We pick some of the best-looking releases coming out on Saturday April 22nd - the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day!
Much has been made of the ‘vinyl revival’ in albums sales over the last five years or so, with old-fashioned records going ever upwards while CD sales and download sales plateau or tumble. The upsurge in the format’s popularity is in part because of Record Store Day.
Record Store Day 2017
Taking place on a Saturday every April, RSD is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017, after it was founded to help out struggling independent record stores that were struggling to compete with supermarkets and the likes of HMV (now, streaming and downloads).
Continue reading: Our Guide To Record Store Day 2017
Nile Rodgers felt he'd been ''struck by lightning twice'' when Prince died.
The 64-year-old artist has admitted he was deeply wounded when he heard the news the 'Purple Rain' hitmaker had died in April this year, although it inspired the title of his album titled 'It's About Time'.
Speaking on his website NileRodgers.com, he said: ''When Prince suddenly died, it was like I'd been struck by lightning twice. It made me ''see'' why I named the next CHIC album ''It's About Time.'' Time is so important, and what we do with it is everything.
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Chanhassen City Council unanimously approved plans to allow Paisley Park to become a full-time museum dedicated to The Purple One.
The sprawling residence and studio complex of Paisley Park is set to become a permanent shrine to the late pop icon Prince, after the local council approved plans to re-purpose the property as a permanent museum.
In a unanimous vote taken on Monday evening (October 24th), the Chanhassen City Council in Minnesota voted to re-zone Paisley Park as a museum. The 64,000 sq.ft. complex, in Chanhassen City just outside of Minneapolis, was Prince’s sanctuary and creative hub since the late 1980s, and it can now be opened permanently for public tours.
Prince's Paisley Park complex has been granted approval to become a permanent museum
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The Vault lets loose its first unreleased material.
The first posthumous releases from Prince are coming soon, starting with a greatest hits collection entitled 'Prince 4Ever'. Along with that comes a never before heard song entitled 'Moonbeam Levels'; an uplifting piano/guitar number with operatic undertones. We can't wait to hear more from 'the vault'.
Prince's unreleased song 'Moonbeam Levels' unveiled
It will be a 40-song bonanza featuring hits the likes of 'When Doves Cry', 'Little Red Corvette', 'Purple Rain', 'Raspberry Beret' and 'Sign O' The Times'; all the hits between 1978's 'For You' and 1992's 'Love Symbol Album'. It also marks the first hits collection to feature 'Batdance' and will also feature the previously unreleased tune 'Moonbeam Levels', which he recorded way back in 1982 originally for the album '1999'.
Continue reading: New Prince Album To Feature Unreleased Track 'Moonbeam Levels'
A new compilation, 'Prince 4Ever', is coming in November, with a deluxe 2xCD re-issue of 'Purple Rain' planned for early 2017 featuring unreleased tracks.
Ever since the enigmatic and prolific pop icon Prince died earlier this year, one of the subjects of keen speculation has been about what will happen to the contents of his legendary ‘Vault’ of unreleased material.
Almost precisely six months since the Purple One passed away, it has been announced that the first of the masses of officially unreleased songs will see the light of day, with a new greatest hits package from Warner Bros. plus an expanded re-issue of 1984 album Purple Rain scheduled for the coming months.
Prince's vaults are beginning to open, with the announcement of two posthumous releases
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'The Official Prince Tribute' will take place at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota on October 13th.
Stevie Wonder is set to head up a star-studded tribute concert to the legendary Prince in St. Paul, Minnesota next month, that will also feature performances and appearances from people in the late star’s inner circle.
Billed as ‘The Official Prince Tribute’, the show was first announced back in early July, just over two months after Prince had died from an accidental overdose of painkillers, but details of the show have been slow to emerge since then.
In addition to R&B legend Wonder, the line-up also boasts Christina Aguilera, Chaka Khan, John Mayer, Tori Kelly, Anita Baker, Doug E. Fresh and Luke James.
His backing band reunite four months after his death.
Prince's prodigious backing band the Revolution have reunited in honour of the late 'Purple Rain' singer for the first of three shows at the Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue. It's the first time the group have performed together as a group since Prince's death in April 2016.
Prince's The Revolution mourn the loss of their frontman
The Revolution announced that they would return to the stage for a set of shows in the Minnesota city, following Prince's untimely departure from this world in the Spring. The first show of the series took place on Thursday night (September 1st 2016) and saw them perform a range of popular hits including 'Let's Go Crazy', 'Little Red Corvette', 'Do It All Night' and 'Sometimes It Snows in April'.
Neo-soul artist Bilal joined the Revolution (who are Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, BrownMark, Dr. Fink and Bobby Z., plus special guests Dez Dickerson and André Cymone) in an astounding rendition of 'The Beautiful Ones'. The band also led three encores at the end of their set: 'Kiss', 'Baby I'm a Star' and, of course, 'Purple Rain'.
The First Avenue club has particular significance in Prince's world, due to the fact that it rose to fame for being the prime location of many scenes in Prince's iconic 'Purple Rain' movie. The film was released in 1984, not long after the club was re-named as First Avenue, and won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score.
More: Paisley Park open for public tours
Prince was found dead on April 21st 2016 in an elevator in the complex where he lived at Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota. It was later ruled by the coroner that he had died from an accidental fentanyl overdose, and he was actually found by the son of a doctor with whom Prince had arranged a consultation regarding opioid addiction. He was 57-years-old.
