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The Prince Estate Releases Some 'Originals'

Published June 18, 2019 at 9:54 AM PDT
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Prince's estate is releasing "Originals," an album of songs he wrote and then gave to other artists.
Prince's estate is releasing "Originals," an album of songs he wrote and then gave to other artists.

On today's show:

Nothing Compares 2 Him

(Starts at 1:00)

"Originals" is a new album of songs written by Prince that he gave to other artists. The album consists of Prince's "demos" of the songs — though in typical Prince fashion, they are highly-produced cuts that were radio-ready. The album — slated for a June 21 release — includes: "Jungle Love" (The Time); "The Glamorous Life" (Sheila E); and "Nothing Compares 2 You," which was made famous by Sinead O'Connor, but was actually written for Susannah Melvoin. She joins guest host Steven Cuevas to talk about her work with Prince. 

Hollywood Gets Caught Up in China Trade War

(Starts at 13:55)

We talk with Steven Zeitchik of the Washington Post about his reporting: "As the United States ups the stakes in a trade war, there are growing signs that China is quietly retaliating against the U.S. entertainment business. Beijing is now constricting Hollywood’s ability to peddle its product in the country, say four people who conduct business in China or closely monitor its relations with Hollywood."

He's Baaaack. (Chucky, That Is)

(Starts at 20:30)

A beloved toy returns to movie theaters this Friday. No, not Woody the Cowboy from "Toy Story 4," but Chucky the killer doll. A new reboot of the 1988 horror film, "Child’s Play," is campy and creepy in all kinds of ways, down to its dementedly childlike score. The Frame contributor Tim Greiving visits the studio of Bear McCreary, where the composer demonstrates how he used seemingly innocent childrens' toys to create a demonic theme.

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