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Music news: Ziggy Stardust statue planned for Market Square

The Bowie statue would stand near this statue of John Hampden in Market Square, Aylesbury (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The local council’s signed off — now all organizers need is about $120,000 in donations to build a statue of David Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust persona. The statue would be built north of London in Aylesbury’s Market Square, a location Bowie referenced in the opening lines of the song “Five Years.”

As Pitchfork notes, “above its head, organizers intend to install a soundsystem that would play a Bowie song on the hour throughout the daytime and evening.”

Mannequin challenge takes off

The latest viral video craze is the “mannequin challenge,” in which people stand as still as statues while a video camera pans. Adele soundtracked her Western-themed mannequin challenge scene with a song by Johnny Cash. (Billboard)

Even presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former president Bill Clinton got in on the action with a video shot on a campaign plane…with a cameo from Jon Bon Jovi. (Billboard)

New xx album coming soon

The xx have been sharing snippets of new music, and some internet sleuths are surmising that a new album called I See You will be out soon. The band are appearing on Annie Mac’s BBC radio show this Thursday, and fans are hoping they’ll use the appearance to make an album announcement. (Stereogum)

Props to Janet Reno from an unexpected source

Tributes to the late Janet Reno, U.S. Attorney General during the Bill Clinton administration, have been coming from many people — including none other than her fellow Floridian Luther Campbell, whose rap band 2 Live Crew were notorious for their explicit lyrics in the years leading up to Reno’s stint in Washington. “At the height of my fame, Reno was the only state prosecutor who didn’t come after 2 Live Crew for singing explicit lyrics when every law enforcement official in the state wanted to throw our asses in jail,” wrote Campbell in a post on his website. “In fact, she defended our First Amendment right to be as nasty as we wanted to be.” (Rolling Stone)

Foos cover Rush

A 40th anniversary deluxe edition of Rush’s album 2112 will include new cover versions of songs from the album. Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters cover the album’s “2112 Overture”; hear their version via Consequence of Sound.

Congrats to Mr. Murdoch

Congratulations to Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian, who just welcomed a baby son with his wife Marisa Privitera.

Stevie Wonder makes everything better

At the tail end of a contentious election season, Stevie Wonder visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to share some good vibes with a performance of “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing” — and played the National Anthem to boot. (Rolling Stone)