The Revolution also performed on September 2nd and September 3rd.
From October 6th, the public will be able to take guided tours of Prince's sprawling home and studio complex in Chanhassen, Minneapolis.
Paisley Park, the home and studio complex belonging to the late pop superstar Prince, is to open for public guided tours from October, according to the trust company overseeing his estate.
Bremer Trust announced on Wednesday (August 24th) that the sprawling 65,000-square-foot property in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen will be open to the public from October 6th, and will be managed by the company that runs similar tours of Elvis Presley’s Graceland.
Prince's Paisley Park estate will be opened for public tours from October 6th
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The Brits teamed up at the Hollywood Rose Bowl to perform a cover of The Purple One's 'Nothing Compares 2 U'.
The British host of ‘The Late Late Show’ also celebrated his 38th birthday at the gig on Sunday night (August 21st), as Coldplay’s frontman Chris Martin presented him with a cake ahead of his actual birthday the next day.
James Corden performed a Prince song with Coldplay
Continue reading: Coldplay Invite James Corden Onstage To Play Prince Tribute
Was the singer unknowingly taking counterfeit pain medication?
It has just been revealed that medication labelled as hydrocodone that was removed from Prince's home following his death actually contained dangerous amounts of the opioid fentanyl which was actually his cause of death. An investigation continues into how the singer came into possession of the drug in the days leading up to his passing.
Prince could have been taking fentanyl without knowing
Pills that were labelled as hydrocodone were removed from Prince's Paisley Park home in Minneapolis following his death in April 2016. Only now a source close to the investigation has revealed to The Star Tribune that the drugs were not, in fact, hydrocodone at all, but another much stronger opiate-based drug known as fentanyl - the same drug which the coroner's office revealed the 'Purple Rain' singer overdosed on.
It's not clear whether Prince was knowingly taking fentanyl from a mislabelled container or if he believed he was taking hydrocodone, but authorities believe that the 57-year-old remained unaware of what exactly he was taking. It wouldn't be the first case of its kind, either, of people unknowingly buying counterfeit drugs in the Minnesota and North Dakota areas without a prescription.
More: Prince bought 'Purple Rain' house before death
Some reports reveal that fentanyl is 100 times stronger than morphine, while others say it is 50 times stronger than heroin. Without a doubt, however, it is true that no-one could have survived after taking the amount that Prince did regardless of the fact that he was very underweight at the time of his death.
Prince died on the morning of April 21st; his body was found in an elevator at his Paisley Park compound just one day ahead of his appointment with an opioid addiction doctor. He'd already collapsed several days beforehand on his private jet, and was eventually revived by paramedics. It is thought that he took the fentanyl 24 hours before he eventually died.
The three bedroom house in Minneapolis was featured in the 1984 movie.
Prince secretly bought the Minneapolis house which featured in his 1984, semi-autobiographical movie Purple Rain, it has been revealed. Prince purchased the property just eight months before his death and is said to have paid $117,000 in cash, just a little over the asking price of $110,000.
Prince purchased the home featured in Purple Rain before his death.
Speaking to The Star Tribune the home’s selling agent, Deborah Larson said that one day last July she got a call from a woman in California who wanted to quickly make an offer “sight unseen” on the house.
Continue reading: Prince "Secretly Bought 'Purple Rain' House" Months Before Death
The Grammy winning singer was said to have been spurred on by Prince’s death in April to seek treatment.
Representatives for singer Chaka Khan have confirmed that the 63-year-old has entered rehab to battle her ‘dependence on prescription pain medications’. Kahn’s decision to seek treatment reportedly came after the passing of her friend Prince in April, who was allegedly addicted to pain medication before his death.
Singer Chaka Khan has entered rehab.
A statement on Kahn’s website reads: “Representatives for Chaka Khan announced today that ten-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist Chaka Khan has entered an addiction rehabilitation and aftercare program which will cause her to postpone all dates scheduled for the month of July.”
Continue reading: Chaka Kahn Enters Rehab For Prescription Drug Addiction
The site provides access to working versions of 12 different websites that Prince launched throughout his career.
A detailed internet archive showcasing many of Prince’s official websites over the years has been launched today.
Called the Prince Online Museum, it was made available on Monday (July 4th) and arrives precisely 10 years after the star closed his pioneering, award-winning digital NPG Music Club. It contains 12 working versions of a dozen of more than 20 different websites Prince launched during his career.
Paying tribute to the late star, who passed away on April 21st from an opioid overdose, and his pioneering use of the internet to connect with his global fanbase during the noughties, it has also been launched with the aim of inspiring new artists to find ways to do the same.
Paisley Park, the late singer's sprawling home and studio complex in Minnesota, could be open for guided tours as part of "monetisation" plans by his estate's overseers.
The company overseeing the distribution and management of Prince’s estate are considering opening Paisley Park, the massive studio complex in Minnesota that the late singer called his home, up to the public for guided tours.
According to newly released probate court filings, disclosed in a court order issued by the judge overseeing the case in favour of Bremer Trust, the company hired to temporarily oversee Prince’s estate. Bremer had sought permission from District Judge Kevin Eide to hire “monetisation” and “entertainment” experts to convert some of Prince’s assets into cash.
The estate is believed to be worth between $150 million and $300 million, according to various experts.
Continue reading: Prince's Paisley Park Estate Could Be Opened Up To Guided Tours
Prince, who died on April 21st, would have been 58 today (June 7).
