Music News: Apple acquires Shazam

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Apple has announced that it's in the final stages of acquiring Shazam, the music recognition app. Shazam has 175 million active monthly users, but it's struggled to turn a profit. "Apple Music's future plans for the hit-predicting Shazam are unclear," notes Rolling Stone.

Today's chart news

U2 have become the first band to top the Billboard 200 with number one albums in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. Songs of Experience, the Irish band's 14th studio album, is also its eighth number one, ousting Taylor Swift from the top spot. Bundling copies of the album with concert tickets helped U2 top the chart, as it's previously helped artists including LCD Soundsystem and Katy Perry. (New York Times)

Beyoncé has her first number one single in nine years — thanks in part to duet partner Ed Sheeran. "Perfect Duet" is Bey's first chart-topper since 2008's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)." (Spin)

Three Minnesota bands make A.V. Club's "Year in Band Names"

The A.V. Club has released its annual "year in band names," and three Minnesota artists are singled out for distinction. Tickle Torture makes the "Criminals & Crime" category, Marijuana Deathsquads are cited under Drugs, and the Controversial New "Skinny Pill" earn mention in the "Llllloooooonnnnnnnngggggggg" category. (City Pages)

Morrissey refutes controversial comments

Morrissey has issued a statement distancing himself from recent controversial statements made in an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel. As Billboard notes, "Morrissey received vicious backlash from the interview, where he was reported to have defended Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein among sexual harassment allegations, insisting the victims should have known what they were getting into. He also allegedly said he would kill Donald Trump if given the option."

Angel Olsen releases wrapping paper

You mightn't have guessed that anyone would outdo the Flaming Lips in the wrapping paper game, but Angel Olsen is releasing a design featuring the title of one of her most memorable songs. (Pitchfork)

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