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.

Remember when Prince ruled Coachella (and controversially covered Radiohead) in 2008?


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Earlier today, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival announced its lineup for 2019. The bill includes headliners Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, and Ariana Grande, as well as acts like Janelle Monáe, Weezer, Maggie Rogers, and former Minnesota resident Lizzo. While the internet is in a frenzy over this year’s Coachella performers, we thought we’d…

Rare Prince recording and press kit acquired by Minnesota Historical Society


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The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) has added a press kit from 1977, Prince’s earliest days as a recording artist, to the collection. According to a press release, the press kit, which includes a demo reel recorded here in Minneapolis, was donated by Prince’s first manager, Owen Husney. Let’s rewind time for a moment… In the spring…

New sculpture, ‘Purple Raindrop,’ pays tribute to Prince in North Minneapolis park


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Take a stroll by Farview Park along North 26th Avenue in Minneapolis, and you may notice a splash of purple amidst the snow and barren branches. This purple — a shade formally titled “Purple Reign”— is the color of a new permanent sculpture unveiled this month, which emulates the subject of Prince’s “Purple Rain” and…

2018 holiday gift guide for Prince fans


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From homebodies to get-up-and-goers, from the bibliophiles to the audiophiles, there’s a Prince-themed gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list this year. We’ve compiled some gift ideas into a guide to help you find something for every Prince fan in your life. The Bookworm Prince: Before The Rain is by long-time Prince photographer, Allen Beaulieu, and…

Prince’s ‘Musicology,’ ‘3121,’ ‘Planet Earth’ to be reissued on purple vinyl


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Sony Legacy and the Prince estate have announced the first physical re-release of three major records from the Purple One’s mid-2000s output. The records will not contain any unreleased tracks, but they will be pressed on “highly collectible” limited-edition deep purple vinyl. August saw the streaming release of 23 albums from Prince’s NPG Records catalog,…

First Avenue releases new holiday sweaters, with a subtle nod to Prince


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Minnesota music landmark First Avenue has teamed up with Minneapolis retailer Ragstock to create a pair of holiday sweaters sure to catch the eyes of local music fans. Ragstock, a thrift chain with locations that have become go-to destinations for holiday sweater shoppers, helped create two “ugly” Christmas sweaters adorned with the First Ave logo…

Movie ‘inspired by Prince’s music’ being developed by Universal


Will “the next great musical” to hit movie theaters be a jukebox film that tells a fictional story inspired by songs like “Raspberry Beret” and, dare we imagine, “Darling Nikki”? It couldn’t be worse than Fifty Shades of Grey. Variety reports that Universal Pictures is developing a movie featuring Prince’s music — but not a biopic,…