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Prince Returns To “Slave” Label, Set To Release Two Albums In September

August 25th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Prince Set To Release Two Albums In September

ART OFFICIAL AGE

After the MTV 2014 VMAs aired last night, the iconic artist Prince announced he will be releasing two albums at the end of next month. The first album to be released, ART OFFICIAL AGE, will be reminiscent of Prince’s classic musical style. Debuting on September 30, the album will feature the single “Breakfast Can Wait” and will be Prince’s 33rd studio album. The second album, “PLECTRUMELECTRUM,” will have the same release date and will be a collaborative effort with his funk band, 3rdEyeGirl.

Surprisingly, both of the albums will be released by Warner Bros. Records. Prince was signed to the label in 1976, but 20 years later their relationship soured after Prince released his 1996 album “Chaos and Disorder.” Prince had a dispute with the label over artistic control. As Warner Bros. Records and Prince continued their feud, Prince changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol and at public appearances, Prince would arrive with the world “slave” written across his cheek. Prince officially ended his relationship with Warner Bros. Records with the release of his 1996 three-hour album, “Emancipation.”

According to TIME, Prince and Warner Bros. Records reconciled once the label returned the master recording of Prince’s albums: “Dirty Mind,” 1999, “Purple Rain” and “Sign ‘O’ the Times” to the artists. Currently, Prince’s NPG Music Publishing controls most of his publishing catalog. To promote “ART OFFICIAL AGE” and “PLECTRUMELECTRUM,” Prince will have several live performances in the upcoming weeks.

To pre-order Prince’s new albums, click here. Below is the video for Breakfast Can Wait.

“I’ve Never Told This Story!”: Chilli Reveals That In The ’90s, She Went On A Date With PRINCE…

July 24th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I’m always intrigued by the stories of celebrities who dated other famous people you wouldn’t expect back in the day. So imagine my surprise when Chilli revealed in a new interview with OK! Magazine that at one point after TLC blew up in the mid ‘90s, Prince took her out on a date (no, not for pancakes). The Purple One didn’t take her anywhere extravagant or wine and dine her. Instead, she says that they actually went to see a movie that would end up being one of her favorites: Clueless.

“I’m a movie buff but I have to think about movies from the 90s. Clueless—I loved Amber’s, ‘Whatever!’ It’s funny because I saw that movie with Prince. He took me to see that movie. I’ve never told this story! We were in Indianapolis and the theater was closed but of course they opened back up from[sic] him so it was just he and I watching Clueless.”

She didn’t share if anything else happened, but that’s definitely a cool memory to have—going to the movies with a musical legend.

You can check out Chilli’s full OK! Interview where she speaks on her other favorite memories from the ‘90s here.

Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby–Or Not: 11 Artists Who Dropped Their Raunchy Music And Lifestyle After Finding God

July 21st, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In today’s music, many big names in the industry spend a hell of a lot of time talking about sex. Others spend a hell of a lot of time living recklessly. The people on this list had a lot of fun early in their careers, and then decided after finding God, that they wanted to clean up their music and/or their image. Some didn’t continue on the positive path, but hey, they tried. Here are 11 famous folks who left behind the sexually suggestive music and raunchy lifestyles to focus on their faith.

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JLN Photography/wenn**

Coko of SWV

Despite providing the lead vocals on songs like “Can We” and “Downtown” as a member of SWV, at this point in her life isn’t feeling such music. She’s married to gospel producer Mike Clemmons, is improving her relationship with God and has dropped a gospel album, so she doesn’t want to sing those songs ever again. As she put it: “whether I make another gospel record or not, I will not sing “Downtown” again.” In her opinion, such songs just don’t fit with her walk. 

‘C’Mon, We Are Coworkers!’ Lil’ Mo Explains Her Feud With Prince

July 7th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Over the weekend, Prince proved that he’s capable of throwing shade with the best of them. While you were busy enjoying leftover hot dogs and macaroni salad from you Independence Day festivities, our girl Mo was on Instagram throwing a bit of a temper tantrum because Prince’s security team momentarily prohibited her from going to the bathroom at the Essence Festival, as the iconic singer made his way to the stage. You can check out the full story here, but in short, Mo took a few subliminal digs at Prince on Instagram saying that he didn’t hit all of his high notes and that he thinks he’s not human.

Prince took to Twitter and tossed his shade as well.

Not long after their digital feud, Mo spoke with The Jasmine Brand about the incident to share her side of the story.

