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Music News: Chance the Rapper and Skrillex remix Colbert jokes about General Mills

Chance the Rapper and Skrillex joined Stephen Colbert on The Late Show this week to “remix” Colbert’s monologue about Tiny Toast: a new cereal from Golden Valley food giant General Mills. Later, the two appeared with Hundred Waters to perform “Show Me Love.” (Rolling Stone) See Chance in the company of 9,900 more waters on June 18 at Rock the Garden, making Chance the second RTG artist to have rapped about breakfast food.

Prince estate okayed to hire help

Judge Kevin Eide ruled Wednesday that the Bremer Trust may hire “entertainment industry experts” to help manage Prince’s estate through the fall, when Eide hopes that “we will have a better idea of who the likely heirs at law are.” (Star Tribune)

Minnesota musicians “takeover” Red Rocks

AtmosphereBrother AliLizzo, and the reunited Lifter Puller are among the Minnesota artists who will “takeover” the legendary Red Rocks venue on Sept. 2.

Bobby Brown acknowledges Whitney Houston had same-sex relationship

Bobby Brown has publicly acknowledged that his late wife Whitney Houston was bisexual, and that she had a romantic same-sex relationship with her longtime friend Robyn Crawford. The relationship was widely speculated, but Houston vigorously denied it during her lifetime. Brown says he believes the secrecy was in part because Houston feared disapproval by her family members — including mother Cissy Houston, who has said she would not have condoned a same-sex romance. (Us Weekly)

Janis Joplin childhood home up for sale

“You’re obviously paying for the fame of the home,” says a realtor who’s asking ten times market value for a Port Arthur, Texas house where Janis Joplin lived as a child. An expert contacted by Rolling Stone is skeptical that the house will sell for the $500,000 asking price, so watch for a possible price reduction if you’re looking for a unique and very large classic-rock souvenir.

Bowie ballet to premiere

A ballet set to the music of David Bowie will premiere on June 18 in Detroit. Star Dust is a 35-minute dance featuring songs ranging from “Space Oddity” to “Lazarus,” and choreographer Dwight Rhoden hopes to expand it into an evening-length work. (Billboard)

Our new David Bowie piece is coming together slowly but surely. Watch our newest member, @kyliemjefferson, go through a phrase.

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Harrison gets hacked

Add George HarrisonLana Del Rey, and Drake to the list of musicians whose Twitter accounts have been hacked recently. Making an awkward situation even more so, Harrison’s hacker asked the former Beatle to contact him — apparently not aware that Harrison died in 2001. (Billboard)

Good English on lockdown in wake of rape controversy

The Ohio rock band Good English have deactivated their social media accounts after facing a wave of backlash against drummer/vocalist Leslie Rasmussen’s character defense of her childhood friend Brock Turner, a former Stanford athlete who has been convicted of rape and given a sentence widely criticized as too light. In a statement, Rasmussen says she agreed to a request to “shed light on Brock’s character as I knew it” during the sentencing phase of his trial, and that her comments about “the effect alcohol played in this tragedy” have been misconstrued as victim-blaming. (Billboard)

Beyoncé sued, sneezes

Beyoncé has been sued by Matthew Fulks, a filmmaker who claims the star and her associates plagiarized elements of his short film Palinoia for a Lemonade trailer. (Billboard)

Meanwhile, Beyoncé’s fans still love her — as evidenced by their enthralled reaction to a sneeze during a show in New York. (Billboard)