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Today’s Music News: Prince gave André 3000 a pep talk before OutKast reunion

In an interview with the New York Times, André 3000 says that a call from Prince helped to quell some nervousness before OutKast’s Coachella reunion.

My head wasn’t there. I kind of fluffed through rehearsals. A few hours before the Coachella show, I get a message that Prince and Paul McCartney are going to be there. My spirit is not right, and idols are standing side-stage, so as the show started, I’m bummed. This is horrible. In my mind I was already gone to my hotel room halfway through. So Prince called a couple days after. It was my first time actually talking to Prince. He said: “When you come back, people want to be wowed. And what’s the best way to wow people? Just give them the hits.”

I’m explaining to him that I really didn’t want to do it. He said: “I’ve been there. I’ve tried to do other things. After you give them the hits, then you can do whatever.”

He broke it down like this: “You’re a grown man. You’re either going to do it or you’re not.”

In sad news, L.A. thrash metal band Suicidal Tendencies have announced the death of their bassist Tim “Rawbiz” Williams. Williams also worked with artists including Toni Braxton and Boyz II Men. (Billboard)

Though hip-hop executive Suge Knight, 49, survived a Sunday morning shooting at Chris Brown‘s pre-VMAs party, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department is now investigating the shooting as an attempted homicide. (Billboard)

The latest music celebrity to make controversial comments regarding the death of Robin Williams is Morrissey, who said on the semi-official fan site True To You that he’s sorry Lauren Bacall’s death was “overshadowed” by that of Williams. “It was Lauren, not Robin, who changed motion picture history.” (Billboard)

“United we stand, divided we fall,” says Jeff Jampol, co-manager of the Ramones‘ collective estate. With the band’s 40th anniversary coming up in 2016, the survivors of the band members—all four original members of the Ramones are now deceased—are working together to preserve and extend the band’s legacy with projects including a documentary film, a play, a book, and a non-documentary movie that currently has Martin Scorcese attached as possible director. (Billboard)

Dave Grohl, Alanis Morissette, and Gwen Stefani were among the celebrities who sang a “We Are the World” rewrite for the final episode of Chelsea Lately. Also on the farewell episode, Miley Cyrus covered Roy Orbison‘s “It’s Over” while sporting a rockabilly pompadour. (Rolling Stone)

Fred Armisen makes a cameo in the new video for J Mascis‘s “Every Morning,” which features Mascis as a cult leader named Space Angel. (Funny or Die)

As Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off” debuts at #1, Billboard compiled a list of the ten biggest singles to feature “Shake” in their title. Shaking, it seems, is only getting bigger and bigger: early hits like KC and the Sunshine Band‘s “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty” (#1 for one week in 1976) and the Cars‘ “Shake It Up” (peaked at #4 in 1982) have been eclipsed by newer singles like Nelly‘s “Shake Ya Tailfeather” (#1 for four weeks in 2003) and Baauer‘s “Harlem Shake” (#1 for five weeks in 2013).

Bob Dylan announced a fall tour of the U.S., which will include three shows at Minneapolis’s Orpheum Theatre—a venue he and his brother used to own—in November. (Local Current)