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Paisley Park Announces Performers & Special Guests Joining CELEBRATION 2019

Prince’s Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota, has announced programming details for its annual four-day special event, CELEBRATION, honoring the unique life and legacy of the prodigiously talented cultural icon Prince Rogers Nelson. Taking place between April 25-28 at Prince’s historic home and recording sanctuary outside Minneapolis, the event will welcome fans from around the world into an inspired environment of live music, concert screenings, panel discussions and special presentations highlighting Prince’s tremendous talent, influence and importance as a composer, musician, producer, live performer and filmmaker.

Musical guests set to perform at Paisley Park during CELEBRATION 2019 include internationally acclaimed musician, guitarist and original member of The Time, Jesse Johnson; Prince’s iconic group The Revolution, featuring Bobby Z, Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin and Matt Fink; and Funk Soldiers, a fifteen-piece supergroup of New Power Generation and Paisley Park musical alumni.

As an extension of CELEBRATION 2019, Paisley Park will again be presenting an exclusive off-site concert event titled PRINCE: In Concert on the Big Screen, to be held Friday, April 26, at 8pm at The Armory in Minneapolis. Attendance to this event will be included in the CELEBRATION 2019 ticket. The concert will feature newly remastered and never-before-released audio and video of Prince accompanied live on The Armory stage by an all-star ensemble of musicians who performed alongside the icon throughout his storied career. The live concert experience will showcase Prince in his inimitable sound and style, highlighting the incendiary energy he brought to each performance. CELEBRATION 2019 VIP ticket holders will have the opportunity to attend an exclusive Dance Party at The Armory following the conclusion of the live concert Friday evening, hosted by DJ Kiss, who Prince often invited to DJ his own private parties around the world and special events at Paisley Park.

In addition to featured musical guests, Paisley Park has announced a broad list of special guest speakers who will take part in exclusive panel discussions at CELEBRATION 2019, including keynote conversations with Prince’s longtime manager Bob Cavallo; Prince’s personal photographer and creative collaborator, Jeff Katz, who worked closely with Prince through iconic eras, namely Parade, Lovesexy, Sign O’ The Times and Batman; and award winning singer-songwriter Ingrid Chavez who will join producer Craig Rice, rapper TC Ellis and visual artist Steve Parke, who were all instrumental in the Graffiti Bridge film and accompanying soundtrack. Overall the list of contributors this year includes collaborators and friends spanning five decades in Prince’s life.

CELEBRATION 2019 is poised to connect with even more of the passionate and global Prince fan community. Individual General Admission and VIP tickets to the 4-day CELEBRATION 2019 event are available now via the official Paisley Park website at OfficialPaisleyPark.com. Both GA and VIP tickets include entry to PRINCE: In Concert on the Big Screen, with prime and premiere seating assigned respectively to each ticket type. Individual tickets to PRINCE: In Concert on the Big Screen will be available February 8th via the Armory website at armorymn.com.

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Ana DuVernay To Direct Prince Documentary For Netflix

Filmmaker Ana DuVernay (Selma, A Wrinkle in Time) will direct a documentary about the late musician Prince. The as-yet-untitled documentary, which began shooting early this year, will be available to stream on Netflix.

“Prince was a genius and a joy and a jolt to the senses. He was like no other,” DuVernay shared. “He shattered every preconceived notion, smashed every boundary, shared everything in his heart through his music. The only way I know how to make this film is with love. And with great care. I’m honored to do so and grateful for the opportunity entrusted to me by the estate.”

Prince’s estate selected DuVernay specifically to helm the project, though Prince himself had reached out to her about collaborating on a project prior to his death in April of 2016. As part of the project, the director has full access to Prince’s estate, included his vast library of unreleased material.

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Prince’s Estate Launches 23 of His Albums And New Anthology On Apple Music & Other Streaming Services

Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, is launching its first round of Prince catalog digital releases today, August 17.

