Music News: A car playing David Bowie headed to Mars right now

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A mannequin in a space suit sits atop a rocket leaving Earth orbit.
A mannequin in a space suit sits atop a rocket leaving Earth orbit. (Elon Musk on Twitter)

Feel free to take a few minutes to wrap your head around this one: a car playing David Bowie’s "Space Oddity" is currently in space heading towards Mars. Yes, really.

The car, a Tesla containing a mannequin astronaut named "Starman," was launched Tuesday afternoon as part of a test of Falcon Heavy, a new rocket produced by the company SpaceX — also owned by Tesla founder Elon Musk. It's now the most powerful rocket in commercial use.

The Starman car will orbit the sun for approximately a billion years, and there's a tiny chance it will hit Mars. (Space.com, Pitchfork, MPR News)

If you prefer your Bowie tributes a little more down-to-earth, you can tune in on Friday as Howard Stern pays tribute to Bowie on his SiriusXM show. 25 acts will take to the airwaves to cover various Bowie songs; among them are Britt Daniel (Spoon), Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Garbage, Aimee Mann, and Car Seat Headrest. (Consequence of Sound)

Tyka Nelson, NSYNC praise JT halftime show

Lots of people hated Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl halftime show generally, and his virtual Prince duet in particular. You know who liked it, though? Tyka Nelson, Prince's sister.

Nelson, who proudly posted images of the Prince projection on Instagram, told TMZ she was "pleasantly surprised" at the tribute. She said the family weren't previously aware that Prince would appear in the form of a video projection, which seems odd given that Timberlake was provided with an edited version of Prince's original "I Would Die 4 U" vocals to use in the show. (Billboard)

SO PROUD OF MY BIG BROTHER!!! Prince πŸ’œβ˜”οΈ

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Here's who else thought the halftime show rocked: two of Timberlake's former bandmates from NSYNC, despite the fact that they weren't invited back for a reunion. Both Lance Bass and Chris Kirkpatrick tweeted congratulations and support for Timberlake, who they performed alongside in his first Super Bowl halftime performance in 2001.

Their former bandmate Joey Fatone, on the other hand, may hold a bit of a grudge. (Billboard)

JC Chasez has not commented on this year's halftime show.

Arcade Fire lead Juno nominations

Nominations have been announced for this year's Juno Awards, commonly regarded as the Grammys of Canada. Arcade Fire lead the pack with five nominations for their album Everything Now, while singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez received four nominations and the late Gord Downie (the Tragically Hip landed three. The awards will be presented in Vancouver on March 25. (Billboard)

Steve Earle plans Copperhead Road anniversary tour

When TouchTunes released stats on last year's most-played jukebox songs, at least one of the top five songs may have come as a surprise: "Copperhead Road," the title track to Steve Earle’s 1988 album. Earle will celebrate the LP's enduring popularity by playing it in full on a 30th anniversary tour that launches March 16 and hits the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis five days later. (Rolling Stone)

Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner announce baby name

Star rapper Travis Scott was scheduled to perform at Myth this past weekend, but had to cancel because the helicopter arranged to fly him from St. Cloud to Maplewood wasn't big enough to accommodate his posse. You can't make this stuff up, but Scott and Kylie Jenner may or may not have made up the name of their new daughter: Stormi, presumably Stormi Scott. (Pitchfork)

stormi webster πŸ‘ΌπŸ½

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