Music News: Who's inducting who into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Janelle Monae will induct Janet Jackson into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (left Emma McIntyre/Getty Images; right Bryan Bedder | Getty Images for OUT Magazine 2017)
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the artists who will be making induction speeches at this year's ceremony in New York on March 29 — and the matches are pretty great. The person inducting you into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is important, because chances are that if you're a Hall of Famer and you die, lots of obituaries will quote that speech.

On that chipper note, let's look at who's making the speeches this year! Janelle Monaé will induct Janet Jackson. Trent Reznor will induct the Cure. Harry Styles will induct Stevie Nicks. Brian May, who's been at just about every other awards ceremony this year, will induct Def Leppard. Susanna Hoffs (the Bangles) will induct the Zombies. Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon and John Taylor will induct Roxy Music, and David Byrne will induct Radiohead.

That last pairing is particularly apt, since Radiohead's band name was inspired by the name of a 1986 Talking Heads song. (Rolling Stone)

K-pop star suspected of taking illicit videos

Two K-pop stars have been caught at seeming sexual misconduct, in cases that are both "related and not related," say South Korean authorities. Jung Joon-young has apologized for "filming and sharing intimate videos of women without their consent," reports the New York Times. Meanwhile, Seungri of the K-pop group Big Bang has announced his retirement after he was named a suspect for "offering sexual services" at nightclubs. Women in Korea have been protesting what they say is authorities' laxity about enforcing laws against illicit filming in particular.

We're sure to be hearing more about K-pop stars — and in a much more positive light — as the genre continues to rise in popularity around the world. BTS, the first K-pop band to top the U.S. album chart, have just been announced as the musical guests on the April 13 episode of Saturday Night Live. (Pitchfork)

Red Hot Chili Peppers to play the pyramids

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are taking their place in a pop-music pyramid lineage that runs from Pink Floyd to the Bangles to Frank Ocean. This coming Friday, the band will be live-streaming a concert from Egypt's Great Pyramids of Giza. Bassist Flea, for one is excited. In a statement, he said, "My heart is abuzz with joy at the prospect of performing in Egypt. I'm so grateful and humbled for the impending experience. The pyramids, it's unbelievable." (Billboard)

Viral clip: Jerry Seinfeld appears in Vampire Weekend video

Watching the new video for Vampire Weekend's "Sunshine," I flashed back to the days when Jake Luppen of Hippo Campus worked at the Potbelly's in the St. Paul skyway. In the video, Ezra Koenig stands behind the counter at the iconic New York deli Zabar's, looking way creepier than Jake ever did. Steve Lacy from the band The Internet, who appears on the track, also appears in the video, but the cameo making headlines is Jerry Seinfeld...because really, if you're going to shoot a video in a New York deli and Meg Ryan's not available, who are you going to call? Actor Jonah Hill directs the trippy clip, our viral video today. (Pitchfork)


Audio sampled in podcast
Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0)
BoxCat Games: "Against The Wall" (CC BY 3.0)
BTS: "I'm Fine"
Red Hot Chili Peppers: "Aeroplane"
Talking Heads: "Radio Head"
Moe Bandy: "Deep In the Heart of Texas"
Vampire Weekend: "Sunflower"
Mariah Carey: "Hero"


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