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Today’s Music News: BBC Music launches with all-star Beach Boys cover


Brian Wilson, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, Stevie Wonder, Lorde, Elton John, Brian May of Queen, Jake Bugg, Kylie Minogue, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, Sam Smith, Paloma Faith, One Direction, and Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine were among 27 musicians who constituted a one-off supergroup known as “the Impossible Orchestra,” performing the Beach Boys‘ “God Only Knows” in the BBC’s first-ever pan-channel broadcast across all…

Today’s Music News: Bill Murray sings Bob Dylan


In the upcoming film St. Vincent (no relation to Annie Clark), Bill Murray smokes and sings along with Bob Dylan‘s “Shelter from the Storm.” The whole movie comes out this Friday, but you can see what’s certain to be the best part right now. (Billboard) Dylan is our artist of the month; watch for Andrea Swensson’s capsule…

Today’s Music News: Paul Revere, of Paul Revere and the Raiders, dies at 76


Paul Revere, leader of Paul Revere and the Raiders, has died of cancer at age 76. Known for their signature Revolutionary-era costumes, Paul Revere and the Raiders had a string of 1960s hits including “Kicks,” “Good Thing,” and “Him or Me—Who’s It Gonna Be?” Their biggest hit—and their only chart-topper—was one of their last, 1971’s “Indian Reservation…

Today’s Music News: Ryan Adams covered Bryan Adams


In the past, Ryan Adams has been miffed at being mistaken for Bryan Adams, but the hard feelings seem to have dissipated: Wednesday night in Santa Barbara, Adams (Ryan) covered Adams (Bryan) with a performance of “Run to You,” a top ten hit in 1984. All of a sudden, everyone realized the significance of the font Adams…

Today’s Music News: Michael Jackson’s Thriller to go 3D


MTV doesn’t call it the “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award” for nothing: the late artist was a pioneer in music video, and his 1983 video for “Thriller” is among the landmarks of the genre, voted the greatest of all time by Rolling Stone readers. Director John Landis is now creating a 3D version of the 14-minute…

Today’s Music News: Pee-Wee Herman gets behind the wheel for TV On The Radio


Tunde Adebimpe of TV On The Radio says he was “blindingly nervous” to ask Paul Reubens—the comedian best known for his character Pee-Wee Herman—to star in a racing-themed video for the band’s new single “Happy Idiot.” Reubens was down, and the video is now streaming on Funny or Die. TV On The Radio’s new album Seeds will…

Today’s Music News: Retroactive product placements coming to existing music videos


You weren’t surprised to see Justin Timberlake rocking an iPad in the “Suit & Tie” video—but what if Bruce Springsteen shows up chugging a Smirnoff Ice in the “Glory Days” video? Universal Music Group is using new technology that allows them to retroactively place products in existing videos. The first musician to “participate” will be Avicii, who will…

Today’s Music News: Larry Mullen Jr. listens to his son’s belly button in new U2 cover art


When U2‘s new album Songs of Innocence was released for free to half a billion iTunes users, it came with temporary cover art. The album’s official cover has now been revealed; it features drummer Larry Mullen Jr. embracing the midsection of his 18-year-old son. Bono says the cover represents the idea that “holding on to your own innocence is a lot harder than…

Today’s Music News: Rod Stewart kicked an autographed soccer ball into a man’s face


Mostafa Kashe, a 53-year-old California man, claims that he’s suffered “substantial” injuries—including an impaired sense of smell—after being hit in the face with a soccer ball kicked into the crowd by Rod Stewart at a 2012 concert in Las Vegas. Kashe is now suing Stewart for $10,000. This isn’t the first time Stewart’s been sued by a fan…