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Music News: 400 vintage boom boxes go on sale for $20K

A photo from the sale listing

Craig Kenton, a collector living in New Zealand, is selling his collection of over 400 vintage boom boxes. “I feel like the collection is a piece of ’80s art,” he says, “and I hope they go somewhere they can be seen.” Kenton’s asking price is $20,000 — which he says is a bargain for the 20 most valuable boom boxes alone. (Pitchfork)

VMA noms announced

On Tuesday afternoon, MTV announced the nominees for this year’s Video Music Awards. Beyoncé leads the pack, with her Lemonade visual album earning 11 nominations. Adele follows, with eight nods for videos associated with her record-breaking album 25DrakeAriana Grande, Rihanna, and the late David Bowie also scored several nominations each. Video of the Year contenders are Adele (“Hello”), Beyoncé (“Formation”), Drake (“Hotline Bling”), Justin Bieber (“Sorry”), and Kanye West (the infamous “Famous”). (Billboard)

New George Harrison releases?

George Harrison’s widow Olivia Harrison says her husband left “a lot of” unfinished songs when he died in 2001 — and that their son Dhani Harrison may finish the songs for release. “I think there’s a project there,” says Olivia Harrison. “I just need time to get to it.” (Billboard)

Carpool Karaoke to become a show on Apple Music

Apple has purchased the rights to run a new series based on James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” segments. The new series will debut exclusively on Apple Music, and will feature celebrity guests much like the TV segments do — though Corden himself is not expected to be at the wheel for the spinoff series. (Billboard)

Dre cuffed

Dr. Dre was briefly put into handcuffs on Monday after a man reported the star threatened him with a gun during a confrontation in front of Dr. Dre’s Malibu home. Authorities said Dr. Dre denied the accusation and consented to a search, being released after no weapon was found on the scene. (Billboard)

Sheila E. remembers Prince

Sheila E. appeared on Larry King’s show to talk about her friend Prince and her history in the music scene. Among the topics covered: streaming services (she shares Prince’s dim view of them) and music industry sexism.

Remembering Sandy Pearlman

Rock producer Sandy Pearlman has died, after a cerebral hemorrhage, at age 72. Pearlman was best-known for working with the Clash and Blue Öyster Cult — including co-producing the latter band’s signature song “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.” (Billboard)

FJM turned down big burrito money

Father John Misty says he was offered $250,000 to cover the Backstreet Boys‘ “I Want it That Way” for a Chipotle ad that ended up going to Jim James and Brittany Howard. “I don’t want your f—ing burrito money,” Father John Misty said he told the chain. (Pitchfork)

Meat Loaf talks about health scare

Meat Loaf has talked about the recent scare he gave fans when he collapsed on stage in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He says he was dehydrated, and when he hit a high note, that sent him over the edge and he fainted. The singer does see a silver lining to the incident, though: it proved he doesn’t lip-sync. “Look at the video,” he says. “You hear a live mic hit the stage.” (Rolling Stone)

Justin Timberlake does Carlton, gets slapped

A man was arrested this weekend after reaching out and slapping Justin Timberlake during a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe. “Bro,” yelled the singer, “why would you do that?” (Billboard) During a happier moment at the tournament, Timberlake did “the Carlton” dance with basketball player Stephen Curry and actor Alfonso Ribero. (Today)