Music News: Beck to open for U2 at U.S. Bank Stadium


Beck performs in Inglewood, Calif. in 2016.
Beck performs in Inglewood, Calif. in 2016. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for CBS Radio)

It was big news when a U2 show was announced for Sept. 8 at U.S. Bank Stadium, and that news just got bigger: Beck has been announced as U2's opener for that leg of their Joshua Tree Tour. That will make two local shows within a month for Beck, who will headline an extremely sold-out show at the Palace Theatre on Aug. 17. (Pitchfork)

U2 were among the performers at Bonnaroo this weekend; during their set, they dedicated "One Tree Hill" to Lily Cornell, daughter of the late Chris Cornell. "Her dad had an epic heart," said Bono. (Billboard)

Paisley Park Alumni launch charity

A group of former Paisley Park employees have launched a new foundation dedicated to supporting charities favored by Prince. "Prince's philanthropic activities are an important component of his legacy," said former Paisley Park Enterprises president Craig Rice, announcing the launch. "Therefore, our goal is to continue supporting the charitable initiatives that were important to him. His financial generosity, most often anonymous, helped provide opportunities for underprivileged youth to pursue their dreams in music, the arts and education." The group have launched a website selling merch to benefit the foundation. (Billboard)

Detroit unveils Aretha Franklin Way

Detroit has named a street Aretha Franklin Way in honor of the music legend, who was the subject of a weekend-long tribute at the first-ever Detroit Music Weekend. The Queen of Soul also played a free downtown show, which she admitted might have been her final concert in her hometown. "I hope not, but it's possible," Franklin, 75, told Billboard. "It's still moving in that direction. It's winding down."

Perry calls truce in Swift beef

Katy Perry says she wants to bring an end to what's currently the most infamous feud in pop music. "I'm ready to let it go," said Perry about the feud, which began in 2012 when Perry hired Taylor Swift’s backup dancers for her own tour and has led to dis tracks like Swift's "Bad Blood" and Perry's "Swish Swish."

"There are bigger fish to fry, and there are bigger problems in the world," said Perry in a Huffington Post livestream on Saturday. "I love her and I want the best for her, and I think she's a fantastic songwriter, and like, I think that if we both, her and I, can be representatives of strong women that come together despite their differences, I think the whole world is going to go, like, 'Yeah, we can do this.'"

On Swift's end, sources tell Billboard that it was simply a coincidence that Swift's catalog became widely available on streaming services just as Perry's new album dropped. Reportedly, Swift's decision to loosen the reins on her catalog was inspired by news from the Recording Industry Association of America that she's sold nearly 100 million albums. That's enough, it seems, for anyone.

Ice Cube drops truth on Bill Maher

Ice Cube appeared on Bill Maher’s Real Time show Friday, taking the opportunity to chastise the host for his widely-criticized mention of a racial slur last week. "When I hear my homies say it, it don't feel like venom," said Ice Cube about the word. "When I hear a white person say it, it feels like that knife stabbing me, even if they don't mean it."

Maher has apologized for the remark. (Rolling Stone)

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