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Music News: Chance the Rapper takes a hit for fans, buys his own tickets on resale market

Chance the Rapper performs at Rock the Garden 2016 (Nate Ryan/MPR)

Perturbed by resellers who were selling tickets to his upcoming Magnificent Coloring Day festival for $200 or more, Chance the Rapper bought almost 2,000 tickets on the resale market himself and resold them to fans at face value. (Billboard)

Mixed Blood files claim against Prince estate

Minneapolis company Mixed Blood Theatre has filed a claim against Prince’s estate for $350,000. Prior to Prince’s death, the company had a benefit gala scheduled at Paisley Park. The gala would have taken place on May 14, but it was canceled by the Bremer Trust despite what Mixed Blood says were assurances from Paisley Park staff that the gala could go on because “Prince wanted this event to happen.”

Bowie’s final recordings to be released

An Oct. 21 release of cast recordings from Lazarus will include David Bowie’s own versions of three songs from the musical. Producers say these were the last studio recordings Bowie made before his death on Jan. 10. (Billboard)

Today’s tour announcements

Bon Iver have announced a string of European tour dates for next January and February. (Pitchfork)

Bruce Springsteen has also announced a tour: a book tour. He’ll stop in nine cities to promote his forthcoming memoir Born to Run; the first stop will be on the book’s release date, Sept. 27, at a Barnes & Noble in Springsteen’s home town of Freehold, N.J. (Billboard)

Remembering two music notables

Music industry heavyweight Chris Stone has died of a heart attack at age 81. In 1968, Stone co-founded New York’s Record Plant recording studio; within a few years, Record Plants in L.A. and Sausalito followed. Albums recorded at the Record Plant in New York include Electric Ladyland  (the Jimi Hendrix Experience), Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen), Rumours (Fleetwood Mac), and She’s So Unusual (Cyndi Lauper). (Billboard)

Electronics retailer “Crazy Eddie” Antar has died of undisclosed causes at age 68. Antar’s Crazy Eddie chain, which was founded in 1971 and grew to a peak of 43 stores, was known for its TV ads that claimed “Our prices are insane!” Antar later served time on fraud charges. (Billboard)

Michel Gondry surprises White Stripes with video

Acclaimed filmmaker Michel Gondry surprised the White Stripes by making a video for their song “City Lights.” The track was recently released as part of Jack White’s new collection of acoustic recordings. (Rolling Stone)