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Semisonic, the Jets, other Minnesota musicians likely lost original master recordings in devastating 2008 fire

Minnesota musicians including Semisonic, the Jets, Judy Garland, and the Andrews Sisters likely had original master recordings destroyed in a 2008 Los Angeles studio fire that claimed a vast swath of historic tapes by artists ranging from jazz founders to ’90s rockers. Original recordings made in Minnesota by Janet Jackson and Nirvana may also have […]

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Pitchfork: ‘Purple Rain’ was the best album of the ’80s, and Minnesota music ruled the decade

Pitchfork, perhaps the most-respected critical outlet in music, has just published a new list of the 200 best albums of the 1980s. According to the publication’s editorial staff, the decade’s best album was Prince’s Purple Rain. As City Pages notes, that represents a vault upwards in status for the classic soundtrack; when Pitchfork last listed the […]

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Friday Five: fDeluxe, Jack Klatt, and more new Minnesota music videos

fDeluxe, “Nothing Compares 2 U” Prince wrote scores of songs for the Family (now known as fDeluxe), including “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Following a Susannah Melvoin introduction, fDeluxe and Minnesota’s own STRINGenius ensemble perform the song in this video, offering it up as their heartfelt tribute. Janet Jackson, “Dammn Baby” Honorary Minnesotan Janet Jackson dropped a video […]

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Review: Minneapolis celebrates Janet Jackson Day at Target Center

I’ve often thought Minneapolis has been oddly reticent to publicly claim its important place in the seminal career of Janet Jackson. Any oversight along those lines was certainly remedied on Sunday night at Target Center, as Jackson’s longtime collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis joined her onstage to welcome Mayor Betsy Hodges, who officially declared it […]

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Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 turns 25: Talking points

• Rhythm Nation 1814 was Janet Jackson’s fourth solo album, although she was just 23 years old when it came out. • One of the most commercially successful albums ever to come out of Minnesota, Rhythm Nation 1814 was produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and all of the tracks were recorded at their Flyte Tyme studio in Minneapolis. […]

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