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Prince estate slams Trump use of ‘Purple Rain’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The estate of musical legend Prince is objecting to President Donald Trump’s use of a Prince song before a campaign rally in Minneapolis Thursday night.

The Trump campaign played Prince’s “Purple Rain” as the audience at the rally waited for the president to begin speaking.

Prince’s estate released a statement after the rally saying it “will never give permission to President Trump to use Prince’s songs.”

It said the campaign had confirmed a year ago that it would not use Prince’s music.

Prince was born in Minneapolis. Much of his “Purple Rain” movie was filmed at the city’s First Avenue nightclub, which is across the street from the Target Center, the site of Trump’s rally.

Prince’s nearby Paisley Park studio is regarded as a rock ‘n’ roll landmark. He died in 2016 at age 57.


Salesforce leader steps down as software company reports 2020 revenue

SAN FRANCISCO (WISH) — Keith Block, co-chief operating officer of software company Salesforce, stepped down Tuesday.

The company has more than 2,000 employees in Indianapolis, according to online reports. Its downtown Indianapolis presence includes the city’s tallest building, the Salesforce Tower, located northeast of Monument Circle.

A news release from the San Francisco-based company said Marc Benioff will remain as chair and chief executive officer.

Block noted in the release that Salesforce grew from $4 billion in revenue in 2013, when he joined the company, to over $17 billion in 2019.

Also on Tuesday, the company announced its projections for 2020 calls for $21 billion in revenues.