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Music News: Prince’s family hold private memorial service at Paisley Park

Paisley Park in July 2016 (Jay Gabler/MPR)

Members of Prince’s family gathered on Saturday afternoon at Paisley Park for a private memorial service, as fans gathered outside. The service followed an informal memorial gathering at the venue shortly after Prince’s April 21 death, and precedes a major official memorial concert on Oct. 13 at U.S. Bank Stadium. (WCCO)

New graffiti on a Lake Minnetonka bridge pays tribute to Prince’s famous Purple Rain initiation: “you have to purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka.” (City Pages)

Remembering four music notables

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Taylor Tolle of Minneapolis band the Carnegies has died at age 22 after a car crash in South Dakota on Thursday. A companion, Anjuli Kerlin, also died in the crash; the two were on their way to Kerlin’s hometown of Surgis. (Bring Me the News)

Folksinger Glenn Yarbrough has died, after years of declining health, at age 86. Inspired by a 1950 all-night performance by Woody Guthrie in his dorm room, Yarbrough was a member of the Limeliters and had a successful solo career that included the 1965 Top 20 hit “Baby the Rain Must Fall.” (Rolling Stone)

Singer Ruby Wilson has died of a heart attack at age 68. A Memphis institution with a weekly gig at B.B. King’s Blues Club, Wilson was known as “the Queen of Beale Street.” (Billboard)

The matriarch of one of pop music’s most famous families has died at age 95. Barbara Gibb was the mother of the Bee Gees — BarryRobin, and Maurice Gibb — as well as their musical brother Andy Gibb. (Billboard)

Leonard Cohen annunces new album

Leonard Cohen has announced his 14th studio album. You Want It Darker will come out this fall, containing nine songs from the 82-year-old music legend. (Billboard)

NFL denies offering Super Bowl halftime show to Adele

After Adele said onstage that she turned down an offer to play the halftime show at Super Bowl 51, the National Football League and sponsor Pepsi have denied making an official offer. “The NFL and Pepsi are big fans of Adele. We have had conversations with several artists about the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. However, we have not at this point extended a formal offer to Adele or anyone else.” (Pitchfork)

America gets Rickrolled

In Los Angeles on Thursday night, Rick Astley played his first U.S. show since the 1980s. Billboard says the pop star’s still got it, turning in “a flawless vocal performance.” The show’s highlight, though, wasn’t one of his signature hits: it was an encore cover of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell,” with Astley singing from behind the drum kit. (Billboard)