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Music News: ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ soundtrack will finally be released, 30 years later

Believe it or not, there’s never actually been an official soundtrack release for the 1986 John Hughes classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Now, to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary, an official soundtrack will finally be released later this year (specific date TBA). The surprising reason there never was a soundtrack release: Hughes didn’t think anybody would want one. “I mean,” he said in an interview, “would kids want ‘Danke Schöen’ and ‘Oh Yeah’ on the same record?” We’re about to find out. (Billboard)

Kat Perkins records Christina Grimmie tribute

Minnesotan singer Kat Perkins has recorded a tribute to the late Christina Grimmie, a singer who costarred with her on season six of The Voice. “Angels” was written by Perkins’s bandleader Eric Warner, another Minnesotan. Proceeds from the song will go to a scholarship fund. (Star Tribune)

Frank Ocean shares thoughts on Orlando

Frank Ocean has shared a moving personal meditation on the shootings at Orlando gay club Pulse. (Billboard)


“Stairway” trial update

Tuesday’s testimony in the “Stairway to Heaven” trial turned on whether Robert Plant could have heard and remembered Spirit playing “Taurus” at the Birmingham club Mother’s. Spirit bassist Mark Andes says he met Plant at one of the band’s shows, but Plant says he has no memory of seeing the band play; Plant also testified that he can’t read or write music, which suggested that it would have been difficult for him to convey the “Taurus” music to bandmate Jimmy Page even if he did hear it. (Billboard)

Stones exhibit headed to New York

After the Rolling Stones‘ career-spanning museum exhibit Exhibitionism closes in London, it’s headed to New York. The show will open at the Industria Superstudio in November. It might well pop up later in a town near you: organizers are calling Exhibitionism “the largest touring experience of its kind ever to be staged.” (Rolling Stone)

Ticketmaster releases list of voucher-eligible shows

Many Ticketmaster customers have received vouchers for free tickets, as part of a class-action lawsuit over the ticketing company’s fees. A list of shows for which those vouchers can be redeemed has now been released, and they include shows by megastars including Bob DylanWeezerthe Cure, and “Weird Al” Yankovic. None of the eligible shows, however, are taking place in Minnesota. Ticketmaster says the list will later be updated. (City Pages)

Tween directs Aphex Twin video

Aphex Twin have released their first music video in 17 years — and it was reportedly directed by an Irish 12-year-old boy. (Billboard)

Buy Bowie’s hair

A lock of David Bowie’s hair is up for auction online. The hair was snipped from Bowie’s head in 1983 by a wigmaker who was tasked with recreating the singer’s mane for a wax figure at Madame Tussauds. The hair is expected to fetch over $4,000. (Rolling Stone)

New Shovels & Rope en route

Shovels & Rope have announced their third studio album. Little Seeds will be out Oct. 7; you can hear lead track “I Know” now. (Wall Street Journal)

James Corden: Still singing

James Corden’s latest Carpool Karaoke guest is Selena Gomez, who ends up riding a roller coaster with the talk-show host.

Gomez will be in St. Paul to play the Xcel Energy Center on June 28, and Corden is hopping back behind the wheel with an even bigger star: First Lady Michelle Obama.