Bruce Springsteen Dedicates ‘I’ll See You In My Dreams’ to Michael Gudinski

Michael Gudinski is still on Bruce Springsteen’s mind.

After posting a thoughtful essay on the late, great Australian independent music trailblazer, Springsteen dedicated a song to his good friend.

“I’ll See You In My Dreams” opens with the graphic, “In Memory of Michael Gudinski,” its lyrics seemingly written for their friendship.

On it, Springsteen sings, “The road is long and seeming without end/ The days go on, I remember you my friend/ And though you’re gone And my heart’s been emptied it seems I’ll see you in my dream.”

Gudinski, chairman of the powerhouse Mushroom Group of Companies, died Monday (March 1) at his home in Melbourne, aged 68, sending shockwaves through the Australian music community and around the globe.

News of Gudinski’s passing prompted an outpouring of grief on social media and was reported in newspapers stretching the world, including Ireland’s top-selling daily, The Independent.

Springsteen led tributes to Gudinski, who he described as “first, last, and always a music man.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee continued, “I’ve toured the world for the last fifty years and never met a better promoter. Michael always spoke with a deep rumbling voice, and the words would spill out so fast that half the time I needed an interpreter. But I could hear him clear as a bell when he would say, “Bruce, I’ve got you covered.” And he always did. He was loud, always in motion, intentionally (and unintentionally) hilarious, and deeply soulful. He will be remembered by artists, including this one, from all over the world every time they set foot on Australian soil.”

“I’ll See You In My Dreams” appears on Springsteen’s 2020 album release, Letter To You, which debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. and Australia, and No. 2 in the U.S.

Swedish House Mafia Parts Ways With Columbia Records: Exclusive

Swedish House Mafia and Columbia Records have amicably parted ways, Billboard has learned.

The EDM trio’s tenure with the label lasted only two years, with the group signing to Columbia in February 2019. Despite a label deal sources say was worth more than $3 million, the partnership resulted in no new music from the trio, which blew up in the early 2010s with a series of era and genre-defining tracks including “Don’t You Worry Child,” “Save The World” and “Greyhound.”

The trio previously released music on Polydor, Virgin and EMI, among others.

Two sources familiar with the matter also tell Billboard that Swedish House Mafia has parted ways with their manager, Patriot Management’s Ron Laffitte, who took over for longtime manager Amy Thomson following the group’s 2018 reunion show.

After splitting up in 2013 following their 53-date One Last Tour, the trio reunited for a show-closing performance at Ultra Music Festival 2018. There they teased a full-on reunion, with SHM member Axwell announcing to the crowd, “It’s Swedish House Mafia for life this time.” In the three years since, the group has played about a dozen dates in Europe, Asia, Mexico and Saudi Arabia, with these shows containing new, as-yet-unreleased music. In June of 2019, due to supposed scheduling conflicts, band members Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello didn’t make it to Seoul for a much-anticipated appearance at Ultra Korea.

Columbia signed the band in 2019 after a bidding war that included Universal Music Group, sources tell Billboard. It is unclear whether Swedish House Mafia will have to return their advance to Columbia.

While sources also report that the trio was in the studio in Stockholm throughout 2020, working on a possible album, the group hasn’t released any new music since 2012, and has been silent on social media since December of 2019.

Kelly Clarkson Could ‘Use Somebody’ & You Could Use This Kings of Leon Cover

Kelly Clarkson’s voice is big enough to fill an arena, and that’s exactly where Kings of Leon’s anthemic hit “Use Somebody” belongs — so the singer’s latest Kellyoke cover is a perfect match.

On Wednesday’s (March 3) episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, the multi-talented host tackled the Billboard Hot 100 top five hit from Kings of Leon’s 2008 album Only by the Night. In addition to peaking at No. 4 on the Hot 100, “Use Somebody” also topped the Alternative Airplay and Adult Alternative Airplay charts. Coincidentally, Kings of Leon are back atop the Triple A chart this week with their latest single “The Bandit.”

Clarkson was joined by a full band and a harmonizing backup singer for the rocking cover, with appropriately epic lights flashing all around to the song’s driving beat.

KoL’s latest single, “The Bandit,” is the lead track from When You See Yourself, Kings of Leon’s eighth full-length and first since 2016’s Walls, the band’s first Billboard 200 No. 1 album. The new set is due Friday via RCA Records.

Watch the Kellyoke cover below: