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Today’s Music News: Prince announces new ‘Hit and Run Album’ to be released in 2015

Art for Prince's recent "HARDROCKLOVER" single

Prince‘s band 3RDEYEGIRL have revealed, in a BBC interview, that Prince’s recent song “HARDROCKLOVER” is the first single from a new studio album. The Hit & Run Album, named after Prince’s one-city-at-a-time tours, will be released by the end of 2015, the band said. In addition to “HARDROCKLOVER,” the album will also include a version of “1,000 Hugs and Kisses” (a song written in the Diamonds & Pearls era but never before released) and a new version of the ART OFFICIAL AGE track “THIS COULD BE US.”

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, has died at age 22. Bobbi Kristina died at an Atlanta hospice center after a coma of nearly seven months. Her state-appointed conservator has filed a $10 million civil lawsuit against Nick Gordon, Bobbi Kristina’s longtime boyfriend, for alleged physical abuse and financial malfeasance; though no criminal charges have been filed against Gordon. (E! Online)

Minneapolis band Enemy Planes have won a global music competition, taking the Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands title on Thursday night in Barcelona. To win the multi-round competition, Enemy Planes beat more than 13,000 entrants from around the world. After winning, the band were rewarded with a slot playing in front of 70,000 people at the Hard Rock Rising Barcelona festival; they’ll now be considered for a contract with Island Records. (City Pages)

This weekend the Newport Folk Festival celebrated the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan infamously “going electric” in 1965, and though Dylan wasn’t on hand for the commemoration, the Fender Stratocaster he played on that occasion did return to the festival. Headliner Roger Waters played Dylan’s “Forever Young” in tribute to the rock legend. (Rolling Stone) Read about why Dylan’s 1965 performance made history, and enter for a chance to win a special Bob Dylan prize pack from The Current.

Controversial rapper Chief Keef was barred from performing at Craze Fest in Hammond, Indiana—and the ban even extended to the artist’s hologram, which was shut down after performing for about a minute on Saturday night. Hammond Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr. said he was trying to honor the wishes of Rahm Emanuel, mayor of nearby Chicago, who banned a previously proposed holographic performance by the rapper. “I know nothing about Chief Keef,” said McDermott. “All I’d heard was he has a lot of songs about gangs and shooting people—a history that’s anti-cop, pro-gang and pro-drug use. He’s been basically outlawed in Chicago, and we’re not going to let you circumvent Mayor Emanuel by going next door.” (New York Times)

Rivers Cuomo tries to win the heart of Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast) via a fictional Tinder-like app in the new video for Weezer‘s “Go Away,” a song featuring Cosentino on vocals. (Pitchfork)

Ringo Starr‘s winter coat from the Beatles movie Help! has sold at auction for approximately $46,500. Johnny Ramone‘s custom Hamer guitar commanded even more: almost $50,000. (Billboard)

At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Saturday, Kanye West and filmmaker Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) premiered a nine-minute short film based on West’s songs “All Day” (which features St. Paul’s Allan Kingdom) and “I Feel Like That.” (Rolling Stone)

Agricultural giant Monsanto has issued a statement of protest over Neil Young‘s short documentary Seeding Fear, about a lawsuit between the company and a farmer it sued for infringing its intellectual property by illegally using some of Monsanto’s patented soybean seeds. Monsanto likened the actions of the farmer, Michael White, to someone who illegally downloads copyrighted music, therefore implying that Young should understand the company’s position. (Rolling Stone)

Michael Jackson wanted to play the role of Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequel The Phantom Menace, according to actor Ahmed Best, who actually did play the role. Best says that George Lucas told him Jackson wanted to play the role in makeup, but that Lucas preferred to make the character entirely computer-animated. (Rolling Stone)

Grandmaster Flash is without his car after it was given away to the wrong person by a valet attendant who mistook another man for the hip-hop pioneer. At least, that’s the attendant’s story: New York City authorities are investigating the loss of Grandmaster Flash’s 2014 Dodge Charger as grand larceny. (Billboard)