Music News: Bon Iver manager withdraws from Congressional race


Kyle Frenette, Bon Iver manager and former Congressional candidate.
Kyle Frenette, Bon Iver manager and former Congressional candidate. (Kyle for Wisconsin)

Kyle Frenette, manager of Bon Iver, has withdrawn his candidacy for one of Wisconsin's seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. "I didn't get into this race because I wanted to be a politician but because I wanted to be a representative. I wanted to represent the people in the 7th district; to give back to this amazing place that's given me so much," wrote Frenette in a statement. "Unfortunately, it is not my time. It is with a heavy heart I must withdraw my candidacy for Congress."

Frenette, who announced his candidacy in February with a video featuring the Bon Iver song "Wisconsin," said that "unforeseen circumstances in my life" have determined his decision to forego his planned challenge as a Democratic candidate against Republican incumbent Sean Duffy in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District. (Rolling Stone)

K-pop tops the album chart

For the first time ever, a K-pop album sits atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Love Yourself: Tear is the latest LP from BTS, and it debuts this week at number one. As the New York Times notes, the landmark comes six years after Psy first brought K-pop to a mass American audience with his smash hit "Gangnam Style."

Tommy Lee marries...maybe

It looks like a reported wedding between former Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and breakout Vine star Brittany Furlan was just a practical joke. E! News reported the couple were married in an "intimate ceremony in front of a few lucky guests," a report that Lee initially seemed to confirm, but then Furlan posted a photo of the two captioned, "BEST. DAY. EVER. (to take a photo in front of someone's leftover wedding altar)." (Billboard)

Remembering Roger Clark

Drummer Roger Clark has died of a heart attack at age 67. Clark contributed to the famous Muscle Shoals Sound, playing on albums by artists including Lou Rawls and Hank Williams Jr. in the 1970s and '80s. He also toured and/or recorded with artists including the Steve Miller Band, Journey, and the Pointer Sisters, ultimately playing on over 30 gold and platinum albums. (Billboard)

Teen rapper takes on gun violence

14-year-old rapper Flau'jae has wowed the internet with an original song called "Guns Down," about the 2003 death of her father — rapper Camoflauge due to gun violence. The song was her audition for America's Got Talent, which posted the video. (Billboard)

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