Prince - February 4, 2007; Prince the Halftime Show for Super Bowl XLI. December 25, 2008; Prince having a good time at the LA Lakers game. - Los Angeles And South Flordia, California, United States - Sunday 4th February 2007
The legend is said to have made the comments as part of a wider warning to young artists.
Prince has once again aired his grievances against the music industry by comparing recording contracts to “slavery”. Just two days after he revealed that his new album will only be available through Tidal, he spoke about his reasons for making this decision.
“Record contracts are just like — I'm gonna say the word – slavery,” the star said. “I would tell any young artist... don't sign.” He claimed that the way that labels use their artists’ music and profit from it online has effectively turned artists into “indentured servitude”.
Prince has reportedly compared record industry contracts to "slavery"
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The Purple One has jumped on Jay-Z’s Tidal bandwagon for the release of his latest album.
Prince has announced that his new album, HitNRun, will be coming our way next month exclusively on Jay-Z’s Tidal streaming service. Dropping on September 7th, the record is the first part of an exclusive partnership between Tidal and the singer. Last year Prince surprised fans by releasing two albums, Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum with his band 3rd Eye Girl.
Prince has revealed his next album will be a Tidal exclusive.
Prince first announced the existence of HitNRun. during a BBC interview in late July. The album has been co-produced by Joshua Welton, who worked on Art Official Age and will include previously released first single ‘Hardrocklover’.
Continue reading: Prince Confirms New Album 'HitNRun' Will Be Exclusive To Tidal
The band closed the three day festival last month, having last performed there in 2007.
A blog post on the official website of legendary rockers The Who has claimed the band’s Glastonbury set was ‘sabotaged’ and that they were drafted in to headline the festival as a last minute replacement for Prince. The entry is thought to have been written by a member of the band’s road crew who worked behind the scenes during the band’s headling set.
The Who have claimed their Glastonbury set was ‘sabotaged’.
Giving a full account of the band’s Glastonbury performance, the writer reveals that the headliners were actually a ‘last-months addition to the show, replacing Prince who decided not to come this year’. The band closed out the festival on the Sunday evening, following sets from Patti Smith, Paul Weller and Lionel Ritchie.
The pop legend gave no reason as to his decision, but his music is still available on Tidal.
Prince has become the latest big-name artist to remove his music from streaming services, in the latest act in his long standing suspicion of the internet. His back catalogue now cannot be played anywhere on the internet, except for the subscription-only service Tidal.
On Thursday (July 2nd), a message appeared on Prince’s Spotify artist page which read that his publisher had “asked all streaming services to remove his catalogue. We have cooperated with the request, and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible.”
Prince has removed all his music from Spotify and other streaming sites
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The White House was opened up to a highly exclusive private party studded with celebs on Saturday, courtesy of the President.
A few more details emerged today about an exclusive private party held by President Obama over the weekend, at which megastars such as Prince are rumoured to have performed. At Monday’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed that the President and the First Lady did indeed host a “private event” on Saturday (June 13th), but he remained tight-lipped as to further details.
However, Page Six was informed by anonymous attendees that not was The Purple One playing, he also brought Stevie flippin’ Wonder on-stage for a duet!
Prince performing at Leeds Arena in 2014
After the release of his new single, Prince joined the citizens of Baltimore for a special tribute night.
Prince has come out of seclusion for Sunday’s Rally 4 Peace in Baltimore. He took the stage in front of a crowd dressed in gray in tribute to Freddie Gray, the man whose death in police custody sparked protests in the city.
Prince asked fans to wear gray in honour of Freddie Gray.
The pop star announced Sunday’s event after weeks of protests. At the concert, Prince debuted a new song he wrote for the city in the wake of Gray’s death, USA Today reports. The track is appropriately titled Baltimore. According to the artist’s website, Prince is in talks with Jay-Z to release the song via the streaming service TIDAL. Prince and the band are in rehearsals for their on-going Hit 'N' Tour, which was mooted by Fox News to extend not only to more US cities but abroad too.
Continue reading: Prince Performs At Baltimore's Rally 4 Peace In Honour Of Freddie Gray
The singer has organised, and will participate in, a peace rally in the city this weekend in honour of Freddie Gray.
The reclusive singer Prince has announced a surprise live performance. The star will play a short set as part of a peace rally in Baltimore this Sunday (May 10th) in support of those who’ve been affected by the recent rioting.
