Music News: Universal says Prince deal is off, wants $31 million back


Prince (Courtesy of the artist)

Universal Music Group is asking Prince’s estate for $31 million dollars back, and asking a court to declare its deal to distribute Prince's catalog null and void. The reason? The label says that former estate advisor L. Londell McMillan misled Universal about when it would be able to start distributing Prince's pre-1996 catalog. Warner Bros. currently distributes that music due to a deal cut with Prince himself in 2014 — and it looks like Warner Bros. will have the rights to that music through 2021, not 2018 as Universal says McMillan indicated. (Rolling Stone)

PWR BTTM respond to assault allegations

Indie rock duo PWR BTTM have set up an e-mail address "through which a survivor or someone working directly with a survivor can discuss the allegations being expressed" regarding band member Ben Hopkins. Allegations circulating on social media say that Hopkins has had non-consenting sexual contact with a number of people. "Our primary goal here," wrote the band in a statement, "is to ensure that a survivor of abuse has a voice, that their story should be heard and that people who cross the line should be held accountable. What this means for the band, our album, our fans and our upcoming tours is, as of yet, unclear." (SPIN)

Buena Vista Social Club sequel coming

The acclaimed 1999 documentary Buena Vista Social Club spotlighted several veterans of Cuba's music scene. Now, a sequel will expand on that story and cover the musicians' 2016 final tour. The musicians were advanced in age at the time of the original movie, and some — including Ibrahim Ferrer, Compay Segundo, Ruben Gonzalez, and Orlando "Cachaíto" López — have since died. Buena Vista Social Club: Adios will be released on May 26. (Rolling Stone)

What a short, strange trip it's been

Last fall's megastar Desert Trip festival won't return in 2017, promoter Goldenvoice tells Billboard. "Maybe someday in the future we'll do something similar," says spokesman Paul Tollett. It would have been tough to top last year's six-act lineup, which included the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, and Bob Dylan, but many fans were hoping that a new version of "Oldchella" might inspire Led Zeppelin to reunite.

It's raining men

With DJ Khaled’s guest-heavy track "I'm the One" perched atop the Hot 100, women have been absent from Billboard’s number one spot for the longest stretch of singles since 1992. That's the last time seven consecutive number ones featured exclusively male musicans — with hits by Michael Bolton, P.M. Dawn, Michael Jackson, Color Me Badd, George Michael, Right Said Fred, and Mr. Big.


Rap legend KRS-One takes a song on his new album The World is MIND to pay tribute to some hip-hop greats who have passed on. He makes one mistake, though: when he raps "Like a late fog in the mist/ I see King Ad-Rock," he mentions the wrong Beastie Boy. Ad-Rock lives on; it's Adam "MCA" Yauch who died in 2012. (Pitchfork)

Lana Del Rey tells SPIN what she really thinks — about them

On Thursday, SPIN write a post about an interview Lana Del Rey did with Elle U.K. SPIN writer Anna Gaca wasn't particularly impressed with the interview, and the SPIN post was titled, "Here's a Lana Del Rey Interview About Nothing." After SPIN tweeted the article, Lana herself slid into the DMs with a very frank, concise response.

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