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Today’s Music News: Kendrick Lamar says he recorded unreleased music with Prince

Kendrick Lamar says he recorded music with Prince when Lamar was at Paisley Park to participate in the live-streamed concert celebrating the release of Prince’s two new albums last year. Though Lamar says he wasn’t able to include the music on his new album To Pimp a Butterfly because he was “pressed for time,” in an interview with Hot 97 he said he came away from the meeting with valuable advice. “I really appreciate the actual game he was giving me,” said Lamar. “He took control of his music.” (Rolling Stone)

Ethan Hawke told Jimmy Fallon that he likes to sing his children to sleep by impersonating Bob Dylan—and demonstrated the technique. (Billboard)

A trailer for Amy, the new Amy Winehouse documentary, has been released. The film opens in the U.K. on July 3; no American release is yet planned. (Pitchfork)

David Bowie is writing new songs for an upcoming work of music theater based on his 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth. (Local Current)

Cynthia Lennon has died at age 75. She was married to John Lennon of the Beatles from 1962-1968; the two are the parents of Julian Lennon. (Local Current)

Joni Mitchell remains hospitalized after being found unconscious at her home on Monday, but she is “doing fine,” says a spokesperson. (Local Current)

In a newly released clip from the forthcoming Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck, Cobain’s diaries are animated to show the sequence of band names Cobain went through before deciding on “Nirvana.” See the clip on Pitchfork.

The Rolling Stones are considering the idea of playing Sticky Fingers in its entirety on tour this summer, says Mick Jagger. “At the very least, we’ll play the songs we don’t normally play” from the album, which is being reissued in a deluxe edition on May 26. (Rolling Stone) The band’s tour will come to TCF Bank Stadium on June 3.

FKA Twigs and Robert Pattinson are engaged after six months of dating, it’s been confirmed after a day of confusion that started with the news being offhandedly shared by—wait for it—T-Pain, who later said it was all an April Fool’s Joke. It isn’t, reports Pitchfork.

Ringo StarrMatt Berninger of the NationalBest CoastRun the JewelsTV on the Radio, and other artists appear in an April Fool’s project from Funny or Die, which advertises a fictitious new video platform called Dips—a platform allowing the posting of video clips no longer than 1.5 seconds each. (Pitchfork)

Grimes will open for Lana Del Rey on the second leg of Lana Del Rey’s upcoming North American tour. The opener on the first leg, as previously announced, will be Courtney Love. (Billboard)

It’s official: at 13 weeks atop the Hot 100, “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars has bested “Blurred Lines” as the longest-running number one single of the 2010s. “Uptown Funk” is now just three weeks away from tying the all-time record for most consecutive weeks at number one, set in 1995-96 by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men with “One Sweet Day.” (Billboard)