Tidal are celebrating what would have been Prince’s 58th birthday today by adding 15 more of his albums their catalogue. Prince had been a vocal supporter of Jay Z’s Tidal and he released his final two albums, Hitnrun Phase One and Hitnrun Phase Two exclusively on the streaming service last year.
Tidal have just released 15 Prince albums.
The 15 new albums include his follow up to Sign O' The Times, the Black Album which Prince scrapped a week before its release in 1987. There’s also 1995’s The Gold Experience, 1999: The New Master, The Rainbow Children from 2001 and a collection of live albums.
Continue reading: Tidal Releases 15 Prince Albums To Mark His 58th Birthday
An unnamed law enforcement official, speaking anonymously, says that Prince died from overdosing on prescribed, opioid-based painkillers.
Test results show that Prince died of an opioid overdose, according to an anonymous law enforcement official who has seen the report.
The Associated Press on Thursday (June 2nd) quoted the official, who “spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.” The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet officially released test results, and the most recent statement from them merely said “we have no new information”.
Prince performing at Roskilde Festival 2010
Continue reading: Prince Died From Opioid Overdose, Official Quoted As Saying
The ‘Purple Rain’ singer had previously been rumoured to be topping the bill in 2014.
Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has revealed that Prince was close to performing at this year’s festival, which will now be headlined by Adele, Coldplay and Muse. Speaking to The Sun, Eavis said he was sad to learn of Prince’s passing last month, saying he was a ‘real star’ the festival had never had.
Michael Eavis has said Prince was ‘in talks’ to perform at this year’s Glastonbury.
“I was going to meet his agent, it was all planned but it didn’t happen,” Eavis said. “His death was so sad. That’s a real star that we never had.” Prince had previously been close to headlining the festival in 2014, before Metallica took the spot.
The uniquely shaped instrument was used on songs including ‘Cream’ and ‘Get Off’.
A Beverly Hills auction house is selling a uniquely shaped, bright yellow guitar used by the late Prince, just over a year after the current owner first bought it at auction. Heritage Auctions is selling the ‘yellow cloud’ electric guitar, which was used by the late singer to perform songs such as ‘Cream’ and ‘Get Off’.
One of Prince’s yellow cloud guitars is going up for auction in June.
The auction will begin on June 24 and has an opening bid of $30,000. The current owner Richard Lecce, bought the custom instrument for around $30,000 over a year ago from the same auction house.
Continue reading: Prince's Bright Yellow Guitar To Go Up For Auction
Carlin Q. Williams, a prisoner in Colorado, has requested a DNA test to prove his claim.
A 39 year old man currently imprisoned in Missouri has come forward with a claim that he’s the biological son of the late singer Prince, and has requested a DNA test to prove it, according to sensational new reports.
ABC News claims that Carlin Q. Williams, serving time in a federal prison in Colorado for weapons transport, filed a paternity claim against Prince’s estate in the form of an affidavit on Monday (May 9th) alleging that he is the singer’s “sole surviving heir”.
Williams maintains that his mother, Marsha Henson, had a one-night stand with Prince in July 1976 at a hotel in Kansas City, nine months before his birth on April 8th, 1977.
Continue reading: Man Claiming To Be Prince's Son Requests DNA Test
The festival's organiser Emily Eavis told the BBC that plans were afoot to pay tribute to Prince, as well as to David Bowie.
The festival’s organiser Emily Eavis told the BBC on Wednesday (May 4th) that a metal sculpture in the shape of a lightning bolt, inspired by the iconic cover art of Bowie’s 1973 album Aladdin Sane, will hang above performers on the Pyramid Stage.
Massive acts such as Adele, Coldplay and Muse are set to grace the main stage as headliners at the three day festival at Worthy Farm, Somerset, in late June.
Continue reading: Glastonbury Plans Prince And David Bowie Tributes
Prince's representatives rang Dr Howard Kornfeld on April 20th, the day before he died, saying the singer was dealing with a "grave medical emergency".
As the mass media continues to speculate as to the cause of Prince’s death, a Californian doctor has claimed that he was scheduled to meet with the legendary artist on April 22nd – the day after he died.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dr Howard Kornfeld, an authority on opioid addiction and its treatment, was contacted by Prince’s representatives on April 20th to help with a “grave medical emergency” because the singer was battling an addiction to painkillers.
Prince had been scheduled to meet with the opioid addiction doctor on April 22, the day after he died
The grey and black blazer was worn by the singer in the 1984 movie.
Prince’s iconic jacket from 1984 movie Purple Rain is set to be sold at auction in June by California auction house Profiles in History. The jacket was worn by the late singer in the film, most memorably during the scene in which he rides through the woods with leading lady Apollonia.
Prince’s jacket from Purple Rain is going up for auction.
The jacket was said to having been given to a make-up artist who worked with Prince on the film by the singer himself, the day after filming finished. The make-up artist’s sister is the consignor for the sale, according to Jeff Hare, a spokesman for Profiles in History.
Continue reading: Prince's Iconic 'Purple Rain' Jacket Goes Up For Auction
Prince turned down a cameo in season two of 'New Girl' because it was too racy before later agreeing to appear in the third series of the sitcom.
Prince once turned down a cameo in 'New Girl' because it was too racy.
Although the 57-year-old musician went on to have a guest starring role in season three of the sitcom, he originally rejected an offer to appear in a season two episode called 'Virgins' because the devout Jehovah's Witness wasn't comfortable with it.
