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Music News: Minnesota State Fair declares Prince tribute day

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The Minnesota State Fair has announced that Friday, Aug. 26 will be a “Unite in Purple” day paying tribute to Prince. After 5 p.m., stages throughout the fairgrounds will feature Prince tributes, DJ Dudley D will spin tracks for a Prince party in Carousel Park, State Fair landmarks will be lit purple, and a Prince laser show will begin at 9:15 p.m.

Meanwhile, several thousand Prince fans have signed a petition asking President Barack Obama to declare Paisley Park a National Historic Landmark. “Paisley Park is a building and structure which possesses exceptional value in illustrating the heritage of the United States in artistic culture,” reads the petition in part, “and possesses a high degree of integrity of location and setting.”

Courtney praises Bean over emo cover

“I know your father is very proud of this,” wrote Courtney Love in a caption regramming a post from Frances Bean Cobain’s Instagram. Of what is Kurt Cobain posthumously proud? A few seconds of Frances singing Jimmy Eat World’s hit “The Middle.” Or maybe Love was referring to the Fred Flintstone shirt? (Billboard)

Dylan books post-Desert-Trip trip

Bob Dylan’s Neverending Tour will continue to not end: he’s booked a string of dates in the southern United States following his Desert Trip festival appearances in October in California. (Rolling Stone)

Fifth Harmony singer leaves Twitter over racist trolling

Normani Kordei of Fifth Harmony has decided to leave Twitter after what she describes as severe harassment by racist trolls. (Billboard)

Today’s soundtrack reissue news

As a new season of Twin Peaks continues production, the original 1990 series soundtrack is being reissued with new liner notes by composer Angelo Badalamenti. The Sept. 9 reissue will include a “damn fine coffee” colored vinyl edition, and will be celebrated at some record stores with coffee-and-pie events. (Pitchfork)

The soundtrack to the 1983 film Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence will also be reissued, on Oct. 21. The film score was composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto, who co-starred in the film with David Bowie. (Pitchfork)

Snoop and Martha to costar in new show

Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart will cohost a new show on VH1. Martha & Snoop’s Dinner Party will be joined each week by celebrity guests for a “half-baked evening of cocktails, cooking, conversation and fun where nothing is off limits.” (Billboard)

Dee Snider granddaughter born on freeway

Congratulations to Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, who has a new granddaughter. Young Parker Pryde Snider was born under unusual circumstances: the rocker’s son Jesse Snider drove down an L.A. freeway while his wife Patty delivered the child right there in the car. “Way to get attention!” crowed Dee on Twitter. (Billboard)

Giving a new meaning to the term “old school”

The comedy channel Dr. Chorizo Productions has created a rap tribute to Barb, an ill-fated character in the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. (Rolling Stone)