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Today’s Music News: Best albums of the 21st century, and more


In a massively crowd-sourced list, Reddit users have decided that the best albums of the 21st century so far are Arcade Fire‘s Funeral (2004), Radiohead‘s Kid A (2000), the Strokes‘ Is This It (2001), and Kanye West‘s The College Dropout (2004). Lorde will “curate” the soundtrack to the new Hunger Games movie, as well as contribute a song herself. The music is expected to…

Today’s Music News: Missy Elliott preps new album, and more


In what could become the most anticipated comeback album since Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience, Missy Elliott has “the hollow-tip bullet in the gun” to release a new album, says her longtime producer Timbaland—who also worked with Timberlake, for those who are following along at home. It’s been almost ten years since Elliott’s last release, 2005’s The…

Today’s Music News: Lily Allen gets cuffed, and more


Lily Allen got some Australian cops in hot water when they complied with her request to stage a gag photo (since deleted from the singer’s Instagram) in which Allen has been handcuffed and appears to be under arrest. “I don’t appreciate a photo of […] police playing around with their handcuffs,” said a local legislator. “It’s bad…

Today’s Music News: Paul’s Boutique gets a commemorative mural, and more


The owner of the Manhattan storefront pictured on the cover of the Beastie Boys‘ Paul’s Boutique—an album marking its quarter-century anniversary this year—has agreed to host a commemorative mural (above), which was painted this weekend by artist Danielle Mastrion. (Pitchfork) A new app from the co-founder of Tinder takes a similar approach to music discovery: using…

Today’s Music News: Elvis’s library card goes on sale, and more


An August 14 auction of Elvis Presley memorabilia will include a library card on which the then-13-year-old placed his earliest existing signature. Also on the auction block will be the 18-carat jewel-encrusted pendant the King wore to his 1970 meeting with President Nixon. (New York Times) Well, this is awkward: Duran Duran are suing their…

Today’s Music News: Jack White gets memed, and more


Jack White attended a Cubs game on Tuesday night, and the Internet has become obsessed with a screengrab of the rocker looking distinctly unimpressed. (A.V. Club) Angelo Adkins, infant son of Adele, has been awarded a five-figure settlement from Corbis Images UK, which the child’s parents say has invaded their child’s privacy by posting paparazzi…

Today’s Music News: Beetles vs. a Beatle, and more


All things must pass: in a wince-worthy development, a George Harrison memorial tree planted in Los Angeles in 2004 has been killed by an infestation of—yes, beetles. A city councilmember says that the tree will be replanted. (Los Angeles Times) Dave Eggers, watch your back: Jack White‘s Third Man Records are going into the book…

Today’s Music News: J Dilla’s beatmaking boards go to the Smithsonian, and more


Beat-making equipment used by hip-hop producer J Dilla will join Dorothy’s red slippers, Julia Child’s kitchen, and the Star-Spangled Banner in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution. The late musician’s mother will donate her son’s equipment to the National Museum of African American Arts and History, the new Smithsonian museum currently being constructed on the…

Today’s Music News: Jimi Hendrix masters set free, and more


After decades of litigation, 88 studio recordings made by Jimi Hendrix as a member of Curtis Knight and the Squires between 1965 and 1967 have finally been cleared for release and will soon be available for fans of the legendary guitarist to hear. This isn’t all “before he became Jimi” stuff: some of the recordings…