Show creator Liz Meriwether explained in an article for Vulture: ''We had originally approached Prince in season two for a cameo in an episode called 'Virgins'. He said no. Obviously, in hindsight: The episode was too racy. But we were told he would be interested in coming back to do something else another time. I thought that was just the polite bulls**t of the casting world. So when his manager reached out at the beginning of season three to ask if we were still interested in having Prince on the show, I was shocked.''
Continue reading: Prince Turned Down 'racy' Sitcom Cameo
The band have decided to reform in the wake of Prince’s sudden death last week.
Prince’s former backing band The Revolution have announced they will be reforming in his honour for a series of reunion shows. The band made the announcement in a video posted to Facebook, explaining that after spending time together grieving they had decide to reunite.
Prince’s former backing band are reuniting.
“We have decided, after spending three or four days together now grieving over the loss of Prince, that we would like to come out and do some shows,” guitarist Wendy Melvoin said, sitting among her bandmates.
Continue reading: Prince's Former Band The Revolution To Reunite For Reunion Shows
Tyka Nelson has submitted to a Minneapolis court that her brother died intestate, and is moving to become a 'special administrator' of his estate.
Less than a week after his sudden death that shocked the world, Prince’s sister is moving to become the administrator of the late star’s estate and have the assets distributed because he reportedly left no will.
The Associated Press reports on Tuesday (April 26th) that Tyka Nelson, Prince’s only surviving full sibling, has filed paperwork at a Minneapolis court to name her as special administrator of her brother’s estate with authority to “manage and supervise” its assets, and to determine the identity of any heirs, since he died intestate – i.e. leaving no will.
Prince died without leaving a will, according to his sister Tyka Nelson
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The two artists had collaborated together in the early 90s.
Kate Bush has penned a heartfelt tribute to Prince, following his untimely death last Thursday (April 21st). The notoriously private star took to her website to share her sadness over his death, describing the singer as ‘playful and mind-blowingly gifted’.
Kate Bush has paid tribute to Prince following his death on April 21st.
“I am so sad and shocked to hear the tragic news about Prince,” Bush wrote. “He was the most incredibly talented artist. A man in complete control of his work from writer and musician to producer and director. He was such an inspiration.”
Continue reading: Kate Bush Posts Heartfelt Tribute To Prince
Prince is said to have rejected the script, which had been co-written by Conan O’Brien.
Many famous faces have made appearances in ‘The Simpsons’ over the years, including Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson and JK Rowling, but one star whose planned episode sadly never made it to screens was the late Prince. On twitter showrunner Al Jean treated fans to a look at two pages of the un-produced episode, which was rejected by the singer himself.
Prince had been asked to appear in his own ‘Simpsons’ episode.
According to ‘Simpsons’’ lore, the episode was a follow-up to season three opener ‘Stark Raving Dad’ in which Leon Kompowsky believed he was Michael Jackson, with the King of Pop providing Leon’s voice.
Continue reading: 'The Simpsons' Show Producer Shares Script From Rejected Prince Episode
The actor described Prince as “one of the most magnificent artists to ever grace this earth.”
Actor Will Smith has posted a heartfelt tribute to his friend Prince, revealing he spoke to the musician the night before his death. Writing on Facebook, Smith expressed his shock and sadness at hearing Prince had died on Thursday (April 21st) aged just 57.
Will Smith has revealed he spoke to Prince the night before his death.
“I am stunned and heartbroken,” Smith wrote. “I just spoke with him last night. Today, Jada & I mourn with all of you the loss of a beautiful poet, a true inspiration, and one of the most magnificent artists to ever grace this earth.”
Continue reading: Will Smith Reveals He Spoke To Prince The Night Before His Death
Prince’s music has re-entered both the UK albums and singles chart following his untimely death on Thursday.
Prince is back in the UK charts this week, just hours after after news of his untimely death broke on Thursday evening. Early numbers also indicate that Prince could find himself on top of the UK charts later this week, despite most of his music being unavailable on streaming services.
Prince has re-entered the UK charts following his death on Thursday.
In the album chart two Prince complications re-entered the top 20. Ultimate Prince, released in 2007, went straight in at number 10, after previously debuting at number six nine years ago. Another compilation, The Very Best Of Prince, from 2001, re-entered at number 18.
Continue reading: Prince Re-Enters UK Chart Just Hours After His Death
Today we say goodbye to a true legend.
Our hearts broke yesterday when we discovered that legendary funk/soul/rock/pop genius Prince had passed on so suddenly. But he's left behind an unforgettable legacy and a back catalogue of music that will be played and re-played for decades more to come.
Prince's musical legacy lives on
Prince was a Minneapolis born musical innovator who passed away on April 21st 2016 at the age of 57. He was known for the sexual suggestion in his music, his androynous style and his ability to create across all genres. He sold 100 million records worldwide and won no less than seven Grammy awards.
Continue reading: Album Of The Day: 'Sign O'The Times' By Prince
A simple RIP would do!
Justin Bieber has become exceptionally gifted at making people annoyed with him over the last few years. His latest controversial venture has been to totally disrespect (whether intentionally or not) the memory of recently deceased musical legend Prince, who stands as one of the greatest entertainment innovators of all time.
Justin Bieber insults Prince fans
While celebrities and fans were sending out heartfelt tributes and messages to the 'Purple Rain' singer, Bieber took the chance to remind everyone that there are still other legends alive and well in the world. Unfortunately, he appeared to be referring to himself.
