Music News: Robert Guillaume, TV star and musical theater pathbreaker, dies at 89

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Actor Robert Guillaume arrives at 'The Lion King 3D.'
Actor Robert Guillaume arrives at the premiere of Walt Disney Studios' 'The Lion King 3D' at the El Capitan Theater on August 27, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Robert Guillaume, the actor known to millions for his TV role on Benson and his film role as the voice of Rafiki in The Lion King, has died of prostate cancer at age 89. Prior to achieving onscreen fame, Guillaume was a pathbreaking stage star; he received a Tony nomination for his role in an all-black production of Guys and Dolls, and he was the first African-American to play the lead in Phantom of the Opera. (Rolling Stone)

Kid Rock calls congressional campaign off

Is Kid Rock really running for Congress? "No, I'm not running for Senate," he said on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM show. "Are you kidding me? Who couldn't figure that out? I'm releasing a new album. I'm going on tour too." There were some other colorful expressions in the rocker/rapper's disavowal of the campaign, which came despite the fact that as recently as July, he said that his references to a potential political career were "not a hoax." The new album and tour were announced on Tuesday. (Pitchfork)

Pharmacists reprimanded for trying to see Prince's records

Three pharmacists in Indiana have been reprimanded for misusing their professional privileges in an attempt to access Prince’s medical records shortly after the musician's death last year. All three have been ordered to complete additional ethics education, and two have additionally been fined $1,000 each. (Billboard)

Polaris Heritage Prize winners announced

This year's winners of the Polaris Heritage Prize have been announced. Each year, a prize is given to two outstanding Canadian albums from each of four periods of history — one picked by a jury, and one picked by a public vote. This year's honored albums include discs by the Tragically Hip (Fully Completely, 1992); Feist (Let It Die, 2004); and the Band (1969's self-titled release). (Billboard)

Radiohead/Fox News beef builds

Fox News isn't letting up on Radiohead, after commenter Kat Timpf’s dismissal of the band as music for "strange, malnourished, and sad" people went viral and inspired the band's guitarist Jonny Greenwood to change his Twitter bio to ironically reflect Timpf's comments. Discussing the controversy with Timpf in a subsequent segment, Fox host Greg Gutfeld admitted that Radiohead are "a fine band" but argues that "they stole everything from Coldplay...like, Radiohead is the poor man's Coldplay." (NME)

Never mind the fact that Radiohead formed as a band 11 years before Coldplay; watch the discussion at 36:10 in the video below.

Garth has a hit

Garth Brooks is back in the Hot 100 for the first time in a decade. "Ask Me How I Know" squeaks in at number 98, marking the country star's first Hot 100 hit since 2007, when "Memory" peaked at number 53. "Ask Me" is also Brooks's 35th song to crack the top ten on Billboard's Country Airplay chart. (Billboard)

Fiona Apple and Lili Hayes cover Sony and Cher

Fiona Apple hopped on camera with Instagram star Lili Hayes — the mother of director Kevin Hayes — for a sweet take on Sonny and Cher’s "I Got You Babe." The duo previously released a couple of love duets for Valentine's Day. (Billboard)


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