Prince

Celebrating the life, music and legacy of Prince. This coverage is made possible in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Prince estate signs Sony deal to re-release 35 albums, starting with 1995-2010


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A new record label deal signed by Prince’s estate will allow the re-release of dozens of albums — starting with the LPs that came out after Prince broke with Warner Bros. in the mid-1990s. Industry reports have hinted that the Prince estate was close to signing a deal with Sony, replacing the Universal deal that…

McNally Smith auctioning 3,000+ items including Prince mural, many instruments


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When McNally Smith College of Music abruptly shut its doors late last year, hundreds of people were displaced. The institution listed financial trouble and low enrollment as the reasons for the swift closure. Since then, the college has sat empty on Exchange Street in downtown St. Paul. Because everything ended so quickly, everyone was left…

Photos: Henderson (‘That ain’t Lake Minnetonka’), Minnesota celebrates Prince


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When you think of Prince and Minnesota, the cities of Minneapolis and Chanhassen probably spring to mind, but the small town of Henderson (pop. 900) also occupies a crucial niche in purple lore. Henderson, an hour’s drive southwest of First Avenue, is the site where Prince and Apollonia filmed their iconic outdoor romp for Purple Rain.…

Prince ‘Piano & a Microphone 1983’ album to be released on Sept. 21


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This spring, Prince’s estate announced that an album of previously unreleased recordings would be released in the fall. Today, marking the 60th anniversary of the icon’s birth, Warner Bros. made it official: on Sept. 21, they’ll release a nine-track, 35-minute album recorded at his Chanhassen home studio in 1983. The songs on Piano & a Microphone…

Prince’s birthplace is now a site for recovery from opioid addiction


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“Did you know Prince was born in your office?” Saul Selby was joking with a colleague — but his estimate probably wasn’t more than a few dozen feet off. We were standing in the east wing of the third floor of a South Minneapolis building that used to be Mount Sinai Hospital. The best available…

Rare Canadian pressing of Prince’s Black Album surfaces on Discogs


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A previously unknown original Canadian pressing of Prince’s The Black Album has surfaced on Discogs. Yes, an original pressing of Prince’s album that he had planned to release in 1987, then decided not to. The postponement of the album led to Warner Bros. destroying 500,000 copies, and only a handful are known to survive. A…

McDonald’s claims Big Mac ad isn’t about Prince, offended fans roll eyes


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“Girl, please,” says a man wearing a purple jacket and carrying a stylized guitar, “I Big Mac like a Prince.” Could this South African TV ad possibly be referencing any well-known musician? Not really, says McDonald’s…but an industry group begs to differ. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), an independent trade group in South Africa, received…