The singer has already dedicated a track to the residents of the embattled Maryland city, and held a surprise gig at his studio last week to honour the spirit of innocent parties caught up in the violent clashes. But the ‘Purple Rain’ singer is taking it a step further by organising and performing in the ‘Rally 4 Peace’ concert at the Royal Farms Arena this weekend.
Prince will perform at a peace rally in Baltimore this weekend
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Prince is hitting the road again, but he’s not giving away too many details.
Prince and his band 3rdEyeGirl are going on the road again, this time bringing their ‘Hit and Run’ tour to the U.S. for the first time. But as with the singer’s UK run last year, little details are available about the upcoming shows, only that it all kicks off next week in Louisville, KY., where portions of the ticket sales will be donated to various charities in the city.
Where will Prince and 3rdEyeGirl turn up next?
Prince will play an as-yet-unannounced venue in Louisville, KY on Saturday March 15th, with tickets going on sale Monday, March 9 at 10 a.m. local time. The Kentucky city has been chosen as it’s the hometown of 3rdEyeGirl drummer Hannah Welton.
Beyoncé's fans have not taken too kindly to Kid Rock's remarks in a recent interview and have taken to social media to express their outrage.
Kid Rock has angered many of Beyoncé's devoted fans after he criticised the 33-year-old 'Drunk in Love' singer in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. Kid Rock, A.K.A. Robert James Ritchie, said in was "flabbergasted" by Beyoncé's fame and further criticised her physical appearance. His critical comments have not been well received by Beyoncé's fans who have taken to social media to express their outrage.
Kid Rock has criticised Beyonce in a recent interview.
Art Official Age' and 'Plectrum Electrum' will hit on the same day
Prince is set to drop his 37th LP 'Art Official Age’ on the same day his new band 3rd Eye Girl release first album 'Plectrum Electrum'. The simultaneous release will happen on September 29.
Prince performs at Hop Farms festival
More importantly, the release heralds Prince's return to Warner Bros Records, the label he rancorously split with nearly two decades ago. The break lead to the legendary singer changing his name to The Artist Formerly Known As Prince in an attempt to sabotage his contract.
Continue reading: Prince Is Releasing Two Albums At Once Because He Can
We hit the Minnesota music scene in the run-up to Jay-Z's new summer festival.
Budweiser Made In America Press Conference at Los Angeles City Hall on April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California - Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Budweiser
Budweiser Made in America festival is on its way and, to celebrate, the beer brand unveil a series of music documentaries in different States: this week we explore Minnesota!
Being such a huge part of the world, America has always borne a massively diverse music ethos. In almost every part of the country you can come across a different musical culture and it's with this idea in mind that world famous rap star Jay-Z decided to create Budweiser Made in America festival. It's sole purpose is to bring together a choice selection of both up-and-coming and well-established artists spanning all genres including rock, hip hop, R&B, electronic, punk... the list goes on.
It’s time to start saving your pennies, these guys don’t come cheap.
Having your favourite band play at your birthday party or wedding would be a dream come true for any music fan, but sadly it doesn't come cheap. Business Insider has recently worked with booking agency Celebritytalent.net to publish a list detailing just how much various artists will charge to play a show. If you’re a Prince fan, it’s pretty bad news.
Prince, he's a pricey one
Yes if you’re looking for an intimate performance of ‘Purple Rain’, then you’re going to need some pretty deep products. Prince tops the list of the most expensive artists to book, commanding a massive $2million. Asking for slightly less are rock legends Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones as well as rappers Jay-Z and Usher, Arcade Fire and most surprisingly Nickleback. Yes a private show from Chad Kroeger and co will cost you between $1 and $1.5million.
Continue reading: How Much Does It Cost To Book Your Favourite Band?
The frontman was recently named as the world best singer due to his impressive vocal range.
Axl Rose is infamous for many reasons. His constant late appearances, sometimes taking to the stage almost two hours after their billed start, means every recent Guns n’ Roses tour is dogged by disgruntled fans and a swathe of bad press. The singer is notorious for his cantankerous temperament which has resulted in numerous cancelled appearances and YouTube-worthy angry rants that would give even Kanye West’s irritable soliloquys a run for their money. He is so surrounded by criticism that it is no surprise the frontman’s vocal attributes are often overlooked.
Rose has posted a bashful response to the award of "World's Best Singer"
Now, the singer has been named as the best vocalist of all time on a recently published chart, an accolade that is extremely misleading given the nature of the basis for which the award has been meted out to the rock legend. The award is based on versatility in vocal range rather than any consideration for tone, grain or strength which are commonly considered as the most endearing vocal traits.
