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Today’s Music News: Lil Bub is the latest cat to have a hit album

Lil Bub has a hit album: Science & Magic: A Guide to the Universe is at number two on Billboard’s dance/electronic albums chart. As Billboard notes, Bub isn’t the first cat to chart: the Jingle Cats had two Billboard 200 albums in the ’90s, and of course MC Skat Kat (voiced by The Current’s own Derrick “Delite” Stevens) had a number one single with Paula Abdul in 1990.

Bob Weir is producing a Grateful Dead bio-series for Amazon. The show will be co-produced by former Dead roadie Steve Parish, whose 2003 memoir will serve as the principal basis for the show’s script. (Rolling Stone)

Josh Homme has thanked fans for a video homage to his band Eagles of Death Metal, made in the wake of the Paris terrorist attack on the band’s show. “I find it difficult to put into words how this video makes me feel,” wrote Homme, sharing the video on Facebook. (Rolling Stone)

Titus Andronicus announced a spring tour with Craig Finn; the tour will stop at Mill City Nights on March 12.

Killer Mike (Run the Jewels) has shared video of an extended interview with presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Unsurprisingly, the two bonded over their shared disdain for Donald Trump. (Rolling Stone)

A new tribute album to Blind Willie Johnson will feature contributions from Tom Waitsthe Blind Boys of AlabamaSinéad O’Connor, and more. God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson will be released Feb. 26. (Pitchfork)

W Magazine has recruited celebrities including Amy SchumerKristen WiigBryan Cranston, and Seth Rogen to perform a dramatic reading of the lyrics to Drake‘s hit “Hotline Bling.”

Beth Ditto (Gossip) is collaborating with designer Jean Paul Gaultier on a t-shirt that celebrates her inauguration as a fashion designer; in February she’ll launch her own line of plus-size clothing. The t-shirt marks the first time a Gaultier design will be available up to size 30. (Rolling Stone)

The best unproduced screenplay in Hollywood, according to the annual “Black List” of screenplays awaiting movies, is a biopic of Michael Jackson‘s chimpanzee Bubbles. The summary of Isaac Adamson‘s Bubbles, per the Hollywood Reporter:

A baby chimp is adopted by pop star Michael Jackson. Narrating his own story, Bubbles the Chimp details his life within The King of Pop’s inner circle through the scandals that later rocked Jackson’s life and eventually led to Bubbles’ release.

In a tribute video, pop starlet Ariana Grande proves that millennials haven’t forgotten who shot first in the Mos Eisley cantina — and who, actually, never shot at all. (Billboard)

In other Star Wars news, the Force Awakens cast joined Jimmy Fallon and the Roots to sing an a capella medley of John Williams‘s iconic themes.