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Today’s Music News: New views of planned Target Center renovation

The City of Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development has submitted a report on the upcoming renovation of Target Center, and it features updated renderings of how the downtown venue could look when long-planned renovations are complete. The report is being presented to the City Planning Commission for consideration at a meeting next week.

Thursday on The Tonight Show, Kendrick Lamar debuted a new song called “Untitled 2.” (Stereogum)

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver wrote a song for the new Mavis Staples album, notes Rolling StoneLivin’ on a High, out Feb. 19, will also feature songs written by Nick CaveNeko CasetUnE-yArDsBenjamin Booker, Valerie JuneAloe Blacc, and M. Ward — who produced the album.

David Bowie writhes in a hospital bed in a creepy new video for his song “Lazarus.” The song appears on Bowie’s album , which will be released on Friday — Bowie’s 69th birthday. (NME)

Radiohead have formed a new company: Dawn Chorus LLP. It’s unknown exactly what plans the band have for the company — which was incorporated last October but only recently discovered by fans — but they formed similar corporations to distribute each of their two most recent albums, so fans are hoping the step means the band’s new album is imminent. (Consequence of Sound)

The estate of Michael Jackson has announced a special reissue of the singer’s classic 1979 album Off the Wall. The reissue, to be released Feb. 26, will feature a Spike Lee documentary about the making of the album. The documentary will premiere at Sundance later this month, and on Showtime on Feb. 5. (Rolling Stone)

Singer-songwriter-choreographer Nicholas Caldwell has died of congestive heart failure at age 71. Caldwell was a founding member of the Whispers, an R&B group that found success in the 1980s with hits like “And the Beat Goes On” and “Rock Steady.” (Billboard)

Father John Misty has announced a world tour that kicks off March 30 in California and makes an April 16 stop at Northrop. (Pitchfork)

Frank Ocean has hit the studio with Rich the Kid. No word yet what will come of it; fans still await a follow-up to Ocean’s acclaimed 2012 album Channel Orange. (Pitchfork)

Fifth HarmonyTaylor Swift, and Ed Sheeran took honors for Favorite Group, Favorite Female Artist, and Favorite Male Artist, respectively, at Wednesday night’s People’s Choice Awards. Shawn Mendes won Favorite Breakout Artist, and Meghan Trainor‘s Title was named Favorite Album. (Billboard)

Meanwhile, Sheeran says he inadvertently offended Adele when the two recently had dinner together; he mentioned that he’d just bought a new flip phone, to which Adele replied, “Is that some sort of f—ing joke?” Sheeran was confused — until a mutual friend at dinner explained that Sheeran hadn’t yet seen Adele’s “Hello” video, which famously features the highly dramatic use of flip phones. (NME)