Continue reading: Is Axl Rose Really The World's Best Singer?
Prince has signed a contract with Warner Bros nearly 20 years after their famous feud, in which he branded himself a 'slave'.
Prince has signed a major new record deal with music label Warner Bros Records. The deal comes nearly 20 years after the Purple Rain singer wrote ‘slave’ on his face in an act of protest against his contract with Warner Bros. Prince said at the time, “People think I’m a crazy fool for writing ‘slave’ on my face. But if I can’t do what I want to do, what am I? When you stop a man from dreaming, he becomes a slave. That’s where I was. I don’t own Prince’s music. If you don’t own your masters, your master owns you.”
Prince has once again signed with Warner Bros record label
Prince’s protest was followed by an even more extreme move, when he famously changed his name from Prince to a symbol. However, the new deal marks a 30th anniversary release of Purple Rain, as well as the singer regaining the rights to the master recordings made during his past contract with the label.
Continue reading: Prince Signs Major New Record Deal With Warner Bros
Music fans have named Ozzy Osbourne the hardest artist to understand, a poll reveals.
Music fans have named Lady GaGa, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna in their top ten hardest artists to understand lyrically. 2000 people took part in the poll, which was created by Blinkbox music, a music streaming service. The poll aimed to find out which artist's lyrics fans find the hardest to decipher.
Music fans have named Ozzy Osbourne the hardest artist to understand
Ozzy Osbourne bagged first place as the artist whose music is hardest to make out. Fans are often left confused about what the Black Sabbath frontman is saying in his songs. It’s unclear whether they are able to understand him when he isn’t singing, as demonstrated by his bizarre Grammys intro speech.
Prince and Zooey Deschanel's duet "FALLINLOVE2NITE" is available to listen to now. A look at Zooey's musical career.
If somebody has asked us to compile a list of artists who we thought Prince would be most likely to record a duet with, Zooey Deschanel would definitely not have made the cut. In fact, she wouldn't even have made the pre-cut cut.
Prince contacted Zooey by email to let her know he was a fan of her show
While the quirky New Girl actress does often pursue her own indie music career outside of her day job, she’s the last person we would have expected funk king Prince to bring along for his comeback ride. Although it turns out he is a huge fan of the actress and her show, contacting Zooey by email, claiming that he only watches two things on television...New Girl and the news.
Continue reading: Let's Take A Look At 'New Girl' Zooey Deschanel's Music Career
Prince's full length duet with Zooey Deschanel is available online. The 'Purple Rain' singer appeared on Deschanel's comedy 'New Girl' and recorded a single with Deschanel's quirky character Jess.
Prince performing in Kent at the Hop Farm Festival in 2011.
The episode, broadcast after the Super Bowl, was watched by 25.8 million viewers, according to The L.A. Times. Prince and Deschanel's performance of the upbeat 'FALLINLOVE2NIGHT' proved so popular a number of petitions were created requesting the song be released as a single. Prince and his band, 3RDEYEGIRL were happy to obliged and released a full length version of their duet on Friday (15th March).
Ke$ha is now just Kesha, why did these other celebrity musicians feel the need to change their names?
Kesha has dropped the $ from her name, apparently in a bid to start afresh since leaving rehab. Kesha had checked into the Timberline Knolls Treatment Center to receive treatment for eating disorders and has announced to her fans on Twitter that she is “Feeling healthy & working on tons of new music”.
Sean Combs loves changing his name
Continue reading: Just Plain Old Kesha? Other Music Stars Who Changed Their Name
Prince's latest appearance left fans with a new track and assorted strangeness.
Prince has been on point with his cameos lately. Last month it was New Girl and on Wednesday, Prince dropped by The Arsenio Hall Show to get up close and personal, quite literally. Besides performing three songs - his new single FunkNRoll, She's Always in My Hair and Mutiny – and sitting down for a chat with Hall, he also went into the audience to take questions from fans, who had been lining up for hours for the chance. It was all very, well, it was very purple. But also, fans got to learn a whole lot more about the artist formerly known as the Artist, Formerly Known As Prince.
Expect more news, possibly related to the tour, soon.
For instance, did you know that his pet peeve is strangers touching his hair? "I was at an Oscars party," he said, "and people kept bumping into me. And it always seems to be dudes."
Could this be the lineup for Glastonbury Festival 2014?
