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Hear Dessa’s ferocious song on “The Hamilton Mixtape”

It’s finally here. Fans of Hamilton, the hip-hop musical that took home 11 Tony awards this year, have been eagerly anticipating companion project The Hamilton Mixtape. When the mixtape’s tracklist went public last month, expectations racheted up even higher, with Chance the Rapper, Ashanti, and Minnesota’s own Dessa announced as collaborators. Now, the whole project is out. Dessa’s contribution is […]

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Music News: Dolly Parton establishes Tennessee wildfire relief fund

Dolly Parton has established a fund “to aid those who have lost property and loved ones in the wildfires that have devastated portions of eastern Tennessee – particularly the Great Smoky Mountains in Sevier County – over the past week,” reports Rolling Stone. Parton was raised in the area, and owns extensive property there. The fires came […]

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Prince’s ‘Sign ‘O’ the Times’ among Grammy Hall of Fame inductees

Prince’s 1987 classic Sign “O” the Times is among this year’s inductees into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The album enters the hall alongside 24 additional titles including Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock,” David Bowie’s “Changes,” and N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton. “The Grammy Hall Of Fame was established by the Recording Academy’s National Trustees in 1973 to honor […]

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Paisley Park announces Celebration 2017: Four-day gathering to mark anniversary of Prince’s death

Paisley Park has announced that will host a four-day gathering this spring to mark the first anniversary of Prince’s April 21 death. “Celebration 2017,” which will take place at the Chanhassen venue from April 20-23, is billed as an event “bringing together musicians, creative personnel, special guests and friends who worked closest with Prince and […]

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Prince and Low make Pitchfork list of all-time best holiday songs

The tastemakers at Pitchfork have just published a list of the 50 best holiday tracks of all time, and Minnesota is well-represented. In keeping with the list’s overall tilt toward contemplative rather than exuberant Christmas songs, both selections by local artists are decidedly in a somber mood. “Another Lonely Christmas” lands at number 13. “Nobody […]

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Como Zoo welcomes a giraffe named Prince

Como Zoo, in St. Paul, has welcomed a new baby giraffe — and his name is Prince. Making his first appearance before the public today, Prince stands 6’6″ and weighs 160 pounds. The giraffe was named by Gretchen and David Crary, who have been the most generous donors to the zoo on Give to the […]

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Bob Dylan won’t accept Nobel Prize in person

After weeks of will-he-or-won’t-he speculation, the answer is: both. Bob Dylan will accept his Nobel Prize in Literature — but he won’t do so in person. In a statement headlined “Bob Dylan has decided not to come to Stockholm,” the Swedish Academy reports that “yesterday evening the Swedish Academy received a personal letter from Bob Dylan, in […]

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