Music News: Prince siblings officially named heirs


Tyka Nelson outside the Carver County District Court
Tyka Nelson outside the Carver County District Court in Chaska, Minnesota on May 10, 2017. (STEPHEN MATUREN/AFP/Getty Images)

It's official: Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson and the star's five half-siblings have been officially designated heirs of his estate. The decision, by Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide, ends a period of uncertainty during which various other parties came forward arguing they had rights to a share of Prince's estate. (MPR News)

Solange wows the Guggenheim

On Thursday, Solange took over New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum with a performance of music from her acclaimed 2016 album A Seat at the Table. The performance, presented with the Red Bull Music Academy, involved backup vocalists, several musicians, and eight core dancers; the audience was asked to wear white.

"Drawing our attention to the height and circularity of the space," writes the New York Times, "a 13-member horn ensemble popped up on two levels of the museum's spiral ramp, joined later by the dancers and 32 additional performers in a snaking descent toward the rotunda for a voluminous final section."

Chris Cornell memorials continue

U2, Ryan Adams, Aerosmith, and Metallica were among the artists paying tribute to the late Chris Cornell at concerts over the weekend. Rolling Stone)

Meanwhile, Cornell's wife Vicky Cornell issued a statement calling the Soundgarden frontman "a devoted father and husband. He was my best friend," she continued. "What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details," she added, speculating that Cornell's anxiety medication may have been responsible for his suicide. (Rolling Stone)

Harry's huge

Harry Styles has broken a sales record with his self-titled debut solo album. With 230,000 copies sold in its first week, Harry Styles sold more in its first week than any previous debut album by a British male solo artist in the same span — breaking a record previously held by Sam Smith. The album also makes One Direction only the third group to produce chart-topping solo albums by multiple members — after the Beatles and Destiny's Child. (Rolling Stone)

At a Friday night show for a small audience at West Hollywood's Troubadour, Styles played many of his new songs and welcomed Stevie Nicks onstage to join him for "Two Ghosts." (Rolling Stone)

SNL reprises "Hallelujah"

Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah" returned to Saturday Night Live — this time performed not by Hillary Clinton (as portrayed by Kate McKinnon) but by Donald Trump (as portrayed by Alec Baldwin).

"I'm not giving up because I didn't do anything wrong," said Baldwin as Trump, indicating cast members portraying the president's associates, "but I can't speak for these people." (Pitchfork)

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