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.

6 surprisingly normal moments from Prince’s Arsenio Hall takeover


The funny thing about an artist’s mystique is that it only works if everyone around them buys into it.  And Prince seems especially skilled at keeping up appearances and maintaining an aura of implausible oddness and secrecy. There are no “normal” Prince stories out there; even when he asks a friend to do something relatively…

When the Minneapolis Sound hit Algeria: What Paisley Park music has meant to me


It all started with Batman, in 1989. I was living in Jakarta, Indonesia; my father worked as a diplomat, so we always travelled around a lot. Tim Burton’s movie was huge that year. Toys, posters, music: I bought them all, including the soundtrack by Prince. I remember being seven and enjoying the “Batdance” video immensely. I thought it…

Prince's hairstyles: an illustrated chronology


Prince hairstyles

London-based illustrator Gary Card has taken album covers, press images and paparazzi shots of Prince and compiled them into an impressive chronology: Prince's hair.

A sneak peek into the first night of Prince’s secret London shows


Tuesday night in London was miserable. It was pouring rain and there was a strike that closed the Tube, but it got much more interesting when rumblings started on Twitter that Prince would be playing the Electric Ballroom in the eclectic North London neighborhood of Camden at 3:00 a.m. Immediately, there was a line outside…

Prince sues 22 fans for $1 million each for sharing bootleg recordings


Update 1/29: TMZ is reporting that Prince has withdrawn this lawsuit—though “without prejudice,” meaning that he reserves the right to re-file the suit if and when he feels like it. “Because of the recent pressure,” Prince’s attorney told TMZ, “the bootleggers have now taken down the illegal downloads and are no longer engaging in piracy.” Meanwhile, Prince went ahead…

Then and Now: The Capri Theater, where Prince played his first solo show


Text by Andrea Swensson and Steve Cohen “Now” photos by Steve Cohen Now that every address is available with a quick Google search and every concert is Instagrammed from 100 angles, it can be hard to remember a time when things weren’t so heavily documented. Even massive concerts like the Beatles’ visit to Minneapolis in…

112 words from Bonnie “Prince” Billy


Will Oldham—more frequently known by the stage name Bonnie “Prince” Billy—is a singer-songwriter from Kentucky. Oldham will be playing with the Bitchin Bajas on Monday, December 16 at the Cedar Cultural Center, promoting the new self-titled Bonnie “Prince” Billy album (above); the album is available for sale at Oldham’s shows, but won’t be widely available…

Prince becomes a comic-book hero


Dig, if you will, a picture: actually, 32 pages of pictures, drawn by comic artist Ernesto Lovera to a story written by Michael L. Frizell. Fame Prince, a publication from Bluewater Productions, will be available December 4 for purchase and download. It tells the story of the Minnesota music legend’s life from his 60s childhood through…

The 10 best answers from Prince and 3rdEyeGirl’s Twitter Q&A


If 2013 has taught us anything about Prince, it’s that there’s no way to predict what he might do next. He could release a new song without warning; invite fans to Paisley Park for a last-minute pajama party, complete with pancakes; Livestream a rehearsal at Paisley for the world to see; or simply show up…