Music News: Bob Dylan is the last Village Voice cover ever


Bob Dylan on the cover of the final Village Voice print edition.
Bob Dylan on the cover of the final Village Voice print edition. (Afi Bijou)

The Village Voice, New York's storied alt-weekly, has published its final print issue as it goes all-digital. The last cover star? Bob Dylan, in a shot by a Village Voice photographer (Fred McDarrah) who was one of the first ever to photograph Dylan. "It's a fitting sendoff for the Voice, which earned its reputation as a fervent chronicler of the downtown scene that Dylan and his peers made famous," notes Stereogum.

Peter Hook, New Order bury the hatchet

Peter Hook has come to legal terms with his former bandmates in New Order, two years after Hook sued Bernard Sumner et al over their use of the band's name. In a statement, the band said:

New Order announce that today, a full and final settlement has been reached in the long-running disputes with their former bassist Peter Hook. The disputes were based upon Hook's use of various New Order and Joy Division assets on merchandising and in the promotion of shows by his new band, and the amount of money he receives from the use of the name New Order by his former colleagues since 2011. The Joy Division and New Order names mean a great deal to so many of the fans, and the band felt it important to protect the legacy. With these issues now dealt with, Bernard, Stephen [Morris] and Gillian [Gilbert] can continue to do what they do best: make music and perform live.

(Rolling Stone)

Yoko Ono tells Mr. Lemonade to cut it out with "John Lemon" drink

Mr. Lemonade Alternative Drinks, a Polish beverage company, plan to discontinue their "John Lemon" soda after being pressured by Yoko Ono. "The company reportedly incorporated obvious allusions to the former Beatle in their marketing materials, using the phrase 'let it be,'" notes Rolling Stone, "and a pair of round glasses, a style similar to the kind Lennon famously wore."

Did or did not Neko Case's house catch on fire?

The Caledonian-Record, a newspaper in Vermont, is sticking by its story that local resident Neko Case’s house was damaged, and her barn destroyed, by fire. This despite the fact that Case herself has repeatedly denied on Twitter that the house affected by this week's blaze was hers.

When Case publicly rebuked the paper's story, which has also been reported by the Associated Press and other sources, the newspaper stated that the singer-songwriter "made an expletive-laden phone call to the Caledonian-Record on Tuesday morning at approximately 9:30 a.m., insisting that the paper's online story be taken down because she didn't want her address revealed."

At the time of the fire, Case was in Sweden. (Spin)

Today's strangest chart record

"1-800-273-8255" is the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. It's also a single by Logic with Alessia Cara and Khalid, and it currently sits at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. That gives it a new chart record, but only by a nose: it's the highest-charting song ever to have a phone number in its title.

The previous record-holder, of course, was Tommy Tutone’s "867-5309/Jenny," which peaked at number four in 1982. Tommy Tutone's lead singer Tommy Heath says he's okay with losing his record after 35 years. "I think it's a good public service message," says Heath about the Logic song.

Heath, now 70, adds that he's never actually called the number he turned into an iconic '80s singalong, but that — get this — he's still in touch with the original Jenny, who actually had that number once upon a time and gave it to Heath when they met in a club. "I talk to her every few years, and we laugh about it."

But, wait. If he never called the number, how did they keep in touch? Maybe...she called him?
The mind reels. (Billboard)

Right Said Fred are loving their life right now

Speaking of the charts, Taylor Swift remains at number one with her new single "Look What You Made Me Do." Right Said Fred have a cowriting credit on that song, because of the chorus's similarity to their 1991 novelty hit "I'm Too Sexy." The British brother band are reveling in the attention (and, presumably, the income). They quickly released an updated version of their song, and shared a video that mashes it up with "Look What You Made Me Do." The two songs fit together beautifully. (Billboard)

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