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Today’s Music News: Prince postpones European tour after Paris attacks

Cover of "The Hits" by Prince (1993)

Prince has indefinitely postponed his solo European tour in the wake of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris. The tour would have included two December shows in Paris, as well as performances at 15 more cities across the continent. (NME)

Singer-songwriter P.F. Sloan has died of pancreatic cancer at age 70. Sloan is best-known for writing Barry McGuire‘s 1965 topical anthem “Eve of Destruction” and co-writing Johnny Rivers‘s 1966 espionage-themed hit “Secret Agent Man.” (Rolling Stone)

The White House announced that the next round of Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients will include music notables Barbra StreisandJames TaylorGloria Estefan (as well as her husband, producer Emilio Estefan), Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim, and violinist Itzhak Perlman. The awards will be presented by President Barack Obama at the White House on Nov. 24.

The FBI has suspended its search for Kaylyn Sommer, the 24-year-old woman who — according to cruise organizers — intentionally went overboard on Thursday during a Mad Decent Boat Party in Mexico featuring Major LazerSkrillex, and other acts associated with Diplo‘s record label. Sommer is the mother of a six-year-old daughter, and her family has not publicly commented on the incident. (Billboard)

Dave Grohl will battle Animal in a drum-off on the Dec. 1 episode of The Muppets. (SPIN)

Weezer have released a new video for their song “Thank God for Girls” — starring Rivers Cuomo as a sleazy preacher. (Rolling Stone)

In the GuardianAdele interviews her collaborator Tobias Jesso Jr. on a range of topics. In the introduction, she reveals that she approached Jesso to co-write a song after hearing his song “Hollywood”; and that their collaboration, “When We Were Young,” was written on a piano that formerly belonged to Philip Glass. On Sunday, Adele performed the song for 60 Minutes Australia.

Three-and-a-half years after breaking up, Ween are getting back together for two shows on Presidents Day weekend in Colorado. Will it be awkward? No, says Dean Ween, it will be “f—ing mind-blowing.” (Pitchfork)

Eleanor Friedberger (Fiery Furnaces) has announced a U.S. tour in support of her album New View — out Jan. 22. The tour will include a Turf Club stop on Feb. 26. (Pitchfork)

If you’re going to crash a wedding, you’d better bring your best dance moves — and Kendrick Lamar did exactly that when he made a spontaneous appearance at a wedding in Columbus, Ohio. Watch the video at Pitchfork.

  • Vintage59

    Personally, I’ve lost some respect for Prince because of this decision. We should carry on.