Warner Bros. has announced that nine Prince albums dating from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s will be reissued on vinyl. (His earlier releases have already been reissued in recent years.) The new series of reissues will start in June with Around the World in a Day and continue to the December reissue of the 1992 “Love Symbol” album. (Star Tribune)
If you want to go even deeper with your Prince vinyl collection, you can pick up this set of 2,375 Prince albums from around the world. The asking price? A cool $115,135. (eBay)
The Star Tribune has an in-depth report on the current legal status of Prince’s estate. Lawyers say that Prince’s sister and surviving half-siblings are “on the same page” as they move forward with their claim to the estate; a woman in Chicago has come forward claiming to be another half-sibling. Meanwhile, a claim by a California man who said he had an “implied agreement” with Prince over music rights has been dismissed as frivolous. MPR News profiles sister Tyka Nelson and Prince’s other known siblings.
Also, the Star Tribune and other sources are reporting that Prince was scheduled to meet with a doctor who specializes in treatments including addiction and chronic pain.
“Oldchella” is official
It’s been confirmed that a Mount Rushmore of rock will come together for an October festival in California. The event — officially called Desert Trip, and nicknamed “Oldchella” by sardonic observers — will feature Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Neil Young, and Roger Waters. (Consequence of Sound)
Blackstar secret discovered
Months after the release of David Bowie’s final album Blackstar, fans have discovered that the gatefold sleeve for the album’s vinyl edition is light-sensitive: if you leave it out in the sun, a field of stars emerge.
— The Vinyl Factory (@TheVinylFactory) May 3, 2016
New record shop coming to St. Paul
Three entrepreneurs are planning to open a new record shop and coffeehouse on the corner of Payne and York avenues in St. Paul. Caydence Records and Coffee “will sell new and used vinyl records, CDs, and cassettes, with a sales floor that will hold about 3,500 vinyl records and about 2,500 CDs,” reports Lillie News. The shop is expected to open next month.
M.I.A. lacks visa
British recording artist M.I.A. says she does not have a visa to travel to the U.S., and tweets that she’s “handing my last LP in to my American label this week.” It remains unclear whether that means it’s her last album, period, or just her last album with her American label. (Billboard)
Gaga and Ronson cover Heads
At a Met Gala afterparty, Lady Gaga teamed up with Mark Ronson to cover Talking Heads‘ 1983 hit “Burning Down the House.” (Billboard)
Steven Tyler stepping out solo
Steven Tyler has announced a solo tour where, he says, he’ll both play his new country songs and rework his Aerosmith hits. “What would I not pay to go see [Paul] McCartney, but instead of playing with whoever he’s with now, actually do [a show] where he tells you what he was thinking when he wrote ‘Yesterday’?” says the singer. “That’s what I’m doing. I figured I’d talk about ‘Sweet Emotion’ and ‘Dream On’ and where I was when I wrote it, and ‘Seasons of Wither’ and how I played it.” The tour doesn’t include any Minnesota dates, but Tyler will play in Chicago on Aug. 13. (Rolling Stone)
Lords of Synth
Adult Swim parodies ’80s keyboard gods Giorgio Moroder, Vangelis, and Wendy Carlos in a new mockumentary called Live at the Necropolis: Lords of Synth. (Stereogum)