Music News: Ryan Adams to cover 'Exile on Main St.' in its entirety


Ryan Adams on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'
Ryan Adams performs 'Outbound Train' from his album, 'The Prisoner,' on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' on Monday, May 1, 2017. (Scott Kowalchyk/CBS)

Ryan Adams is no stranger to complete album covers — remember when he released his own version of Taylor Swift’s 1989? He's upping the ante, though, with a complete cover of the double-disc Rolling Stones classic Exile on Main St.

Adams will cover the 1972 album at a special tribute concert in New Orleans on May 5. Longtime Stones collaborator Don Was will serve as musical director for the concert, which will be called "Exile on Bourbon St." and feature "an array of all-star New Orleans musicians," reports Rolling Stone.

Prince heirs mull wrongful death lawsuit

Attorneys representing Prince’s family have been granted permission to view investigative files related to an April 2016 incident in which Prince's plane touched down at an Illinois airport. The family is considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit in which parties in Illinois may be named as defendants, presumably related to the care they provided when Prince arrived unconscious. Illinois has a two-year statue of limitations on such suits, hence the family's desire to view the records now. A criminal investigation into Prince's death remains active. (MPR News)

How Spotify is changing song titles

Song titles are changing in the streaming era, a new study has determined. In an independent analysis, engineer Michael Tauberg finds that since 2009, the titles of hit songs are on average shorter — but use more unique words. On the other hand, long song titles have also become more common. Both trends may make it easier to search for and identify desired tracks.

Tauberg also finds that country music is declining as a share of Billboard's Hot 100, possibly because streaming has ameliorated the impact of piracy, a practice that tends to affect country less than other genres. (NME)

ATCQ release sneaker line

A Tribe Called Quest have partnered with Vans "to release a line of sneakers paying homage to the group's music and pop culture influence since the early '90s," reports Billboard:

The footwear's designs are inspired by the group's most iconic cover artwork, including their 2016 album We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service, as well as their lyricism throughout the years. This exclusive collaboration kicks off March 30-31 with a two-day pop up shop at the House of Vans in Brooklyn from noon to 10 p.m. each day. The event will offer early shopping access to the footwear, as well as live performances curated by A Tribe Called Quest.

Minnesota toddler goes viral with DMX cover

Sara Pelissero, a producer at Twin Cities NBC affiliate KARE 11, has gone viral with a tweet about her three-year-old daughter rapping DMX’s 2000 hit "Party Up (Up In Here)." Making the video even better is the fact that the little girl, wearing a Batman shirt, is cleaning off a dirty plate while she sings. Within a couple of days after Pelissero posted the video, it had over four million views. (KARE 11)

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