnett, who says she didn’t know who her fellow Best New Artist nominees were when this year’s Grammy nominations were announced. Will she now take a listen to the music of her fellow nominees James BaySam Hunt, and Tori Kelly? Nah. “I don’t often just go out and buy a record because it was in a magazine or it was on a list or something,” Barnett told Billboard.

The upcoming season of American Idol will feature Kanye West, who auditioned for the show as if he were just an unknown rapper. Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian West has shared a clip of what Rolling Stone is calling her husband’s “fauxdition.”

A Danish replica of Graceland can’t call itself “Graceland,” says the estate of Elvis Presley. The European tourist attraction — which opened in 2011, and is actually twice the size of the original Graceland — is now renaming itself “Memphis Mansion.” (Billboard)

Another day, another hologram tour announcement. This time, it’s Mr. Excitement himself: Jackie Wilson will go on tour in hologram form starting in 2017, with the blessing of the late R&B icon’s family. (Billboard)

Also — another day, another new sales record for Adele. Having already become the first album in the history of reliable sales tracking to sell over a million copies in each of two separate weeks, 25 is about to go even further and sell over a million copies in each of three separate weeks. (Billboard)

Austrian radio DJ Joel Kohlhofer has been punished by his station management after playing “Last Christmas” on continuous loop for two hours during his morning show — reportedly barricading the studio door to lock his co-host and producers out, and only stopping when his young daughter phoned the station asking her dad to give Wham! a rest. As punishment, the station’s programming chief, says, Kohlhofer is being forced to work extra shifts on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. (NME)