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Today’s Music News: Prince plays his greatest hits at surprise London show

Photo courtesy Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL

Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL played a surprise two-hour show in London on Monday night. The private show, in support of the charity Autism Rocks, included 34 songs including “When Doves Cry,” “1999,” “Little Red Corvette,” “FUNKNROLL,” and “U KNOW.” (NME) Now, will he show up at the Grammys on Sunday—and if so, what will he do? No one knows for sure, but speculation is rife.

A newly confirmed performance for the Grammys: Paul McCartney will perform both solo and with recent collaborators Kanye West and Rihanna. (Billboard)

Don Covay, an R&B artist whose songs have been covered by Aretha FranklinLittle Richard, and the Rolling Stones among others, has died at age 76. (Rolling Stone)

The local music world was struck on Monday with the sudden news that John Kuker, who ran the Seedy Underbelly studio and renovated the historic Pachyderm Studio, has died at age 40. (Local Current)

Rhymesayers is releasing a special iPhone 6 case that doubles as a battery charger and a miniature boom box. (Star Tribune)

On March 8, an exhibit dedicated to Björk will open at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The opening of the exhibit is timed to coincide with Björk’s New York dates; the exhibit will include both a retrospective of Björk’s career and a new audiovisual installation piece telling “a narrative, both biographical and imaginatively fictitious, cowritten by Björk and the acclaimed Icelandic writer Sjón.” The exhibit will run through June 7. (NME)

The Guardian has published a few passages from Kim Gordon‘s forthcoming memoir Girl in a Band, scheduled for release on Feb. 24. The passages include details about her breakup with her husband—Sonic Youth bandmate Thurston Moore (including an anecdote about a tantrum Moore had while he was assembling his zine: when his stapler stopped working for some reason, Moore threw it out the window)—and a little trash-talking about Courtney Love and Billy Corgan.

Michael Jackson‘s ranch Neverland is up for sale, and one bidder has reportedly offered $40 million to buy the property with an eye towards turning it into a refuge for young victims of sexual assault. (NME)

Jimmy Page says he’s working on new solo material, and that it’s “going to be quite different” than what fans might expect from him. (Rolling Stone)

Rare images of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, taken in the mid-1960s by a man who served as the bands’ U.S. tour manager, are up for sale as limited-edition prints. (NME)

A lot of people just listen to vinyl as “a fashion statement,” says Neil Young—or because they’re disappointed at the poor quality of digital recordings that aren’t the kind of high-fidelity files Young’s offering via his Pono player. (NME)

Eat Street Kitchen, on Lyndale Avenue in Uptown, now offers a Doom Yum Yum Rice Bowl inspired by MF Doom. (Local Current)

In the latest edition of Jimmy Kimmel‘s Mean Tweets, musicians including DrakeHAIMSiaKaty Perry, and Ariana Grande read aloud mean tweets that have been written about them.

After five years of impersonating Neil Young onstage, on Tuesday night Jimmy Fallon was finally joined by the genuine article. (Rolling Stone)