The first wave of Prince catalog titles to be released through an exclusive agreement struck in June between SME and The Prince Estate focuses on 1995-2010, a crucial epoch in Prince history. 23 highly-collectible Prince catalog titles (many of them hard-to-find or out-of-print) and Prince Anthology: 1995-2010 (a newly-curated anthology of 37 essential tracks from the era) are now available across all major streaming services and digital service providers.

Many of these albums, long sought-after by fans and collectors, are available for the first time for streaming and download, adding more than 300 essential Prince songs to the artist’s online in-print catalog.

For Prince, 1995-2010 was an unprecedented period of sustained and prolific creativity. Releasing fresh recordings at a rapid-fire pace through a variety of distribution strategies including his own online NPG Music Club, Prince was making some of the most provocative, experimental and soulful music of his career. Freed from major label demands and expectations, Prince was able to write, record and release his own music on his own terms.

Assembled and curated under the auspices of The Prince Estate, Prince Anthology: 1995-2010 brings together 37 key recordings from the era. Opening with the title track from Emancipation (“This is my most important record,” said Prince when the album was released in 1996) and closing with the anthemic “We March” (from 1995’s The Gold Experience), this new compilation provides a coherent musical chronicle of Prince’s artistic and spiritual evolution through the late 20th and early 21st centuries in songs that continue to resonant in the culture.

Prince Anthology: 1995- 2010 draws spotlight tracks from The Gold Experience, Emancipation, Chaos and Disorder, Crystal Ball, The Truth, Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic, Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic, The Rainbow Children, One Nite Alone…, C-Note, N.E.W.S., Xpectation, Musicology (includes 2005 Best Male R&B Performance Grammy winner “Call My Name”), The Slaughterhouse, The Chocolate Invasion, 3121 (the first Prince album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200), Planet Earth, LOtUSFLOW3R, MPLSoUND and 20Ten.

Prince catalog titles newly available digitally via SME/Legacy are:

1. The Gold Experience (1995) (“The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” greyed out, partial album streaming only; album unavailable for download)
2. Chaos and Disorder (1996)
3. Emancipation (1996)
4. Crystal Ball (1998)
5. The Truth (1998)
6. Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (1999)
7. Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic (2001)
8. The Rainbow Children (2001)
9. One Nite Alone… (2002)
10. One Nite Alone…Live! (2002)
11. One Nite Alone…Live – The Aftershow: It Ain’t Over (Up Late with Prince & The NPG) (2002) 12. Xpectation (2003)
13. N.E.W.S. (2003)
14. C-Note (2004)
15. Musicology (2004)
16. The Chocolate Invasion (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 1) (2004)
17. The Slaughterhouse (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 2) (2004)
18. 3121 (2006)
19. Planet Earth (2007)
20. Indigo Nights (2008)
21. LOtUSFLOW3R (2009)
22. MPLSoUND (2009)
23. 20Ten (2010)
24. Prince Anthology: 1995-2010

