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Today’s Music News: Scott Weiland’s former wife asks fans not to ‘glorify’ late singer’s drug use

Scott Weiland at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Mary Forsberg Weiland, a former wife of late singer-songwriter Scott Weiland, has penned an open letter asking fans not to “glorify” the drug use that, she says, led to his death. “December 3rd, 2015 is not the day Scott Weiland died,” the letter begins. “It is the official day the public will use to mourn him, and it was the last day he could be propped up in front of a microphone for the financial benefit or enjoyment of others.” Forsberg Weiland, the mother of two children with Scott Weiland — children who are now teenagers and, she says, helped her write the letter — goes on to ask, “Let’s choose to make this the first time we don’t glorify this tragedy with talk of rock and roll and the demons that, by the way, don’t have to come with it.” (Rolling Stone)

At a Friday night show in Melbourne, Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) performed his song “Say Hello 2 Heaven” in memory of Scott Weiland. The song was originally written and performed — with Cornell’s band Temple of the Dog — to honor Mother Love Bone‘s Andrew Wood, who died in 1990. Hear the tribute at Consequence of Sound.

Janet Jackson leads the pack of musical nominees for this year’s NAACP Image Awards. On the strength of her #1 comeback album, Jackson landed six nominations. Also prominent in the mix are the Empire cast, The Weeknd, and Pharrell Williams. The awards will be presented on Feb. 5. (Billboard)

How do Wolf Alice feel about their song “Moaning Lisa Smile” being nominated for a Grammy? The British band are “proper chuffed,” of course. (NME)

Drake is also among this year’s Grammy nominees — but not for “Hotline Bling,” a #2 hit single with one of the year’s most iconic music videos. The song, it turns out, was never considered for nomination — because his label forgot to submit it. Oops. (Consequence of Sound)

Details have emerged regarding the sale of Wu-Tang Clan‘s album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. Only one copy of the album was made, and it was purchased for a reported $2 million by Martin Shkreli — the Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO who earned ire earlier this year for raising the cost of a potentially life-saving drug from $13.50 to $750.00. Shkreli says he hasn’t even listened to the album yet: “I’m going to kind of save it for a rainy day.” (Pitchfork)

How much was the former site of Cheapo Records on Lake Street worth? We now know: $6.75 million, which is what property owner Richard Schulze (the founder of Best Buy) got when he sold it to a developer who plans to construct an apartment building on the site. With the sale pending, the record store moved earlier this year to a new location on Nicollet Avenue, where it’s now re-opened. (Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal)

Salford Lads’ Club in Manchester has been a mecca for Smiths fans since it was featured in a photo on the inner sleeve of the band’s 1986 album The Queen is Dead. The recreational club is now set to become a semi-regular music venue, hosting up to ten shows a year. One of the upcoming performers may be none other than Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. (NME)

Duran Duran and Chic have announced a joint U.S. tour for 2016; the tour begins March 28 in Durham, N.C. and stops at the Xcel Energy Center on July 23. (Rolling Stone)

Best Coast and Wavves have also announced a joint tour in 2016; this one doesn’t stop in Minnesota, but it hits Chicago on Feb. 24. (Pitchfork)

Peter Gabriel plans to participate in an MIT research project that will give monkeys the chance to communicate via the Internet using video screens. The project, in collaboration with the Monkey World research center, is still in its early stages and it’s unclear what Gabriel’s role will be, but he says, “I am absolutely certain the monkeys will use the video cameras in Monkey World to communicate with each other.” The study was reported by the Sunday Times, which says, “Gabriel is convinced that people could communicate with animals if only we could find a shared medium of expression.” (NME)