Music News: David Bowie's first recording discovered in a bread box


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Bowie performs as Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on July 3, 1973. (Express/Getty Images, via NPR)

The first known recording of David Bowie singing lead vocals is going up for auction, having been discovered in a bread box. The finder was David Hadfield, the drummer in Bowie's teen band the Konrads. He says he actually found the 1963 demo recording of "I Never Dreamed" back in the 1990s, but kept it under his hat until now.

Bowie left the Konrads by the end of the year, eventually launching a solo career that took off in his early 20s with "Space Oddity." The tape, which will be auctioned along with other Bowie memorabilia, is expected to fetch over $10,000 — which seems like a conservative estimate. (Consequence of Sound)

R. Kelly streams song responding to abuse allegations

R. Kelly has released a 19-minute song called "I Admit," the title of which refers to making "some mistakes" — but not being a pedophile or running a sex cult. In the song he defends himself against repeated allegations of sexual misconduct, singing that accusations of brainwashing "sound silly" and accusing journalist Jim DeRogatis of trying to "destroy" him. (ABC News)

DeRogatis shook his head at the song, telling Variety that "We've seen him talk about the unspecified sins he's committed many times in song, and it's interesting that he says here that he likes women young and old. Buzzfeed stands by its reporting of the past year and I stand by my reporting of 18 years."

Meanwhile, the R&B star's ex-wife Andrea Kelly, who is among her ex-husband's accusers, took to Instagram to criticize the fans who, she says, have been targeting her online since she went public regarding the abuse. "By you shaming me and any other victims," she wrote, "you're helping the abuser accomplish their task of belittling, intimidating, and discounting all the abuse they've put the #victim and #victims through!" (Vibe)

News briefs

Diarrhea Planet are breaking up after a pair of hometown shows Sept. 7-8 in Nashville. There's no beef, say the garage punks, who have been active since 2009. "Nothing really happened. We all feel that Diarrhea Planet has run its course." Yes, they admit that's a "poop joke." (Rolling Stone)

The Recording Academy is rolling out a new campaign to raise awareness of "the work we do on behalf of music creators," says chief marketing officer Evan Greene. Everyone knows the Grammys, he says, but they don't realize the organization does much more than hand out awards. The theme of the new campaign: "We are music." (Billboard)

On Friday night, Kraftwerk performed a live duet with German astronaut Alexander Gerst, who's currently on the International Space Station. The collaboration, shared on video, concluded the band's set at a Stuttgart jazz festival. The song they played? 1978's "Spacelab." (NPR)

Today's viral...things

Paul McCartney returned to Abbey Road on Monday; he played a surprise show at the legendary recording studio to promote his forthcoming album Egypt Station. The former Beatle’s daughter Mary McCartney caught a video of her father reprising the walk that he and his bandmates made almost 49 years ago for the cover of the classic album they recorded there. He didn't go barefoot this time, though: looks like he was rocking Birkenstocks. (Consequence of Sound)

🎥@maryamccartney #PaulMcCartney #EgyptStation #AbbeyRoad

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And...we've got to talk about the "Toxic" dog. A guy named Matt captured his dog whining in a fashion that sounds strikingly similar to the hook of Britney Spears’s 2003 hit. Well over 100,000 retweets later, Matt took to YouTube to tell the story of how he caught his dog Riley howling at stormy weather. "After the video had ended," he said, "I rewatched it probably 30 times and I was like, 'This sounds oddly familiar." Riley, upon being told that he'd just covered Britney, jumped in his owner's lap. "I guess he knew that he was being a true legend in that moment," said Matt. (NME)

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