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Music News: Queen musical 'We Will Rock You' coming to America this year


Queen musical 'We Will Rock You'

Elvis Costello and Blondie announce a 2019 joint tour; Loretta Lynn celebrates her 87th birthday with a big Nashville bash; most hits are written by groups of people, not individual artists; Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers cheekily cover Oscar-winning song from 'A Star Is Born'; and a Queen musical that debuted in London in 2002 is coming to America later this year, buoyed by the popularity of 'Bohemian Rhapsody.'

Music News: Tributes pour in for late rapper and community leader Nipsey Hussle


Nipsey Hussle

Mick Jagger's heart-valve replacement surgery postpones Rolling Stones' tour. A number of musicians will appear in an upcoming zombie film from director Jim Jarmusch. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted a new class of honorees, including an underwhelmed Robert Smith. And heartfelt tributes are pouring in for the late musician and community leader Nipsey Hussle, who died in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Music News: The music of Mardi Gras


Mardi Gras band 2

Today is Mardi Gras, and we take a look at the musical tradition of Fat Tuesday. Also, a fake Rihanna album climbs the charts, Jack White rebuilds a baseball stadium, and a Beatles fan finally returns a magazine from 1968.

Music News: Songwriters Hall of Fame nominees announced


Missy Elliott

The nominees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame have been announced, with the possibility of making history for one of the nominees. Author Haruki Murakami will donate a record collection of more than 10,000 records to his alma mater. A Willie Nelson tribute will be held next year. Vampire Weekend's new album will come out in 2019 and we reflect on the unique Iceland Airwaves festival.

First Avenue to purchase Fitzgerald Theater from MPR


Fitzgerald Theater at night

The 1910-built, 1,000-seat venue has been operated by Minnesota Public Radio since 1980. Minneapolis-based First Avenue, one of the longest running, independently owned clubs in the U.S., looks to help 'grow St. Paul's music scene' once the deal is finalized.