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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.
If you don’t already have Janelle Monae’s new album The Electric Lady, you are truly missing out. It just might be album of the year (I’m torn between it and Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience), but we still have a few months left in 2013 to figure that out. To promote the new disc, the beauty actually hit up The Breakfast Club. And while the show is usually a bit much when it comes to the questions they ask their guests, the hosts were on their best behavior. Well, for the most part (DJ Envy tried to imply she was gay but her facial expression shut that down real quick). Check out what she had to say about what it’s really like to work with Diddy and if she’s on Bad Boy, having jam sessions with Prince, and why sales do matter to her.
Is She on Bad Boy? And What It’s Like Working With Diddy:
“Diddy actually is somebody I have to credit for helping me get my career off the ground. I started my own label a few years back, the Wondaland Arts Society, and Big Boi was working with us, and Puff came down and saw what we were doing and just wanted to help. He said, ‘I don’t want to be involved creatively with anything you guys got going on, I just want the world to know about you.’ So it’s a partnership. I came into the business owning my own label.
It’s a very unique position that I’m very thankful for. I was very anti-major label. I just felt that I didn’t see myself out there. I felt that if I was going to be signed directly to this big machine I would have to change my image, my music and stuff, so I felt the most important thing was getting the music to the people, unfiltered…I’ve been in the unique position to have Puff’s support and Big Boi’s support. They’re executive producing this album. I’m here because artists helped me get to this level.”
How She Became So Close With The Purple One:
“My first nationally released EP, Metropolis, came out and he listened to it. I was actually on tour with Raphael Saadiq and he had his DJ, DJ Rasheeda, she came backstage and said, ‘I have someone who wants to talk to you’ and I’m like, ‘Okay.’ So I get on the phone and this voice…I’m going to do it in my voice, he said ‘I love your voice, I love what you’re doing, I’m happy, I’m proud,’ and ‘Do you want to come over for a jam session?’ So he invited my band and I over for a jam session. We stayed up until seven in the morning just talking and playing music. He took me on tour with him, I did Madison Square Garden and the Forum in L.A.”
Charlamagne: ”Did he feed you pancakes?”
“I’ve actually had pancakes. We all did, he’s a great host. But we didn’t play basketball [laughs].
But I’m just humbled and thankful. He doesn’t appear on a lot of albums so just to have his support–again, I’m here because a community of artists have supported me.”
And Why Sales Do Mean Something To Her:
“I need ya’ll support. I have not sold a million albums or 500,000 but I think this music is worth it.”
Charlamagne: “You care about that stuff?”
“I want everybody in the entire galaxy to hear this music. I don’t write music just for myself. I write it to help inspire and heal and to move people, you know what I mean? I want the world to hear about this album.”
And the world needs to quit sleeping and open their ears because she’s one of the most talented artists we have in all of music right now. Click over to the next page to watch her 20-minute interview with Charlamagne, DJ Envy and Angela Yee at Power 105.1.
It’s very clear that Prince is quite fond of the Electric Lady, Miss Janelle Monae. Not only did he break tradition and appear as a featured guest on her album Electric Lady he also sent a singing telegram to her dressing room. The man remixed Prince’s “Kiss” and serenaded Monae with a bouquet of flowers.
Prince rewrote the lyrics to go as follows:
“You don’t have to be rich to be Monáe/ You don’t have to be a witch with a broom of hay/ Ain’t no particular rhyme that you need to say/ You just need a copy of Janelle’s Electric Lady.”
Check out the video of Janelle receiving the telegram below.
If you’re a Janelle fan, her album is in stores now. Cop that.
September is shaping up to be a good month for music. Last weekend the “Made In America” festival happened. Tamar Braxton’s album dropped today and in a week, Janelle Monae’s second official studio album, Electric Lady will hit stores.
Earlier this summer we mentioned that Janelle Monae and Prince would collaborate for this album. What we didn’t know was whether or not we’d get a chance to listen to this track before the EP came out. Well, friends the music gods have smiled on us because today, you get to hear the very song the man, the myth, the legend Prince himself, felt was worthy of his musical genius. It’s called “Givin’ Em What They Love.”
It’s a rocker song through and through with thick drums you can bob to. Prince and Janelle take turns vocalizing and backing each other up. Janelle does that melodic whine she does while Prince goes for a higher register. It blend masterfully.
Being that Prince doesn’t link up with new artists everyday, Janelle Monae expressed her gratitude in her Billboard cover story:
“I had a chance to produce an icon. It’s not every day that he collaborates. I’m honored and humbled that he trusted me. He is forever my friend, and I am forever indebted. I can’t say too much else about it.”
Yeah there’s not much else to say. It’s hot fire. Take a listen to the track below and let us know if you agree.
Janelle Monae’s album will be out on next Tuesday, September 10.
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Prince is so fabulous it’s like he’s a man and a woman at the same time. What other man can make women throw their panties on the stage while wearing lace and stiletto heels?
If you hadn’t heard the news, Prince has decided to stop loathing the Internet and new technology long enough to allegedly join Twitter. Under the name @3rdeyegirl, which is the group he’s part of along with the talented Donna Grantis, Hannah Ford and Ida Neilsen, the Purple One has slowly embraced Twitter. He has even allegedly been occasionally posting mind-blowing photos of salad and captioning them in numerical cryptic ways only he does best (“Did eye add 2 much pepper?”). But the Tweet that has everybody talking this week is the introduction of the group’s new single “Breakfast Can Wait.” The Tweet that introduced it features single art that includes Dave Chappelle as Prince, holding a plate of pancakes like in his hilarious Chappelle’s Show “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” skit. If you’ll recall, in the skit, Murphy tells the story of playing basketball against Prince at his home in the ’80s. When singer ended up beating him, he offered Murphy and his group of flunkies some pancakes. To make the single art even more funny, the image was posted on Twitter with the caption, “Game: Blouses.”
A preview of the actual single was also posted with the photo, and it’s definitely hot! Check it out for yourself below and let us know what you think. Good to know that Prince found that skit (watch here) to be as hilarious as we did.
Back in the day, everybody had somebody they’d see in a movie or on television and say, “DAMN he’s fine!” Like the Idris Elbas and Lenny Kravitzs of today, in the ’90s and earlier we were fanning ourselves over these good looking guys. While some of our crushes didn’t blossom the way we thought they would, the good news is, these fellas just kept on looking good. Here are 14 fine men we used to crush on who managed to somehow stay delicious years (and a few kids) later.