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Today’s Music News: Prince reportedly plays secret White House show

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The Internet is buzzing with reports that Prince played a semi-secret show for Barack and Michelle Obama as well as several hundred VIP guests at the White House on Saturday night—but the White House will not officially confirm that Prince attended the event, though spokesman Josh Earnest says the Obamas threw the party “on their own dime.” Reports suggest that not only did Prince play, he was joined onstage by Stevie Wonder. (MPR NewsStar Tribune) Prince and his band 3RDEYEGIRL then played two shows on Sunday at Washington, D.C.’s Warner Theatre. (Washington Post)

Who would play secret shows at the White House if Hillary Clinton won the Presidential election next fall? It’s way too early to say, but the presumptive Democratic nominee has created an official campaign playlist that includes tracks by Pharrell Williams (“Happy”), NONONO (“Pumpin Blood”), and Katy Perry (“Roar”). (Billboard)

A former captive of ISIS says that three of his captors in Syria, who spoke with British accents, were nicknamed John, Paul, and Ringo after members of the Beatles. Ringo Starr says he’s saddened by the news: “What they’re doing out there is against everything the Beatles stood for.” (The Standard)

Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker says he was caught unawares when BMG—which manages rights to the band’s music—sued the band’s former label for $450,000 of allegedly unpaid royalties. “I didn’t know there was going to be any suing going on, so I was as surprised and interested as anyone,” said Parker. (Pitchfork)

Father John Misty released a poignant new video for “I Love You, Honeybear.” (Rolling Stone)

On Sunday night, Smash Mouth played at the Taste of Fort Collins event in Colorado. One of the event vendors was giving away free loaves of bread, and when some concertgoers threw bread at Smash Mouth frontman Steve Harwell, he responded with an obscene three-minute rant. While Harwell threatened bodily harm and financial ruin to the bread-throwers, the rest of the band tried to calm the situation down by playing their hit “All Star.” (Billboard)

Can you call it a tour when it spans the country—but there are only two shows on it? That’s the question Blur fans are asking themselves after the band booked a pair of October shows in L.A. and New York. (Billboard)

Rapper and performance artist Mykki Blanco revealed that he has been HIV-positive since 2011. “I’m healthy I’ve toured the world 3 times,” he wrote on Facebook, “but ive been living in the dark, its time to actually be as punk as i say I am.” (Billboard)

Metallica helped warm up the Oracle Arena crowd before game five of the NBA Finals by playing the National Anthem. (Billboard)

Dave Grohl was spotted on crutches in London, where his band Foo Fighters are preparing for their upcoming Wembley Stadium shows despite having cancelled two shows after Grohl broke his leg while jumping off a stage in Sweden. (NME)

The Geto Boys have taken to Kickstarter to finance their first new album in ten years. Among the premiums on offer for backers is a custom-designed casket with “a custom embroidered Geto Boys autographed pillow designed by Willie D, Scarface, and Bushwick Bill to lay your head on so that you can rest in peace for all eternity.” (Rolling Stone)

After 41 years, Rush are slated to make their first-ever appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone.