Prince Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

27th March 2017

Fact: Prince's old backing band The New Power Generation are to support Phil Collins at his 30 June (17) headline show at the British Summer Time event in London's Hyde Park. The group, who collaborated with the late Purple Rain singer on albums including 1991's Diamonds and Pearls and Prince's 1992 record, commonly known as the Love Symbol Album, join a bill also including KC and The Sunshine Band, Blondie, Mike + The Mechanics and Starsailor.

21st March 2017

Quote: "I have a surprisingly strong falsetto voice... During Magic Mike 1, Matt Bomer and I went to this bar in Tampa, Florida, and I did Prince's Kiss, and Matt followed it up with Bon Jovi's Blaze of Glory." Joe Manganiello reveals the 1986 Prince hit is his go-to karaoke song.

17th February 2017

Quote: "There's a child in all of us that thinks, 'How can they die? They're immortal.' And yet, we're not, all of us are sadly mortal, but their music will live forever and actually it enriches your life and and you say, 'I have a limited amount of time on the Earth, and I'm gonna make use of it, in a good way.'" Rocker Sting has been inspired to make the most of his veteran years following the unexpected deaths of his music peers David Bowie and Prince last year (16).

5th January 2017

Fact: Prince protegee Andy Allo has joined the cast of Pitch Perfect 3 as a rival to Anna Kendrick's vocal group The Bellas. The new film, which will also feature returning stars Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, and Hailee Steinfeld, and newcomer Ruby Rose, will start shooting this spring (17). The film will be released in December (17).

15th December 2016

Fact: Beyonce's hit single Formation has topped Google's track of the year list after becoming the most-searched for song of 2016. The superstar singer has also been named as the most Googled artist of the last 12 months. Prince's Purple Rain comes in at second place on the most-searched song line-up, following his sudden death in April (16). Adele's Hello also features in the top 10.

10th May 2016

Fact: Beyonce is continuing to pay tribute to Prince during her Formation World Tour after performing a cover of The Beautiful Ones during her Monday night (09May16) show in Dallas, Texas. The R&B beauty previously belted out the tune while headlining Britain's Glastonbury festival in 2011. Beyonce has also been staging renditions of Prince classic Purple Rain and Vanity 6 track Nasty Girl during dates on her ongoing trek.

4th May 2016

Fact: Prince will be inducted into the Apollo Theater's Walk of Fame in Harlem, New York during the venue's 11th annual Spring Gala concert on 13 June (16). The late music icon joins such previous honourees as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, and Quincy Jones. The evening's gala concert will also feature a special tribute to Prince and the afterparty will include a special Let's Go Crazy dance tribute. LL Cool J will host the event.

1st May 2016

Fact: Helen Mirren paid tribute to late musical icon Prince at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday (30Apr16). The British actress wore a purple dress and had a fake tattoo of Prince's 'symbol' emblazoned on her chest. The Purple Rain hitmaker died at the age of 57 on 21 April (16).

22nd April 2016

Fact: Jennifer Hudson and her fellow castmembers in Broadway musical The Color Purple honoured the memory of Prince by staging a special rendition of his hit song Purple Rain during Thursday night's (21Apr16) finale, hours after the 57-year-old's death. Introducing the performance, Oscar winner Hudson told the audience, "He said that his music will live on and he will live through his music, so we want to keep him alive today through this song." The cast of hip hop musical Hamilton also served up a Prince tribute on Thursday night, dancing to his Let's Go Crazy during an encore.

22nd April 2016

Tweet: This is truly devastating news. The greatest performer I have ever seen. A true genius. Musically way ahead of any of us. Sang with him twice on stage. What an honour. Rest in peace you purple warrior. #Prince #RIP". Elton John joins a long list of celebrity fans and collaborators to pay tribute to Prince, who died on Thursday (21Apr16). The singers joined forces onstage in London in 2007, during the late soul icon's 21-day residency, to perform a cover of The Beatles' The Long and Winding Road.

25th October 2015

Fact: Prince has launched a new Instagram account packed with live photos, fan art and memes. A week after announcing plans for his Princestagram page, the Purple Rain icon's new account went live on Friday (23Oct15). It features almost 90 rare photos and magazine clippings.

