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Music News: Unfinished Prince memoir gets publication date

Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL perform at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.

A memoir that Prince started writing prior to his 2016 death will be published Oct. 29, with supplemental commentary by his editor. Also in the news today: M.I.A. responds to Sri Lanka bombings, Woodstock 50 delays ticket sale, one musician marriage ends and another begins. Plus, a roundup of Coachella weekend two news, and Florence Welch's 'Game of Thrones' song.

Music News: Bandcamp announces vinyl-pressing service

Colored vinyl at a pressing plant in England, 2017.

Bandcamp is launching a new service described as 'like Kickstarter for vinyl.' Also today, Jade and Jay round up new releases by Lizzo, Cage the Elephant, and Jade Bird. Plus, Jay talks about the singing-competition drama 'Teen Spirit,' and we dig into the musical highlights of Beyonce's new live album.

Music News: Beyonce 'Homecoming' documentary comes with surprise live album

Beyonce performs at Coachella, 2018.

Beyonce's 'Homecoming' concert documentary hits Netflix today, and she added a surprise live album to go with it. Also in the news today: St. Vincent and Carrie Brownstein are making a movie together; Sia video star joins 'West Side Story' remake; musicians make Time's most-influential list; Britney Spears fans concerned over star's absence; and Lorde plays Christchurch benefit.

Music News: Aretha Franklin awarded honorary Pulitzer Prize

Aretha Franklin performs at Radio City Music Hall in 2017.

There are two Pulitzer Prizes being awarded to musicians this year: the regular prize, to composer Ellen Reid, and a Special Citation for the late Aretha Franklin. Also in the news today: Mick Jagger's bouncing back, Fender designs 'Game of Thrones' guitars, and a Paris crowd respond to the Notre-Dame fire with healing song.

Music News: Grammys organization to name first-ever woman president

Deborah Dugan with Bono at a (RED) event in 2012.

Billboard reports that for the first time ever, the Recording Academy will be led by a woman. Also in the news today: Coachella recap, Jay-Z to reopen Webster Hall, fans petition to rename black hole in Chris Cornell's honor, and Spoon respond to video of Pete Buttigieg playing their music. Plus, what are Taylor Swift and Madonna teasing?

Music News: five record-store managers weigh in on Record Store Day

Lunchbox Records in Charlotte, N.C.

Saturday, April 13, is Record Store Day 2019. In the run-up to the nationwide blitz on record stores, The Current's Music News checked in with record-store operators at five locations across the country to learn their perspectives on the biggest day of the year.

Music News: Record Store Day 2019 releases - our top picks

Record shopping at Coachella, 2018.

Record Store Day is coming up this Saturday, so Jay and Jade each pick their favorite releases vinyl (and cassette) fans will be able to get their hands on. Also, we talk with Record Store Day co-founder Carrie Colliton, who talks about how the event got started and shares some of her favorite RSD memories.

Music News: Songwriters ask concert promoters for a raise

Crowd at the Atmosphere concert

BMI is trying to get concert promoters to share more revenue with songwriters. Also in the news today: an L.A. intersection will be renamed for Nipsey Hussle, Sharon Osbourne opens up about Ozzy's health struggles, Mandy Moore's making new music, Escort recreate a classic Journey video, and two pieces of exciting news for fans of movies and music. (Hint: tell me more, tell me more...)

Music News: Prince engineer must pay $4 million for unauthorized EP release

Prince performs on 'American Idol' in 2006.

A former Prince engineer has been ordered to pay $4 million to the late icon's estate after releasing recordings without authorization. Plus, Bob Dylan's all in with his new whiskey brand, opening a dedicated distillery in Nashville. Also in the news today: rotating door for Jazz Fest headliners; B-52s celebrating 40th anniversary; Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish rule Billboard charts; and Meghan Trainor gets cheers from her Spy Kid husband.