Prince Anthology: 1995-2010

01. Emancipation (from Emancipation, 1996)
02. Black Sweat (from 3121, 2006)
03. P. Control (from The Gold Experience, 1995)
04. Crucial (from Crystal Ball, 1998)
05. The Love We Make (from Emancipation, 1996)
06. Eye Hate U (from The Gold Experience, 1995)
07. The Greatest Romance Ever Sold (from Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, 1999)
08. Eye Love U, But Eye Don’t Trust U (from Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, 1999)
09. Gold (from The Gold Experience, 1995)
10. Guitar (from Planet Earth, 2007)
11. Dream Factory (from Crystal Ball, 1998)
12. The Work Part 1 (from The Rainbow Children, 2001)
13. Call My Name (from Musicology, 2004)
14. Strays of The World (from Crystal Ball, 1998)
15. Shhh (from The Gold Experience, 1995)
16. Dreamer (from LOtUSFLOW3R, 2009)
17. Chaos and Disorder (from Chaos and Disorder, 1996)
18. Endorphinmachine (from The Gold Experience, 1995)
19. Musicology (from Musicology, 2004)
20. Northside (from The Slaughterhouse, 2004)
21. When Eye Lay My Hands on U (from The Chocolate Invasion, 2004)
22. Beautiful Strange (from Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic, 2001)
23. Future Soul Song (from 20Ten, 2010)
24. Empty Room (from C-Note, 2004)
25. 3rd Eye (from The Truth, 1998)
26. U’re Gonna C Me (from One Nite Alone…, 2002)
27. Dinner With Delores (from Chaos and Disorder, 1996)
28. Ol’ Skool Company (from MPLSoUND, 2009)
29. 4ever (from LOtUSFLOW3R, 2009)
30. West (from N.E.W.S., 2003)
31. Xpedition (from Xpectation, 2003)
32. Muse 2 The Pharaoh (from The Rainbow Children, 2001)
33. Somewhere Here On Earth (from Planet Earth, 2007)
34. U Make My Sun Shine (from The Chocolate Invasion, 2004)
35. 1+1+1 Is 3 (from The Rainbow Children, 2001)
36. Chelsea Rodgers (from Planet Earth, 2007)
37. We March (from The Gold Experience, 1995)

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Funko Pop! Rocks: Prince

Known for his fashion, stage presence, vocal range and eclectic work is none other than pop culture and music icon Prince! Funko is proud to announce Prince is joining Pop! Rocks! Celebrate the amazing career of the Minnesota native by collecting different versions of the multitalented artist.

Look for glitter version of Prince at FYE!

Coming this Fall!

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Prince – Piano & A Microphone 1983 To Be Released On September 21, 2018

This September 21st, the timeless Prince back catalogue welcomes a new, special addition – Piano & A Microphone 1983: 9 tracks and 35 minutes of Prince – solo with just a piano and a microphone. 

The private rehearsal recording, captured at Prince’s home studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, provides a rare, intimate glimpse into the iconic artist’s creative process as he works through songs including “17 Days,” “Purple Rain,” “Strange Relationship” and “International Lover”. 

The performance is a truly unique insight into Prince’s timeless genius. Announced today, June 7th, 2018, on what would have been Prince’s 60th birthday. 

The album is available now to pre-order on CD, LP, Deluxe CD+LP, digital release and pre-save for streaming. The Deluxe CD+LP format will include a 12” booklet featuring brand new liner notes written by Prince’s then engineer Don Batts, as well as candid shots of Prince including never before seen images. Fans who pre-order the album via digital download will immediately receive an Instant Grat download of “Mary Don’t You Weep”. 

Tracklisting:

1. 17 Days
2. Purple Rain
3. A Case Of You
4. Mary Don’t You Weep
5. Strange Relationship
6. International Lover
7. Wednesday
8. Cold Coffee & Cocaine
9. Why The Butterflies

Pre-order your copy HERE.

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Pantone Announces Official Prince Purple Color

The Pantone Color Institute has announced it has developed an official hue of purple in honor of the late Prince. Collaborating with the Purple One’s estate, the institute has unveiled “Love Symbol #2,” named in honor of the trademark emblem that served as his stage name in the late 1990s.

The purple shade was “inspired by his custom-made Yamaha purple piano,” according to a press release, and “will be the official color across the brand Prince left behind.”

Check out the shade below.

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Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition

Purple Rain remains one of history’s most important, indisputable, and influential albums, but you’ve never heard it like this before. Purple Rain Deluxe boasts the official 2015 Paisley Park Remaster of the original tapes overseen by Prince himself in addition to a new “From The Vault & Previously Unreleased” disc with 11 unheard gems from the storied vault. This is Prince’s final word on his definitive masterpiece.

This 3-CD/1-DVD Expanded Edition is a true collector’s item and the ultimate vision of Purple Rain. In addition to the 2015 Paisley Park Remaster and “From The Vault & Previously Unreleased,” it includes “Single Edits & B-Sides” and a never-seen on DVD of Prince and The Revolution Live! in 1985.