20th May 2015

Fact: Prince's 1984 movie Purple Rain has been revamped using Nigerian musicians. West African record label boss Christopher Kirkley is the brains behind the project and singer Mdou Moctar is the star of the film, titled Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai.

9th March 2015

Fact: Prince and his band 3Rdeyegirl are bringing their popular spontaneous Hit and Run tour to the U.S. The first show takes place on Saturday (14Mar15) in Louisville, Kentucky.

27th January 2015

Fact: Pop superstar Prince is planning to follow his unexpected appearance at the Golden Globes with a surprise performance at the Grammy Awards next month (Feb15). Little is known about the Purple Rain star's plans for music's big night, but a source says, "It's going to be a big surprise."

2nd November 2014

Fact: Prince made a rare Tv appearance on Saturday night (01Nov14) when he provided the music for U.S. comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live. Backed by his all-girl group 3rdEyeGirl, the pop superstar performed an uninterrupted seven-minute medley.

2nd June 2014

Fact: Prince and his backing band 3rdEyeGirl have announced plans to perform two shows in a night at London's fabled Roundhouse venue. The pop superstar will hit the stage with his girls at 5.30pm and 9.45pm local time on Wednesday (04Jun14). Prince will dash back to London in between shows in Berlin, Germany and Vienna, Austria for the double gig.

5th May 2014

Quote: "Did you ever hear Muhammad Ali curse? Would you curse in front of your kids? To your mother? (Collaborators) Marsha (Ambrosius), Lianne (La Havas), Janelle (Monae)... They're all my sisters. We shouldn't curse at them. We need to treat all of them, and all people, like royalty." Prince insists he won't be swearing in his songs anymore.

5th May 2014

Quote: "Every time I talk to the heads of large companies, they're always at the beach. Middle of the afternoon. 'What are you doing?' 'Oh, I'm at the beach with my kids'. So we're working to send their kids to college - and to the beach. We're not supposed to accept that." Pop superstar Prince doesn't have a great deal of respect for record label executives.

24th April 2014

Fact: Pop superstar Prince has put his Spanish retreat on the market for just over $7,300 (£4,600). The Purple Rain hitmaker bought the six bedroom hilltop pad in Marbella as a gift to his then-wife Mayte Garcia in 1998, but he hasn't set foot in the home since the marriage ended a year later (99).

4th April 2014

Quote: "I was like, 'Wait, like the actual Prince...' I went that night and met him... It was amazing." Singer Rita Ora was stunned to discover that music icon Prince was interested in working with her.

23rd March 2014

Fact: The Roots star Questlove will return to teach New York University students about music for a second year. The musician gave a lecture on classic albums in 2013, and this year (14), he will be talking about one of his favourite subjects - pop superstar Prince.

18th March 2014

Fact: Prince has released the duet he recorded with actress/singer Zooey Deschanel. The song, Fallinlove2Nite, premiered on an episode of Deschanel's Tv show New Girl last month (Feb14).

6th March 2014

Quote: "I was in the living room three days ago and it came on television and I watched Take Me With You." Prince recalls the last time he watched his 1984 movie Purple Rain.

18th February 2014

Fact: Adele enjoyed a rare night out in London to watch Prince play an intimate gig at Ronnie Scott's jazz club on Monday night (17Feb14). She was joined by a host of celebrity guests including models Kate Moss, Sophie Dahl and British singer Rita Ora. Adele has kept a low profile since giving birth to her son in October, 2012.

14th February 2014

Tweet: "I owe you everything you gave me everything, a chance to be the greatest and Heal the World like you. You gave us hope, and the ability to Keep the Faith, I was lucky enough to learn from a legend I appreciate everything thank you I love you and miss you." Michael Jackson's teenage son Prince remembers his late pop star father.

13th January 2014

Quote: "He was really fast - I was really impressed. He's really funny. He got everything in one or two takes. Such a pro." New Girl star Zooey Deschanel on guest star Prince, who will be appearing on the show's post-Super Bowl episode on 2 February (14).

