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Music News: Anthony Kiedis hospitalized

Red Hot Chili Peppers canceled a Saturday night performance in Irvine, Calif. as frontman Anthony Kiedis was hospitalized with stomach pains. Kiedis’s bandmates took to social media to apologize to fans and wish the singer “a speedy recovery.” (ABC News)

Today’s presidential news

Macklemore became the first non-politician to appear on President Barack Obama’s weekly address. Obama was addressing the problem of opioid addiction, and the rapper talked about his own history of drug abuse. (Billboard)

Welcoming Nordic leaders to a Washington summit on Friday, Obama listed some of Scandinavia’s finest products. Among them: Spotify, ABBAAvicii, and Finnish heavy metal. (Billboard)

Prince memorial planned for August

As Prince memorials and tributes continue around the world, the star’s sister Tyka Nelson says she supports those events as a way for fans to express their grief, but that a family-endorsed service has not yet taken place. The family, Nelson wrote on Facebook, are planning a “Memorial/Funeral/Tribute” for August. (Local Current)

What are Radiohead up to?

Posting unexplained art on Instagram, that’s what. (Pitchfork)

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Azealia Banks apologizes

Azealia Banks has apologized for “allowing my anger to get the best of me” after using a racial slur in reference to singer Zayn Malik, an incident resulting in the suspension of her Twitter account. (Pitchfork)


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Journey sues Monster

Journey has sued Monster Inc. for breach of contract. The rockers claim that the energy drink company guaranteed $500,000 for a performance at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, then canceled the gig without payment. (Billboard)

Nashville could move

ABC has canceled Nashville, a drama about fictional characters in the country music business, after four seasons. Lionsgate, the show’s production company, is currently looking for a new network to pick the show up. (Billboard)

South African national broadcaster to focus on local music

SABC, the national broadcaster of South Africa, has introduced a quota: for the next three months, 90% of music played on SABC will be music by South African artists. After the trial period, SABC will decide whether to keep the quota. Commercial stations are unaffected by the change. (BBC)

Slowhand looks back

Eric Clapton revisits his multi-decade career in a new video for “Spiral,” a single from his forthcoming album I Still Do. (Rolling Stone)