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Music News: Lizzo to co-host MTV’s first regular live music show in two decades

Lizzo (Nate Ryan | MPR)

MTV has announced a new show called Wonderland — a weekly program that will be the network’s first regular live music show in almost 20 years. The show will be co-hosted by Lizzo along with comedian Myke Wright and designer Rachael “Steak” FinleyWonderland begins Sept. 15, and will feature performances by artists such as Tinashe and Ty Dolla $ign. (SPIN)

Iman speaks for first time since Bowie’s death

Iman has spoken publicly for the first time since the death of her husband David Bowie. Speaking briefly at New York Fashion Week, Iman said it’s been a “tough year, but I am holding up.” (Telegraph)

Pretty cool for a museum show

The Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture has announced a music festival that will celebrate the museum’s official opening on Sept. 24. Performers will include Public EnemyLiving Colourthe RootsMe’shell NdegeocelloExperience Unlimited, and one more TBA “special guest.”

Stevie Nicks remembers Prince

Stevie Nicks says that “whenever I play ‘Stand Back’ from this day forward, Prince will be standing next to me.” She says she’s sorry she never had the opportunity to perform with Prince, who created and performed the synth hook for that song in an uncredited contribution. Nicks will be at the Xcel Energy Center with the Pretenders on Dec. 6. (Billboard)

Chet Faker is now Nick Murphy (again)

Chet Faker is “faking” it no more: the artist says he’ll henceforth be returning to his given name, Nick Murphy. “There’s an evolution happening and I wanted to let you know where it’s going,” Murphy said in a statement. (Pitchfork)

Gabriel releases new Snowden song

Peter Gabriel has shared “The Veil,” a new song he’s written and recorded for the forthcoming Edward Snowden biopic. “I was very happy to learn Oliver Stone had decided to make a film about Edward Snowden,” wrote Gabriel in a statement, “and believe this is a powerful and inspiring film.” Snowden opens in theaters on Sept. 16. (Pitchfork)

Radiohead will play more dates in 2017

Radiohead aren’t playing many shows this year, but fans can take solace: they’ll be back next year, for at least some shows, sometime, somewhere. (Pitchfork)

Remembering Prince Buster

Jamaican artist Prince Buster has died at age 78. Prince Buster was a rocksteady artist, part of the movement that evolved ska into reggae in the 1960s. (Pitchfork)

Zack goes solo

Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine has released his debut solo single, “Digging for Windows.” The track was produced by El-P (Run the Jewels), who says a full de la Rocha solo album will be out next year. (Consequence of Sound)

Progress on Drake DJ jewelry heist case

A suspect has been arrested in the case of a multi-million-dollar jewelry heist involving Drake—s tour bus. The thieved bling belongs to the Canadian MC’s DJ Future the Prince. The jewelry was stolen during a performance in Phoenix, and suspect Travion King was subsequently arrested in Tempe, Ariz. (Billboard)

Anthony Kiedis: Still nude after all these years

A new video for the Red Hot Chili Peppers song “Go Robot” has frontman Anthony Kiedis reenacting scenes from Saturday Night Fever. Like John Travolta in that classic movie, Kiedis is wearing white. There’s just one, significant, difference. Watch the video at Billboard.