“Dynamite and I were walking and got held back by police and other security,” Mo explained.”My fiancé and I were like, ‘What’s going on we have all access passes? They told us to go this way’. The cop said, ‘You gotta stay here for like 2 minutes’. I said, ‘I have to go to the restroom, and if I pee on myself it’s gonna be some mess’. They blocked us from walking by because Prince was walking through. I was like, ‘Seriously!! are you kidding me. I’m not gonna even bother him’. I wont EEM [even] look at him — because I heard he doesn’t like people to look at him. Had that been his personal concert I would’ve been like ok — I feel you. But this is Essence. You have to be credentialed and invited or you not getting in. I think it was messed up. I don’t know who is to blame. I’m an artist too. Shade is, he wasn’t the ONLY artist that did that this weekend. It was too much for my mind to wrap around that people do that coming through clearing the way, like they Obama. C’mon. We are co-workers [laughs].”

The “R&B Divas: LA” star also insists that she was not taking jabs at Prince in her posts.

“I didn’t say NO names and I didn’t see none of his performance. He was NOT the only one that performed! I was talking about JJ Fish ahahahahaa. I just know the art of manipulation and people fall for it. Oh my God, all they have to do is read a few books that shows you how to make people THINK you talking about 1 thing. Lord — let me turn my greens OFF.”

Even though she says she wasn’t referring to Prince, she says she definitely doesn’t regret sharing the posts.

“I regret being held back for having to use the bathroom. After having 4 c-sections, when I have to GO I have to GO. I will not get a UTI and have to drink cranberry juice and messing up MY kidneys. Mannn, holding pee is deadly. I am NOT risking my clean undies for NO damn body. Miss me with that. Hello.”

As for Prince saying that her clothes didn’t match, Mo says she thought it was hilarious.

“Dynamite and I were on the plane. We landed and got a call. I HOLLERED ‘cuz they said Prince said my clothes didn’t match. I was like, ‘OH snap. Purple One got jokes’. That let’s me know he’s human. I have NO problem with him. The security gave a teez to ALOT of people. That was mean and low to treat people that way, but to each his own.”

LOL, and there you have it… I guess.

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“Purple Rain” Turns 30: Secrets Behind The Making Of An Iconic Album

June 25th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Dearly Beloved,

Today , June 25 2014, marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Prince Rogers Nelson’s game-changing album Purple Rain. As we all know the music was written to support the film in which Prince conceptualized and starred in, but most people will tell you that the music, far eclipsed the movie. And so in celebration of that, take a look at some little know facts behind the making of this iconic piece of work.

You Want Prince To Play At Your Party? Better Have $1.5M… Minimum

June 11th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Business Insider went to the experts at CelebrityTalent.net to get some accurate figures on how much it would cost to have the celebrity of your dreams — say — spend some time at your Saturday night Netflix party with you and a few of your girls. Let’s just say that you’ll need to kick your side hustle up a notch if you want to afford some of these prices.

Let’s start with the crazy. Prince commands $1.5 million to $2 million dollars. If you made the song “1999″ and turn up at the French Open with a scepter, then I guess you can ask for that much. He might actually be telling this woman that the price just went up to $3 million.

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In the $1 million to $1.5 million range are Jay Z, Usher, Pink, Miley Cyrus and Bruno Mars (among many others). And below that, you’ve got Mariah Carey asking for $750,000 to $1 million along with Tiger Woods, Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder and Pharrell. Then between $500,000 to $750,000, you’ve got Alicia Keys, Jon Stewart, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson and Lenny Kravitz. BI has the complete list from CelebrityTalent.net.

You might be surprised to learn that Kanye only asks for (only!) $350,000 to $500,000 and you still have to pay between $250,000 and $350,000 for Earth Wind & Fire.

You’ll also notice that a lot of actors are noticeably absent from this list. According to the article, musicians command higher prices, presumably because they’re actually going to be performing while actors would just take a bunch of pictures. Denzel Washington will cost somewhere between $250,000 and $350,000. So will Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman and Leonardo Di Caprio. Many of these celebs want exact figures worked out before any negotiations get anywhere.

More reasonably, if you’ve got $10,000 to $20,000 burning a hole in your pocket, you can spend some time with Maury Povich (maybe he’ll make some DNA test announcements at your next BBQ?), Sisqo (he’ll perform the “Thong Song,” which would actually be so worth it), or Jada Pinkett-Smith. Maybe she can tell you why Jaden wore that super hero costume to Kimye’s wedding.

Win Tickets To See Prince And Janelle Monae At Essence!

