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Music News: Prince breaks Beatles’ album chart record

A memorial to Prince at First Avenue (Emmet Kowler/MPR)

Prince has set a chart record for having more albums simultaneously in the Billboard 200 than any other artist ever has. With 19 albums in this week’s chart, Prince smashes a record previously held by the Beatles with 13 albums. (Star Tribune)

Amanda Palmer and Jherek Bischoff have shared an orchestral rendition of “Purple Rain”: a ten-minute track being sold for $1 with proceeds going to charity. (City Pages)

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Beck teases new music

Beck is sharing a new single on Thursday, and has been teasing “Wow” with snippets posted to Instagram. Listen for the single on The Current after 11 a.m. (Rolling Stone)

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Today’s political news

Thurston Moore has released a single that incorporates audio from the speeches of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. “Feel It In Your Guts,” created with Sanders’s permission, will be released on a limited edition of 1,000 flexi-disc vinyl discs that will be given free to campaign donors. (Pitchfork)

Bassnectar and Cobra Starship are among electronic musicians who have contributed to a pro-Sanders compilation called #RaveForBernie. (Billboard)

Donald Trump has thanked Billy Joel for dedicating a song to him during a recent concert. Fans are wondering, though: given that the song was “The Entertainer,” was the dedication really meant as a compliment? (Billboard)

Kitten Forever partner with Smitten Kitten

Kitten Forever are partnering with Minneapolis sex shop the Smitten Kitten to sell copies of the punk trio’s new album 7 Hearts. “All of our record stores are f—ing cool, but there’s nowhere that’s like a cool, feminist-run record store,” says the band’s Liz Elton. In addition to the album, the band have created a special limited-edition tank top that celebrates their tenth anniversary making music together; the shirts are also being sold at the Smitten Kitten. (City Pages)

Zulu Nation apologizes

The Universal Zulu Nation, a hip-hop awareness group founded by Afrika Bambaataa that has since distanced itself from the musician, has publicly apologized to people who have come forward to say that they were sexually abused by Bambaataa — including two who were “subjected to unjust and inexcusable attacks on their characters in official statements by our organization when they chose to speak their truths.” Bambaataa has denied the accusations. (Rolling Stone)

Björk speaks out against sexism

Björk has criticized Hollywood as well as music journalism for discriminating against women. “I did one film 16 years ago and I could not believe what it’s like for actresses out there,” she told the Sydney Morning Herald, going on to call music journalism “a boys’ club.”

New Matt and Kim vid

Matt and Kim have released a new video for their song “Let’s Run Away,” using the “centriphone” camera technique.