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Music News: Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ jacket and shirt sell for $96K each

Apollonia and Prince in 'Purple Rain'

A motorcycle jacket and frilled shirt worn by Prince in Purple Rain have sold at auction for approximately $96,000 each. The items were given by Prince to a makeup artist who worked on the film. (Paper)

A new online “museum” is dedicated to the multifarious Web presences Prince maintained over the course of his career. “Over 20 years online,” says Sam Jennings, director of the Prince Museum Online, “Prince launched nearly 20 different websites, maintained a dozen different social media presences, participated in countless online chats and directly connected with fans around the world.” (Billboard) Read Andrea Swensson’s conversation with writer Anil Dash about Prince’s “secret life as a computer nerd.”

Maxwell paid tribute to Prince at the Essence Festival on Friday, covering “Nothing Compares 2 U.” (Billboard)

Kendrick Lamar, Janelle Monaé invited to White House

Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monaé were invited to the White House to perform a July 4 concert honoring members of the military. Both artists are repeat White House visitors who have collaborated with Barack and Michelle Obama on different initiatives. (Rolling Stone)

Tim Alexander “doing well” after heart attack

Drummer Tim Alexander, best known as a member of Primus, is “doing well” after suffering a second heart attack in two years. Alexander had to miss a few Primus tour dates after a triple bypass surgery in 2014, subsequently rejoining the band after he’d recovered. (Rolling Stone)

Pearl Jam to release live album recorded at Third Man Records

Pearl Jam will release a live LP recorded earlier this year during a performance at Third Man Records’ Blue Room venue in Nashville. The limited-edition ten-track LP will be released as part of the label’s Vault Series. (Rolling Stone)

Frank Ocean drops hint about new release

Is Frank Ocean going to release the follow-up to to his acclaimed Channel Orange on Nov. 13? Make what you will of this library slip posted to his website. (Pitchfork)

David Gilmour plays Pink Floyd rarity

At a recent concert in Poland, David Gilmour played Pink Floyd’s 1971 Meddle opener “One of These Days” for the first time since Pink Floyd performed the song in 1994. Next week, Gilmour will return, for two concerts, to the amphitheater where the Pink Floyd in Pompeii concert film was shot in 1971. (Rolling Stone)

Brandon Niederauer plays Hendrix playing John Stafford Smith

12-year-old guitar whiz Brandon Niederauer — currently starring on Broadway in the musical adaptation of the Jack Black movie School of Rock — has released a timely video of his take on the Jimi Hendrix arrangement of the National Anthem. (Billboard)

David Brent is back

David Brent — the failed-musician-turned-failed-junior-executive played by Ricky Gervais on the original British version of The Office — will appear in an upcoming film called David Brent: Life on the Road. The film, which comes out next month in the U.K., will be accompanied by Brent’s “debut album” of the same title. Here’s a sample. (Rolling Stone)