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Prince Apologizes To Toronto Fans Who Waited In Line All Day For A Show That Never Happened

Prince managed to disappoint fans yesterday by not showing up for a rumored surprise show in Toronto that his camp insists was never supposed to happen. According to CBC, the confusion started after 3RDEYEGIRL’s Twitter account sent out this message on early Tuesday morning: “4th day of November, we need a purple high: OTNOROT CALLING…”… More »

By: James Rettig / November 5, 2014 - 10:05 am

Watch Prince’s Mighty Return To SNL In Third Eye Sunglasses

Prince returned to Saturday Night Live for the first time in eight years to perform an extended 8-minute jam with his band, 3rdEyeGirl. He played a medley of three songs: “Clouds,” “Marz,” and “Another Love,” and wore some crazy third eye sunglasses while doing it. Watch below. More »

By: James Rettig / November 2, 2014 - 12:59 pm

SNL Will Let Prince Play An 8-Minute Jam

Saturday Night Live musical performances aren’t really known for their inventiveness. Sure, there’s the occasional exaggerated stunt (or blunder), but it seems like it’s mostly just another PR stepping stone artists have to get through, and the music always feels tangentially related to the goings-on of the actual show. But leave it to Prince to… More »

By: James Rettig / October 27, 2014 - 11:33 am

Tashaki Miyaki – “The Beautiful Ones” (Prince Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

L.A. dreampop-psych duo Tashaki Miyaki are going on tour with the Allah-Lahs this fall. They’re recording a collection of covers to herald the occasion, aptly called The Covers EP. Among the songs they tackled with producer Joel Jerome was Prince’s Purple Rain epic “The Beautiful Ones.” They’ve done good work with it, turning a visceral… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 22, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Prince To Play SNL With Host Chris Rock

It’s kinda hard to believe that Chris Rock has only hosted SNL once (in 1996), and that Prince has only performed on the show twice (in 1981 and 2006). But on November 1, Rock and Prince will do the show together. Of course, Rock is a longtime Prince fan: He’s got a good joke about… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 14, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Watch Kendrick Lamar Perform With Prince On Paisley Park Webcast

Prince marked the release of his two new albums yesterday with a livestream special for Yahoo that focused on the history of his Paisley Park estate and interviewed collaborators who worked on his most recent records. Towards the end of the 90-minute broadcast, Prince finally performed some songs (three, to be exact) and brought out… More »

By: James Rettig / October 1, 2014 - 9:14 am

Stream Prince ART OFFICIAL AGE & PLECTRUMELECTRUM

Today, Prince Rogers Nelson, one of the greatest entertainers of the past half-century, releases two albums on the same day: His own ART OFFICIAL AGE and his 3rd Eye Girl band’s PLECTRUMELECTRUM. Even if you’re not that into anything the man has done since “Diamonds & Pearls” — a perfectly defensible position — you owe… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 30, 2014 - 10:50 am

Prince – “FUNKNROLL”

Later this month, Prince will release two albums on the same day: His own Art Official Age, and Plectrum Electrum, from his 3rd Eye Girl band. In the past few weeks, he’s shared the Art Official Age tracks “Clouds,” “U KNOW,” and “WHITECAPS.” And earlier this week, he released “FUNKNROLL,” a song he debuted onMore »

By: Tom Breihan / September 19, 2014 - 1:46 pm

Prince – “U KNOW” & “WHITECAPS”

Later this month, Prince will release two albums on the same day, one solo and one with his band 3rd Eye Girl. “U KNOW” is from the former and it’s a sleek and sexy fusion of R&B and funk that’s similar to tracks we’ve already heard from the upcoming album like “Breakfast Can Wait” and… More »

By: James Rettig / September 1, 2014 - 11:29 am

Hear Prince’s “Clouds” From New Album Art Official Age

Prince is about to pull a Use Your Illusion. After last night’s VMAs, the Purple One announced that he’ll release two albums on the same day next month: One, Art Official Age, under his own name, and one, Plectrum Electrum with his band 3rd Eye Girl. Prince has been talking about that 3rd Eye GirlMore »

