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Music News: David Bowie’s art and furniture collection to be shown, then sold

David Bowie as Andy Warhol in the 1996 film 'Basquiat,' with Jeffrey Wright as Basquiat

400 pieces of art and furniture from the private collection of David Bowie will be sold at Sotheby’s in November — but first they’re going to star in an exhibit that will visit London, Los Angeles, New York, and Hong Kong. A visual artist himself, Bowie owned pieces by towering figures including Marcel DuchampDamien Hirst, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. (New York Times)

Bowie will be honored, along with John Coltrane and Steve Reich, in the coming season of the World Music Institute in New York. At a Nov. 11 concert, Seu Jorge will perform Bowie’s songs in Portuguese, as he did in the movie The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. (New York Times)

Beyoncé nominated for Emmys

Beyoncé’s film Lemonade — the “visual album” accompaniment to her record of the same name — has been nominated for four Emmy Awards. The nominations are for Outstanding Production Design For a Variety, Nonfiction, Event Or Award Special; Outstanding Directing For a Variety Special; Outstanding Picture Editing For Variety Programming; and Outstanding Variety Special. (Billboard)

Polaris short list released

The short list for this year’s Polaris Prize has been released: the ten albums that are in the final running for the prestigious prize awarded to the year’s best Canadian album. (Billboard)

Black MountainIV
Basia BulatGood Advice
GrimesArt Angels
Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
Jessy LanzaOh No
PUP: The Dream Is Over
Andy Shauf: The Party
U.S. GirlsHalf Free
White LungParadise

Steven Tyler “concerned” about Joe Perry

Steven Tyler says he’s “really concerned” about his Aerosmith bandmate Joe Perry, who was hospitalized this past weekend after leaving the stage during a Hollywood Vampires show. “It’s starting to scare me a little bit,” says the singer, who hasn’t been able to contact Perry since Sunday’s incident. (Rolling Stone)

New tunes

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have released a new song. “I’m Still Here” appears on the soundtrack of Miss Sharon Jones!, a new documentary about the beloved singer. The film hits theaters nationwide next month. (Pitchfork)

Wilco have released a new song to celebrate the one-year anniversary of their album Star Wars. “Locator” is available as a free download from wilcoworld.net. (Pitchfork)

M.I.A. has shared a new collaboration with Skrillex and Blaqstarr. Hear “Go Off” at Rolling Stone; the track will appear on M.I.A.’s forthcoming album AIM, due Sept. 9.

Kacey loves Weezer

In Nashville on Wednesday, Kacey Musgraves joined Weezer for a performance of “Island in the Sun,” a song she’s covered in the past. (Pitchfork) Catch Weezer at the Minnesota State Fair this year for The Current’s Music-on-a-Stick.

Elle King busts ghosts

Elle King has released a new video for “Good Girls,” her new song that appears on the Ghostbusters soundtrack. (Rolling Stone)

Sir Mick, a dad, again

Mick Jagger is going to be a father, for the eighth time — at age 72. Jagger’s girlfriend, American ballerina Melanie Hamrick, is pregnant, a spokesperson confirmed. (BBC)