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Music News: Fans paint Prince’s First Avenue star gold

Prince’s star on the wall of First Avenue has been painted gold — but not by First Avenue. “Somebody did a guerrilla paint job,” says club employee (and legendary music photographer) Dan Corrigan. (Bring Me The News) The U.S. Attorney for Minnesota and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration have joined the investigation into Prince’s death. “The […]

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Music News: Nine Prince albums to be reissued on vinyl

Warner Bros. has announced that nine Prince albums dating from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s will be reissued on vinyl. (His earlier releases have already been reissued in recent years.) The new series of reissues will start in June with Around the World in a Day and continue to the December reissue of the 1992 “Love Symbol” […]

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Music News: Aretha Franklin sings ‘Purple Rain’ at the White House

On Saturday, President Barack Obama invited a host of music luminaries to the White House to celebrate International Jazz Day. Among the performers — along with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Sting — was Aretha Franklin, who paid tribute to Prince by singing a portion of “Purple Rain.” Watch the performance here. (Rolling Stone) At Jazz Fest in […]

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Music News: Authorities continue to investigate Prince’s death

Authorities from multiple jurisdictions continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Prince’s sudden death last week at age 57. The Carver County Sheriff’s Office has been quiet about details of the ongoing investigation, leading to various and sometimes conflicting media reports. NBC reported that prescription painkillers had been found at Paisley Park and that the Drug Enforcement […]

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Music News: Prince estate court hearing scheduled for Monday

What will become of Prince’s estate? The late music icon apparently left no will, and his sister has filed a petition listing six potential living heirs: herself and five half-siblings. A first court hearing regarding the estate has been scheduled for Monday. (MPR News) Meanwhile, an investigation into the cause of Prince’s death last week continues. […]

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Local Current to go all-Prince for an hour a day

As we continue to honor Prince’s life and work, we will be dedicating one hour of programming each day to Prince’s music on our Local Current stream of Minnesota music. Tune in to Local Current from 11:00 a.m. to noon CDT every day — weekends included — from today through May 6 to hear an hour […]

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Purple bagels to support Minnesota Music Coalition on April 28

“And if I laugh at any mortal thing,” wrote Byron, “‘Tis that I may not weep.” That’s how you might feel if you walk into Bruegger’s Bagels tomorrow: at all 35 Twin Cities locations, the chain will be selling purple bagels. The special bagels are in honor of Prince, of course — and they are to […]

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