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It’s Official, Prince Is Releasing A New Album This Year

July 25th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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It’s no secret that legendary and multi-talented musician, Prince, creates iconic albums like he changes clothes, which is pretty often.

So it comes as no surprise that for 2015 he would gift fans with yet another album after releasing two full-bodied projects in 2014: Plectrumelectrum and Art Official Age.

After dropping a new track called “HARDROCKLOVER”  via Soundcloud, his band 3rd Eye Girl confirmed that The Purple One will indeed be releasing a new album this year. Titled The Hit & Run Album, the project is a reference to his recent “pop-up” concert tours, where he spontaneously held shows at a moments notice. 

3rd Eye Girl also shared details of the new album to BBC 6 Music dishing, “Super hardcore Prince fans that know every song he’s ever recorded – we refer to them as ‘The Purple Collective’ or ‘The Purple Army’ – this album is absolutely for them, because it’s super funky.” “It’s weird, there’s a lot of experimental sound. It’s just hit after hit and definitely caters to those fans who just love to hear what Prince has to say, rather than wanting to always hear that classic Purple Rain Prince sound,” they said.

The Hit & Run Album will be Prince’s 38th studio effort to date, and is said to include sultry love song “1,000 Hugs and Kisses” and a new version of “This Could Be Us” from last year’s Art Official Age.  No word on an official release date, but 3rd Eye Girl assures, “Everything happens really fast here. When an idea comes… it’s translated to the musicians or whoever’s working on it and then recorded and laid down relatively quick and then it’s put out.”

Prince Pulls Catalog From Music Streaming Platforms

July 10th, 2015 - By Chelcee Johns
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The electric, body-moving  and soul-stirring Prince is not letting his music fly across all music streams. While we’d love to have easy access, Prince has other plans in mind. Spotify, Rdio, Apple Music, Google Play, Rhapsody, Amazon Prime and many other streaming services are being asked to remove Prince’s catalog from their platform.

The musical genius is ready to release new work with his  song “HardRockLover” dropping on SoundCloud (there seems to be a problem playing it now… hmm) and is asking all streams to take down his music – except Jay Z’s Tidal. The platforms will also have to say goodbye to music done by the artist under the artist formerly known as prince, Prince & The Revolution and Prince & The Next Power Generation.

Spotify has already made the changes and left this message on the artist’s profile page:

“Prince’s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog. We have cooperated with the request and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible.”

In May, Prince held a concert in Baltimore in partnership with Tidal after the death of Freddie Gray. Tidal streamed the concert and also matched any donations made through their site to support Baltimore charities. It is believed this may be the reason Prince has not cut Tidal off as well.

Prince is certainly not new to going up against large record labels and making sure artists receive fair compensation and their rights respected. Just last year, Prince made headlines when he went after fans that posted bootlegs of his concerts and even further back in the 1990s with Warner Bros. over royalties.

Prince’s move has been compared to that of Taylor Swift’s when last month Swift went head to head with Apple Music on receiving royalties during their free trial period. While the award-winning singer settled the dispute and stayed on Apple Music it seems as though Prince does not have the same plans to do the same.

“Black Lives Still Matter” Prince Is Coming To Baltimore

May 6th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Citizens of Baltimore rejoice! The Purple One, Prince Rodgers Nelson, has announced his plans to perform a concert in the city due to the recent unrest over the death of Freddie Gray.

The New York Times broke the news that Prince would be performing at a “Rally 4 Peace” concert this Sunday in Baltimore, at the Royal Farms Arena.

The statement said:

In a spirit of healing, the event is meant to be a catalyst for pause and reflection following the outpouring of violence that has gripped Baltimore and areas throughout the U.S.,” Live Nation, the concert promoter, said in a statement. “As a symbolic message of our shared humanity and love for one another, attendees are invited to wear something gray in tribute to all those recently lost in the violence.”