Some acts may still be rumours and others are yet to be confirmed, but we have a strong suspicion that this is what the Glastonbury Festival Lineup for 2014 will end up looking like! Eek, we can't wait! The three day music festival is the hottest (and most quickly sold out) ticket of the year, and with a (rumoured) lineup like this, who’s surprised?
Prince is rumoured to be performing at Glastonbury Festival 2014
Indie rock band Arcade Fire have already confirmed their Friday night slot on the Pyramid Stage at the festival. The Canadian band are fortunate to be playing on the Friday night before everybody has had a sleepless few days and energy starts to die down! Actually, on second thought, Glastonbury Festival goers never really lose any energy. There must be something in the air which keeps them all going.
Continue reading: Could This Be The Lineup For Glastonbury Festival 2014?
Is Prince headlining Glastonbury 2014?
Speculation that Prince will headline the Glastonbury 2014 line-up reached fever pitch on Tuesday, when the Purple Rain singer refused to deny the rumours at a special press conference held in the living room of singer Lianne La Havas.
Prince To Headline Glastonbury 2014?
Prince was non-committal when asked by BBC6 Music's Matt Everitt whether he was playing the famous Pilton festival, replying, "(I'm) concentrating on these shows in London, I don't know what's happening after." When pushed on whether he could rule out the slot, Prince gave a definitive, "No," adding, "We'll work our way up, if people like us, to bigger venues."
Continue reading: Prince Refuses To Rule Out Headlining Glastonbury 2014
The Purple One graces London with his presence under the guise of 3rdEyeGirl.
Prince has officially announced his band's presence in the UK with a press conference and live performance held in the home of British soul singer Lianne La Havas, followed by a surprise gig at Camden's Electric Ballroom. The funk singer has been playing with his new band - the three-piece 3rdEyeGirl - to promote their upcoming album Plectrum Electrum, including the new single 'PretzelBodyLogic' which has been described by Prince as "funk 'n' roll."
After A Press Conference, Prince Played A Secret Gig In Camden.
Lianne La Havas became friends with the musician after meeting him in the US. "He heard my music, somehow, two years ago and decided he wanted to meet me!" she said. The singer said she offered up her room as a joke when she heard he was headed to the UK. "I've never had [a global megastar] play in my house, but Prince has been here before. A few months ago. [He's] very respectful, which is good. He's tidy and just lovely."
Prince's highly anticipated cameo on 'New Girl' pulled in the viewers.
The New Girl episode starring Prince pulled in a monumental 25.8 million viewers thanks to the Super Bowl lead in on Sunday evening. It also scored an 11.8 rating among adults 18-49, making it the highest rated scripted entertainment telecast in the adult demo on broadcast TV in three years (incidentally it was the biggest since Fox's Glee episode, after the Super Bowl).
Zooey Deschanel [L], Prince [center] and Jake Johnson [R] on 'New Girl'
Despite the lead-in, the Zooey Deschanel starring comedy fared reasonably well against previous post-Bowl entertainment shows. According to Entertainment Weekly, last year's episode of Elementary pulled in 20.9 million, with NBC's The Voice scoring 37.6 million in 2012. Before that, Glee pulled in 26.9 million and in 2010, Undercover Boss drew 38.7 million. In 2009, 2008 and 2007, The Office, House and Criminal Minds pulled in between 22.9 million and 29 million.
Continue reading: 'New Girl' Episode Starring Prince Pulls In 25.8 Million Viewers
"New Girl" already had the cameo lined up, so the timing was just perfect.
The post-Super Bowl episode of "New Girl" featured an unlikely cameo, with Prince joining the show’s cast. According to series EP Lis Meriwether, Prince had already expressed interest when the "New Girl" team found out the show would air during the premium time slot – it was the perfect storm.
How do you feel about Prince's cameo?
"Luckily, Prince reached out to us around the same time, so we started out ahead," Meriwether tells TVGuide.com. "With Prince wanting to do an episode, that was exactly what we needed to do for the post-Super Bowl episode."
Continue reading: Prince Dishes Out Love Advice In Post-Super Bowl Episode Of "New Girl"
Prince has dismissed the $22 million lawsuit against his fans only days after news of this surfaced, claiming "the bootleggers have now taken down the illegal downloads and are no longer engaging in piracy."
Prince must have realized it is not the best career move to try and take more money away from fans.
The 55 year-old recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit, in the Northern District of California on Jan 16th, against 22 people for $1 million each, totalling to a $22 million.
