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.

Sheila E. opens up about her new album, her memories of Prince, and healing in Minneapolis


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The iconic drummer, songwriter, and performer Sheila E. visited the studio recently to talk with Tom Weber of MPR News and Andrea Swensson of the Current about her new album, Iconic: Message 4 America, which features interpretations of songs by the Beatles, Sly and the Family Stone, and Stevie Wonder, her long professional and personal relationship…

‘Empire’ pays tribute to Prince, with a little help from his friends…and family


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In a much-anticipated episode tonight, Fox’s hit hip-hop drama Empire paid tribute to Prince with a climactic performance of his classic Purple Rain opener “Let’s Go Crazy.” Directed by Prince collaborator Sanaa Hamri, the episode featured guests including Morris Hayes (New Power Generation), Hannah Welton (3RDEYEGIRL), Joshua Welton (co-producer of ART OFFICIAL AGE and Hit n Run Phase One), and Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson.…

Watch members of NPG and 3RDEYEGIRL in ‘Empire’ Prince episode teaser video


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Tonight’s episode of Empire is going to celebrate Prince, thanks to a special arrangement with the late legend’s estate that will allow the show to feature his song “Let’s Go Crazy.” In a just-released teaser video, 3RDEYEGIRL drummer Hannah Welton can be seen preparing to play the song along with her husband Joshua Welton (who co-produced…

Peek inside early-1990s Paisley Park in two rare videos


Two recently surfaced videos offer a rare look inside Paisley Park circa the early 1990s. Michael Williams, then a VJ on the Canadian TV channel MuchMusic, visited the studio in 1992 — wearing a very 1992 sweater — to shoot an episode of his show Soul in the City. He knew he was at Prince’s…

25 years later, Prince’s Love Symbol Album remains a uniquely autobiographical landmark


The title of Prince’s 14th studio album, released 25 years ago today, was unpronounceable. Today, it’s iconic — synonymous with the name the artist would give himself the following year. What seemed like an alienating or antagonistic move at the time turned out to be another, and perhaps the most profound, example of Prince refining…

Beyoncé pays tribute to Prince: ‘He dared to fight for what was rightfully his’


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Beyoncé has penned a foreword to Prince: A Private View, a forthcoming book of photographs by Afshin Shahidi. The photographs themselves, of course, are stunning — documenting Prince in settings ranging from Tokyo to Morocco to Paisley Park, coupled with Shahidi’s recollections. Given how rare public statements of any kind by Beyoncé are, though, it’s her…

Prince items from Susannah Melvoin and others go up for auction


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Yet another Prince auction is upon us, and this roundup includes items once belonging to Susannah Melvoin, who was long close to Prince and is sister to Wendy Melvoin of the Revolution. Other offerings include items from Prince’s former horn player Eric Leeds, assistant tour manager Gwen Leeds, and costume designer Helen Hiatt. Currently, it…

Paisley Park announces new exhibits, first anniversary celebration


Paisley Park has announced plans to celebrate the first anniversary of opening its doors as a museum, which happened a year ago on Oct. 6. As of that date, “visitors will see all new artifacts and installations representing iconic periods in Prince’s career, including new pieces from the Under the Cherry Moon, Diamonds and Pearls,…