Music News: 'Empire Records' to be Broadway musical


'Empire Records' promotional image.
'Empire Records' promotional image. (Warner Bros.)

On Sunday — Rex Manning Day 2018 — the news broke that Empire Records is being developed into a Broadway musical. Carol Heikkinen, screenwriter of the 1995 comedy film, is adapting her script for the stage. "I think the way that teenagers feel about music hasn't changed," she says. "They define themselves by it."

Zoe Sarnak, who's writing music and lyrics for the show, says that Manning's song "Say No More, Mon Amour" might appear in the musical. "It captures Rex's washed-up pop vibe so well," she says. (Rolling Stone)

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During a Friday night concert in Dublin, Ireland, Arcade Fire covered "Linger" by the Cranberries in honor of the late Dolores O'Riordan. "Win Butler and company performed the chorus of the beloved Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can't We? single before segueing back into Arcade Fire's 'Everything Now,'" notes Rolling Stone.

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