Tracklist:

Disc One: Original Album (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
1. Let’s Go Crazy
2. Take Me With U
3. The Beautiful Ones
4. Computer Blue
5. Darling Nikki
6. When Doves Cry
7. I Would Die 4 U
8. Baby I’m A Star
9. Purple Rain

Disc Two: From The Vault & Previously Unreleased
1. The Dance Electric
2. Love And Sex
3. Computer Blue (“Hallway Speech” version)
4. Electric Intercourse (studio)
5. Our Destiny / Roadhouse Garden
6. Possessed (1983 version)
7. Wonderful Ass
8. Velvet Kitty Cat
9. Katrina’s Paper Dolls
10. We Can Fuck
11. Father’s Song

Disc Three: Single Edits & B-Sides
1. When Doves Cry (edit)
2. 17 Days
3. Let’s Go Crazy (edit)
4. Let’s Go Crazy (Special Dance Mix)
5. Erotic City
6. Erotic City (“Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive”)
7. Purple Rain (edit)
8. God
9. God (Love Theme From Purple Rain)
10. Another Lonely Christmas
11. Another Lonely Christmas (extended version)
12. I Would Die 4 U (edit)
13. I Would Die 4 U (extended version)
14. Baby I’m A Star (edit)
15. Take Me With U (edit)

DVD: Prince And The Revolution, Live at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, March 30, 1985
1. Let’s Go Crazy
2. Delirious
3. 1999
4. Little Red Corvette
5. Take Me With U
6. Do Me, Baby
7. Irresistible Bitch
8. Possessed
9. How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?
10. Let’s Pretend We’re Married
11. International Lover
12. God
13. Computer Blue
14. Darling Nikki
15. The Beautiful Ones
16. When Doves Cry
17. I Would Die 4 U
18. Baby I’m A Star
29. Purple Rain

Pre order HERE for release on June 23, 2017.

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Pop superstar Prince Dies At 57

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Pop superstar Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including “Little Red Corvette,” ”Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry,” was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57.

His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press that the music icon died at his home in Chanhassen. No details were immediately released.

The singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist broke through in the late 1970s with the hits “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?” and “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” and soared over the following decade with such albums as “1999” and “Purple Rain.” The title song from “1999” includes one of the most widely quoted refrains of popular culture: “Tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999.”

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The Minneapolis native, born Prince Rogers Nelson, stood just 5 feet, 2 inches tall, and seemed to summon the most original and compelling sounds at will, whether playing guitar in a flamboyant style that openly drew upon Jimi Hendrix, switching his vocals from a nasally scream to an erotic falsetto or turning out album after album of stunningly original material. Among his other notable releases: “Sign O’ the Times,” ”Graffiti Bridge” and “The Black Album.”

He was also fiercely protective of his independence, battling his record company over control of his material and even his name. Prince once wrote “slave” on his face in protest of not owning his work and famously battled and then departed his label, Warner Bros., before returning a few years ago.

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“What’s happening now is the position that I’ve always wanted to be in,” Prince told the AP in 2014. “I was just trying to get here.”

In 2004, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which hailed him as a musical and social trailblazer.

“He rewrote the rulebook, forging a synthesis of black funk and white rock that served as a blueprint for cutting-edge music in the Eighties,” reads the Hall’s dedication. “Prince made dance music that rocked and rock music that had a bristling, funky backbone. From the beginning, Prince and his music were androgynous, sly, sexy and provocative.”

Rarely lacking in confidence, Price effortlessly absorbed the music of others and made it sound like Prince, whether the James Brown guitar riff on “Kiss” or the Beatle-esque, psychedelic pop of “Raspberry Beret.”