3rd December 2013

Fact: Pop superstar Prince is heading back to New Orleans, Louisiana to headline the city's annual Essence Festival for the first time in nearly a decade. The singer last performed at the event in 2004. The 2014 festival will take place in July (14).

25th November 2013

Fact: Prince has served up a post-Christmas treat to fans on America's east coast by announcing a trio of Connecticut shows in late December (13). The reclusive Purple Rain singer will perform at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on 27 to 29 December (13). Tickets for the gigs, which go on sale next week (06Dec13) are expected to sell out fast.

25th November 2013

Quote: "I've played ping pong with Prince many times. Ping pong, bowling, pool... The smack talking is the strategy, besides the fact he's stupid good... He will kick your a** in an outfit... He had on some knee high furry boots, like knee high (to go bowling)." Rocker Lenny Kravitz is always amused by what his superstar pal Prince wears to take part in competitive activities.

23rd July 2013

Fact: Singer Prince made a surprise appearance on Saturday (20Jul13) at New York nightclub the Darby to celebrate Justin Timberlake and Jay Z's sold-out Legends of the Summer shows at Yankee Stadium, reports the New York Post. The Purple Rain hitmaker joined fellow guests Beyonce, Timbaland and Timberlake's wife Jessica Biel.

20th May 2013

Quote: "I get a little offended for him... There's no one like him." R&B singer Miguel plays down comparisons to soul superstar Prince.

4th April 2013

Fact: Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Prince are set to hit the stage for the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. R&B stars Bruno Mars and Miguel have also been announced as performers for the Las Vegas prizegiving, which will take place on 19 May (13).

21st March 2013

Fact: Prince's former wife Mayte Garcia is releasing a new Dvd to encourage women to belly dance. The exotic actress and dancer taught Britney Spears how to perfect the art.

18th March 2013

Quote: "When Prince's 1999 came out, it touched off a saga that lasted half a decade. I would say, conservatively, that I purchased that record eight times between 1982, when it first came out, and 1987, when I stopped getting on punishment for having it." Hip-hop star Questlove spent his formative years purchasing copy after copy of PRINCE's classic album 1999 because his mother repeatedly threw out the soul superstar's records as she considered them to be too sexy.

3rd March 2013

Fact: Prince stunned fans during an appearance on U.S. chat show Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Friday (01Mar13) by throwing his guitar to the ground after his performance. The Purple Rain hitmaker had borrowed The Roots' bandmember 'Captain' Kirk Douglas' guitar for his performance of new track Bambi, but instead of handing it back to the musician, he removed the cream guitar from around his neck and tossed it on the floor before walking off stage without a word. Douglas' shocked bandmate Questlove took to after the incident and wrote, "rip to @CaptainKDouglas's Guitar 2009-2011 #Prince #Smashed."

14th February 2013

Fact: Prince is to headline the first Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland since founder Claude Nobs' death - but only his richer fans will be able to see him in concert. Seats for his three July (13) shows cost over $400 (£250), while standing room at the gigs will cost fans $190 (£119)

27th January 2013

Quote: "It was always about Madonna. She was getting paid, but at the same time we were selling more records and selling out concerts on multiple nights." Soul superstar Prince refused to play second fiddle to former Warner Bros. Records label mate Madonna - so he left.

23rd January 2013

Fact: Pop superstar Prince has launched a new website,, and unveiled an official lyric video for his new song Screwdriver. The Purple Rain hitmaker also shares footage from a gig at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

16th January 2013

Fact: Reclusive pop superstar Prince has taken over a tiny club in his native Minneapolis, Minnesota so he can audition a new drummer. The Purple Rain hitmaker has booked six dates at the Dakota Jazz Club at short notice and will perform a series of sets next week (beg21Jan13). Tickets for the intimate six shows, billed for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, have already sold out.

27th September 2012

Fact: Pop superstar Prince invited local girl Jennifer Hudson to join him onstage during a gig in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday night (25Sep12). The Oscar-winning singer duetted with her idol on his hit ballad Nothing Compares 2 U, just days after he performed the same track with Mary J. Blige at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Saturday (22Sep12). The Chicago gig was one of the first in Prince's Welcome 2 Chicago residency in the city.

