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Your Week in Music: Shania Twain says adieu to Vegas

Shania Twain will take her final bow at her Las Vegas residency Dec. 13. (Source: KVVU) Shania Twain will take her final bow at her Las Vegas residency Dec. 13. (Source: KVVU)

(RNN) - Shania Twain’s two-year Vegas residency is coming to an end.

Twain released her final 16 show dates at The Colosseum, running throughout October and early December.

The residency was a time that she calls a "rediscovery for my love of performing" after a multi-year hiatus from music.

Shania: Still the One wraps Dec. 13.

Tree dedicated to famous Beatle killed by beetles

In this week's edition of "ironic coincidences," a tree planted in honor of the Beatles’ George Harrison has been killed - by actual beetles.

The George Harrison Tree, a 10-foot-tall pine planted in 2004 for the songwriter and avid gardener, was infested by the insects and there was nothing that could be done, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The tree will be replanted but a date was not specified.

Weird Al scores first No. 1 album, breaks records with 'Mandatory Fun'

For the first time since the ‘60s, a comedy album has topped Billboard 200 - and we have Weird Al Yankovic to thank for that.

Weird Al has been releasing albums that have charted for the past 30 years but his newest album, Mandatory Fun, is his first album to chart as No. 1.

The last time a comedy album was No. 1 was in 1963 when Allan Sherman’s My Son, The Nut topped charts for nearly eight weeks, according to Billboard.

Mandatory Fun also had the largest sales week for a comedy album since 1994.

If you missed Weird Al’s eight days of videos, it isn’t too late. Click over to www.weirdal.com and let the binge watching begin.

Billy Joel receives high honor from U.S. government

Billy Joel will be the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize.

The Gershwin Prize honors “a living musical artist’s lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations,” according to the news release.

“Billy Joel is a storyteller of the highest order," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "There is an intimacy to his songwriting that bridges the gap between the listener and the worlds he shares through music. When you listen to a Billy Joel song, you know about the people and the place and what happened there.”

Joel will receive the honor in Washington, DC in November, which will be surrounded by a series of events as well as live performances.

"The great composer, George Gershwin, has been a personal inspiration to me throughout my career. And the Library’s decision to include me among those songwriters who have been past recipients is a milestone for me,” Joel said.

The Piano Man joins a list of legendary recipients including Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach, Hal David and Carole King.

Introducing … Puss n Boots

Every now and then, your side project morphs into something special enough to become a full-time hustle.

When jazz artists Norah Jones and Sasha Dobson got together with rock/pop bassist Catherine Popper (Ryan Adams, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals) in their off-time, they’d jam out as a band.

Thus Puss n Boots, a stomp-clap country music trio punctuated by walking bass lines and tight harmonies, was born.

Seven years later, the side project has birthed a debut album, No Fools, No Fun.

Puss n Boots recalls old-school country and the album includes a cover of Johnny Cash's Bull Rider.

No Fools, No Fun is out now.

Hall of Fame exhibit

No doubt Beyonce will someday be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Until she’s eligible (a minimum 25 years after the release of a first record), you can visit her clothes.

An exhibit featuring the fashion of Queen Bey is now open at the Rock Hall and includes the outfit that shut down the 2013 Super Bowl, the leather body suit. (Ok, a power system failure may also have had something to do with that.)

Other items include the gold dress from the Run the World (Girls) video and a dress she wore to the 2012 Met Gala.

Stream it before you can buy it

Jenny Lewis' shimmery pop solo effort The Voyager is out next week. Musically, the album resonates an '80s summer sheen that masks some of the deeper lyrical themes.

NPR First Listen gives you a chance to stream it before you can buy it.

Give it a listen here.

New releases

Anberlin - Lowborn - July 22

La Roux - Trouble in Paradise – July 22

Jason Mraz: Yes! - July 15

Morrissey - World Peace Is None of Your Business - July 15

Weird Al Yankovic - Mandatory Fun - July 15

Upcoming releases

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye – July 29

Jenny Lewis - The Voyager - July 29

Smokie Norful - Forever Yours - Aug. 5

Kris Allen - Horizons - Aug. 12

And finally ...

Those crime-fighting, pizza-hoarding super heroes - named for Renaissance artists - are ready for a 2014 remix.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return to theaters Aug. 8. Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign's new single Shell Shocked, from the movie, is 2014's Go ninja, go ninja, go.

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