Music News: Stars pay tribute to Glen Campbell


Glen Campbell performs in Nashville in 2012.
Glen Campbell performs at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville in 2012 as part of his Goodbye Tour. (Ed Rode/Getty Images)

On Tuesday, news broke that pop country star Glen Campbell had died at the age of 81. Immediately, tributes became pouring forth from music stars ranging from Dolly Parton to Lenny Kravitz — and, of course, Campbell's longtime collaborator Jimmy Webb. (Billboard)

Sinead O'Connor asks for help

In an urgently sad 12-minute video posted to Facebook, Sinead O'Connor says she's "fighting, fighting, fighting, fighting" to stay alive in the face of ongoing mental health struggles. The video, shot in a New Jersey hotel where the singer has been living, calls on her adult children to bring her back to her native Ireland. Local police subsequently made a welfare check, but discovered that O'Connor was no longer staying at the hotel. (Star Tribune)

Today's Dylan reference news

Miley Cyrus has announced her sixth studio album, sparking music fans to wonder: is the title a Bob Dylan reference. The album, which will be released Sept. 29, is called Younger Now. That echoes the chorus of Dylan's 1964 classic "My Back Pages" ("I was so much older then/ I'm younger than that now"), and Cyrus is a known Dylan fan: she's covered songs including "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" and "Baby, I'm in the Mood for You." (Billboard)

Meanwhile, in a newly-surfaced 1976 letter, John Lennon says that his 1968 divorce wasn't due to an incipient involvement with Yoko Ono — or with drugs. "As you and I well know, our marriage was over long before the advent of L.S.D. or Yoko Ono," he writes in a letter addressed to his ex Cynthia Lennon. The letter, one of two that have just been put up for auction, ends with the observation: "We did have some good years, so dwell on them for a change, and as Dylan says, 'It was a "Simple Twist of Fate."'" (Billboard)

Chance speaks out for schools

As the Chicago Public Schools continue to face budget struggles that have led to teacher layoffs, Chance the Rapper is standing with the schools. "Mayor and Gov and House all have independent powers and capabilities to fund CPS individually," tweeted the Chicago hip-hop star, arguing that a solution to the schools' financial shortfall should be within reach. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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