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Music News: ABBA reunite for first time in 30 years

ABBA as seen on their 'Waterloo' album cover

On Sunday, Swedish pop icons ABBA celebrated the 50th anniversary of their band’s founding by performing together for the first time since the mid-1980s. All four members of the group were in attendance at a Stockholm gala celebrating the group, and when Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad started singing their song “Me and I,” Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson joined in to complete the reunion. (Rolling Stone)

ABBA. #björnobenny #b&b50 #thankyouforthemusic

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Prince Day declared

Gov. Mark Dayton has declared Tuesday, June 7 to be Prince Day in the state of Minnesota. We’ll be celebrating by playing Prince’s best songs, as voted by you, from 2-6 p.m. (Local Current)

Today’s New York news

After nine years hosting a “Roots Picnic” in Philadelphia, the Roots are bringing their festival to New York. At the New York festival, on Oct. 1 and 2, the Roots will be joined by co-headliners D’Angelo and John Mayer for the first day; for the second day, the band will back the Wu-Tang ClanDavid Byrne, and Nile Rodgers. Numerous other acts will also perform. (Okayplayer)

Mayor Bill DeBlasio says he’d be happy to help Kanye West throw a “planned” block party, “to benefit NYC kids,” after the hip-hop star had to call off a planned Webster Hall show due to massive crowds jamming the streets near the venue this weekend. (Rolling Stone)

Prophets of Rage announce tour

Prophets of Rage — the supergroup featuring members of Public EnemyCypress Hill, and Rage Against the Machine — have announced a national tour that runs from July through October. Sorry — no Minnesota stops are planned. (Rolling Stone)

New Iggy Pop vid

Iggy Pop has released a video for the song “American Valhalla,” from the album Post Pop Depression. The boxing-themed clip stars Pop and model Ruth Bell. (Pitchfork)

New National numbers

The National performed two new songs while on tour over the weekend. (Billboard)

Santana plays National Anthem

On Sunday at Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Carlos Santana pulled out his axe for an instrumental version of the National Anthem. (Rolling Stone)

Adele gets Spicey

On tour in Amsterdam, Adele busted out with a bit of the Spice Girls‘ “Spice Up Your Life.” As fans cheered, she said, “Oh, stop it — I’m not a Spice Girl!” (Billboard)

Springsteen dances with wanna-Cox

At Wembley Stadium on Sunday, Bruce Springsteen reenacted his “Dancing in the Dark” video (shot in St. Paul on the Born in the U.S.A. tour) with a fan dressed like Courteney Cox was in that video. One difference: this fan had a beard. (Billboard)