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Updated at 3:50 p.m. Thursday

Prince died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin, autopsy results released Thursday show.

The findings confirm suspicions that opioids played a role in the death of the superstar musician, who was found dead April 21 at his Minneapolis-area estate.

After he died, authorities began reviewing whether an overdose was to blame and whether he had been prescribed drugs in the preceding weeks.

Dave Matthews performs with his band during a concert at West Point Military Academy,N.Y. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007.
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This weekend, Atlanta is playing host to a jazz festival, an '80s teen movie throwback and the mighty Dave. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at the calendar with Mara's Music Mix.

Kristian Bush from Sugarland; playwright Janece Shaffer with WABE's Lois Reitzes
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When Katy Perry sang with Dolly Parton at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony, the pop star knew how to dress the part: big hair, bright colors and bedazzled boots.

But country music didn't always embrace sequins and satin, which one Atlanta playwright noted on a visit to Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame. Janece Shaffer told Lois Reitzes that the costumes "went from church wear — brown slacks and string ties — to these bedazzled, crazy things."

Matthew Guard

Music can help guide us through some truly frightening, traumatic events. For Skylark Vocal Ensemble artistic director Matthew Guard, Sergei Rachmaninov's "All-Night Vigil" or "Vespers" helped him cope with his child's complicated birth.

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This weekend sees Atlanta's second "Shaky" festival of the year with the Shaky Beats Fest, as well as country acts both classic and contemporary. 

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at Atlanta's concert calendar with "Mara's Music Mix."

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One very simple question: Beatles or Stones?

Chances are you knew your answer before you even finished reading the question. Musical rivalries have been fuel for the music industry for decades and music critic Steven Hyden has a lot to say on the subject.

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Christian rapper Lecrae was a troubled teen struggling to find his identity as a young man who once considered committing suicide.

The two-time Grammy winner opens up about childhood abuse, run-ins with the law, struggles with drug and alcoholism, and doubts about God's existence in his new memoir, "Unashamed."

Despite his challenges, the 36-year-old also tells a story of finding his self-worth after surviving a car wreck and finding peace while expressing himself through music.

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Music festivals are taking over two of Atlanta's parks this weekend, and the shows don't stop there. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss to fill us on on what's shaking around town.

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The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival kicks off its 35th season next month, but the celebrations start a little earlier this year with a concert at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Jason Isbell performs during the 2015 Shaky Boots Music Festival at the Kennesaw State Sports and Entertainment Park on Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Atlanta.
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Americana darling Jason Isbell leads the nominations for the Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards with three nods for album of the year, artist of the year and song of the year.

The nominations were announced Wednesday in Washington, D.C., for the awards show to be held in Nashville, Tennessee, on Sept. 21. The singer-songwriter won two Grammys this year for best Americana album for "Something More Than Free" and best American roots song for "24 Frames."

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The third annual Imagine Music Festival is coming back to Atlanta, but this time it's going to be a lot larger.

The three-day electronic dance music event, scheduled for Aug. 26 through Aug. 28, will be held at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

That spot, about 20 miles south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, is much bigger than its previous location, the Historic Old Fourth Ward Park.

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A Colorado prison inmate has filed a paternity claim with a Minnesota court against the estate of Prince, the latest claimant in what could grow into a long line of people asserting that they're entitled to a piece of the musician's fortune.

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Spivey Hall is pulling out all the stops for their upcoming season; 2016-2017 marks Spivey's 26th year as one of the world's finest concert halls, and its 25th year with the grand Albert Schweitzer Memorial Organ. 

Sam Dixon, Spivey Hall's executive and artistic director, knows the value of this organ well.

"To think of Spivey Hall without the organ is impossible," Dixon told Lois Reitzes on "City Lights," "because the organ was central to Emilie Spivey's conception of the Hall from the very beginning."

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Coming to Atlanta this Mother's Day weekend: an enigmatic R&B diva, a pair of sax-playing twins and one of the longest-running hard rock bands in the world.

Contributor Mara Davis sat down with host emeritus Steve Goss for "Mara's Music Mix."

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Verona's star-crossed lovers return to Atlanta this weekend in Charles Gounod's opera "Romeo and Juliet."

William Shakespeare's tragic tale of love and lust is endlessly adaptable, so what makes Gounod's interpretation unique? The Atlanta Opera's general and artistic director Tomer Zvulun, in conversation with Lois Reitzes, says that Gounod takes a story that is remembered for its intimate chamber scenes and "unapologetically, shamelessly, takes this story and expands it to a grand opera – an extravagant, grand opera."

