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Music News: Prince estate denies reports of plans to sell Paisley Park

Fans at Paisley Park in July 2016, before the memorial offerings were taken down (Jay Gabler/MPR)

You can’t believe everything you read on TMZ. The Bremer Trust, temporary administrators of Prince’s estate, have refuted a report that they plan to sell Paisley Park. Though the trust did file a petition on Friday asking for permission to sell properties including Paisley Park, the trust says that at present, “Bremer Trust, the special administrator for the Prince Rogers Nelson estate, has no plans to sell either Paisley Park or the property referred to as the ‘Purple Rain’ house.” (MPR News)

Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson, one of the presumptive heirs of the estate, added in a post on Facebook, “Please don’t believe Everything u read… Paisley is [Prince’s] home…I will do Everything in my power (through God) 2 make sure that u will continue to experience the awe inspiring presence of Prince for years to come.”

Leonard Cohen said goodbye to Marianne

A friend of the late Marianne Ihlen has revealed that Leonard Cohen wrote an emotional final letter to Ihlen before her death, of leukemia, on July 29. Ihlen and Cohen were romantically connected for seven years, and Ihlen inspired Cohen songs including “So Long, Marianne,” “Bird On a Wire,” and “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye.”

In the letter, Cohen wrote, “Well Marianne it’s come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine.” (Rolling Stone)

Where are you, Frank?

Pitchfork has a detailed timeline of Boys Don’t Cry, the Frank Ocean album that was reportedly set to drop on Friday. As of this writing (noon on Sunday), the wait continues.

Remembering two music notables

Songwriter Richard Fagan has died of liver cancer at age 69. Fagan was the author of numerous country hits, notably John Michael Montgomery’s chart-toppers “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” and “Be My Baby Tonight.” Fagan also wrote Neil Diamond’s 1980 hit “The Good Lord Loves You.” (Rolling Stone)

Singer Ricci Martin has died of undetermined causes at age 62. The youngest son of the legendary Dean Martin, Ricci Martin released a solo album in 1970; in recent years, he regularly performed in a show paying tribute to his father. (Billboard)

Pearl Jam cover Aerosmith, Bob Dylan

Playing Fenway Park in Boston, Pearl Jam played “Draw the Line” in tribute to local heroes Aerosmith and gave a shout-out to the recently ailing Joe Perry. Additionally, Pearl Jam played their cover of Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War” for the first time in eight years. (Rolling Stone)

Dozens injured in rap concert railing collapse

Dozens were injured on Friday night in Camden, New Jersey at a concert by Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa. A security barrier collapsed at BB&T Pavilion when enthusiastic fans rushed forward toward the stage; approximately 50 fans fell ten feet onto a concrete pathway, and the performers subsequently curtailed the concert out of concern for attendees’ safety. (Pitchfork)

Blues Traveler postpone shows over health concerns

Blues Traveler have postponed a series of shows due to an urgent health concern that’s compelling frontman John Popper to undergo surgery. “It is with profound regret and acknowledgement that out of necessity I must go under the knife for surgery and I mean fast. It seems that there is an issue with my spine that if treated quickly will ultimately have me up and running in 2 weeks. If neglected as it has been, it would be far worse to the point of paralysis so need to take care of this now,” said Popper in a statement. (Billboard)

Obama head-bops to Eminem

A behind-the-scenes video from the Democratic National Convention released by the campaign of Hillary Clinton shows President Barack Obama enthusiastically bopping his head to Eminem’s anthem “Lose Yourself.” Catch the moment at the 59-second mark in the video below. (Pitchfork)