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Music News: Beyoncé sings ‘The Beautiful Ones’ in tribute to Prince

Prince in 'Purple Rain'

Beyoncé once again paid tribute to Prince at a stop on her current Formation tour. She led a “Purple Rain” singalong at the first tour stop, and then in Dallas she sang the Purple Rain show-stopper “The Beautiful Ones” — which she had previously performed at Glastonbury in 2011. (Rolling Stone) Beyoncé’s tour hits TCF Bank Stadium on May 23.

Prince himself was in talks to book a local stadium show: at the new U.S. Bank Stadium. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has confirmed that “U.S. Bank Stadium had preliminary discussions with Prince’s people about a concert in the new stadium.” (City Pages)

On Tuesday night, authorities entered the gates of Paisley Park to apparently carry out a search warrant for “any and all medical records, documents, reports, charts, photographs, prescriptions, doctor notes and medical images for Prince Rogers Nelson.” Reporters have discovered that shortly before his death, Prince was prescribed unknown medications by a Minnesota physician. (MPR News)

Cyndi sings for equal pay

Cyndi Lauper joined James Corden in a duet adaptation of her hit “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” The new version, espousing payroll parity, is “Girls Just Want Equal Funds.” (Rolling Stone)

Luscious new Lucius vid

Lucius have released a new video for their song “Gone Insane.” The video, which uses stop-motion animation, was inspired by a dream the band’s Jess Wolfe had. (Pitchfork)

YACHT in hot water over fake tape leak

The band YACHT have responded to criticism after they pretended to proactively release a “sex tape” that they said was stolen from them and leaked online. The tape turned out to be a band-made hoax; critics said the publicity stunt made light of actual sexual exploitation and “revenge porn” (explicit photos and videos released without the subjects’ consent as a form of harassment). “We never make light of victims of any form of sexual abuse,” wrote the band in a response. (Pitchfork)

The Osbournes split

One of the best-known celebrity couples in music have split: Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon Osbourne, who became known to millions through their reality TV show, are separated. (Rolling Stone) Ozzy has denied rumors that the split is due to a chemical abuse relapse on his part. (Rolling Stone)

Animal Collective raise funds to fight HB2

Animal Collective have released two live recordings from their current tour, with pay-what-you-want proceeds going to an organization fighting North Carolina’s HB2 law. The band say they decided not to cancel their recent Asheville show, but instead to work to “raise awareness and help those fighting for equality.” (Rolling Stone)

With a Moog award, he’s a Numan

Gary Numan has been named the recipient of the 2016 Moog Innovation Award. The annual honor has been previously bestowed upon RadioheadTrent Reznor, and other musicians who’ve made effective use of electronics. The synthmakers say that “Numan’s early work is almost single handedly responsible for introducing post-punk electronica into the popular consciousness, while propelling synth music beyond Prog Rock to inspire the wave of 80s synth pop that soon followed.” (Billboard)

The National take the Dead to TV

On The Late Show with Stephen Colbertthe National played one of the tracks from Day of the Dead, their massive, multi-artist Grateful Dead tribute set. The album comes out May 20, and a live version of the set will be performed at this summer’s Eaux Claires Festival. (Billboard)