Continue reading: Justin Bieber's Guide To Annoying Prince Fans
The former Oasis songwriter played his own 'Live Forever' in tribute to Prince, at the High Flying Birds gig in Glasgow on Thursday night.
Noel Gallagher took the opportunity to pay tribute to the late pop icon Prince on the opening night of his latest UK tour last night in Glasgow, as the venue’s operators bathed the outside of the SSE Hydro Arena in purple light in honour of the star.
As reported late on Thursday (April 21st), Prince was discovered dead, reportedly in an elevator, at his Paisley Park home and studio complex in Minnesota at the age of just 57. No cause of death has yet been stated, but tributes have been flooding in from around the music world ever since the news broke.
Noel Gallagher performing at the Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena on April 21st
Continue reading: "Heartbroken" Noel Gallagher Pays Tribute To Prince At Glasgow Gig
Tributes roll in for the pop hero.
Celebrity tributes are rolling in in their vast numbers on Twitter following the announcement of the shocking sudden death of pop legend Prince yesterday (April 21st 2016). The 'Purple Rain' superstar passed away at just 57 after battling the flu for several weeks. He was found in an elevator at his Paisley Park home.
Prince receives a lot of love from fellow stars
He'd only just announced that he was working on an autobiography, set to be released in 2017. But now it looks like that plan's unlikely to follow through given the tragic circumstances. It's not just a shock in terms of the death being unexpected, but it's that he's the latest in a string of surprising deaths this year following the likes of David Bowie, David Gest, Alan Rickman, Maurice White, Victoria Wood... the list goes on.
Rita posted a heartfelt Twitter message about working with the superstar
Prince’s death has triggered an outpouring of emotion from all around the world but Lily Allen has found herself in trouble from both Prince and Rita Ora fans after she appeared to criticise the former X Factor judge’s memory of her idol.
Rita Ora posted a lengthy tribute to Prince after his untimely death
Rita - who featured on Prince’s last album released in December HITRUN Phase One - wrote a lengthy tribute to the Purple Rain hitmaker remembering the time they spent making music together.
Soul star Aretha Franklin has described the untimely death of Prince as "such a blow". The RESPECT singer paid tribute to the Purple Rain hitmaker who passed away at his home on Thursday, April 21 after displaying ‘flu-like symptoms’. Describing Prince as a "unique individual", Aretha Franklin, 73, said he was into his music "to the max".
Prince has been mourned by many across the world
Female First reported that Aretha said: "It’s really surreal. It’s just kind of unbelievable."
Continue reading: Aretha Franklin Describes The Loss Of Prince As A "Blow"
The Purple Reign is over.
American pop legend Prince has died suddenly at the age of just 57, the star’s publicist confirmed. The singer was reportedly found unresponsive at his home in Minnesota on Thursday morning (April 21st), and was later declared dead, according to TMZ.
The entertainment site reported that police responded to a medical call at Prince’s Paisley Park estate. The medical examiner and crime department reps showed up, but the identity of the deceased was first revealed by the singer’s publicist Yvette Noel-Schure.
Prince performing in 2014 at Leeds First Direct Arena
Continue reading: Pop Legend Prince Dies Suddenly At His Home In Minnesota, Aged 57
The singer was rushed to hospital early Friday morning.
Singer Prince is said to be now resting at home following his hospitalisation on early Friday morning (April 15th). The 57-year-old singer was rushed to hospital in Illinois after his private plane was forced to make an emergency landing when he fell ill on board.
Prince is recovering at home after falling ill on Friday morning.
A rep for the singer confirmed to People that was taken to the hospital in Moline, Illinois, where he was treated and released three hours later. He is said to have been battling flu for a number of weeks.
Continue reading: Prince Now Resting At Home After Falling Ill On Private Jet
The first book from Prince, 'The Beautiful Ones', is coming next year.
So much mystery and controversy still surrounds the music and persona of Prince, and now fans will finally be treated with a tell-all book next year; a set of memoirs entitled 'The Beautiful Ones'. It will be his first book and he's planning to start from the very beginning.
Prince will finally unveil his memoirs
The Minneapolis-born funk sensation has signed a deal with Spiegel & Grau, a publishing imprint of Random House, to release an autobiography about his life and career; a project for which, he revealed to an audience at a music event at Avenue in Manhattan on Friday (March 18th 2016), he was bringing his friend Dan Piepenbring (of the Paris Review) on board to help.
Continue reading: Prince Announces New Publishing Deal For His Memoirs
The book “will take readers on an unconventional and poetic journey” through the music icon’s life.
Prince has announced he is writing a memoir, due for release in fall 2017. Tentatively titled The Beautiful Ones, the book will be published by Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House. Prince officially announced the book at a music industry event on Friday night, telling the audience he intends to start from his first memory and hopefully go all the way up to the Super Bowl.
Prince is writing his first memoir.
“This is my first (book),” Prince said (via The Hollywood Reporter) “My brother Dan is helping me with it. He’s a good critic and that’s what I need. He’s not a ‘yes’ man at all and he’s really helping me get through this.”
Continue reading: Prince Set To Write Memoir Titled 'The Beautiful Ones'
The born again Christian passed away from health complications yesterday.
Denise Matthews, a singer who had previously toured alongside Prince under the mononym Vanity, has passed away at the age of 57 following a struggle with various medical conditions in the last few years of her life. The performer was a controversial star in the 80s, who later became an evangelist minister.
