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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.
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?
There is so much that can be said about this Prince lawsuit and we could literally talk about it all day. On the one hand, everyone knows how much Prince hates when people post his videos or songs without paying him or whatever he wants for it at the time. On the other hand, he’s been out for so long that the only way some people are even familiar with him is because of the internet and the uploads.
But we’ll get back to that.
Prince is suing 22 members of Facebook and Googele’s Blogger for copyright violations and wants to see each of them pay $1 million. Here’s the scoop from Spin.com:
“According to the 21-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco (via Antiquiet), the defendants “engage in massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince’s material.” The lawsuit targets Dan Chodera, Karina Jindrova, and 20 anonymous defendants. Chodera and Jindrova allegedly operated a no-longer-online Facebook account that posted a bunch of bootleg Prince videos. The other defendants — “Does” 1 through 20 — are accused of similar infractions, such as pointing to a 1983 Chicago set from WorldofBootleg.blogspot.com. Hey, we’d like to hear that one.
Prince asks for a jury trial, which, though highly unlikely, would have to make for some fascinating courtroom drama. In addition to the $22 million total in damages, Prince wants the defendants permanently blocked from infringing on his copyrights. He also wants them to forfeit any money they may have made from his music — with interest — and to return any “unlawful materials” to their rightful Purple custody.”
Prince is not a stupid man and surely he knows that the chances of any of these people having $1 million to fork over is slim to none, so we’re thinking this is more of a symbolic lawsuit more than anything. He really does not want anyone posting anything having to do with his music that he cannot control…or at least get paid for in the process.
There’s got to be a better fix for this situation. Prince and his team are probably prepared to sue everyone they can find illegally posting his music but maybe a better solution is that he hire a videographer and post them himself to a website that he charges a fee (I know, I know) to become a member. That probably won’t stop it in full but that’s a better way to monitor everything.
What do you think about this lawsuit? Is Prince alienating an entire generation of would be fans by trying so hard to shut people down who post his music?
With the advent of social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, it’s easier and easier for celebrities to stay connected with their fans 24/7. But while some celebrities are naturally more entertaining than others, the rest of the bunch can just be downright hard to follow either because of their bad grammar, boring content, or ignorant commentary.
Florida rapper Plies dropped out of high school to follow his dreams. He founded his own independent label with his stepbrother but Plies was hesitant to become a rapper and preferred to stay behind the scenes. Releasing several mixtapes and albums on his own Plies may be best known for his guest feature on Ludacris’ “Nasty Girl.” He may also be best known for getting nasty on twitter. Not only are his tweets raunchy, they’re grossly misspelled. His most recent PG-rated tweets include: I Gotta Stop Getting Drunk And Callin A Bihh Late Nite… I Be Out Dere 2 Bad” and “Chase Tha Money An Not Da Hoes…”
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We told you that The Purple One would be making his television debut on the hilarious Fox sitcom, New Girl, on February 2. Well, a first photo from his appearance has come out, and as you can see, things are going to get pretty awkward–in a funny way.
Prince turned out to be such a big fan of New Girl that he reportedly reached out to producers of the show and star Zooey Deschanel (up top) on his own to pitch an appearance on the show. Prince is appearing on the show as himself, throwing one of his famous pajama dance parties. But he’ll also play a part in helping Deschanel’s character of Jess deal with relationship problems with her boo, Nick (Jake Johnson, above). Executive producer Dave Finkel says he’s a natural:
“He’s genuinely funny. He’s got a very quiet, wry sense of humor but he kills. There’s a moment in the episode where he’s sitting in between Zooey and Jake on a bench. And it’s a silent beef and he’s just looking between them trying to figure them out. And it’s hilarious. He has crazy comic instincts.”
I’m all here for it, ya’ll. So how would you caption this hilarious picture of Prince sandwiched between Deschanel and Johnson with his ‘fro poppin’?
In Hollywood there are pretty boys — you know the Diddys of the world who place photos of themselves on Instagram with cucumber patches under their eyes and take more time to get ready than the average woman — and then there are men who are just plain pretty. They have the long eyelashes, soft facial features, and grooming habits that just make you swoon and say, you know what, that’s a pretty man right there. Check out our favorite pretty celebrity men.
Musician Prince has always had an androgynous look about him. With his high cheekbones, deep, soulful eyes and soft lips, the Purple One has worn clothes such as ruffled blouses and boots with heels that at the very least could be labeled unisex. The legendary artist has been romantically linked to beautiful women but he’s always been the prettier one in the relationship. Prince, who normally wore his hair similar to Halle Berry’s signature short hairstyle, debuted his new look sporting an afro on ABC’s “The View” which made him look a little more masculine.
