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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

Max Tundra – “I Wanna Be Your Lover” (Prince Cover) Video

A few years back, Max Tundra spent a day recording a cover of Prince's "I Wanna Be Your Lover" entirely with hand-played keyboard parts and no samples. Since realizing that it isn't available online anywhere, he posted a very silly "phoned-in" video with all the charm of something you might come across on public-access TV… More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 24, 2014 - 12:22 pm

Watch Prince On New Girl

Prince hasn't acted in anything besides music videos since his 1990 movie Graffiti Bridge. But this Sunday, Fox will air an episode of New Girl, arguably the funniest show on TV, after the Super Bowl, and Prince will guest star on that episode. (Prince presumably has Super Bowl cred because of the unbelievably fucking awesome… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 31, 2014 - 5:06 pm

10 Bands Who Banned Photos In 2013

Technological currents have carried us ever closer to cyborg status, our smartphones becoming more and more like permanent extensions of our hands. That includes at concerts, where shooting photo and videos on phones has become so commonplace and so constant that bands felt the need to fight back this year. One of 2013's most prominent… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 26, 2013 - 9:46 am

Prince – “Da Bourgeoisie”

Lately, Prince Rogers Nelson has abandoned the archaic practice of recording and releasing albums, forsaking it in favor of throwing random songs out on the internet and seeing where they go. He's been on a pretty good recent run -- "Fixurlifeup," "Breakfast Can Wait" -- and now he's got another new one called "Da Bourgeoisie."… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 18, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Watch Clips From Prince’s “Breakfast Experience Pajama Dance Party”

Super early this morning, Prince hosted a "The Breakfast Experience Pajama Dance Party" at his home, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Prince and 3rdEyeGirl ply two sets, as Dr. Funkenberry reports. The audience wore pajamas. There was a screening of the "Breakfast Can Wait" video. Oh and pancakes were served. Check out videos below. More »

By: Liz Pelly / October 19, 2013 - 2:26 pm

Prince – “Breakfast Can Wait” Video

Prince doesn't show up in director Danielle Curiel's video for his morning-sex funk jam "Breakfast Can Wait," and neither, for that matter, does Dave Chappelle. Instead, the video has a foxy young couple using the medium of massive and artfully-lit choreographed dance throwdown to reveal how much they want to bang each other. There's also… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 11, 2013 - 12:45 pm

Watch Footage From Prince’s Surprise NYC Show That Ended At 6AM Yesterday

Extremely late on Sunday night or very early on Monday morning (depending on who you ask), recent Twitter-joiner Prince played a show a Tribeca's 500-capacity venue City Winery from 3AM until just before 6 in the morning. It followed a week-long residency by his former band the New Power Generation, who accompanied him on-stage a… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 27, 2013 - 4:26 pm

Prince’s “Breakfast Can Wait” Artwork Features Dave Chappelle

As we told you earlier this week, Prince is now on Twitter! On Friday, he posted an excerpt of a new single called "Breakfast Can Wait" (check it out on his website) as well as the cover art, which is pretty excellent. It features an image of Dave Chappelle, who once impersonated Prince on hi… More »

By: Liz Pelly / August 18, 2013 - 5:25 pm

Prince Joins Twitter

It's just another #FollowFriday! Er, Wednesday. I wish it were Friday! Anyway, the Twitter handle @3rdeyegirl has been (sporadically) active since January 6, but as of yesterday, the account's output and follower base have increased exponentially: The account attributed to Prince's current band 3rd Eye Girl has been commandeered by Prince himself (Verified!), and the… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 14, 2013 - 10:23 am

She & Him Are The Latest Act To Ban Camera Phones Via Patronizing Signage

Camera phones have been interfering with sight lines at concerts for years. Why, it was way back in 2010 that legendary opponents of contemporary culture the Black Crowes took an aesthetic stand against the usage of such technology, banning cameras at their own shows. Said singer Chris Robinson: "I personally think you should be too… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 8, 2013 - 6:49 pm

Janelle Monáe – “Q.U.E.E.N.” (Feat. Erykah Badu) (Prince Remix)

"Q.U.E.E.N.," Janelle Monáe's irresistible, Erykah Badu-assisted diva-funk vamp, stands as one of the greatest singles of the past few months, and it's also yielded my favorite video of the year. And given just how hard Monáe sells her own brand of mutant art-kid squiggle-pop, it's not too surprising that Prince, an obvious influence on Monáe'… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 26, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Prince – “Fixurlifeup” Video

Prince recorded his new single "Fixurlifeup" with 3rd Eye Girl, the new badass all-female backing band that played with him at last weekend's Billboard Music Awards. The song is practically a grunge swirl with a Prince vocal over the top, at least until it turns into early-'90s funk-metal near the end, and it's really fucking… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 24, 2013 - 10:23 am