By: Tom Breihan / August 25, 2014 - 8:36 am

Prince Covers Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” With Nile Rodgers, Subtweets Lil’ Mo At Essence Fest

Prince played Essence Festival this year and was great as always, running through 24 songs during his July 4th headlining set where he requested that everyone in the audience wear purple. Before he got started, however, he joined Nile Rodgers on stage to play on the Rodgers-produced David Bowie hit “Let’s Dance,” from the 1983… More »

By: James Rettig / July 6, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Watch Beck Cover Prince’s “1999” At Montreal International Jazz Fest

There was a time, circa Midnite Vultures, when every Beck song seemed to be aiming at Prince pastiche. That time was 1999, which is an appropriate time for such endeavors, all things considered. Yet Beck had never actually covered Prince’s “1999” until last week’s Montreal International Jazz Fest. Sean Lennon, whose band the Ghost Of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 1, 2014 - 9:32 am

Prince Celebrates Purple Rain’s 30th Anniversary With Surprise Concert For Apollonia

Earlier this week, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of Prince’s Purple Rain by counting down his albums from worst to best. Prince celebrated in his own way, too: by throwing a private surprise concert at Paisley Park in Minneapolis. His Purple Rain co-star Apollonia Kotero was in attendance, which marked her first time at Prince’… More »

By: James Rettig / June 29, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Prince Albums From Worst To Best

In baseball, the five-tool player is kind of a bullshit concept, but it connotes a particular beauty. The five-tool player hits for power, hits for average, throws well, fields well, and roams the basepaths like a guerilla warrior; when the term “five-tool” is deployed, it implicitly presents these skills as equally weighted. As the greatest… More »

By: Brad Shoup / June 25, 2014 - 10:37 am

Prince Announces Another New Album, Feat. A Song Named After A Meme

UPDATE 6/26: Prince just tweeted a link to a 36-second preview of “This Could Be Us” downloadable in WAV format via Dropbox. More »

By: Peter Helman / June 23, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Prince – “The Breakdown”

Yesterday, Prince announced his reconciliation with Warner Bros. and said that a new studio album was on the way that would be released on the label. The fruits of that deal came earlier than expected when Prince dropped a new single late last night in the form of “The Breakdown,” which is a slow and… More »

By: James Rettig / April 19, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Prince Plans Deluxe Purple Rain Reissue, New Album In Warner Bros. Deal

When Prince was one of the world’s biggest and greatest stars, he released all his music on Warner Bros. But in the early ’90s, Prince and the label fell out. For a while there, Prince was posing in photo shoots with the world “slave” written on his cheek, and as soon as he could, he… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 18, 2014 - 10:48 am

Prince (Feat. Zooey Deschanel) – “FALLINLOVE2NITE”

When Prince guested on The New Girl last month, he performed a song with Zooey Deschanel called “FALLINLOVE2NITE.” The song, a zippy EDM pop thing that sounds very little like typical Prince or Zooey Deschanel music, is now streaming online. Check it out below. More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 14, 2014 - 10:35 am

Hear Arcade Fire Cover Prince’s “Controversy” In Minneapolis

In a nod to Minneapolis, where they played the second night of their U.S. tour earlier tonight, Arcade Fire kicked off their encore with a cover of Prince’s “Controversy.” The song was actually on the setlist for the tour opener in Louisville Thursday night, but they ended up playing the Stones’ “The Last Time” instead. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 9, 2014 - 1:33 am

Watch Prince Play “FUNKNROLL” On Arsenio

The best episode of the original Arsenio Hall Show that I ever saw was an early-’90s one where Prince essentially took over the entire show for its full running time, performing a bunch of songs and displaying a mind-boggling level of stagecraft and charisma. He’s doing it again tonight. Tonight’s episode of Arsenio is devoted… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 5, 2014 - 5:11 pm