Vanity formerly collaborated with Prince
The former frontwoman of Vanity 6 died in hospital in Fremont, California yesterday (February 15th 2016) and, while she was known to have struggled with several different health complications such as kidney failure and abdominal disorders, it is unknown as of yet what exactly caused her death.
Continue reading: Prince's Former Love Denise Matthews, AKA Vanity, Dies At 57
Nick talks favourite artists and songs at the American Music Awards
Nick Jonas stutted his stuff on the AMA red carpet
Look dapper in a smart suit, the 22-year-old musician was without his one-time partners in crime, Kevin and Joe, who had previously won at the awards as the Jonas Brothers in 2008.
Continue reading: Nick Jonas' Ideal Collaboration Is Prince
‘SNL’s’ 40th anniversary season just keeps on getting better.
It seems that 'Saturday Night Live' really is pulling out all the stops to celebrate their 40th anniversary season. On November 1st the legendary sketch show will see alumni Chris Rock return for the first time in 18 years, while Prince and his band 3rdEyeGirl will be the musical guests.
Prince will perform on November 1st's 'SNL'
The official announcement was made by ‘SNL’ on their Twitter page on Tuesday (October 14th). However the show was slightly beaten to the punch by the purple one himself, who had tweeted a picture of Rock impersonating him in the film Grown Ups earlier in the day.
Continue reading: Prince To Perform On Saturday Night Live! As Chris Rock Returns To Host
Prince dropped two albums this week. And they're good, we promise.
Any Prince fans out there? The artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince has just released not one but two albums – his “first official solo album” since 2010, Art Official Age (get it?)and the joint project with his female-driven warmup act, 3rdEyeGirl. The second album is called Plectrum Electrum and works in direct opposite to the futuristic sound of Art Official Age. Plectrum Electrum pays dutiful homage to the vintage sound of the rock trio, with Prince’s meticulous production adding the final layer of polish.
Prince is so down with the business, he's dropping the albums two at a time.
The link between the two albums is complicated and ambiguous, so pay attention. Art Official Age is credited as “recorded with” Chris James, a producer who has made dance music with Deadmau5 and others, and Joshua A.M. Welton, a producer and songwriter from Illinois. Mr. Welton is married to Hannah Ford Welton, the drummer in 3rdEyeGirl, and has played keyboards on their tour.
Rumours continue to circulate after Glasto boss reveals the Purple One’s reason for pulling potential headline slot.
Festival goers could still party like its 1999 this weekend, as rumours that Prince could still appear at Glastonbury continue to surface. As we previously reported, it was revealed this week that negotiations to book the funk legend for a Worthy Park headline slot broke down after the star got cold feet following ‘social media rumours’ about his appearance.
Could Prince still play Glastonbury? [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Ethan Miller]
However, tabloid reports suggest that the ‘Purple Rain’ singer could still appear at this weekend’s event.
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Here's why Prince pulled out of Glastonbury.
Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis has revealed that Prince pulled out of playing this year’s event because of “social media chit-chat”. Prince had agreed to play the historic festival but became angered when the planned performance was seemingly leaked to bookmakers, who slashed the odds of the Purple one headlining.
Prince performing in Leeds
“We wanted him to play and it got to the point where his people were talking to us about him doing it,” Eavis told fashion designer Henry Holland for the Guardian. “But before he confirmed he got really upset because he thought we had advertised that he was playing.” “Rumours get everywhere and one of those rumours was that Prince was coming, so he didn’t want to do it in the end,” he continued. “All the social media chit-chat now about who might be playing really doesn’t help us.”
Continue reading: Michael Eavis Reveals Reason Why Prince Pulled Out Of Glastonbury 2014
The ever-unpredictable Prince surprises us yet again with a new set of shows
When Prince played a set of guerrilla gigs in the U.K last February hysteria ensued. The legendary rocker has a novel approach the way he announces – and plays – his live shows. And we wouldn’t be surprised if the “special guest” at this year’s Glastonbury Festival turns out to be The Purple One. Headliner’s just too obvious.
Prince plays Hop Farm back in 2011
According to The Guardian, who have an exclusive on this, Prince has scheduled three shows. Birmingham on 15 May, Manchester on 16 May and Leeds on 23 May, but, in true Prince no one knows which venues, or even whether he'll be playing with his band, 3rdEyeGirl.
Prince is back with Warner Bros and it's just in time for Purple Rain's 30th birthday.
After 18 years apart Prince and Warner Bros Records have struck a new deal, meaning that previously unheard material and new releases are coming our way.
Prince and Warner Brothers have reached a new deal
Nearly two decades ago Prince and Warner Brothers were embroiled in a bitter battle which saw the star protesting his contract with the label by writing ‘slave ‘on his face. Now it seems the two are back on good terms and it’s just in time for the 30th anniversary of his iconic Purple Rain album.
After 18 years since the 55 year-old and Warner Bros, Records ended their relationship, a new deal has been struck which will see the release of previously unheard material, plus more future projects.
Prince and Warner Bros, Records seem to have put their differences aside.
It has been 18 years since the 55 year-old music star wrote "slave" on his face when protesting his contract with Warner Bros. Records, but both parties have agreed a new deal.
For Prince's fans, this new partnership has a very exciting future.
Continue reading: Prince To Release New Album With New Warner Bros. Records Partnership
The rumours are true! James Corden confirms Beyoncé appearance tonight.
