Music News: Prince music could hit streaming services in conjunction with Grammy tribute


Fan art from the fence.
Miniature doves decorate a wall filled with fan art inside of Paisley Park on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2016 in Chanhassen, Minn. (Evan Frost | MPR News)

Some of Prince’s music may be available on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming services as soon as Feb. 12. Billboard reports that Prince's estate is closing in on a deal that could result in a Grammys ad announcing the immediate availability of some of Prince's music on major streaming services. The majority of Prince's catalog is currently available for streaming only on Tidal, with which Prince had an exclusive agreement that the estate is now contesting. The Grammys are reportedly planning a Prince tribute that could feature Rihanna, Bruno Mars, and the Weeknd.

Meanwhile, back at Paisley Park, the Paisley-Park-shaped urn containing Prince's ashes has been moved — at the family's request — from a central position in the venue's atrium to a more discreet spot in the mezzanine. (Star Tribune)

U2 announce Joshua Tree anniversary tour

U2 have announced that they're headlining Bonnaroo as well as heading out on a US-Europe tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their classic album The Joshua Tree. The Edge says the tour was inspired by the current political climate.

That record was written in the mid-Eighties, during the Reagan-Thatcher era of British and U.S. politics. It was a period when there was a lot of unrest. Thatcher was in the throes of trying to put down the miners' strike; there was all kinds of shenanigans going on in Central America. It feels like we're right back there in a way. I don't think any of our work has ever come full circle to that extent.

Sorry, no Minnesota dates — the closest they'll come is Chicago, on June 3. (Consequence of Sound)

Bowie considered writing fake Dylan songs for a musical

Author Michael Cunningham (The Hours) says that in 2004, he and David Bowie talked about ideas for a potential musical. One of the ideas involved unreleased Bob Dylan songs being discovered in the future; the faux Dylan discoveries would have been written by Bowie himself. Nothing ever publicly came of the idea, and it would be over a decade before Bowie would finally premiere a musical called Lazarus. That show shares some elements with the ideas he and Bowie were discussing, says Cunningham, but there are no new "Dylan" songs. (Spin)

Remembering Peter Sarstedt

India-born British singer-songwriter Peter Sarstedt has died of progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare neurological condition, at age 75. Starstedt is best-remembered for his 1969 song "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?" The song topped the British charts for four weeks, and was prominently featured in the 2007 Wes Anderson movie The Darjeeling Limited. (Billboard)

How Sharon Van Etten was discovered for The OA

Sharon Van Etten says that her acting role on the Netflix series The OA came as a result of her opening for Nick Cave. "The casting agent had seen me open up as a duo with my drummer, Zeke Hutchins, supporting Nick Cave in 2013," Van Etten told Pitchfork. "Somehow, the mental Rolodex of this guy — I don't know what phrases came to mind when they were talking about the casting for Rachel, but somehow I was somebody that they wanted to audition."

Buzzcocks announce box set

The Buzzcocks have announced the release of a new box set based around a reissue of their debut EP, Spiral Scratch (1977). Buzzcocks (mk.1) Box, out March 10, will include the original EP, a bootleg of the band's first studio recording session, "reprinted photographs, concert flyers, pins, and a reimagined print of Manchester punk zine Shy Talk," reports Pitchfork.

Maple Grove father-son duo see 450 metal bands in 365 days

Mason McDeid, 21, and his father Richard McDeid made a run at seeing 500 metal bands in 2016. They didn't quite make it, but they came close: traveling back and forth across the country, they saw 450 bands. Mason has cerebral palsy, and seeing the shows brings "joy and comfort" to a young man who's had over 100 surgeries, the Star Tribune reports. Their goal for this year is to hit up a major European music festival.

Chance gives superlatives after White House dinner

In a series of short videos, Chance the Rapper recapped his Friday night at the White House, where he was a guest at the Obamas’ last party. "In the clips," notes Pitchfork, "he gave out a number of superlatives, including Best Dressed (Chance), Best Looking (Esperanza Spalding), Best Joke (also Chance), and Best Compliment (Dave Chappelle: 'That was a good joke, Chance.')"

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