Music News: Take a VR tour of Bob Dylan's art exhibit


Installing a Bob Dylan painting
Installing a landscape painting by Bob Dylan (Halcyon Gallery)

Vanity Fair has a virtual-reality tour of Bob Dylan’s landscape exhibit at the Halcyon Gallery in London. They also have an extended essay in which Dylan writes in detail about his approach to the landscapes; the essay begins with an anecdote of his first reunion show with the Band, in 1974, when the musicians feared that enthusiastic fans lighting matches were about to burn the venue down. "Appearances can be deceiving," notes Dylan as he segues to a discussion of his landscapes.

In other art news, the New York Times talks with an artist who's curated an exhibit of nude life drawings of Iggy Pop. "From the age of 20 to 69," says Jeremy Deller, "it's been a continuous piece of performance art and documentation of his body. It's interesting to me for a man to parade his body so much, and parade it as it changes." Iggy Pop Life Class opens Friday at the Brooklyn Museum.

CMAs: We didn't erase Beyoncé

The Country Music Association has responded to an internet rumor that it "removed all mentions" of the performance by Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks at Wednesday night's awards ceremony.

"CMA has not erased any mentions of Beyoncé's performance on the CMA Awards," said the organization in a statment. "In advance of the broadcast, CMA removed a five-second promotional clip from and CMA's Facebook page. The promo was unapproved and CMA removed it prior to the broadcast. Beyoncé's performance with Dixie Chicks was a highlight of the evening and we are continuing to share the amazing full-length performance clip." (Rolling Stone)

Alicia Keys on Prince's lessons

As Alicia Keys releases her new album Here, she tells Rolling Stone that she wishes she'd written down the story of the first time she met Prince — who taught her "that a human being could be able to defy all stereotypes, and be the epitome of badassness." Keys also says it's "unbelievably amazing" that this year's Nobel Prize in Literature went to Bob Dylan, who famously and unexpectedly dropped her name in the opening song on his 2006 album Modern Times.

Music legends raise funds for refugees

Over 175 music notables appear holding "we are not afraid" signs in a new video created to raise awareness about the global refugee crisis. Among the participants are Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, and Wilco. The music for the clip is a song called "We Are Not Afraid" by Nigerian artist Majek Fashek. (Rolling Stone)

Remembering Bob Cranshaw

Jazz bassist Bob Cranshaw has died of cancer at age 83. In a five-decade career, Cranshaw played with jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, and Wayne Shorter as well as pop stars including Rod Stewart, Paul Simon, and Judy Collins. (Billboard)

Pop chart record threatened

In the past 20 years, many songs have challenged the chart record set by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men: 16 weeks at number one, with their song "One Sweet Day." Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars made a run for the record with their monster hit "Uptown Funk," but that song dropped out of the top position after 14 weeks, leaving them in a six-way tie for second place. Now, there's a new contender: the Chainsmokers featuring Halsey have been at number one for 11 weeks with "Closer." Can they hang on for another six weeks to set a new record? (Billboard)

Dolly and Willie read mean tweets

In honor of Wednesday's Country Music Awards, Jimmy Kimmel hosted a special country-music edition of his Celebrities Read Mean Tweets series. In the new installment, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson are among the country stars reading nasty tweets about themselves. (Rolling Stone)

Chance the Wrapper returns

There's another KitKat ad from Chance the Rapper. (Billboard)

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