Beyoncé is to perform during tonight's BRIT Awards ceremony in London, according to the award show's host, James Corden. The R&B singer has been announced as the evening's surprise act after a week of rumours. What's more, the US mega-star will apparently be playing a song that she has never played live before.
Beyoncé Will Perform At Tonight's BRIT Awards!
Speaking today on Radio 2, Corden said it was finally time to spill the beans. "There's this weird thing with this year's Brits where I've been - more than any other year - told things I can't say. "But I figure it's the day," the comedian said before making the grand announcement: "Beyonce. Beyonce is performing tonight. She's performing a track she has never ever performed live before. Ever," via The Independent.
Continue reading: Beyonce Confirmed For BRIT Awards Surprise, Performing New Live Track
Philip Seymour Hoffman's death cast a sombre shadow over showbiz this week but new movie news and surprise performances from a certain Prince kept our spirits high.
RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman: The world lost a true talent when actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment last Sunday after a suspected heroin overdose, aged 46. Thougha autopsy results were ruled inconclusive, drugs paraphernalia was found littered all over his house after the Oscar-winning actor suffered a relapse to substance abuse despite having been clean for more than 20 years.
The father-of-three's break-up with his partner Mimi O'Donnell is said to have caused the Capote star to turn to drugs and not the confusion over his sexuality, as was falsely alleged by the National Enquirer. Since the death, four suspected drug dealers have been arrested and are being questioned with regards to selling Hoffman, who was found with a syringe in his arm, a bad batch. Sadly, we have lost one of the only actors working today whose acting prowess meant we'd instinctively trust any film with his name. Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014).
SPOILER ALERT: Prince was on hand to give Jess some crucial love advice after freaking out when Nick uttered the three magical words, "I love you."
In Sunday's episode of the comedy 'New Girl', post-Super Bowl, music legend Prince made a guest appearance and offered the troubled Nick (Jake Johnson) and Jess (Zooey Deschane) some tips in love.
The 'Purple Rain' singer, who is an avid fan of the show, contacted the producers himself during last season to try and guest star in an episode.
"He contacted us last season because he's a huge fan," executive producer Brett Baer told E!News.
Continue reading: Prince Stars As Love Guru On Super Bowl Episode Of 'New Girl'
Check out the new set photo from Prince's 'New Girl' Cameo!
Not long after we first heard Prince would be making his debut cameo in an episode of Fox comedy New Girl, we've already been gifted with the first on-set snap showing The Purple One looking cool yet solemn squeezed in between Zooey Deschanel's Jess and Jake Johnson's Nick on a stone bench.
'New Girl' Super Fan Prince Will Make His Debut Cameo In The Comedy After The Super Bowl.
A raspberry beret would have made an excellent addition to Jess' quirky and preppy wardrobe but there seems to be no sign of one in the shot. Instead, the actress in clad in a grape-coloured coat, with Prince in black leather and Nick strangely wearing a black suit and tie.
The pop star will make his comedy debut in a cameo on Fox's 'New Girl.'
Music legend Prince is to make his comedy cameo debut in an episode of Fox's hit New Girl, which is set to air after the Super Bowl. The icon will apparently make an appearance as himself hosting a house party which Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Cece (Hannah Simone) are invited to attend but which the rest of the gang end up crashing.
Make Sure You Watch Out For The Super Bowl Episode To Catch Prince In Action!
"The Purple One" is said to be a mojor fan of the show and an even bigger "'shipper" of on screen couple Jess and Nick (Jake Johnson). "[Prince] said, 'I want to be involved in the show in a real way and I want to help Nick and Jess with their relationship'," executive producer Dave Finkel explained, via MTV News.
Prince will guest star, as himself, on the Super Bowl episode of 'New Girl' and interferes with the relationship of Jess (Deschanel) and Nick (Johnson).
It looks like the Fox sitcom 'New Girl' is also going to get a new guy!
Music icon Prince is set to make a guest appearance on the show as himself for the upcoming Super Bowl episode.
The 55 year-old is expected to interfere with 'New Girl's' favourite couple Nick (Jake Johnson) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel).
The singer can't stop talking about how special her new album is: wait 'til you hear who she collaborated with.
Singer Janelle Monáe has dropped her sophomore album, Electric Lady, following on from 2010's debut The ArchAndroid. The 27 year-old, who has become famous for her distinctive glamorous tuxedo style, has carved out a musical niche, widely described as a cross between funkadelic soul and futuristic R&B: a rather unique sound that is no less evident and enthralling on her latest record.
Janelle Inspired Herself With Her Latest Album.
In response to the question "Who are the electric ladies in your life?" in an interview with NPR, Monáe explained that "Electric Ladies cannot be marginalised.[they are] community oriented." Similarly, speaking to MTV News, Janelle spoke of the album's themes and direction: "This album isn't to be marginalized. It is of hope, of inspiration and of love," she said adding, "It is to encourage a million electric ladies to build and come into existence, and 'electric lady' does not have a particular skin colour or hair texture but our communality is community and wanting to nurture the community and knowing that we have to be the change."
Continue reading: Janelle Monáe "Genuinely Inspired" By 'Electric Lady' On Latest Album
The notoriously tech-shy singer has taken his first baby-steps towards embracing modern culture by joining Twitter
Having described the internet as a "fad" that will soon die away, Prince has finally embraced the online revolution by creating a Twitter profile. Under the moniker @3rdeyegirl, the 'Purple Rain' singer began his Twitter career on Tuesday (13 August) and took to the micro-bloggin site like a duck to water, and has since been regularly updating his feed with pictures, status updates, retweets for fans and 'selfies.'
