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Music News: Prince estate court hearing scheduled for Monday

A memorial at Paisley Park (Bridget Bennett for MPR)

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. According to media reports, the investigation is focusing on prescription painkillers as a possible cause of the death. (KSTP) Details are slowly emerging regarding his emergency plane landing in Illinois two weeks ago; he was reportedly administered an antidote for an overdose of an opioid. (Star Tribune)

Bruegger’s Bagels has announced that all 35 of its Twin Cities locations will sell purple bagels in Prince’s honor on Thursday, with proceeds going to support the Minnesota Music Coalition. (Local Current) A Prince glyph painted on a bluff in Red Wing and previously painted over by the city has now been restored. (Star Tribune)

At her Formation World Tour opener in Miami on Wednesday night, Beyoncé paid tribute to Prince with a “Purple Rain” singalong; she also performed her version of “Nasty Girl,” a Prince-written hit for the group Vanity 6. (Pitchfork) The tour comes to TCF Bank Stadium on May 23, and prior to Prince’s death, fans had hoped that a collaboration or Paisley Park visit might happen while Beyoncé was in town.

“Stairway to Heaven” lawsuit settlement suggested

Led Zeppelin have been offered the opportunity to settle an ongoing lawsuit, claiming they stole portions of their song “Stairway to Heaven” from the band Spirit, for just one dollar. The catch: the settlement would require that co-writing credit be given to Spirit’s late guitarist Randy Wolfe, whose heirs are bringing the suit. As Billboard notes, “this would amount to much more than $1.”

More Day of the Dead tracks released

The National have released additional tracks from their forthcoming 59-track Grateful Dead tribute album, Day of the Dead. The new tracks include Dead covers by Bonnie “Prince” BillyCharles BradleyJim JamesSharon Van Etten with Perfume Genius, and more. (Billboard)

New Tegan and Sara video

Tegan and Sara have released a fun video for their new song “Boyfriend,” the lead single from their forthcoming album Love You to Death. The album comes out June 3, and the duo will be at the State Theatre in Minneapolis on Sept. 12. (Consequence of Sound)

Wilco plot tour

Wilco have announced a North American tour on which their openers will include Lucinda WilliamsAngel Olsen, and Kurt Vile — who will open for the Chicago alt-rockers when they play Hall’s Island in Minneapolis on Aug. 20. (Pitchfork)

Danger Mouse shares alternate “Crazy” mix

Can you believe Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” is ten years old? Reflecting on the anniversary, Danger Mouse has shared a folk-soul remix of the track that was initially rejected for release. (Stereogum)

Elton John and Lady Gaga: Fashion designers

A fashion and accessories line jointly created by Elton John and Lady Gaga is coming to Macy’s. The line, Love Bravery, will benefit the two artists’ charitable foundations. (Billboard)

Love Bravery

Weezer re-releases Pinkerton with cocktail recipe

A new vinyl reissue of Weezer’s Pinkerton comes with an unusual extra: a recipe for a sake cocktail inspired by the album. Domo arigato, Mr. Cuomo! (Pitchfork)