Music News: Yanni is loving the Yanny vs. Laurel debate


Yanni at Disney World in 2009.
Yanni at Disney World in 2009. (Mark Ashman/Disney via Getty Images)

For the first time in a quarter-century, everyone's talking about Yanni. An audio snippet that can sound like "Laurel" or "Yanny," depending on how your ears are calibrated, has inspired everyone from Katy Perry to Ryan Adams to KC Dalager (Now, Now) to weigh in on which word they're hearing.

Yanni — the new age star who got his start on the Minneapolis music scene, now on tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of his widely-televised Acropolis performance — is loving it. (Billboard)

Details emerge on Jagged Little Pill musical

A new musical based on Alanis Morissette’s 1995 smash album Jagged Little Pill is opening next week at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. The New York Times visited rehearsals, and reports that it "may just be the most woke musical since Hair."

The script was written by former Minnesotan Diablo Cody, and the Times reports that it "tackles hot-button issues like opiate addiction, gender identity and sexual assault, as well as more quietly urgent ones like transracial adoption, marital bed death and image-consciousness. It also contains imagery from the Women's March and the #NeverAgain gun-control movement." Doesn't sound very ironic.

Today's Kurt Cobain news

The guitar played by Kurt Cobain on MTV Unplugged has reportedly become the property of Frances Bean Cobain’s ex-husband Isaiah Silva. The couple have been battling over the guitar since they filed for divorce in 2016, with Silva saying it was rightfully his since his ex-wife gave it to him as a wedding present. Courtney Love weighed in on her daughter's side, calling it "a treasured heirloom of the family." (Billboard)

Meanwhile, the Washington State Court of Appeals has ruled against a Seattle journalist who has been seeking the release of 55 photos of Kurt Cobain's death scene. The court ruled that the photos are exempt from Washington state's Public Records Act, a victory for Cobain's widow and daughter, both of whom have sought to block the photos' release. (Billboard)

FBI investigation into Trump-Russia ties named after Rolling Stones song

Even as Donald Trump was blasting the Rolling Stones’ "You Can't Always Get What You Want" (against the band's wishes) at his campaign rallies in 2016, the FBI was launching a secret investigation into possible collusion between the campaign and Russia. The investigation, it's now emerged, was nicknamed "Crossfire Hurricane" — a lyric from "Jumpin' Jack Flash." (Spin)

George Clinton to consult on next season of Tales from the Tour Bus

George Clinton will consult on a funk-themed second season of Tales from the Tour Bus, an animated Cinemax series from Mike Judge. The first season of the series, which retells crazy stories from music history, was focused on country music. The new season is expected to premiere sometime this year. (Rolling Stone)

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