Alan Peters, Katy Perry in News Notes

Former Agnostic Front bassist Alan Peters has died. He also performed in Crawlpappy and Absolution

Katy Perry has said on Howard Stern‘s radio show that she will return as a judge on American Idol if the show will have her back…

Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider said in an interview on Sirius/XM that he doesn’t see the band reuniting “in this lifetime.” He noted that he is currently working on movies, a second novel and that Twisted Sister would have to come after that…

Neil Young announced that he is suing President Donald Trump for copyright infringement for unauthorized use of his music and is seeking the maximum amount possible. Young’s lawsuit states that the Trump campaign has “willfully ignored” the musician’s past public objections and has continued to play his music despite lacking the license to do so… 

Uproxx’s cultural critic Steven Hyden has published a ranked list of the 100 best Bruce Springsteen songs…

Madonna boasts about not paying $1 million fine

Madonna has spoken out about not paying a $1 million fine that she alleges was slapped upon her for supporting Russia’s LGBTQ community during a 2012 show in St. Petersburg, Russia. 

A Russian court threw out the lawsuit, which was filed by a group of conservative activists, and the singer was not fined. 

Burger Records shuts down

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Earlier this week, Burger Records promised to make “major changes” after accusations of sexual misconduct against several artists and employees at the label, co-founder/president Lee Rickard stepped down and co-founder Sean Bohman moved “into a traditional roll,” the new interim president Jessa Zapor-Gray announced in a statement that “Upon further review, I have informed Burger Records that I no longer believe I will be able to achieve my intended goals in assuming the leadership role at Burger in the current climate. Therefore, I have decided to step away from the label entirely to focus on my other projects.”

When faced with Zapor-Gray’s decision, Bohrman decided to fold the label.The label’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts have all been disabled and several of the label’s artists have already been removed from streaming services.

Linkin Park speaks out against Trump after inclusion of their song in his campaign video

Linkin Park has spoken out against President Donald Trump after the president’s team tweeted out a campaign advertisement featuring the band’s “In the End” without permission. The band, who does not endorse Trump, nor authorize the Trump organization to use any of their music, has issued a cease and desist order, citing a copyright complaint. 

Lady Antebellum sues Lady A over name change

Lady Antebellum, who announced last month that it was changing its name to Lady A, have filed a lawsuit against the blues artist who has used the moniker for 20 years. While the singer Lady A claims that the group is trying to take the name away from her without repercussion, the group claims to have registered “Lady A” in July 2011 with no opposition. A spokesperson for the band said that the group is suing to share the name, not use it exclusively. Lady A, Anita White asked the band for $10 million to use the name exclusively. 

“Today we are sad to share that our sincere hope to join together with Anita White in unity and common purpose has ended. She and her team have demanded a $10 million payment, so reluctantly we have come to the conclusion that we need to ask a court to affirm our right to continue to use the name Lady A, a trademark we have held for many years. It was a stirring in our hearts and reflection on our own blindspots that led us to announce a few weeks ago that we were dropping the word ‘Antebellum’ from our name and moving forward using only the name so many of our fans already knew us by. When we learned that Ms. White had also been performing under the name Lady A, we had heartfelt discussions with her about how we can all come together and make something special and beautiful out of this moment. We never even entertained the idea that she shouldn’t also be able to use the name Lady A, and never will — today’s action doesn’t change that. Instead, we shared our stories, listened to each other, prayed and spent hours on the phone and text writing a song about this experience together. We felt we had been brought together for a reason and saw this as living out the calling that brought us to make this change in the first place. We’re disappointed that we won’t be able to work together with Anita for that greater purpose. We’re still committed to educating ourselves, our children and doing our part to fight for the racial justice so desperately needed in our country and around the world. We’ve only taken the first small steps and will prioritize racial equality as a key pillar of the work of LadyAID, specifically leaning into supporting and empowering our youth. We hope Anita and the advisers she is now listening to will change their minds about their approach. We can do so much more together than in this dispute,” a spokesperson for the group said.

Doves, Rolling Stones in News Notes

Indie rock band Doves returns with its first new album in 11 years, The Universal Want. The new album, the band’s fifth, hits store shelves September 11…

The Rolling Stones will rerelease their 1973 LP Goats Head Soup as a deluxe box set which will include a stereo mix of the album, outtakes, rarities, an entire show from the accompanying tour, and three previously-unreleased songs from the period, including one which features guitar work by Led Zeppelin‘s Jimmy Page

Police in Los Angeles, California have arrested five men in connection with the murder of rapper Pop Smoke,  February 19. LAPD Detectives arrested three adult males and two juvenile males in the killing. The police will provide further details when they become available… 

The Newport Folk Festival will livestream a virtual event July 31 to August 2 after cancellation of the live event. Folk on Revival Weekend will kick off July 31 with Mavis 80, a birthday celebration for Mavis Staples filmed live in May 2019, and featuring Jason IsbellBrandi Carlie, and others. Saturday will include Deer Tick and Friends, which will feature the band with Sharon Van EttenLeon Bridges, and others. Sunday will feature Our Voices Together, a YouTube film that will exhibit previously-unseen footage at Newport. Roger WatersTom Morello, and others will be featured in the documentary…

Will Ferrell has scored his first charted Billboard song with “My Marianne.” The track, which landed on the Digital Song Sales chart comes from his new Netflix film, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga