Music News: Paul Simon announces 'farewell' show


Paul Simon performs at Eaux Claires in 2017.
Paul Simon, onstage at the Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival in 2017. (Nate Ryan/MPR)

Is Paul Simon about to play his last show ever? He's not saying for sure, but he is calling a summer show at a London festival his "farewell performance." That sounds pretty final, but as Rolling Stone notes, Simon said "farewell" once before, in 1993.

The July 15 show — billed as "Homeward Bound: The Farewell Performance" — will take place in Hyde Park, closing out the British Summer Time festival. James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt will also perform that day.

New job for DJ who groped Swift

David Mueller, the radio host who was found guilty of groping Taylor Swift during a backstage visit in 2013, only had to pay a symbolic $1 judgment to the pop star...but he'll never work in the music industry again, right?

Wrong. Mueller has been hired to co-host the morning show on a country radio station in Greenwood, Mississippi. Mueller's new employer, station CEO Larry Fuss, admits that the decision to hire Mueller was "maybe a tiny bit" about the publicity the decision has already generated.

And get this: there's a local angle. According to Rolling Stone, Fuss says that, "I sat down with him face-to-face in Minneapolis before I offered him the job and talked to him about it. He's either the world's best liar, or he's telling the truth. I tend to believe his version of the story and most people who have talked to him face-to-face do believe his version of the story."

Minneapolis? Indeed. Years before the whole Swift debacle, Mueller was fired by local Top 40 station KDWB. "The Minneapolis station fired him because they were dissatisfied that he continued to work at a business he formed called 9 Ball Radio, which provided content to radio stations," the Star Tribune reported last year.

Continued backlash over "step up" comments

Despite a statement saying he "wasn't as articulate as I should have been," the backlash against comments by Recording Academy head Neil Portnow is only gaining steam. In a Variety interview, Portnow suggested that women need to "step up" to be given opportunities in the record industry. Among the women who have spoken out against those comments are Pink, Katy Perry, Tegan and Sara, Sheryl Crow, Charli XCX, and Halsey. Vanessa Carlton called on Portnow to resign, and Iggy Azalea said that women should consider a Grammys boycott. (New York Times, Billboard)

Quincy Jones gives very loose GQ interview

Legendary composer and producer Quincy Jones sat down with GQ for a wide-ranging interview that ended up touching on some surprising topics. He described Truman Capote, for racist reasons, trying to boot him from a job scoring the film In Cold Blood (Jones ultimately earned an Oscar nomination for the music); he talked about his then-teenage daughter Rashida Jones going off on Tupac Shakur for criticizing her dad's interracial relationships; and he talked about how Oprah Winfrey loves his recipe for "Thriller ribs."

Then, he also discussed the shape of Marilyn Monroe’s breasts; the fact that he has 22 girlfriends around the world; and the fact that he doesn't care for Taylor Swift’s music, saying we need "songs, not hooks."

Oh, and also the 84-year-old wants Donald Glover to play him in a biopic. (Rolling Stone)

Chuck Berry biopic and documentary planned

Speaking of biopics, the estate of Chuck Berry has begun the process of developing a documentary and a biopic telling the rock pioneer's story. The projects are still in early stages, but the documentary already has a title: Chuck! The Documentary. (Billboard)

Missy teaches Morgan to rap

In a new Super Bowl ad for Doritos and Mountain Dew, Missy Elliot coaches Morgan Freeman for a rap battle against Peter Dinklage — whose coach is Busta Rhymes. (Pitchfork)

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