Music News: Does this footstool contain a Jack White record?

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A footstool upholstered by Jack White.
A footstool upholstered by Jack White, with label inset. (eBay)
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A footstool upholstered by Jack White is up for sale on eBay, with bids reaching $1,800 by Friday. "The ottoman alone is worth nearly 1k without being related to Jack," writes the seller, who has a Third Man Upholstery label to prove the piece's provenance.

Fans were initially excited to think that the piece might contain one of the records White hid in furniture he upholstered, but the ottoman in question was finished in the '90s — White and his coworker (and then-bandmate) Brian Muldoon seemingly didn't start hiding their singles in furniture until the early 2000s. (NME)

Suge Knight sentenced

Hip-hop mogul Suge Knight has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for a hit-and-run death he caused in 2015. The death of businessman Terry Carter resulted from a dispute on the set of the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, which featured an unflattering portrayal of Knight and put him at odds with the film's producers. (New York Times)

Millie Bobby Brown: My friendship with Drake is not weird

Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown wants you to stop making weird assumptions about her friendship with Drake. After the 14-year-old Brown told Access Hollywood that she and the 31-year-old rap star text each other often, people started to raise eyebrows — especially since Drake was being tied romantically to an 18-year-old model.

On her Instagram story, Brown called her relationship with Drake "a lovely friendship" and said "u guys are weird" for insinuating that it might be anything more. "I'm very blessed to have amazing people in my life," she wrote. (BuzzFeed)

Also, Drake is apparently not dating a teen after all. So let's just get back to the music.

This week's new music releases

Christine and the Queens: Chris

French singer-songwriter Héloïse Letissier has released her second album as Christine and the Queens. Pitchfork calls Chris "a portrait of an instantly memorable character making utterly gleaming pop music." The album, Letissier says, was inspired by the privileged male behavior she witnessed as a rising pop star.

Prince: Piano & a Microphone 1983

An unedited 35-minute rehearsal tape recorded in Prince's Minnesota living room, Piano & a Microphone 1983 is the first major release from Prince's Vault since the icon's 2016 death; excepting a Purple Rain reissue that was initiated during his lifetime. The album's nine tracks include finished songs ("17 Days"), previously unheard numbers ("Wednesday"), covers (Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You"), and an early sample of "Purple Rain." (The Current)

Brockhampton: Iridescence

Texas hip-hop collective Brockhampton have released their fourth studio album, and the first not named Saturation. Iridescence was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, the album came out of turmoil after band member Ameer Vann left amidst sexual assault allegations, just after the group signed a major-label deal. The album represents a "truthful rebirth," writes NME.

Lana Del Rey: "Venice Bitch"

Lana Del Rey has announced her sixth studio album. Norman F---ing Rockwell won't be out until next spring, but she's already dropped two tracks from the album: "Mariners Apartment Complex" and the epic "Venice Bitch." At nine-plus minutes the longest song Del Rey's ever released, the song descends from a quietly melodic opening section into a disorienting synth solo and a droning, dramatic guitar line.


Songs sampled in podcast
Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0)
BoxCat Games: "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0)
The White Stripes: "The Hardest Button To Button"
Christine and the Queens: "Girlfriend"
Prince: "Purple Rain" (Piano & a Microphone 1983 version)
BROCKHAMPTON: "J'Ouvert"
Lana Del Rey: "Venice Bitch"


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