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Music News: Watch Chance the Rapper do ‘Summer Friends’ with Francis and the Lights on Good Morning America

Chance the Rapper and Francis and the Lights went straight from their joint Eaux Claires appearance to New York City, where Monday morning they performed their collaboration “Summer Friends” on Good Morning America. (Billboard)

Prince’s divorce records will be made public

A Hennepin County judge has agreed to the Star Tribune’s request to unseal the records of Prince’s 2006 divorce from Manuela Testolini. Testolini argued against the release of the records, saying she could suffer harassment if they were opened to the public. Testolini and Prince’s estate now have 30 days to bring motions regarding specific documents, after which the papers will be made public.

Sometimes you hit the bottle, and sometimes…

John Lydon was left bleeding after being struck by a bottle thrown at him during a Sunday night show by his band Public Image Ltd. in Chile. Lydon continued the show, wrapping a towel around his head to catch the blood that was dripping onto the stage. (Pitchfork)

Today’s release/reissue news

Prophets of Rage have announced their debut EP. The Party’s Over, a five-song set from the supergroup, comes out Aug. 26. (Rolling Stone)

Big Star will release a three-disc box set containing the complete recordings from their landmark album ThirdThe Complete Third will be released Oct. 14, including 29 previously unreleased session tracks. (Pitchfork)

Big Star Complete Third

Neil Young is reissuing four albums from the 1970s, including the rare 1973 release Time Fades Away. The four-LP set — which also includes On the Beach (1974), Tonight’s the Night (1975), and Zuma (1975) — comes out on Sept. 6. (Pitchfork)

Wilco to hold Schmilco listening parties

Wilco have announced record-store listening parties for their forthcoming album Schmilco. The album comes out on Sept. 9; three days earlier, on Sept. 6, fans can visit participating record stores (including Down in the Valley in Golden Valley, and Mill City Sound in Hopkins) to hear the music and buy the record on vinyl. (Pitchfork) Wilco will be in Minneapolis, at Hall’s Island, on Saturday.

Seu Jorge to tour Bowie covers

Seu Jorge is taking his Portuguese-language David Bowie covers on tour across North America in November. Images from Wes Anderson’s 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, in which Jorge originally performed the songs, will play on screens as Jorge sings. (Billboard)

Adele shops local

Staff at the St. Louis Park Creative Kidstuff tell Mpls.St.Paul that Adele stopped by to pick up some toys for her young son Angelo when she was in the area to kick off her U.S. tour at the Xcel Energy Center. “She bought a big bag of items including a couple of Learn to Paint Kits, sketch pads, a toy leaf rake, a money jar, imaginative play hair styling sets, and a fedora that Olson says Angelo went crazy for.”

Everything old is…

For the first time in the history of the U.S. music industry, last year catalog releases outsold new releases. “Just 10 years ago,” notes Chart Attack, “current music sales outpaced catalogue music by over 150 million albums. Keep in mind that these stats don’t include album streams, but regardless, it’s a significant turning point.”

One “Smooth” horse

The Internet is loving an Olympic dressage performance by Spanish equestrian Severo Jurado Lopez and his horse Lorenzo, who boogied to a rendition of the Santana/Rob Thomas smash “Smooth.” (Billboard)