24th September 2012

Quote: "I don't have to record to eat or to get out of debt or to pay my taxes. I looked forward to the day I could do this. Freedom is an interesting thing. You have to work really hard to get freedom." Pop superstar Prince is happy to just tour rather than record any new material.

24th June 2011

Quote: "There's no other art form where you can do that. You can't go and do your own version of Harry Potter. Do you want to hear somebody else singing Kiss?" Pop superstar Prince hates his songs being covered by other artists.

16th June 2011

Fact: Pop superstar Prince has become a late addition to the line-up for the Montreal International Jazz Festival in Canada. The Purple Rain singer will play two late night shows at the city's Metropolis venue on 24 and 25 June (11).

26th April 2011

Fact: Nicole Richie was partying with Prince as husband Joel Madden took the stage with Justin Bieber in Malaysia last week (21Apr11). Richie joined Kelis and basketball superstar Magic Johnson among the crowd at the Forum in Los Angeles for Prince's Welcome 2 America gig the same night. Superfan Christina Milian took the stage with her hero, dressed identically to the Purple Rain hitmaker.

18th April 2011

Fact: Pop singer Prince brought a pair of superstar fans on stage with him at a show in Los Angeles last week (ends17Apr11) - Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem were seen dancing with the Purple Rain hitmaker during his gig at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

14th April 2011

Quote: "If I can stop swearing, everybody can stop swearing." Pop superstar and Jehovah's Witness Prince has learned to curb his foul-mouthed ways.

14th April 2011

Fact: Pop superstar Prince has raised $100,000 (£61,000) for charity by selling a golden guitar to British Formula 1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton.

15th March 2011

Fact: Pop superstar Prince is to play his first shows in the Carolinas after announcing a string of Welcome 2 America dates in the southern U.S. states. The six concerts, which will begin in Columbia, South Carolina next week (21Mar11) will be homecomings for the star's longtime New Power Generation drummer John Blackwell and vocalist Shelby Johnson, who hail from North and South Carolina, respectively.

28th February 2011

Quote: "It was inspiring. My knees tremble in his wake as a musician. He taught me a lot about having complete vision and how to command a band. He moves his elbow, the band knows what to do!" Grammy Award-winning jazz star Esperanza Spalding is in awe of soul legend Prince after supporting him on tour in December (10).

9th February 2011

Fact: Gwyneth Paltrow will revamp Prince's hit Kiss when she returns to TV hit Glee as substitute teacher Holly Holiday.

8th February 2011

Fact: Soul superstar Prince paid tribute to his former drummer BOBBY Z during his final show at New York's fabled Madison Square Garden on Monday (07Feb11) when he dedicated his hit song NOTHING COMPARES 2 U to the musician, who is fighting for his life after suffering a heart attack last month (Jan11).

2nd February 2011

Fact: Cee-Lo Green will support Prince at the pop superstar's 7 February (11) Welcome 2 America concert at New York's Madison Square Garden.

20th January 2011

Fact: Pop superstar Prince dismissed his backing band early during his concert at Madison Square Garden in New York on Tuesday (18Jan11). He ordered the musicians to go start the post-show party and played the last song on his own.

30th December 2010

Fact: Cyndi Lauper joined Prince onstage at Madison Square Garden in New York on Wednesday night (29Dec10). The two stars performed Jungle Love as part of the Prince show's encore.

30th December 2010

Fact: Prince and Janelle Monae were in the audience for Lauryn Hill's comeback concert at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday night (28Dec10).

9th December 2010

Fact: Prince stunned U.S. TV viewers on Thursday (09Dec10), when he made a surprise appearance on daytime talk show The View. The pop superstar made the rare appearance at the request of his pal, co-host WHOOPIE GOLDBERG, sending the studio audience into a frenzy as he promoted his upcoming concerts in New York later this month (Dec10).

6th July 2010

Quote: "Someone told me recently they saw me at my peak, but how do they know when my peak is? I think I'm improving all the time. When I listen to my old records I'm ashamed of how I played them." Pop superstar Prince holds himself to a high standard.

