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Richard Swift, of the Shins and the Arcs, dies at 41

Richard Swift, a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for his work with the Shins and the Arcs among many other artists, has died at age 41 of an unspecified medical condition. “Today the world lost one of the most talented musicians I know,” wrote Dan Auerbach, who collaborated with Swift in both the Arcs and the […]

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Manuela Testolini, Andre Cymone and Chance Howard visit Anwatin Middle School to donate instruments on Prince’s 60th birthday

In the two years since Prince passed, one of the biggest revelations that has surfaced about his personal life is just how much money he was quietly funneling toward the causes he believed in, especially those that worked closely with marginalized youth in urban communities and provided students with access to music education. On what […]

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Prince ‘Piano & a Microphone 1983’ album to be released on Sept. 21

This spring, Prince’s estate announced that an album of previously unreleased recordings would be released in the fall. Today, marking the 60th anniversary of the icon’s birth, Warner Bros. made it official: on Sept. 21, they’ll release a nine-track, 35-minute album recorded at his Chanhassen home studio in 1983. The songs on Piano & a Microphone […]

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Justin Vernon, the Dessners launch PEOPLE streaming service

Justin Vernon hates giving interviews, but the voice memos he shares on the new PEOPLE streaming service are a good stand-in. Driving around Lowry Hill in Minneapolis, Vernon explains that the music industry and celebrity culture have made him both shy and angry, off and on, since For Emma, Forever Ago. “Granted, I was on […]

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McDonald’s claims Big Mac ad isn’t about Prince, offended fans roll eyes

“Girl, please,” says a man wearing a purple jacket and carrying a stylized guitar, “I Big Mac like a Prince.” Could this South African TV ad possibly be referencing any well-known musician? Not really, says McDonald’s…but an industry group begs to differ. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), an independent trade group in South Africa, received […]

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