Prince is really doing a new thing this year. First he was on Twitter, he released a song and video for his single “Breakfast Can Wait.” And now he’s coming to your living room television set. Vibe recently announced that the Purple One will be appearing on the FOX sitcom New Girl. He is such a fan of the show that he reached out and pitched the show’s producers himself. Can you just imagine that phone call?
The idea is that Prince will appear on the show in one of his famous all-night pajama dance parties. And now it’s about to go down. The episode will air after the Super Bowl on February 2. This will be his network television debut, where he’s not performing.
Prince will be the second musician to appear on the show as Taylor Swift mad a brief cameo.
Are you a fan of “New GIrl”? Will you be watching?
Are you ready to paint the town purple?
Today, ESSENCE is excited to announce that music legend Prince will headline the 20th anniversary ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans on Fourth of July weekend in 2014. Prince last performed at the ESSENCE Festival for its 10th anniversary, back in 2004.
To honor this momentous occasion, ESSENCE will partner with the legendary singer/songwriter for a special community initiative led by the Rebuild the Dream Innovation Fund, which encourages young people to harness the power of media and technology, and channel their creativity into computer coding.
Read more at Essence.com
Social media is a great way for celebrities to promote their work and interact with fans, but that doesn’t mean that every famous person has jumped on the bandwagon – or jumped on it correctly: Here are 15 celebs you can’t follow, friend or Instagram. And those you can, you might not want to.
Three years ago Prince declared the internet “over” – then deleted his official website, refused to work with iTunes, and banned YouTube from playing his ish. Now, the “Purple Rain” singer has reportedly accepted the internet a little bit more, surprising everyone when he joined Twitter two months ago. But according to Prince, the Twitter page (@3rdeyegirl) is actually for his rock band, not him.
This past summer we learned that Prince may have ended his battle with the internet and started using Twitter. Personally, I still have my doubts. But Prince–or whoever was tweeting for him– used the social media site to release his new single. “Breakfast Can Wait.” And that’s definitely real. We all shared a chuckle at the cover art for the single. It featured Dave Chappelle holding a plate of pancakes, dressed as Prince in all his ruffled glory. Well now, the Purple One is releasing a video for the single and has decided to break us off with a little preview of what we can expect from the video.
It’s just a taste, but I must say, I can tell already that this song grooves. I can’t wait to hear the whole thing.
Check out the video and the audio in the video below.
While young girls around the country are going “gaga” over the new Miley Cyrus, it seems older folks aren’t too impressed–especially an array of musical legends. From Elton John to Cher and now Sinead O’Connor, many seem to think she’s a tacky meltdown waiting to happen. O’Connor shared her opinions on Cyrus in an open letter she wrote after the 20-year-old recently told Rolling Stone that her video “Wrecking Ball” (where she appears unclothed on a wrecking ball and licks a sledgehammer) was inspired by O’Connor’s very tame video for Nothing Compares 2 U (written by Prince). O’Connor has made it clear that she isn’t afraid to tell it like it is (remember her remarks on the Trayvon Martin tragedy?); so I guess you could say O’Connor didn’t want her classic video compared to the former Disney star’s, and she felt it was time to give Cyrus the real. Here are a few quotables from her lengthy open letter to the former child star:
“I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way ‘cool’ to be unclothed and licking sledgehammers in your videos. It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether it’s the music business or yourself doing the pimping.
Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited, and it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent.
I am happy to hear I am somewhat of a role model for you and I hope that because of that you will pay close attention to what I am telling you.
The music business doesn’t give a s*** about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think it’s what YOU wanted… and when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted, ‘they’ will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body and you will find yourself very alone.
I repeat, you have enough talent that you don’t need to let the music business make a prostitute of you. You shouldn’t let them make a fool of you either. Don’t think for a moment that any of them give a flying f*** about you. They’re there for the money… we’re there for the music. It has always been that way and it will always be that way. The sooner a young lady gets to know that, the sooner she can be REALLY in control.
Whether we like it or not, us females in the industry are role models and as such we have to be extremely careful what messages we send to other women. The message you keep sending is that it’s somehow cool to be prostituted… it’s so not cool Miley… it’s dangerous. Women are to be valued for so much more than their sexuality. we aren’t merely objects of desire. I would be encouraging you to send healthier messages to your peers… that they and you are worth more than what is currently going on in your career. Kindly fire any motherf***er who hasn’t expressed alarm, because they don’t care about you.”
Wow. She didn’t hold back did she? But O’Connor definitely makes some good points. What do you think? Check out the full open letter here and share your thoughts.