He also proved a source of hits for others, from Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” to Cyndi Lauper’s “When You Were Mine.” He also wrote “Manic Monday” for the Bangles

Prince had been touring and recording right up until his death, releasing four albums in the last 18 months, including two on the Tidal streaming service last year. He performed in Atlanta last week as part of his “Piano and a Microphone” tour, a stripped down show that has featured a mix of his hits like “Purple Rain” or “Little Red Corvette” and some B-sides from his extensive library.

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Prince debuted the intimate format at his Paisley Park studios in January, treating fans to a performance that was personal and was both playful and emotional at times.

The musician had seemed to be shedding his reclusive reputation. He hosted several late-night jam sessions where he serenaded Madonna, celebrated the Minnesota Lynx’s WNBA championship and showcased his latest protege, singer Judith Hill.

Ever surprising, he announced on stage in New York City last month that he was writing his memoir. “The Beautiful Ones” was expected to be released in the fall of 2017 by publishing house Spiegel & Grau. The publishing house has not yet commented on status of book, but a press release about the memoir says: “Prince will take readers on an unconventional and poetic journey through his life and creative work.” It says the book will include stories about Prince’s music and “the family that shaped him and the people, places, and ideas that fired his creative imagination.”

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Prince To Release Two New Albums On September 30, 2014

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It’s been four years since Prince’s last new album, 2010’s 20Ten, marking the longest stretch he’s gone between new releases in his entire career. Making up for lost time, the legendary rocker has announced not one, but two new LPs, both of which will be released on September 30, 2014

Art Official Age, a solo album, consists of a 13-song tracklist. Over the last year or so, Prince has previewed a number of the tracks, including Breakdown, Breakfast Can Wait, This Could Be Us and Funknroll.

PlectrumElectrum meanwhile, marks the debut album from Prince and his band 3rdEyeGirl. This record contains 12 tracks. Of these, we’ve heard Pretzelbodylogic and Fixurlifeup. The album also includes an alternate version of Funknroll.

Pre-orders for both albums are now available via Prince’s website and include an entry to a flyaway trip to a special Prince concert at Paisley Park in October.

In the coming months, Price will also release a 30th Anniversary Reissue of his seminal LP, Purple Rain.

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Prince Signs Deal With Warner Bros., New Album Due This Year Plus A Digitally Remastered Deluxe Version of Purple Rain

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Prince announced Friday he has signed a new deal with his first record label, Warner Bros., that will see his most-famous work remastered, reissued and augmented by unheard material from his vaults.

Warner Bros. will give Prince the rights to the masters of his back catalog with the label, which stretches from his 1978 debut album “For You” through 1996’s “Chaos and Disorder” and includes all of his best-known works, including “1999,” “Purple Rain,” “Sign ‘o’ the Times” and “Diamonds and Pearls.” Warner Bros. will continue to manufacture and distribute the albums worldwide.

The new partnership “will open a veritable goldmine” and that it will start with a “digitally remastered, deluxe version” of Prince’s “Purple Rain” soundtrack to coincide with its 30th anniversary this year.

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Warner Bros. signed Prince when he was still a teenager and helped usher him into worldwide stardom. But by the beginning of the ’90s, Prince had grown unhappy with the label and kicked off a very public campaign that included changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol, scrawling the word “slave” across his cheek and claiming Warner Bros. was limiting his artistic freedom.

The deal ended in 1996, but because Warner Bros. retained control of Prince’s masters — and stood to make money from their use — the Purple One has played hardball with the label. Not only did Prince not allow Warner Bros. to remaster or reissue his classic albums, he refused to allow his old music videos to air online. As a result, Prince’s most famous work has been difficult to access in the digital era of YouTube and streaming services.

There are hundreds of unheard songs from the Warner Bros. era that may now see the light of day, including everything from entire albums that were never released (“Dream Factory,” “Camille”) to dozens of professionally recorded concerts (including a March 1982 performance at the old Met Center in Bloomington).

Warner Bros. will also release new music from Prince. ”A brand-new studio album is on the way,” Prince said in the statement, “and both Warner Bros. Records and (I) are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship.”

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