June 11th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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Prince And Janelle Monae

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In just 22 days Essence will celebrate 20 years of entertainment and empowerment at the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans. Everyone from Iyanla Vanzant and Bishop T.D. Jakes to Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, and Alicia Keys will be down in the Big Easy for the festivities and we can’t forge the headlining performances by Prince and Janelle Monae. That’s why we’re giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader and a friend to see these two live and in person at Essence Fest Friday, July 4!

To enter the contest, all you have to do is click the widget below, follow us on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. Winners will be chosen on June 23. Get to tweeting!

For a chance to win weekend passes to Essence Festival enter this contest here.

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EBONY Puts Jay Z, Beyoncé, Kanye And Rihanna On Covers For Black Music Month; Prince Covers Essence

May 5th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If you weren’t aware, June is Black Music Month, and to celebrate the month, EBONY decided to show some love to four folks who are dominating not only black music, but the music scene in general. Ironically, they’re all part of the same clique. Kanye is labeled “The Poet,” Rihanna “The Rebel,” Jay “The Mogul,” and Beyoncé “The Diva.” So why these four? According to EBONY:

“In celebration of Black Music Month, EBONY magazine pays tribute to the industry’s leaders, pioneers and game changers. Inside the June issue, EBONY honors both the present-day success stories and the giants who paved the way. The issue is a four-cover series, with BeyoncéJay ZKanye West and Rihanna gracing the covers as a salute to their unprecedented impact on Black music.”

So not only will the June issue celebrate these four innovators, it will also shine a light on the many other talented black folks making an impact on the music scene. All four covers are set to hit stands tomorrow, so be on the lookout.

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And you should also keep your eyes open for this new Essence cover, which will get you prepared for Essence Music Festival! Festival headliner Prince graces the cover (with just enough hints of purple in the Essence logo in his honor) and inside the issue, is followed around after one of his electric shows. With a new band and an experimental funky new sound, Prince also talks about how the music he makes now compares to his sounds from the past. Prince also gets the chance to interview musical legend Nile Rodgers, whose name is on everyone’s lips again due to his production work on Daft Punk’s most recent work, the Grammy award winning album, Random Access Memories. All kinds of greatness gracing the pages of the June issue.

Are you excited? Will you be picking up these new issues? Talk about it!

 

 

I Saw The Light: Celebs Who Left The Entertainment Industry Behind For Jesus

March 18th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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When your faith becomes stronger, it’s amazing the effect it can have on your way of looking at and doing things in life. From watching what you say and the image you put out there of yourself, once you’re born-again, (for many people) you are a new person. These famous folks changed their lives, changed their music, and in many cases, stepped away from the entertainment industry altogether to focus on getting closer to God.

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Chris Tucker

While Chris Tucker never officially disappeared, he decided to start working every once in blue moon despite being on a hot streak in the mid-to late ’90s. The only work he would do for a good decade was the Rush Hour franchise, though he did take a role in the Academy Award-nominated film Silver Linings Playbook in 2012. Despite being the most-loved sidekick to Ice Cube’s Craig in the Friday franchise, Tucker wouldn’t sign on for the sequels to play Smokey because he had become a born-again Christian after doing the film Money Talks and no longer approved of the character.  

Purple Reign: Prince To Take Over The Arsenio Hall Show

February 28th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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In case you haven’t heard, Prince has a representative these days.

Prince, who has a history of speaking about this distaste for the internet, made his Twitter debut through 3rdEyeGirl’s account. Then another woman, presumably the same one, appeared, dressed just like him, in his new “Breakfast Can Wait” video. And recently she strolled up into the Arsenio Hall studio to deliver a letter from the Purple One himself.

She didn’t say anything but she did give Hall a hug and a pound, as Prince instructed. Here’s a bit of the letter.

So here’s why I’m writing you. The Arsenio Hall show has always been so welcoming to us in the past. And we wanted to return that favor. Just say the word and we will bring our whole crew over to your place and do a performance you will never forget. Just in case you haven’t heard, I’ve been practicing and I’ve gotten pretty good now. If that’s cool, we’d like to come in next week, perhaps Wednesday. Have your people contact my people and we’ll invite some more people, like all of America. 

Prince

Naturally, the audience went wild. And was probably pissed that they were going to miss it.

And then Aresenio threw a jab: “Take that TGT.” Wooop! Shade.

You can watch the clip in the video below.

Will you be watching Prince on the Arsenio Hall show? Which songs would you like for him to perform?