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MINNESOTA TWINS WILL SELL PRINCE MERCHANDISE YEAR-ROUND

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins will not just hold another Prince Night, but they will also sell Prince merchandise year-round. The Star-Tribune reports purple hats, shirts and balls with both Prince’s symbol and the Twins’ logo will be sold beginning with the Twins’ home opener on April 5 against Seattle. Team representatives say Prince’s family approved the deal. While other teams have had special music-themed merchandise, this is believed to be the first time such items have been for sale year-round. The Twins will hold their second Prince Night on June 8 when they take on the Angels.

DOLLY PARTON GIVES MILESTONE BOOK TO LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dolly Parton has donated the 100 millionth book from her Imagination Library charity to the Library of Congress. Parton made the presentation yesterday. Imagination Library mails free books to children from birth until they start school in participating areas. Imagination Library also is sponsoring a new monthly story time for kids under 5 at the Library of Congress. The story times will be the last Friday of every month at 10:30 a.m. Eastern. The story times will be streamed live.

BRETT YOUNG PROPOSES TO LONGTIME GIRLFRIEND

NEW YORK (AP) — Brett Young is engaged. He tells People magazine he proposed to girlfriend Taylor Mills earlier this month at a hotel near Ole Miss, where he went to college. He says they met when she was a student at Arizona State University and they will likely get married there, so that’s why he chose his college for the proposal. Young says they dated for about six years before taking a break, and he wrote a lot of his first record about Mills. He says they reconnected and realized they were meant for each other.

MIRANDA LAMBERT SENDS SURPRISE CHECKS TO ANIMAL SHELTERS

NASHVILLE (AP) — Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation has surprised more than 50 animal shelters nationwide with checks for doing good work. The charity sent checks worth from $3,000 to $5,000 to shelters based on adoption rate, volunteerism, fiscal responsibility and other factors. Lambert says she’s honored to support the shelters’ efforts to help animals.

TRACEY THORN: I’M FUNNY!

LONDON (AP) — Tracey Thorn of Everything But The Girl loves social media because people are finally getting the right impression of her. She says when the band was big, all the jokes she made during interviews would get cut and only her serious quotes were left. She says when she first went on Twitter, people were amazed at how funny she is. Thorn says it is possible for her to be serious about her music and still have a sense of humor. Thorn will release a solo record called “Record” that comes out Friday.

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008-a-19-(Tracey Thorn, singer formerly with Everything But The Girl, in AP interview)-“who I am”-Former Everything But the Girl singer Tracey Thorn says she has a reputation as a serious person, which is not true. ((note length of cut)) (28 Feb 2018)

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009-a-23-(Tracey Thorn, singer formerly with Everything But The Girl, in AP interview)-“sense of humor”-Former Everything But the Girl singer Tracey Thorn says social media made people realize she was not as serious as they thought. (note length of cut) (28 Feb 2018)

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010-a-17-(Tracey Thorn, singer formerly with Everything But The Girl, in AP interview)-“just told you (laughs)”-Former Everything But the Girl singer Tracey Thorn says her main gripe about Twitter is that many people expect a personal reply. (28 Feb 2018)

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011-a-20-(Tracey Thorn, singer formerly with Everything But The Girl, in AP interview)-“is really meaningful”-Former Everything But the Girl singer Tracey Thorn says had Twitter been around in the 1990s, she might have known that her fans didn’t need hit songs as much as the record label did. ((note length of cut)) (28 Feb 2018)

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LED ZEPPELIN RELEASES RARITIES FOR RECORD STORE DAY

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Led Zeppelin will release previously unheard studio mixes of “Rock and Roll” and “Friends” in honor of Record Store Day on April 21. Jimmy Page produced the limited edition 7-inch single, which will be pressed on yellow vinyl. The version of “Friends” is a stripped-down version without orchestration. Led Zeppelin also will release a re-mastered version of their live album “How The West Was Won” on March 23.

by Margie Szaroleta

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