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Today’s Music News: Prince doubles down on Kentucky concerts

Photo courtesy Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL

Prince is kicking off his “Hit & Run” tour in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, and while no further stops have yet been announced, he and his band 3RDEYEGIRL are showing Louisville a lot of love. They’ve added two Sunday shows to the originally announced pair of Saturday shows, for a total of four shows this weekend. They also gave a recording of a new song, “What If” (click here to listen via Stereogum), to Louisville radio station WFPK to debut on Thursday afternoon. 3RDEYEGIRL drummer Hannah Welton, whose husband Joshua Welton is one of Prince’s producers, is a native of Louisville. (WLKY)

In other Prince news, for Record Store Day (April 18), Lydia Loveless will release a pair of Prince covers (“I Would Die 4 U” and “Under the Cherry Moon”) on purple vinyl. (Stereogum)

Here’s one of the crazier Record Store Day releases: Microfiche Records is releasing a baseball game in the form of a “decagonaphonic” 7″. The record has five sets of concentric grooves, so when you drop the needle, it randomly finds one of the grooves—which determines how your baseball player does in his “turn at bat.” The flip side has a “concession stand challenge.”

Consequence of Sound has profiled Minneapolis hip-hop label Rhymesayers as it celebrates its 20th anniversary; the profile includes photos and reporting from The Current’s tenth anniversary show at First Avenue, headlined by Rhymesayers’ Atmosphere.

Malcolm-Jamal Warner, best known as Theo on The Cosby Show, is continuing with his acting career—and he also has a music career that’s suddenly taking off. He won a Grammy for best traditional R&B performance for appearing on Robert Glasper‘s Stevie Wonder cover, and he has a new single called “I’m Ready” featuring Minnesotan singer Stokley Williams of Mint Condition. (Billboard)

Kim Gordon had an hourlong conversation with Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney on March 4 as Gordon promoted her new book Girl in a Band. The conversation, which took place at the San Francisco JCC, has now been published online as a video. (Pitchfork)

Björk released a typically eye-popping video for “Lionsong.” (Billboard)

A leaked e-mail reveals that Spotify believes it will account for 11% of Universal Music Group‘s revenue over the next year. (Billboard)

Don’t worry: Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke sleep just fine at night, “knowing they didn’t copy” Marvin Gaye‘s “Got to Give it Up.” Unfortunately for them, a jury disagreed. (Rolling Stone)

We need to turn our backs on the Internet if we want to find peace, says Jarvis Cocker of Pulp. (NME)

  • It would be nice if Prince would release a new “purple rain” type album — @ mixley.com