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Music News: David Bowie’s hair sells at auction for $18,750

At the same auction where Prince’s signature yellow guitar sold for $137,500, a lock of David Bowie’s hair sold for $18,750 — over four times its estimated value of $4,000. The hair was clipped from Bowie’s head in 1983 to aid in the creation of a wax figure at Madame Tussauds. (Pitchfork) More Prince news According to court […]

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Music News: Sheila E and more pay tribute to Prince at BET Awards

Sheila E, Stevie Wonder, the Roots, Erykah Badu, Dave Chapelle, Jennifer Hudson, and Tori Kelly are among the musicians who paid tribute to Prince in performances sprinkled throughout Sunday night’s BET Awards. (BET, Rolling Stone) On Monday, a second hearing will examine the question of who exactly will inherit Prince’s vast estate. (Billboard) Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has paid $137,500 for […]

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Music News: Led Zeppelin win ‘Stairway to Heaven’ plagiarism case

A jury has decided that Led Zeppelin did not crib their iconic “Stairway to Heaven” from Spirit. The band say they are “grateful” that the court confirmed “what we have known for 45 years,” that the song is in fact an original composition by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. Both Page and Plant testified at the trial, which resulted from a […]

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Music News: HBO pulls plug on ‘Vinyl’

HBO has gone back on its plans to renew Vinyl for a second season. Though the series — a fictional story set in the New York music industry circa the 1970s, produced by Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese — was highly anticipated (and won fans including The Current’s Mary Lucia), it proved to be a ratings disappointment. (Pitchfork) Remembering […]

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Music News: ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ soundtrack will finally be released, 30 years later

Believe it or not, there’s never actually been an official soundtrack release for the 1986 John Hughes classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Now, to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary, an official soundtrack will finally be released later this year (specific date TBA). The surprising reason there never was a soundtrack release: Hughes didn’t think anybody would want […]

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Music News: Unreleased Prince music emerges during Versace fashion show

Fashion designer Donatella Versace has shared music she says Prince wrote and gave to her 21 years ago. Playing the music during her menswear show at Milan Fashion Week, Versace issued a statement saying she “would like to use this special occasion as an opportunity to share this incredible music from a dear, and much missed friend.” (SPIN) […]

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Prince mural in progress at Chanhassen Cinema

Australian artist Mr G Hoete is currently painting a Prince mural on the exterior wall of the Chanhassen Cinema. “In honor of Prince Rogers Nelson,” wrote the theater on Facebook, “we at Five Star Cinemas would like to announce a new addition to our Chanhassen Cinema location — a 40 foot mural of the late […]

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Music News: Prince Be of P.M. Dawn dies at 46

Attrell Cordes, known as Prince Be in the hip-hop group P.M. Dawn, has died at age 46 due to complications from diabetes. “My Heart is at Peace B-Cuz U suffered so long,” wrote Cordes’s bandmate and cousin Doc.G on Facebook. Founded in 1988 by Cordes and his brother Jarett (DJ Minutemix), P.M. Dawn became one of the most […]

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