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Music News: Father John Misty co-stars in new Lana Del Rey video

Lana Del Rey has released an 11-minute video for her song “Freak.” Though Father John Misty does not perform on the song itself, he co-stars in the video, which features the pair going on a surreal odyssey together. (Paper)

More new videos

Mark Ronson and Tame Impala‘s Kevin Smith have also released a new video — for “Summer Breaking” and “Daffodils,” two collaborative tracks from Ronson’s Uptown Special album. Watch it on Rolling Stone.

Did you know that Jonathan and Drew Scott — a.k.a. TV’s The Property Brothers — are also country singers? They’ve just released a new video for their song “Hold On.” (BuzzFeed)

Today’s Beatles news

Netflix has released a teaser for a new animated series called Beat Bugs. The children’s series, which debuts in August, will feature Beatles songs covered by artists including Eddie VedderSiaPinkChris Cornellthe ShinsOf Monsters and MenRegina Spektor, and more. (Rolling Stone)

Paul McCartney has created short instrumental jingles for “Love Mojis,” a Valentine’s Day project on Skype that will feature animated designs. (Rolling Stone)


A Tuesday night Fleetwood Mac tribute concert in L.A. featured performances by Alison Mosshart (“Dreams,” with Mark Ronson), Courtney Love (“Silver Springs”), Perry Ferrell (“Gold Dust Woman,” with Etty Ferrell), Joanna Newsom (“Beautiful Child”), Juliette Lewis (“Stand Back”), Carly Rae Jepsen (“Hold Me”), Cold War Kids (“Man of the World”), members of Lucius (“I Don’t Wanna Know”), and others. The show benefited musicians-aid organizations. (Rolling Stone)

Vanity Fair corralled 29 celebrities to perform dramatic line-readings from Justin Bieber‘s “Sorry.” John LegendNick Jonas, and more stars from all walks of life participated in the project; watch the video at Rolling Stone.

Monday’s Grammys will feature a Glenn Frey tribute featuring surviving Eagles bandmates Bernie LeadonDon HenleyJoe WalshTimothy B. Schmit and “Take It Easy” co-writer Jackson Browne. (Rolling Stone)

Representing for local music

Carlos Santana, the Mexico-born guitarist who grew up and made his musical name in San Francisco, appeared in a highlight reel for Super Bowl 50 — but he thinks the producers could have gone a step farther and also booked local acts for the halftime show of the game, which took place in the Bay Area. No offense, Coldplay and Beyoncé — but, Santana wrote on Facebook, “the Halftime Show should have included some of the local iconic bands that the World would have loved to see perform. Bands like Metallica, Steve Miller, Journey and yours truly. We would have rocked the Half Time Show and done the SF Bay Area proud.” (Billboard)

Today’s parenting news

An excuse note written by Albany, N.Y. dad Patrick Pipino is going viral — because it’s a note asking his daughter’s teacher to excuse her for being late to school the morning after attending a marathon Bruce Springsteen concert. “Have you ever wondered how many kids would be late,” wrote Pipino, “if God were to suddenly appear? It’s something like that.” (Billboard)

David Bowie‘s son Duncan Jones has announced his impending fatherhood with a touching tweet.