Music News: Kate Bush tribute to Emily Bronte to be engraved in stone


Kate Bush in 1978
Kate Bush in 1978 (Chris Moorhouse/Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Kate Bush is writing a tribute to Emily Brontë, author of the 1847 book that inspired Bush's 1978 signature song "Wuthering Heights." Bush's tribute will be engraved on a stone to be placed near the Brontë family home in the Yorkshire moors. Other stones, with tributes penned by other writers, will pay tribute to Emily's sisters Charlotte and Anne.

"Emily only wrote the one novel — an extraordinary work of art that has truly left its mark," said Bush in a statement. "To be asked to write a piece for Emily's stone is an honour and, in a way, a chance to say thank you to her." (Pitchfork)

ABBA to reunite, release new music

The dream is alive (sort of): all four members of ABBA have reunited and recorded new music. "We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio," wrote the legendary Swedish pop stars in a press release. "So we did. And it was like time had stood still and that we only had been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience!"

The reunion coms with a little bit of a creepy factor, though, as Spin notes: "The new material was recorded in conjunction with a vaguely dystopian sounding project involving 'de-aged' CGI avatars of the band 'performing' in a TV special to air on BBC and NBC. After the special, the avatars are set to 'tour' the world."

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Janelle Monáe comes out as pansexual

Janelle Monáe’s recent music videos have sparked renewed speculation about her sexual orientation, and now she's made it officially public. "Being a queer black woman in America," she told Rolling Stone in a new cover story, "someone who has been in relationships with both men and women - I consider myself to be a free-ass motherf---er."

Avicii "could not go on any longer"

Avicii’s family has released a brief statement on the DJ's recent death. "He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness," said the Swedish star's family. "He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace." (Pitchfork)

Crazy Horse comes neighing back

Neil Young has announced his first shows with Crazy Horse in four years. The band will play a pair of shows on May 1 and 2 at the Warnors Theater in Fresno, California — but for the first time since the group's founding in 1975, guitarist Frank "Poncho" Sampedro won't be joining them onstage.

"Life is an unfolding saga," wrote Young in a statement. "Poncho is unable to join us right now but we all hope he will be back...I think it will be the beginning of another beautiful chapter in our long, enriching and life changing Crazy Horse story." (Rolling Stone)

Avengers cover Brady Bunch theme

The star-studded cast of the new movie Avengers: Infinity War had a little fun in a video for The Tonight Show: they covered the Brady Bunch theme, adapting the lyrics to describe "the Marvel Bunch." (Billboard)

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