Music News: Prince songs streamed 4.7 million times in two days


Prince's albums, now available for streaming
Prince's albums, now available for streaming (Spotify)

To say that people were excited for the wide release of Prince’s music on streaming services is an understatement. In just the first two days his songs were available on Spotify, Apple Music, and other major services, they were streamed a total of 4.7 million times. (New York Times)

If you want to hear Prince's music blasted at his own pad, sign up for a chance to win a pair of Paisley Park After Dark tickets.

The Roots to play NBA musical

At halftime during the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, the Roots will perform with, among others, Hamilton star Daveed Diggs, Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, and — wait for it — DJ Jazzy Jeff. They'll present The Evolution of Greatness: an original musical about the history of the NBA. (Rolling Stone)

Bowie documentary coming to HBO

HBO has announced a new documentary about the final years of David Bowie’s life. David Bowie: The Last Five Years previously debuted on the BBC, but has not yet been seen in the U.S. The film "offers in depth interviews with Bowie's collaborators, as well as rare footage of the making of his musical Lazarus and his final two albums (The Next Day and Blackstar)," reports Pitchfork. "There are also fart jokes." An HBO premiere date has not yet been announced.

John Fogerty reunited with CCR guitar

On Christmas, John Fogerty received the best present of his life: the Rickenbacker guitar he played for three years with Creedence Clearwater Revival. Fogerty wrote and recorded many of the band's best-known songs on the guitar, playing it onstage at Woodstock and elsewhere. He gave the guitar away, feeling "numb," when the band broke up in the early '70s — and he hadn't played it for over 40 years when he found it under the Christmas tree last year.

Fogerty's wife, disguising her identity, had tracked the guitar down at a guitar shop in Ohio. She hasn't said what she paid for the instrument, but it was obviously worth it: Fogerty began "sobbing uncontrollably" when he held the guitar again. He plans to play it onstage during his upcoming Las Vegas residency, which begins on March 3. (Rolling Stone)

All-star Kanye collab shelved

First of all, did you know that the bridge of the Kanye/Rihanna/Macca collaboration "FourFiveSeconds" was written by Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors? Longstreth says there's another Kanye collaboration in the can: this one cowritten by those two along with Paul McCartney and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig. "Kanye didn't wind up using it," says Longstreth, "but it was good — maybe something will come of it down the line." (Pitchfork)

Rage with Bey

A group of Beyoncé fans have created an 8-bit video game called "Lemonade Rage." In the game, you play Bey, armed with a baseball bat as in the "Hold Up" video. Your job is to dodge the haters, while taking out your post-Grammys rage on cars and fire hydrants. (Star Tribune)

Remembering Junie Morrison

Multi-instrumentalist Junie Morrison has died at age 62. Morrison is regarded as a funk pioneer, having founded the Ohio Players and joined George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic. In 1997, Morrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of P-Funk. Recently, Solange name-dropped Morrison on her album A Seat at the Table. (Okayplayer)

Justin Trudeau is Team Garfunkel

Digging through the tweets of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, some music fans have discovered that in 2012 he shared a strong opinion regarding which half of Simon and Garfunkel he favors. "For the record," he tweeted, "I, and my entire staff, despise Paul Simon." They were apparently "Garfunkel all the way." (Pitchfork)

The PM probably won't be at Eaux Claires this year, then.

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