Music News: Paul McCartney remembers John Lennon at March For Our Lives


Paul McCartney at the March for Our Lives in New York City.
Paul McCartney at the March for Our Lives in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Jennifer Hudson sang Bob Dylan’s "The Times They Are A-Changin'" with a choir. Ariana Grande and Lin-Manuel Miranda also performed at the student-led March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.

Even the reclusive Kanye West came out to march, and the politics-phobic Taylor Swift said she made a donation to support gun policy reform. One of the most poignant tributes, though, came from Paul McCartney, who joined the march in New York City.

"One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it's important to me," said McCartney, whose Beatles bandmate John Lennon was shot to death in New York in 1980. (Rolling Stone)

Gord Downie celebrated at Juno Awards

The late Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip was the man of the night at Sunday's Juno Awards in Vancouver. At the annual Canadian music awards, Downie won Artist of the Year and Adult Alternative Album of the Year (for his solo release Introduce Yourself), and shared Songwriter of the Year with his collaborator Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene). Downie was also the subject of an extended tribute that recognized what the Toronto Star describes as his "dying-days crusade to draw attention to Canada's shameful treatment of its Indigenous, Inuit and Métis peoples."

Group of the Year went to A Tribe Called Red, and overall Album of the Year went to Arcade Fire for Everything Now. (Toronto Star)

Q-Tip to play Miles Davis on stage

Rap great Q-Tip will play pioneering jazzman Miles Davis in a staged reading of My Funny Valentine, a new play about one day in Davis's life circa 1981. The reading will take place at Joe's Pub in New York on Monday night; no full-fledged production has yet been announced, but Q-Tip has been involved with writer George Nelson’s script for the past several years.

In a 2010 interview, Q-Tip said he was nervous about playing Davis, but after some table readings, family and friends of the late trumpeter voiced their approval. "That made it easier for me," said the rapper. "It let me know my instincts are right." (Billboard)

Wendy's to McDonald's: "We beefin?"

Hamburger Helper went viral in 2016 with a Minnesota-made mixtape, and now Wendy's is getting into the rap game. The fast food chain, whose best-known ad campaign is still the 1980s "Where's the beef?" spots, has just dropped a mixtape titled We Beefin?.

The songs' lyrics take aim at rival chains McDonald's and Burger King. For example: "You number one? That's a joke/ Why your ice cream machine always broke?/ Why your drive-thru always slow/ Why your innovation can't grow?"

McDonald's has not yet released an answer song, so it remains to be seen whether Hamburglar can bring the heat when Grimace drops a beat. (Billboard)

Steve Albini spills the beans for Nardwuar

Canadian media personality Nardwuar the Human Serviette had a health scare in recent years, suffering a stroke in 2015 and undergoing heart surgery the following year, but he's now recovered and very much back in action. He grabbed Steve Albini at SXSW, getting the famous producer to talk about "smashing a toilet with Ty Segall, Kurt Cobain’s journals, lighting farts during Nirvana recording sessions, prank calling Gene Simmons during those same sessions, keeping a pet cockroach named Archie in a plastic bag, and so much more," notes Pitchfork)

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