Music News: Bon Iver's manager to run for Congress

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The U.S. Capitol.
The U.S. Capitol is pictured on Feb. 9, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (Zach Gibson | Getty Images)

On Saturday, Bon Iver celebrated the tenth anniversary of their classic album For Emma, Forever Ago with a revelatory performance in Milwaukee. Meanwhile, news was breaking that the band's longtime manager Kyle Frenette is planning to challenge incumbent Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) for a seat representing Wisconsin in the U.S. Congress.

"I'm running for Congress in WI-07, because this state and this country are in desperate need of better leadership," read the e-mail away message of Frenette, who has filed to run as a Democrat. "I haven't officially announced yet but will be in the next two weeks."

The Seventh Congressional District is geographically the largest in the state, encompassing a wide swath of central and northwestern Wisconsin. It tilted Democratic in presidential elections until 2012, when Republican candidate Mitt Romney won a narrow majority over Barack Obama. Donald Trump won the district with 58% of the vote in 2016. (Pitchfork)

Black Panther rules in the box office — and on the album charts

The newly-released Black Panther dominated the box office this weekend, earning approximately $218 million and setting a new record for a February release. The soundtrack album, co-curated by Kendrick Lamar, was similarly a smash on streaming services and in record stores, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200. The album's success bumped Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods to number two. (New York Times)

Solange named Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year

Solange has been named Artist of the Year by the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, which aspires to "improve relations among racial and ethnic groups within the University and to enhance the quality of our common life." The award will be presented on campus March 3 at Harvard's Cultural Rhythms Festival. Past winners have included Queen Latifah, John Legend, and Shakira. (Rolling Stone)

All-Star singing

After helping his Team Clippers win the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday, Win Butler stopped by a Los Angeles karaoke joint to sing Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible track "Intervention." (Pitchfork)

At the actual NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night, Fergie performed the National Anthem as — for better or for worse — you've never heard it before. Players and fans were heard to chuckle throughout the Staples Center as Fergie sang an unusually sultry rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. After the anthem was finished, Charles Barkley said he needed a cigarette.

"I love this country and honestly tried my best," said Fergie after her questionable performance went viral on social media. "I'm a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn't strike the intended tone." (Rolling Stone)


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