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Music News: Prince inducted to Apollo Theater Walk of Fame

l-r: Meli'sa Morgan, Maceo Parker, Andy Allo, and Jonelle Procope unveil Prince's plaque at the Apollo Theater Walk of Fame (Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

Prince was inducted to the Apollo Theater Walk of Fame on Monday in Harlem. The New Power Generation and Maceo Parker were among the music luminaries on hand for the induction, which preceded the historic theater’s annual fundraising gala. During the induction, theater president Jonelle Procope said, “Prince was one of a kind. Bold. Prolific. A musical genius, rule breaker, trendsetter and innovator.” She also asked for a moment of silence for the victims of Sunday’s nightclub shooting in Orlando. (Billboard)

Musicians respond to tragedy

Musicians have continued to respond to Sunday’s attack. “You’d ideally want to think that venues and shows and clubs, places where people are going to dance and celebrating and enjoying life would be the safe place, but it’s clearly not,” said Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! in an interview with Rolling Stone. Rufus Wainwright observed, “Being out of the closet in most of the world is unequivocally a matter of life and death, and these horrifying events sadly illustrate that stark fact.” (Rolling Stone)

In Los Angeles, Lady Gaga appeared at a vigil in memory of the Orlando victims. “Let’s all today pledge an allegiance of love to them and to their families who are suffering so deeply,” she said. “They are sons and daughters. They were fathers and mothers. They are all our brothers and sisters.” (Rolling Stone)

“We cannot let the hatred and the anger win out,” said Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, who played the Ben Harper song “Better Way” in front of a rainbow-heart graphic in New York. (Billboard)

Also this weekend in Orlando, singer Christina Grimmie was fatally shot during a meet-and-greet after playing a concert. Monday night in Winnipeg, Justin Bieber paid emotional homage to Grimmie, dedicating his song “Purpose” to her. (Billboard)

Stones biopic to spotlight Exile on Main Street sessions

A forthcoming Rolling Stones biopic will center on the making of their 1972 classic Exile in Main Street. The film, based on Robert Greenfield’s nonfiction book about the album’s infamously tortured recording in France, will be directed by Downton Abbey vet Andy Goddard. Casting is currently underway for the leading roles of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. (Rolling Stone)

Federal court upholds net neutrality

A federal appeals court has approved FCC rules holding that internet service should be regulated as a public utility, and that carriers should not be allowed to treat various kinds of online traffic differently. Major carriers opposed the rules, but net neutrality has been supported by major content providers like Google and Netflix, and many musicians — including R.E.M.Kathleen Hanna, and Bob Mould — have advocated forcefully in favor of net neutrality. (Pitchfork)

Led Zeppelin trial begins

A trial over Led Zeppelin’s iconic “Stairway to Heaven” began Tuesday in Los Angeles. All three surviving members of the band’s classic “Stairway” lineup — Jimmy PageRobert Plant, and John Paul Jones — are expected to testify in the trial, which hinges on the allegation that the song was plagiarized from the Spirit number “Taurus.” (Consequence of Sound)

Remembering two music greats

Guitarist Henry McCullough has died at age 72. McCullough was a prolific session guitarist best-known for playing with Joe Cocker and Wings — and for his spoken vocal cameo on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. “He was a pleasure to work with, a super-talented musician with a lovely sense of humor,” said Paul McCartney of McCullough. “The solo he played on ‘My Love’ was a classic that he made up on the spot in front of the orchestra.” (Rolling Stone)

Producer Chips Moman has died in hospice at age 79. Moman was known as “the fifth Highwayman” due to his role in producing that country supergroup, and also produced hits for performers including Elvis PresleyAretha Franklin, and Neil Diamond. He also produced “Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)” by Carla Thomas, which became the first hit released on Stax Records. (Rolling Stone)

Lil Wayne hospitalized

Lil Wayne was hospitalized after an emergency airplane landing in Nebraska on Monday after the rapper, who has epilepsy, reportedly suffered a seizure during flight. (Rolling Stone)

Metal singer arrested for triple homicide

Singer Erick Shute of NYC death metal band Pyrexia has been arrested on three murder charges. Authorities allege that Shute shot three men in a “property dispute” in West Virginia on Monday. (Pitchfork)

Radiohead detail streaming event

Radiohead have announced details of a daylong streaming event, related to their new album A Moon Shaped Pool, that will take place this Friday at record stores around the world. The event will include a daylong audio broadcast “played through the walls,” as well as original artwork and a raffle for prizes such as figures from the band’s “Burn the Witch” video. (Pitchfork) Participating Minnesota record stores are Agartha and Barely Brothers (St. Paul), Know Name (Minneapolis), Mill City Sound (Hopkins), and Down in the Valley (Golden Valley).

Ice Cube cuddles with cops

Ice CubeLil Jon, and Big Sean are among the hip-hop stars who sanitized their hits for a satirical video on Jimmy Kimmel Live. (Billboard)