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Music News: Dolly Parton establishes Tennessee wildfire relief fund

Dolly Parton performs on 'The Tonight Show' in August 2016 (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NBC)

Dolly Parton has established a fund “to aid those who have lost property and loved ones in the wildfires that have devastated portions of eastern Tennessee – particularly the Great Smoky Mountains in Sevier County – over the past week,” reports Rolling Stone. Parton was raised in the area, and owns extensive property there. The fires came close enough to threaten her signature Dollywood theme park.

“The Dollywood Foundation will provide $1,000 a month to all of those families who lost their homes in the fires for six months so that they can get back on their feet,” according to the foundation’s website.

Beyoncé continues to dominate year-end lists

Stereogum and Consequence of Sound have both published their year-end best-album lists, and both agree with Rolling Stone: the best album of the year is Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Also scoring high on both lists: Frank Ocean’s BlondeChance the Rapper’s Coloring Book, and David Bowie’s Blackstar.

Kanye released from hospital

Kanye West has reportedly been released from the Los Angeles hospital where he’s been under treatment for ““temporary psychosis due to sleep deprivation and dehydration.” Having reportedly having requested recording equipment to use in the hospital, he’s now — yep, reportedly — receiving continuing medical care at home. (NME)

Rush to donate award funds to Gord Downie fund

Rush have received a humanitarian award that comes with a $40,000 prize. The Canadian rock heavyweights say they plan to contribute the money to a cancer research fund that’s been established in honor of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, who’s been diagnosed with incurable brain cancer and recently performed a final run of shows.

“Many families have been affected either directly or indirectly by this terrible disease,” said Rush in a Facebook post. “Through Gord’s courageous efforts this cause is now getting the attention it desperately deserves.” (Billboard)

Riot Fest organizer dies at 42

Riot Fest organizer Sean P. McKeough has died, of undisclosed causes, at age 42. McKeough began working with what was then a small indoor festival in 2006, and helped build it to a major multi-city festival franchise.

“I miss my friend immensely,” said McKeough’s business partner Mike Petryshyn. “Without Sean and his belief that a little fest could make a positive impact on people’s lives by doing things differently and left of the dial, Riot Fest would have never become such an intimate family.” (Rolling Stone)

RTG3 en route

Run the Jewels have announced that their next album, RTJ3, will be released on Jan. 13. They’ve also dropped a first track from the album: “Legend Has It.” Hear the new song at Pitchfork.

Drake dominates 2016 streaming

For the second year in the row, in 2016 Drake was Spotify’s most-streamed artist. Not that he’s resting on his laurels: his 4.7 billion streams in 2016 more than doubled his 2015 tally — leaving him easily the all-time most-streamed artist on Spotify. “Drake continues to engage his fans in a way that only Drake can,” said a Spotify executive. (Billboard)

Bill Murray demands Lupe Fiasco encore

How do you demand a Lupe Fiasco encore? You stand and cheer wildly — or, if you’re Bill Murray, you just pop backstage and place a personal request. (Pitchfork)