Welcome to the 21st century Prince!
His Twitter handle is also the name of the group 3rd Eye Girl, who have been accompanying the singer on his recent tours as his backing musicians. Initially, Prince was planning on leaving the Twitter business to them and his PR department, but it seems as though he couldn't help himself and had to join the Twitter hype, announcing his presence by with the status, "PRINCE'S FIRST TWEET. TESTING.1,2." Prince then went on to share a picture of his dinner, before posting his first 'selfie' self-portrait, however the picture appeared to be just mysterious wafts of smoke.
Continue reading: Prince Finally Embraces The Sway Of The Internet By Joining Twitter
The pop legend marks his foray into the realm of social media with some Twitter drudgery.
Singer Prince has got himself a Twitter account, posting messages from the account of his touring backing band, 3rdEyeGirl, and can be found learning the skills of social networking at "@3rdeyegirl."
The Mega Selling Artist Has Started To Use Twitter.
The 'Raspberry Beret' singer took his first steps into the weird and wonderful land of snazzy Instagrammed lunches, pouty mirror selfies and 140-character based trolling with the simple yet highly retweeted "PRINCE'S 1ST TWEET... TESTING 1, 2..." This was followed by "PRINCE'S 2ND TWEET" which would lead you to believe that he didn't really get the whole sharing phenomenon.
Continue reading: Prince Takes To Twitter, Tweets Dinner Pic & "Selfie"
Prince will be returning to the U.K. to perform a string of shows at small, intimate venues.
Prince will be returning to the British Isles later this year, performing on British shores for the first time since his 2007 residency at the 20,000 capacity O2 Arena in London. This time round though the pint-sized Purple One will be hitting up a completely different kind of venue, as it has been reported that Prince will only be playing small gigs during his time in Britain.
Prince has become accustomed to playing small shows again
Prince played for a 300-strong crowd during his SXSW performance earlier this year and has apparently regained his taste for smaller, more intimate concerts as he looks to get back to basics. A representative for the singer released a statement today detailing his desire to sample the more intimate venues the U.K. has to offer. He said, “It’s still to be decided if he’ll stay at one small venue and play 20 or more gigs or split his time between a few places around the country. Prince has asked his team to find unusual venues his fans wouldn’t expect him to play.”
Continue reading: Prince Plans String Of Intimate UK Tour Dates
Nick Cave's set at SXSW was one of the highlight's of the Texas' festival so far.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds delivered a stonking SXSW set at Stubb's BBQ on Wednesday (March 13, 2013), with the enigmatic frontman stalking around the stage at the NPR Music showcase and announcing, "We're going to start off with a really long song, and hopefully by the time we're done, it'll be dark."
It would set the tone for a mysterious but brilliant set from Cave and his band, which included the Australian wordlessly mocking his texting fans by imitating their thumb movements - there were more than a few red hipster faces in the crowd. Cave, who played several songs from his well-received new record Push The Sky Away, is one of the highlight acts at this year's festival in Austin, Texas, which also features performances from Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake, Prince, Sound City Players, Green Day and Depeche Mode.
Cave has written movie scripts, novels and several great songs over the years, though speaking at the 27th annual South by Southwest Music and Media Conference earlier this week, he explained how it never gets any easier. "There are all these nasty births," he said of spawning new material, "[It's like] pushing burning watermelons out of a tiny orifice."
Continue reading: SXSW: Brooding Nick Cave Mocks Texting Fans At Stubb's BBQ Show
New Prince material has surfaced, as he and his new new rock 'n' roll trio -guitarist Donna Grantis, drummer Hannah Ford, and bassist Ida Nielsen - release Screwdriver.
Check out the new song:
Continue reading: New Prince Song 'Screwdriver' Appears On The Net (VIDEO)
Prince is back! Prince doesn't need much introduction: a man who's produced thirty Top 40 singles, released ten platinum albums - selling over 90 million copies and earning seven Grammys. it says it all really! A true overall heavyweight in every musical sense and an icon in popular culture, Prince has recently decided to team up with Jamie Lewis, Swiss house DJ/Producer from Purple Music to release 'Dance 4 Me' on Lewis' label.
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Kate Baldwin and Prince Monday 5th April 2010 Kate Baldwin and her husband actor Graham Rowat attending the 2010 Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center Monte Cristo Awards honoring Hal Prince held at Bridgewaters in South Street Seaport New York, USA
Camilla, Prince and Prince Charles - Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales London, England - UK premiere of 'The Other Boleyn Girl' held at the Odeon, Leicester Square - Arrivals Tuesday 19th February 2008
Clayton Prince, Clifton Davis and Prince - Clayton Prince, Clifton Davis, Raz Adoti, Mya Harrison and Director Bill Duke Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Premiere of Cover held at Loews hotel Saturday 16th February 2008
For this opus, another music-filled epic writ small, Prince plays bored bachelor Christopher Tracy, who plys the French Riviera for divorcees and socialites with the help of a friend named Tricky (Jerome "The Time" Benton, who appeared in exactly three movies -- all of them starring Prince). The bulk of the story concerns his persual of Mary -- and Kristin Scott Thomas's appearance as her in this, her first motion picture, makes the movie about as noteworthy as it's going to get.
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Date of birth
7th June, 1958
Date of death
21st April, 2016
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