Tickets for the event will go on sale Wednesday at 5 p.m. at LiveNation.com. Part of the proceeds will benefit Baltimore youth charities.

Attendees of the concert are being asked to wear gray.

Prince will also be performing with funk-rock group 3RDEYEGIRL.

You may have seen that Prince was also planning to release a song, titled “Baltimore” about the uprising in the city. Though the audio still hasn’t hit the internet, the lyrics have been released. You can check them out below.

BALTIMORE
lyrics by Prince
NPG RECORDS, copyright 2015

NOBODY GOT IN NOBODY’S WAY
SO EYE GUESS U COULD SAY
IT WAS A GOOD DAY
AT LEAST A LITTLE BETTER THAN THE DAY IN BALTIMORE

DOES ANYBODY HEAR US PRAY?
4 MICHAEL BROWN OR FREDDIE GRAY PEACE IS MORE THAN THE ABSENCE OF WAR
ABSENCE OF WAR

R WE GONNA C ANOTHER BLOODY DAY?
WE’RE TIRED OF CRYIN’ & PEOPLE DYIN’
LET’S TAKE ALL THE GUNS AWAY

ABSENCE OF WAR- U AND ME
MAYBE WE CAN FINALLY SAY
ENUFF IS ENUFF IT’S TIME 4 LOVE

IT’S TIME 2 HEAR,
IT’S TIME 2 HEAR

THE GUITAR PLAY! (guitar solo)

Word on the internet streets is that Prince may release the single on Jay Z’s new streaming service Tidal.

Prince Records New Single For The City Of Baltimore

May 2nd, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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prince-baltimore-artwork-2015-billboard-510Prince is ready to tell the world how he feels about the riots in Baltimore.

The legendary singer has recorded a new song that is “a tribute to all of the people of the city of Baltimore.” The unnamed single will address the death of Freddie Gray and the current police issues taking place across the country. Previously, during the Grammy’s, Prince stated “Albums, you remember those? They still matter. Like books and black lives, they still matter.”

There is no release date for the new single but we have received a preview of the artwork.

We can’t wait to hear this new single. We love seeing celebrities use their power to address the social and political issues in our community.

Peanut, Man Man And June Bug: The Very Interesting Childhood Nicknames Of The Stars

March 10th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Do you have a childhood nickname given to you by close family and friends? Sometimes such names are embraced, sometimes they’re loathed, sometimes they’re super random, and other times, they are used to describe you, or the way you look. The following stars on this list all are known by those close to them as something very interesting, and after doing some digging, I thought it would be fun to share some of those monikers with you.

 

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Tity Boi

Before he was 2 Chainz, the “I’m Different” rapper was seriously out here going by his childhood nickname: Tity Boi.

“I want to explain this—I wish I could put this on a billboard. Tity Boi is not derogatory towards women, I didn’t make it up, I didn’t get it from a titty-sucking contest or anything like that. The name Tity Boi actually came from my big mama, from me being spoiled and an only child—breastfed. My mama called me Tity Boi, my dad called me Tity Man, my hood called me Tit so when we was trying to rap I had been going by Tit my whole life, Tit, Tity, Tity Man —it’s just like a country nickname —term for being an only child.”

Chris Rock & Prince Appear on “Saturday Night Live”

November 2nd, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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If you missed, Saturday Night Live last night, you missed an epic performance. The legendary singer Prince, performed for 8 uninterrupted minutes on last night’s episode. The performance featured new music and a killer guitar solo by the crooner. The last time Prince performed for 8 minutes straight, was during Super Bowl XLI halftime show in 2007. Prince’s performance will definitely go down in SNL history.

In addition to a performance by Prince, Chris Rock also hosted last night’s episode. Rock appeared in a number of skits including a funny skit with an entire black cast.

Kendrick Lamar and Woody Harrelson are set to perform and guest host when Saturday Night Live returns November 15th. In the meantime, check out the performance by Prince and some of Chris Rock’s skits.

 

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

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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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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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