NEWS ROUNDUP: Remembering Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson & More

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In Memory of Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin will be laid to rest today with services fit for the Queen of Soul. This morning more than 100 pink Cadillacs lined the street leading to Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple, a reference to her 1985 single “Freeway of Love.” Musical tributes from Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia and Jennifer Holliday are expected, along with speeches from former President Bill Clinton, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and the Reverend Jesse Jackson. Franklin was transported to her final farewell inside a gold casket in Rosa Parks’ hearse.

Michael Jackson’s 60th Birthday

Janet Jackson posted a video tribute to her brother for what would have been his 60th birthday. The clip references Michael Jackson’s video for “Remember The Time,” which starred Iman and Eddie Murphy.

The New New

The Struts released a video for their single “Body Talks,” featuring Kesha (whose legal battle with Dr. Luke was back in news thanks to some unsealed court documents). Tune-Yards covered Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” for Spotify’s Singles Sessions. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper announced a soundtrack to accompany their remake of A Star is Born featuring 19 songs and 15 dialogue tracks written by Gaga and Cooper, along with Jason IsbellMark RonsonJulia MichaelsLori McKenna, Lukas Nelson (of Promise of the Real), and others.

End Notes

  • The Orwells announce their breakup following sexual abuse allegations that surfaced against three of their members. 
  • Mastodon and Dinosaur Jr. have cancelled their joint tour due to a “critical situation of a member of the Mastodon family.” They have no plans as of now to reschedule the tour.
  • Frightened Rabbit announce first performance since the death of their frontman Scott Hutchinson, which will be billed as “The Songs of Frightened Rabbit,” featuring the band alongside guest vocalists including Twilight Sad’s James Graham. The show is scheduled for December 8th at Sleep in the Park in Glasgow, Scotland.
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