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Music News: New technology lets bands deactivate phones shooting videos at concerts

Illustration from Apple's patent application

Imagine this: you’re at a concert by your favorite band, and suddenly they start to play a deep cut you’ve never heard live before. You raise your phone to take a video and — nope! Your phone screen simply says, RECORDING DISABLED. That could happen if Apple implements technology they’ve patented. The invention would, if implemented, allow bands to use infrared transmitters that would interact with iPhones to disable recording during performances. (Metal Sucks)

China bans Gaga

China’s ruling Communist Party has issued an order banning the distribution of music by Lady Gaga. The star’s offense? Meeting with the Dalai Lama, who is in exile over his protest of Chinese control of Tibet. The meeting, on Sunday, was live-streamed on Facebook. (Stereogum)

Dev Hynes talks Prince

Dev Hynes (Blood Orange) has talked about the influence of Prince on his music. “I’m inspired from the school of Miles and Prince and these people that just kept it locked in and kept going,” Hynes tells Pitchfork. “They had their famous battles of course, but they tried to keep it all love and did the best for them and the people they loved. And that is what I choose to do. Prince was the main person who showed me to be myself at the fullest, and he still teaches me that to this day. I’m still learning things from Prince.”

Today’s ad news

Metallica model menswear in new images for Brioni — inspired by the Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” cover art. (Billboard)

Queen Bohemian Rhapsody

Meanwhile, the music of Nathaniel Rateliff — and, in one case, Rateliff himself — appear in new ads for Kia and Lipton.

Keep Me Singing, says Van the man

Van Morrison has announced his 36th studio album, his first collection of new songs in four years. The rock legend, 70, will release Keep Me Singing in September. (Rolling Stone)

Van Morrison Keep Me Singing

New Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen has released “Shut Up Kiss Me,” a new song with video. It will appear on her forthcoming album My Woman, out Sept. 2. (NPR)

Music stars honored by Hollywood (or, today’s Ice Cube news)

In the coming year, Selena will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Latina icon, who died in 1995 at age 23, is just one of this year’s crop of honorees; other musicians getting stars this year include Hall & OatesIce CubeJohn LegendNSYNC, and New Edition. (Billboard)

Ice CubeSiaMary J. Blige, and will.i.am (the Black-Eyed Peas) are among 683 new members invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this year — the largest single group in Academy history. The unusual size of the group is part of the Academy’s push for increased diversity in the Oscars voting pool. (Billboard)

AJJ try to outdo OK Go

AJJ, a band from Phoenix, satirize the visually inventive videos of OK Go in a new clip for their song “Goodbye, Oh Goodbye.” (Noisey)