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Music News: Prince exhibit opens at Mall of America

Prince's 'Raspberry Beret' suit is on display at the Mall of America

An exhibit of Prince artifacts from the Paisley Park collection has opened at the Mall of America. Located on Level 3 East, Prince: The Artist, the Icon, the Legend will be open through Nov. 14. It was announced to help make up for the unexpected delays in permanently opening Paisley Park.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, features “rare artifacts and wardrobe selected from the Paisley Park Archives,” according to a press release. That includes “items never before placed on exhibit — showcasing celebrated moments from Prince’s career, including the wardrobe seen in the ‘Raspberry Beret’ video and the custom outfit made for Prince to wear at the 2004 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.”

The Current’s Jay Gabler, Cecilia Johnson, and Andrea Swensson are heading out to see the exhibit Friday morning; follow them for updates, and watch for a review on the Local Current blog Friday afternoon.

Today’s Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis news

The 2017 nominees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame include Jimmy Jam and Terry LewisJay Z, and Madonna. Other nominees in this round are George Michael, Bryan Adams, Vince Gill, Babyface, Max Martin, Kool & the Gang, Cat Stevens, Sly Stone, Chicago, Gloria Estefan, Jeff Lynne, and David Gates. The induction ceremony, for the nominees selected for the Hall, will take place in June. (Pitchfork)

Janet Jackson’s “Nasty,” co-written by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis with Jackson and recorded in Minneapolis for the 1986 album Control, is surging on Spotify in the wake of Donald Trump’s dismissal of Hillary Clinton as a “nasty woman” in Wednesday night’s presidential debate. (Billboard)

Flaming Lips announce new album

The Flaming Lips have announced a new album. Oczy Mlody will be released on Jan. 13, Wayne Coyne’s birthday. Among the song titles: “There Should Be Unicorns,” “Listening to the Frogs With Demon Eyes,” and “One Night While Hunting for Faeries and Witches and Wizards to Kill.” (Pitchfork)

Dylan eyes gospel release

Rolling Stone reports that “a source close to the Dylan camp” says Bob Dylan is leaning towards mining his gospel years (1979-1981) for the next release in his Bootleg Series. The source notes that Dylan’s Christian songs evolved over the years as they were performed on tour, and the set would likely demonstrate that.

The National are “with her”

The National are the latest artists to join a series of official campaign concerts in support of Hillary Clinton. The National will play a get-out-the-vote show on Nov. 2 in Cincinnati; other artists playing concerts in the series include Jon Bon Jovi, Jennifer Lopez, and longtime Hillary supporter Katy Perry. (Billboard)

Frank Ocean gives a rare interview on…C-SPAN?

Frank Ocean has given his first media interview in three years…not to Rolling Stone or Billboard or Jimmy Fallon, but to C-SPAN. On his way into a White House state dinner, Ocean spoke briefly about the presidential race and his choice of footwear, checkered Vans. “It’s my first time here,” said Ocean. “You can’t think, you just have to do things.” (Rolling Stone)

Bruce wrote a song for Harry

In an interview with the BBC, Bruce Springsteen confirmed a longstanding rumor that in 2001, he wrote and recorded a song for the first Harry Potter movie. “They didn’t use it,” Springsteen said about the song, titled “I’ll Stand By You Always.” He said he’d still like to get the song into another kids’ movie someday. (Stereogum)