Music News: Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom


Diana Ross
Singer Diana Ross, recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, poses in the press room at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 12, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Kevork Djansezian | Getty Images 2012)

Diana Ross and Bruce Springsteen are among this year's recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor. They'll receive the medals from President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on Nov. 22, along with 19 other honorees. The White House cited Ross's "iconic career spanning more than 50 years" and Springsteen for having "helped shape American music and have challenged us to realize the American dream."

In other "presidential" news, the Presidents of the United States of America have officially acknowledged that they've called it quits. However, they noted, "'never say never' is a good motto in these cases." (Spin)

Back to the actual President...on Tuesday night, BET broadcast Love and Happiness: An Obama Celebration, in which artists including Common, Usher, and Janelle Monaé paid tribute to the outgoing First Family. (Billboard)

Prince streaming case escalates

Prince’s estate has stepped up a battle with Tidal over streaming rights to the late music icon's catalog. The estate has filed a federal lawsuit against Roc Nation — the company controlling Tidal — claiming copyright infringement. The estate now says that Prince's exclusive deal with Tidal was meant to encompass only a limited amount of material and to last only 90 days, whereas Tidal seems to believe the agreement covered a minimum of three years and included all of Prince's released music. Relations between Prince and Tidal were cozy during Prince's lifetime, but the estate has now signed with a new music publisher and may be seeking to place Prince's catalog on other streaming services. (Rolling Stone)

New details on Cohen's death

Leonard Cohen’s manager has made a statement regarding the cause of the music great's death last week. "Leonard Cohen died during his sleep following a fall in the middle of the night on Nov. 7," said Robert B. Kory in a statement. "The death was sudden, unexpected and peaceful." (New York Times

Today's '90s comeback news

The Jesus and Mary Chain are set to release their first album of new music in 18 years, according to Alan McGee, the co-founder of the band's former record label. The band haven't officially confirmed what will supposedly be a March 2017 release, but the band's Jim Reid has said they were working on new material. (Pitchfork)

Chavez have announced their first new release in two decades. The Cockfighters EP, out Jan. 13, is the alt-rockers' follow-up to 1996's Ride the Fader. (Pitchfork)

Metallica are back on Napster

Metallica’s music is now back on Napster for the first time since 2000 — when the band led the legal charge that brought the service's file-sharing days to an end. "Today, Napster is a legal, paid subscription service with a catalog of over 40 million tracks," said the service in a statement. "We are thrilled to bring Metallica's full catalog — including their latest new album — to Napster subscribers around the world." (Billboard)

Musicians draw attention to imprisoned artists

Peter Gabriel, Tom Morello, Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes), and Nadya Tolokno (Pussy Riot) are among artists posing for mugshots to draw attention to people who have been imprisoned for making art. The photos are printed on t-shirts available for purchase, with proceeds funding efforts to free the imprisoned artists. (Rolling Stone)

"Enter Sandman" — for kids?

On Wednesday, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots joined Metallica for a performance of their 1991 anthem "Enter Sandman" on classroom instruments.

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