Music News: Prince documentary to be released in 2017

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Prince (Herb Ritts, courtesy Warner Brothers)

Mick Jagger and Bono will appear in a new documentary about the life and music of Prince. The film, Prince: R U Listening?, will "focus on the artist's early years and ascendency via commentary from musicians who played with him alongside his friends and family," reports Rolling Stone. Prince associates being interviewed for the documentary include Sheila E, André Cymone, and Dez Dickerson. No specific release date has yet been announced.

SiriusXM settles Turtles suit

The satellite radio service SiriusXM will pay up to $99 million to settle a series of lawsuits filed by the Turtles. At issue is how and whether artists are paid when SiriusXM plays music released before 1972 — the date at which federal copyright began to be applied to recordings. The Turtles' suit applies to recordings not represented by the major record labels, which "settled their own suit against SiriusXM last year for $210 million," reports the New York Times.

Kate Bush praises Theresa May

Kate Bush has sparked ire from some of her liberal fans by praising British Prime Minister Theresa May, leader of the nation's Conservative Party. "I actually really like her and think she's wonderful," said Bush in an interview with Macleans magazine. "I think it's the best thing that's happened to us in a long time." (Pitchfork)

Ad-Rock designs shoes for Planned Parenthood

Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys has designed a new shoe with the Keep sneaker company. "The 'Ramos Ad-Rock' was designed for winter warmth and boasts a primarily black design," reports Rolling Stone, "accented with magenta laces (a nod to Planned Parenthood) and an embroidery of 'Horovitz' split between the right and left shoe. The shoe is available to pre-order at $97 a pair and will ship late February 2017."

The rapper said, in a statement, that "net proceeds of this shoe will be donated to Planned Parenthood because I support a woman's right to choose and feel that women should not be punished for making decisions about their own lives and bodies."

Guns N' Roses tease Twin Cities gig

"Welcome to the jungle" billboards have begun popping up around the Twin Cities, indicating that the announcement of a local Guns N' Roses show is imminent. The show will be their first Minnesota appearance with the classic lineup of Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan since a 1992 Metrodome gig with Metallica.

"The where and when of the Twin Cities concert has not been revealed yet," notes the Star Tribune. "It's a good bet one of the stadiums — TCF Bank, U.S. Bank or Target Field — will wind up with it over the summer. An announcement is likely coming early next week."

Today's book news

Ten years in the making, a charity book titled Stories for Ways and Means is finally hitting presses. Preorders are now open for a 2017 release of the 350-page book, which features "grown up children's" stories by musicians including Justin Vernon, Tom Waits, Jim James, Kathleen Hanna, and many more. An associated video component features narrators including Lizzo. (Consequence of Sound)

Also due out in 2017: a picture book inspired by John Lennon’s "Imagine." The Yoko-Ono-approved book illustrated by Jean Jullien, reports Billboard, "will feature Lennon's lyrics as it tells of a young pigeon's mission to advocate for peace."

Remembering Fred Stobaugh

Fred Stobaugh has died in hospice care at age 99. Stobaugh holds the record as oldest person ever to make Billboard's Hot 100: he was 96 years old when he appeared as a featured artist on a recording of the song "Oh Sweet Lorraine," an ode to his wife that was turned into a full-fledged song after Stobaugh won a lyrics-writing contest. The song went viral, and "Oh Sweet Lorraine" broke the Top 50 in 2013. (Billboard)

First Ave in gingerbread

Minneapolis music landmark has been rendered in gingerbread by Rachel Peterson — program director at Norway House in Minneapolis, where the delicious rock club appears in the Norwegian-American organization's second annual Gingerbread Wonderland exhibit. (City Pages)


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