Music News: Lorde's 'Melodrama' gets hung in the Louvre


Lorde's album 'Melodrama,' hanging in the Louvre.
Lorde's album 'Melodrama,' hanging in the Louvre. (Nina Richard)

Every Lorde fan who's recently been to Paris just had the same thought: "Why didn't I think of that?" Well, you didn't: Nina Richard did. Richard, a French fan of the New Zealand pop star, took a vinyl copy of Lorde's new album Melodrama and hung it in the Louvre — a reference to the song "The Louvre," where Lorde describes a relationship as being museum-worthy.

Now, so is her album — and its cover artist, Minnesota native Sam McKinniss. (Noisey)

Remembering two greats

Singer Mitch Margo has died of natural causes at age 70. As a member of the Tokens, Margo contributed one of those unforgettable harmony voices to the band's hits including 1961 chart-topper "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." How many times were the band members, including Margo's brother Phil Margo, asked to perform that beloved number? "We've sung billions and billions of Wimowehs," he often said. (Billboard)

Malcolm Young, whose guitar riffs defined the sound of AC/DC, has been laid to rest after a private service in Sydney, Australia. Young's brother Angus laid a guitar on the casket, and "hundreds of fans lined the streets outside the cathedal as the funeral procession left the church to the strains of Waltzing Matilda played by a pipe band," notes Reuters. For the occasion, even former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was welcomed back into the fold.

Today's music landmark news

Johnny Cash’s childhood home in Dyess, Arkansas is being considered for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is deciding this week whether to advance the home, recently restored by a team from Arkansas State University and now open as a tourist attraction, to the National Park Service for a final decision on whether to declare the house a national landmark. (Rolling Stone)

The Sons of Norway building on Lake Street in Uptown Minneapolis is slated for demolition, to be replaced by a development that will include new office space for the fraternal organization, as well as "an approximately 10,000-square-foot 'fjord'" that includes an ice rink, reports the Southwest Journal.

Local music fans may mourn the existing three-story building: the Replacements once played a high school dance there, and local music journalist Jim Walsh, whose band was also on the bill, has speculated that the building's name may have been where Paul Westerberg took inspiration for the lyric "we are the sons of no one" in "Bastards of Young."

Q-Tip responds to Grammys snub

By and large, music fans were pleasantly surprised by the relevance and diversity of this year's Grammy nominations, announced Tuesday morning. One oft-cited bummer, though: the final album by A Tribe Called Quest, the critically-acclaimed We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service, failed to land any nominations. Q-Tip noticed the snub, and responded curtly on Twitter and Instagram, pointing out that the band in fact contributed the closing performance at last year's Grammys. (Pitchfork)

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