ASO Music Director Robert Spano
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The 2016-2017 year marks the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's 72nd season. For Robert Spano, it's his sweet 16th year as the ASO's music director.

Before taking the symphony to Carnegie Hall for a triumphant Shaw Centenary concert, Spano visited WABE to share the upcoming season's highlights with "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes.

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Prince's representatives arranged for the musician to meet a California doctor to help him kick an addiction to painkillers shortly before his death, according to a newspaper report published Wednesday.

Prince's representatives called Dr. Howard Kornfeld on April 20, the day before the musician died, to seek emergency help, attorney William Mauzy told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Roger Mastroianni

Since the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Americans have used the expression "the first 100 days" as a benchmark of the executive's success and accomplishments. The first 100 days are, supposedly, the time that a president's power and influence is at its greatest.

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The Atlanta music scene is diverse and that's demonstrated handily by Immersive Atlanta's look ahead at the albums by local artists coming out this month. The list includes soul, death metal and much in between.

Myke Johns sits down with Guillermo Castro, editor of Immersive Atlanta for a listen-ahead.

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On stage, Prince was still captivating audiences at recent performances in Australia and California. He hosted a pop-up party at his Paisley Park studio, and there were few outward signs in his final months that anything was wrong.

But off stage, something was different. Prince began wanting meals that were easier to digest and was fighting off waves of sore throats and frequent upset stomachs, the musician's personal chef told The Associated Press.

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This story is part of WABE, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ArtsATL’s The Shaw 100th series. For more stories, click here.

What distinguishes the "Shaw Sound?" What makes the late conductor's choral recordings so peerless, so unsurpassed?

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Just a week after nearly breaking the internet with her new album "Lemonade," Beyoncé will be performing in Atlanta this weekend.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at that show and many more in "Mara's Music Mix."

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Paste Magazine, based in Decatur, has launched "The Archive", a new podcast which features historic music performances and audio interviews from the past few decades.

Among the artists that will be featured: John Lennon, Keith Richards, James Brown and Tina Turner.

John Lorinc sat down with Paste Magazine's editor-in-chief and host of "The Archive," Josh Jackson, to talk about the new program.

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Updated at 1:15 p.m. Thursday

Prescription drugs were discovered with Prince when he was found dead in his Paisley Park home in suburban Minneapolis, several news organizations reported.

ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN, citing unidentified law enforcement sources, reported that prescription painkillers were found on the 57-year-old musician and in his home. The Star Tribune, also citing unnamed sources, reported that prescription pills were found but that it wasn't clear whether they had been prescribed to Prince.

Steve Karnowski / Associated Press

A Minnesota judge appointed a trust company to temporarily oversee Prince's multi-million dollar estate on Wednesday.

Bremer Trust was named special administrator of Prince's estate after an informal telephone conference with some of the musician's potential heirs and a judge.

This story is part of WABE, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ArtsATL’s The Shaw 100th series. For more stories, click here.

Not everyone gets to put "worked with a legend" on their resume. Conductor and Georgia State professor Michael Palmer is one of the fortunate few.

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Prince's sister says the superstar musician had no known will and filed paperwork Tuesday asking a Minneapolis court appoint a special administrator to oversee his estate.

Tyka Nelson, Prince's only surviving full sibling, said in the court filing that immediate action was necessary to manage Prince's business interests following his death last week. The size of Prince's fortune is unclear, though he made hundreds of millions of dollars for record companies, concert venues and others during his career and his estate included about $27 million in property.

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It's only April and already 2016 is a terrible year for music.

That's not to slight Kendrick Lamar, Sturgill Simpson, Beyonce or some unknown creator working in a basement to turn the sounds in their head into a file for everyone to hear and enjoy.

But any year that silences the voices behind "Sign o' the Times," ''Space Oddity," ''Tequila Sunrise," ''Shining Star" and "The Bottle Let Me Down" can't qualify as anything other than awful.

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April 20, or "4/20," was this Wednesday ... and it continues through this weekend. The Sweetwater 420 Fest takes over Centennial Olympic Park and there is so much more happening in Atlanta music this week.

Contributor Mara Davis joined host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at upcoming shows for Mara's Music Mix.

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A small group of fans has gathered in the rain on a hillside opposite Prince's home and studios at Paisley Park, some taking photos with their cellphones.

The music superstar's publicist tells the AP that Prince died at his home Thursday at the age of 57.

Thirty-two-year-old Steven Scott of Eden Prairie said he was at Paisley Park last Saturday for Prince's dance party. He called Prince "a beautiful person" whose message was that people should love one another.

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