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Thursday Morning Music News: Neko Case and Nick Cave go zombie, the Pixies consider come back and Michelle Obama does the Dougie

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The Telegraph runs down the Sunday Times' richest men (and they are all men) in UK music.

Jenny Conlee of the Decemberists has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

For the season premiere of True Blood, Neko Case and Nick Cave team up to cover, what else, the Zombies.

Cool tech on the SoundCloud front as the music sharing site launches SoundCloud Labs.

The Capital Times interviews Ian Felice about the Felice Brothers forthcoming album, Celebration Florida, due out May 10.

Michael Franti and Spearhead announce tour dates.

Who says the major labels are all jerks? With Songs For Japan the four label heavies have raised $5 million for earthquake and tsunami relief.

Amazon goes after iTunes, hard, with 69-cent song downloads for top-selling songs. Rascal Flatts and Lady Gaga don't really need the bump.

Pop & Hiss has details on a Buddy Holly tribute album featuring Fionna Apple, My Morning Jacket, Cee Lo Green and Sir Paul McCartney.

The Polar Music Prize, Sweden's major music award, goes to Kronos Quartet and Patti Smith.

Phil Spector's murder conviction appeal goes nowhere.

Facebook relaunches and rethinks its music page features. Myspace would be scared if it had a pulse.

Songkick gets into bed with Warner Music.

In the annals of tacky ideas, it's hard to top Cirque du Soleil's plan to recreate Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch in Las Vegas.

Adele notches a sixth week at the top of the US album charts.

The Quietus has a provocative piece on the now 20-year-old and still seminal Spiderland album by Slint.

AP reports on the Nigerian hip-hop scene.

Country Standard Time has details on the first Kasey Chambers album in four years.

Eminem, Coldplay Foo Fighters and Muse top the headliners for the 20th Anniversary of Lollapalooza. Am I just jaded or is that a big meh?

The Guardian teaches you how to dance like Michelle Obama.

This is hot: Edith Piaf's love letters to cyclist Louis Gérardin have been published.

In streaming preview news: Listen to new albums by Okkervil River at NPR, Booker T. Jones at TwentyFourBit and the Cars at Rolling Stone.

The Pixies consider new album plans. The producer will not be Big Boi, as he will be busy working with Modest Mouse. Really.

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