5th July 2010

Quote: "Playing electric guitar your whole life does something to you. I'm convinced all that electricity racing through your body made me keep my hair." Pop superstar Prince, 52, is convinced his rock 'n' roll lifestyle keeps him looking young.

22nd June 2010

Quote: "It would be fun to play Little Richard in a movie." Prince wants to portray the rock 'n' roll legend on the big screen.

8th June 2010

Fact: Pop superstar Prince celebrated his 52nd birthday on Tuesday (08Jun10) by premiering a new single on his favourite Minnesota radio show The Current. The singer/songwriter debuted Hot Summer the day after his official birthday.

27th May 2010

Quote: "He's like a mentor and a friend and he's just amazing... and he did encourage me. He's been extremely supportive." Nicole Scherzinger admits Prince urged her to compete on TV talent show Dancing with the Stars.

30th March 2009

Quote: "I didn't hit it off with Prince. I met him after I'd recorded NOTHING COMPARES 2 U and he said he didn't appreciate how I used bad language in my interviews. I told him to go f**k himself and he wasn't very happy." Irish singer SINEAD O'CONNOR didn't impress PRINCE with her foul language.

9th December 2008

Fact: British newspaper The Mail on Sunday - which struck a deal with Prince to distribute his PLANET EARTH album free to readers last year (07) - has launched its own record label. Editor Peter Wright says Mail on Sunday Sounds will sign up new acts, and insists the newspaper wants to "put something back" into the music industry.

17th November 2008

Quote: "Sometimes people act surprised, but mostly they're totally cool about it... It's like Morpheus and Neo in The Matrix." Religious rocker Prince on stunning his fans by knocking door-to-door to preach about his faith as a Jehovah's Witness.

24th October 2008

Quote: "How old are we really? It's about ascension. It's not the other way. There's nothing down about it. Everything is better." Superstar Prince is unfazed by his advancing years. The singer turned 50 in June (08).

26th September 2008

Quote: "(There is) this viewpoint that someone has to win and someone has to lose. Nobody who thinks like that gets very far. Look at (Joe) FRAZIER and (MUHAMMAD) ALI. Both of them got something out of that fight. I understand competition, but not the kind where someone has to die or be disenfranchised." Singer Prince compares business to boxing.

26th September 2008

Quote: "(It) is a black hole to me. YouTube is the hippest network and they abuse copyright right and left. You see a song like Purple Rain turned into Pure Cocaine; what should my response be? I chase the money to find out who's behind it. It's a matter of principle. I don't want my music bastardised." Singer Prince is not a fan of the internet.

12th September 2008

Fact: Pop superstar Prince will release a book to commemorate his 21-night residency at London's O2 arena. The star is releasing the picture book to give fans a snapshot look at the everyday things he did whilst performing at the venue last November (07). The coffee table book, entitled 21 Nights, is slated for release in October (08).

28th August 2008

Quote: "Stevie Wonder, Prince, Michael Jackson...whenever I see them, I get so nervous I don't know what to say. When I met Michael, I got so excited I was jumping up and down. Happy Birthday!" Singer Beyonce Knowles wishes King of Pop MICHAEL JACKSON happy returns on the eve of his 50th.

5th May 2008

Fact: Prince will document his historic 21-night concert stand at London's 02 Arena last year (07) in a new book - his first - called 21 Nights. The multimedia book will hit shelves in the autumn (08).

9th November 2007

Quote: "He did such a long guitar solo, I felt I was in a GUNS N' ROSES video. The only thing missing was Slash smoking in the rain." Singer Amy Winehouse jokes about what it was like to record a duet with Prince for her smash BACK TO BLACK album.

3rd October 2007

Quote: "I would love to do a duet with Halle Berry. She doesn't sing but she could stand there (and) we'd make something up... And if Prince and I ever got together. Crazy!" Jamie Foxx on his dream recording partners.

11th September 2007

Quote: "Prince is so crazily talented - to me he's not a normal person, he's more like an alien." Rapper Eve gushes over pop legend PRINCE.

