Music News: Prince's brother disputes reality show claims


Omarr Baker, Prince's half-brother, at the Metropolitan Ballroom
Omarr Baker, Prince's half-brother, at the Metropolitan Ballroom in Golden Valley, Minnesota for the Dance On 'Til Dawn event in April 2017 (Steven Cohen for MPR)

Are members of Prince’s family planning a reality TV show? Absolutely, according to TMZ — which cites "sources close to Prince's heirs" in reporting that a "reality show, featuring family members, is in the works right now, and will focus on how their lives have changed since he died."

TMZ's source goes on to say that the planned reality show is specifically the reason why the estate is trying to block engineer George Ian Boxill’s release of Prince songs he produced, because the family would prefer to debut that music on the show — but of course Prince's estate wouldn't need the motive of a planned TV series to want control over any Prince music release.

The @PRNFamily Twitter account has already dissociated itself from the report, while clarifying that account is run by Prince's half-brother Omarr Baker and does not necessarily speak for Prince's other five surviving siblings.

What does it mean, Robert Plant?

Robert Plant’s website has gone black, leaving only the cryptic message "Any time now..."

What does it mean? The Current's Bill DeVille and some other Plant fans are speculating that it might augur a Led Zeppelin reunion for a possible second edition of the star-studded Desert Trip festival (a.k.a. "Oldchella"). Others, however, think that it might refer to an announcement of a new Plant solo album.

Tom Waits auditioned for Reservoir Dogs

Tom Waits has a classic album called Rain Dogs — but could he have been a Reservoir Dog? Quentin Tarantino has revealed that Waits auditioned for his 1992 film. "I had Tom Waits read the Madonna speech," said Tarantino at a panel discussion marking the film's 25th anniversary, "just so I could hear Tom Waits say those lines." (Pitchfork)

Fyre Festival fallout

Ja Rule and Billy McFarland have been hit with a $100 million class-action lawsuit over the catastrophic failure of their planned Fyre Festival. The lawsuit claims that not only did the festival's proprietors fail to deliver the planned music and luxury, the "lack of adequate food, water, shelter, and medical care created a dangerous and panicked situation among attendees." The festival, the lawsuit says, "was closer to The Hunger Games or Lord of the Flies than Coachella." (Pitchfork)

Meanwhile, the festival is offering ticket buyers the option to "let it ride" if they want to exchange their admission to the canceled 2017 festival for VIP tickets to a supposed 2018 festival. It remains to be seen how many take them up on that offer. (Pitchfork)

50 Cent wasted no time trolling his former chart rival Ja Rule over the failed festival. "Can't do nothing right, LOL," wrote 50 Cent in an Instagram post that has President Donald Trump appointing Ja Rule as Secretary of Festivals. (Billboard)

Michael McDonald is back

Enjoying a career resurgence thanks to a collaboration and Coachella appearance with Thundercat, yacht-rock king Michael McDonald has announced his first new album of original material in 17 years. Wide Open comes out Sept. 15, while McDonald is on a U.S. tour that comes to the State Theatre in Minneapolis on Nov. 2. (Rolling Stone)

Yoko Ono collaborates with Black Lips

The new Black Lips track "Occidental Front" features a guest appearance by Yoko Ono — who contributes some of her trademark moaning to the song from the band's upcoming album Satan's Graffiti or God's Art? The album is produced by Ono's son Sean Ono Lennon. (Rolling Stone)

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