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Today’s Music News: Chris Rock pays tribute to Purple Rain

“Thriller is allegedly the best album of all time,” writes Chris Rock, “and that has at least two bad songs on it. There’s no ‘Baby Be Mine’ on Purple Rain.” The comedian pays tribute to Prince‘s album in the current issue of Billboard, as part of a tribute to the year 1984—which Billboard agrees with Rolling Stone was […]

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Strings are in: Minnesota ensemble STRINGenius play proudly with Prince

Adi Yeshaya, arranger for the Minnesota group STRINGenius, worked hard to create an arrangement to complement “WAY BACK HOME,” a track on Prince’s new album ART OFFICIAL AGE. At Prince’s request, Yeshaya and STRINGenius wrote and recorded a string track designed to accompany the track, then sent it in to Paisley Park. The album came out, and […]

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Today’s Music News: Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek covers Charlie Brown

Taking a break from his anti-War-on-Drugs campaign, Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon) is readying a holiday album: Sings Christmas Carols will be released on Nov. 4. Pitchfork has premiered Kozelek’s cover of Vince Guraldi‘s “Christmas Time is Here,” famously featured in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Towards the end of the track, Kozelek recites a few lines of Charlie Brown’s dialogue […]

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Today’s Music News: Chinese government issues statement against Kenny G

Plenty of people have made statements against Kenny G, but it’s not his smooth jazz that’s upsetting the Chinese government—in fact, the saxophonist is a huge star in China. That’s why his participation in pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong inspired a reprimand by China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman. “Kenny G’s musical works are widely popular in China,” said Hua […]

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Today’s Music News: Baker Street saxman Raphael Ravenscroft dies at 60

Raphael Ravenscroft, the saxophone player responsible for one of the most iconic sax lines in pop music history, has died of a heart attack at age 60. Though he worked with artists including Pink Floyd, Daft Punk, and Robert Plant, it was the 1978 solo hit “Bakers Street” by Stealers Wheel‘s Gerry Rafferty that made Ravenscroft a saxophone legend. (Billboard) […]

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