Music News: Janet Jackson to receive Billboard Icon Award


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Janet Jackson attends OUT Magazine's #OUT100 Event on Nov. 9, 2017, in New York City. (Bryan Bedder | Getty Images for OUT Magazine 2017)

Dick Clark Productions and NBC have announced that Janet Jackson will receive this year's Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards on May 20. Jackson will also perform on the live broadcast, in what will be her first television performance in nine years. Former recipients of the award include Prince, Stevie Wonder, and Cher. (Billboard)

Interactive Hamilton exhibit to hit the road

An "interactive experience" called Hamilton: The Exhibition is opening this fall in Chicago, tentatively on Nov. 17. As Billboard reports,

Fans of the Tony-winning musical will be able to learn more about Alexander Hamilton — the musical's namesake — and the founding of America. The multimedia experience will feature historical artifacts, lighting, and music from Hamilton, as well as an audio tour narrated by its creator and original star, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The experience will subsequently travel to other cities, though a schedule hasn't been announced yet. A touring production of Hamilton will land at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis from Aug. 29 through Oct. 7.

London studio founded by George Martin going up for sale

In 1969, Beatles producer George Martin founded AIR Studios. The London facility remains "one of the world's largest and most prestigious recording facilities," notes Billboard. The studio, which has hosted sessions by everyone from Paul McCartney to Adele to U2 to George Michael to Katy Perry, is now going up for sale. It's unclear what the facility is worth, but certainly several million dollars.

Why have the two co-owners decided to sell? The answer isn't complicated: they're advancing in age. "We're a pair of old farts, basically," they tell Billboard.

Take a soundbath with Sigur Rós

What's a soundbath? Well, in the world of Sigur Rós, it's the opportunity to sit or lie down in a dark room while members of the band "play and sing sparsely and focus on the atmosphere coming together." There's also a sound-reactive sculpture. "It's all very cosy and people seem to like it," says the band's Jónsi about the experience, named "Liminal."

The band's next live soundbath will take place on Wednesday in Los Angeles, but if you can't make it to that experience, you can get the general feeling by curling up with your lava lamp and tuning in to NTS Radio starting at 2 PM CDT on Tuesday, when the band broadcast a 12-hour Liminal playlist. (Pitchfork)

Phil Collins is not dead yet

Phil Collins is not dead yet. That's the title of his 2016 memoir, and the name of his upcoming U.S. tour: his first in 12 years. "Phil Collins Not Dead Yet, Live!" will run for just 15 shows in October, including an Oct. 21 stop at Target Center in Minneapolis. With Collins off skins duty due to back problems, who can handle that iconic "In the Air Tonight" drum fill? None other than his 16-year-old son Nicolas. Think Phil has called Jeff Tweedy for any on-tour teen parenting tips? (Billboard)

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