Prince targeted individuals who have uploaded bootlegged videos to a Facebook fan page, and for allegedly posting links to illegal downloads of his live performances.
Continue reading: Prince Revokes $22 Million Lawsuit Against Own 'Bootlegger' Fans
The 22-million lawsuit, which was launched just two weeks ago, has already been dropped.
Apparently anti-piracy ads have it right: anyone could get into real trouble for bootlegging copyrighted material, particularly if said material belongs to Prince. The artist, formerly known as… wait, we’re not doing that anymore? Anyway, Prince filed the $22 million lawsuit against 22 bootleggers, who had reportedly uploaded recordings of his concerts online – on Facebook and other websites. Which doesn’t sound at all like people sharing their home videos for no monetary gain. Not at all.
Prince was asking for a million from each person, who had posted a video of his performance.
Each poster faced having to pay up to a million in damages – a sum that sounds ever so slightly unreasonable, given that the posters likely weren’t making any money off the back of Prince’s work.
Continue reading: $22-Million Copyright Lawsuit Over Online Videos Dropped By Prince
Prince is suing 22 of his fans for $1 million each for posting footage of his live performances online.
Fans or not, Prince doesn't want you sharing his performances.
The 55 year-old singer is suing 22 of his fans for allegedly posting links to illegal downloads of his live performances.
The singer filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in the Northern District of California on Jan 16th against 22 people for $1 million each, totalling to a $22 million, The Independent reports.
Continue reading: Prince Sues 22 Fans For Posting Bootlegged Copies Of Performances Online
The legendary rock/pop star will be hitting London soon
Prince will be bringing his Hit & Run tour to U.K shores. He’ll play "iconic venues in and around London", after arriving on 3 February, according to a statement, while the dates are in support of a new album, PlectrumElectrum, recorded with his all-female band, 3rdEyeGirl.
Prince rocking out at Hop Farm in 2011
Tickets are likely to be in high demand for the Purple Rain, Raspberry Beret and Cream singer, whose live shows have been praised for their frenetic showpieces and electric energy. "Details about the event are very hush-hush at this time but as we find out more, you will be the 2nd ones to know," said a press release.
Golden Globes successes brought Oscar nominations speculation this week as movie awards overshadow all other news.
Golden Globes Glory: Last weekend's Golden Globe awards set hearts racing ahead of March's Oscars with plenty of deserving winners next to a few jaw-dropping snubs. 12 Years A Slave predictably came out on top with the big gong but a few unpredictabilities set award odds and Oscars speculation askew. Newbie comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine saw off rivals to claim two awards whilst Blue Jasmine's Cate Blanchett took the leading lady award alongside Dallas Buyers Club's for the men.
Gravity's Alfonso Cuarón stole Best Director from Steve McQueen whilst Breaking Bad and Behind The Candelabra snatched the big TV awards. The surprise wins also made for some truly memorable speeches too, with Elisabeth Moss exclamation of "Oh s**t!" and Jacqueline Bisset's sweary ramble marking two particular highlights. Read about all the winners here.
The Canadian rockers confirmed the news themselves via their Twitter
Arcade Fire are officially headliners at Glastonbury 2014! After much speculation and finger crossing, the Canadian alt-rockers have been confirmed as the first headline act for 2014's outing at Worth Farm in Somerset next June.
Arcade Fire will headline Glasto for the first time
The band confirmed their billing themselves, taking to Twitter to reveal a list of European dates due to take place in the same week at the end of June. As well as the stop off at Worthy Farm, AF will also be paying Rock In Roma and Villa Franca Di Verona a visit, as well as headlining a show at Marlay Park in Dublin. The band's own announcement was later followed up by a tweet from festival organiser Emily Eavis, with a statement from the festival's own Twitter page reading: "We're very pleased to announce that Arcade Fire will headline the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2014 on Friday 27th June."
Continue reading: Arcade Fire Confirmed As First Headlining Act For Glastonbury 2014
Charisma Carpenter, Prince and Prince Charles - Charisma Carpenter , London, England - at the Psychosis premiere shown at the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square - Arrivals Wednesday 14th July 2010
HRH Prince Charles, Prince and Prince Charles - HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles London, England - UK premiere of 'The Other Boleyn Girl' held at West End Odeon, Leicester Square - Arrivals Tuesday 19th February 2008
Date of birth
7th June, 1958
Date of death
21st April, 2016
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@tarkwins @prince our attendance tonight. Thx for having the party. Your staff was very pleasant (courteous).Those cookies omg delicious!!!
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