2nd August 2007

Quote: "I got so many hits y'all can't handle me. I got more hits than Madonna's got kids." Prince jokes with the crowd in London on Wednesday (01Aug07), during the first of 21 dates he is performing at the city's O2 Arena.

14th June 2007

Fact: Musician Prince has reunited with collaborators WENDY + LISA to work on his new album Planet Earth - to be released on 16 July (07) - for the first time since his 1987 landmark album Sign O The Times.

13th March 2007

Fact: Bruce Springsteen and Norah Jones are the frontrunners succeed Prince and perform at the 2008 Super Bowl, according to US sports bible Sports Illustrated.

13th February 2007

Quote: "That was scary for a second. I heard the guy mumbling, I had no idea it was Prince and I had no idea he was introducing me." Beyonce Knowles on her surprise at seeing pop superstar Prince onstage at the Grammy Awards just before her performance at the ceremony.

12th February 2007

Fact: The Roots' pre-Grammy Awards party at Los Angeles' Key Club on Saturday (10FEB07) featured Prince's spin-off group THE FAMILY in only their third appearance in 20 years.

12th February 2007

Fact: The Roots' pre-Grammy Awards party at Los Angeles' Key Club on Saturday (10FEB07) featured Prince's spin-off group THE FAMILY in only their third appearance in 20 years.

18th December 2006

Fact: Pop superstar Prince will ring in the New Year (07) at his new Las Vegas nightclub 3121. Guests who pay $312.10 (GBP160) will be treated to a Prince concert at the Rio casino club and a six-course-meal, prepared by the Purple Rain hitmaker's personal chef, who runs the venue's new restaurant, 3121 Jazz Fusion.

13th December 2006

Fact: Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has accepted an invitation from British PRINCEs WILLIAM and HARRY to do a 15-minute medley of his work at a tribute concert to their late mother Princess Diana being held at the new Wembley Stadium in London next summer (07).

9th November 2006

Fact: Prince has been named a late addition to the list of 2006 inductees for the UK Music Hall of Fame. The pop superstar will join Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart, James Brown, Brian Wilson, Led Zeppelin and DUSTY SPRINGFIELD, among others, on the honour role next Tuesday (14NOV06).

5th October 2006

Fact: A new Prince track SONG OF THE HEART is included on the soundtrack to new animated movie HAPPY FEAT.

22nd August 2006

Fact: Pop superstar Prince will headline the 10th annual People/Entertainment Tonight post-Emmy Awards party on Sunday night (27AUG06).

9th August 2006

Fact: Prince is reportedly in secret talks to headline next year's (07) Super Bowl half-time show in Miami, Florida.

9th June 2006

Quote: "He's such a sexy man, a fine a**ed man. He dances better than anyone I've ever seen." Rocker Josh Homme confesses he has a man-crush on Prince.

30th March 2006

Fact: Pop superstar Prince drinks his favourite tipple, port, through a straw so the thick drink doesn't stain his teeth.

29th March 2006

Fact: Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson were among the guests attending Prince's super secret concert at Hollywood's Roosevelt hotel at the weekend (25MAR06).

14th March 2006

Quote: "We have cider on our tour rider. We figured if Prince could have a camel or whatever on his..." ARCTIC MONKEYS singer Alex Turner on the group's must-have tour item.

6th March 2006

Fact: Oscar winner Jamie Foxx and 2006 nominee Terrence Howard joined forces to host a top secret post-Academy Awards party last night (05MAR06), but the big bash was the one Prince held at his Hollywood home.

6th March 2006

Fact: Oscar winner Jamie Foxx and 2006 nominee Terrence Howard joined forces to host a top secret post-Academy Awards party last night (05MAR06), but the big bash was the one Prince held at his Hollywood home.

16th January 2006

Fact: <p>Prince's former bandmates WENDY and LISA are branching out into movie soundtracks - the WATERFALL hitmakers have composed and performed the score for new Sanaa Lathan movie SOMETHING NEW. </p>

11th September 2005

Fact: <p>Britney Spears has become the latest star to change her name - following in the footsteps of Prince and SEAN 'DIDDY' COMBS, the pop star now wants to be known by her married name BRITNEY FEDERLINE and has started signing autographs for fans under her new moniker. </p>


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