Justin Timberlake better get his suit and tie ready… for court! Ha ha! We have fun. Anyway, Timberlake’s label, Universal Music, is being sued by two members of the group Sly, Slick & Wicked over a sample used in “Suit and Tie”. While the band alleges that the sample from their hit “Sho Nuff” was cleared, they should receive royalties to the vocal performance, since it’s them singing on the track. They’re also suing for royalties from a Bud Light commercial which used JT’s song.
Indie-dance fans rejoice — LCD Soundsystem is back. Following up their new Christmas single with news they’d be headlining Coachella this year (along with other reunited band, Guns N Roses), frontman James Murphy clarified that this wasn’t a one-off. From his blog:
in other, more pedantic news: we’re not just playing coachella. we’re playing all over. we’re not just having some reunion tour. we’re releasing a record (sometime this year—still working on it, actually), so this isn’t a victory lap or anything, which wouldn’t be of much interest to us.
This Monday, Laurie Anderson played a concert. This would be newsworthy anyway — Laurie Anderson is amazing and her shows are always emotionally powerful — but this one, even Anderson’s fans might find a little weird. To tie in with her new film Heart of a Dog about love, loss and her dog Lolabelle, she performed a concert for dogs. The music was performed at a low frequency suitable for sensitive puppy ears, though wireless headphones were also provided for the humans in attendance. This isn’t Anderson’s first concert for dogs, either — six years ago, she performed a similar show in Sydney, Australia.
David Bowie’s new album, ★, comes out today. Earlier this week, as if there weren’t already enough excitement in the world over it, Bowie dropped the second music video from the album, “Lazarus”. The horn-driven cut feels like he’s building on the work from his last album, 2013’s The Next Day in all the best ways. One tip though: Next video, Bowie might want to turn his phone to landscape mode.
The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach has just recorded a song based on the Netflix documentary Making A Murderer. “Lake Superior” by Auerbach’s side-project The Arcs, and was written, recorded, mixed and mastered over two days. The song will be available for download soon, and all proceeds will go to the Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to freeing wrongly-convicted prisoners.
BAD NEWS ROUNDUP: Well, we all know about Lemmy’s untimely passing, but classical composer, conductor and Frank Zappa collaborator Pierre Boulez has passed away. Funk legend Bernie Worrell has announced he’s got both prostate cancer and stage four liver cancer. Donald Fagan of Steely Dan was arrested for domestic assault. BOO TO ALL OF THIS.
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That’s pretty much it, but what more do you need?