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.

Listen to Beyoncé sing Prince’s ‘Darling Nikki’ in honor of Nicki Minaj


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It was probably inevitable that someone would rewrite Prince’s infamously dirty Purple Rain track “Darling Nikki” in honor of Nicki Minaj—and it turns out that someone is Beyoncé. Queen Bey sings an a capella verse of “Darling Nikki Nicki” in a new promotional video for a live performance of Minaj’s song “Feeling Myself,” a collaboration that the pair…

Prince says he’ll play with Judith Hill at Paisley Park tonight


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Prince remains firmly committed to supporting the career of Judith Hill, a singer he discovered when she told a European magazine she wanted to work with him. Hill’s dream came true: earlier this year, an album produced by Prince and recorded at Paisley Park was released in an unusual cascade that started with a free…

Local Current to go all-Prince as soon as it snows 1″


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Some Minnesotans dread the coming of the fall’s first snow, and others look forward to it with excited anticipation. We’ve chosen the latter route. In fact, the first time it snows, we’re going to have a party: a Prince party. When MPR News weather guru Paul Huttner officially certifies that one inch of snow has…

Prince throws WNBA championship party for Minnesota Lynx at Paisley Park


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Never mind the Governor’s Mansion: a private Paisley Park party is turning into the Minnesota version of a White House reception. After bashes welcoming the National Association of Black Journalists (in August) and Madonna (last week), Prince helped the Minnesota Lynx celebrate their WNBA championship by inviting them to his Chanhassen studio for a private…

Prince serenades Madonna at late-night Paisley Park gig


Thirty-three civilians showed up to Paisley Park late last night. I know there were 33 of us because I ended up having plenty of time to count each and every one of us from left to right, then again from right to left and all the way up to the stage, which was littered with dozens of guitar pedals,…

The story behind Prince’s new album “HITNRUN”


Prince’s latest album, HITNRUN, is out today. There’s no such thing as an “ordinary” Prince album, but this new album—his 38th studio release—is certainly anything but. For one thing, it’s being released—at least at first—exclusively via Tidal, Jay Z’s streaming music service. For another, it’s described as “super experimental” (and this is coming from a guy…

Live from Paisley Park, it’s Prince! (on speakerphone)


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If there was a name for that singular, warm, musky sandalwood aroma that permeates the walls of Paisley Park, it would have to be Anticipation. How else to describe that smell of upscale, anything-might-happen glee? It’s intoxicating. It makes reasonable people do embarrassing things. And it keeps people coming back for more. I’ve lost count of…

Prince announces “three-day international dance party” at Paisley Park


To celebrate the Monday release of his new album HITNRUN, Prince has announced a “three-day international dance party” to be held at Paisley Park this coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday—Sept. 4-6. The party is billed as “presented by Tidal,” the streaming service where the album will exclusively premiere. On each of the three nights, the doors…