Music News: Chris Cornell remembered by peers and fans


Chris Cornell
Chris Cornell performs onstage during 106.7 KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2015 at The Forum on Dec. 13, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Jesse Grant | Getty Images for CBS Radio)

On Wednesday night, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave died in Detroit, in what the local medical examiner has ruled a suicide by hanging. (New York Times)

As news of Cornell's death spread, his fans and his fellow music stars shared tributes and memories. Below are some highlights from among the tributes curated by Pitchfork.

Goodbye darling boy . Please say hi to all my loved ones . I cried for you today . Rip .

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Ben Hopkins "strongly contests" assault allegations

PWR BTTM have issued a lengthy new statement in which band member Ben Hopkins writes that accusations of sexual misconduct "directly conflict with my experience, as it is not my practice to engage in sexual contact without protection, without discussing the issue with my partner, or to engage in the other conduct alleged." Hopkins goes on to apologize to anyone they might have made uncomfortable during other interactions.

The band have now shut down an e-mail account they opened for individuals to share their allegations for future mediation. "There is no viable way to do what we were trying to accomplish," Hopkins and bandmate Liv Bruce now acknowledge.

Although the band's career has been derailed by the allegations — they've been dropped by their label and management company, and their scheduled tour has been canceled — Hopkins and Bruce say they hope to return to making music as PWR BTTM. "We love playing music, we love sharing music with others and we want nothing more than to be back performing together soon." (Billboard)

Titanic anthem turns 20

"My Heart Will Go On," one of the most iconic movie songs of all time, is turning 20 this year. In honor of the anniversary, singer Celine Dion plans to perform the song at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday.

Billboard has published an oral history of the song, in which Dion reveals that she wanted to "choke" her late husband and manager when he offered to have her record a demo of the song after composer James Horner — not a great singer — warbled the melody.

Little did she know it would earn her a Grammy, an Oscar, and oceans of tears. (Billboard)

Chance and Francis release new video

Start practicing your dance steps for Eaux Claires: Francis and the Lights has released a new video costarring his collaborator Chance the Rapper. (Pitchfork)

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