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.

Sherman Alexie mourns Prince in noble new poem


You may know Sherman Alexie wrote The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. You may know he’s the most renowned Native American author of our time (but he’s not your model minority). However, you may not be familiar with this trait of Alexie’s: an abiding…

London’s O2 to host ‘first ever official exhibition’ devoted to Prince


In 2007, Prince played a record-setting 21-night residency at the O2 arena in London. It was such an epic success that it inspired Michael Jackson to go for 50 nights with This Is It, the run of shows scheduled to begin shortly after his 2009 death. Now, the O2 will be the site of what’s…

Pantone and Prince estate unveil an official purple: ‘Love Symbol #2’


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Purple has long been associated with Prince and widely recognized as his signature color. Purple was a feature in many elements of Prince’s life — including in the title of one of his most popular songs, “Purple Rain,” and the color of the motorcycle he rode in the iconic Purple Rain film. It was the…

Five reasons Prince was a guitar legend


Prince has been called one of the greatest guitar players of all time — even the greatest. Yet, oddly enough, it seems like he’s been on fewer guitar magazine covers than Dave Mustaine, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Mark Tremonti (no disrespect). So much of what people focused on was the mystique of Prince as a performer, singer,…

Prince's sexiest songs, according to Har Mar Superstar


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Minnesota's own Har Mar Superstar gave Jade his picks for Prince's 12 sexiest songs. Listen to his selections, read about how he chose them, and find out which one he's been regularly covering on tour.

Prince’s B-side strategy


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We all know Purple Rain is godhead, right? And yet, I’d argue that the two best Prince songs of 1984 aren’t even on it. Instead, they were released on the B-sides of that album’s pair of number one hits. In fact, the first released, on the flip side of “When Doves Cry,” the lustrous “17…

Beyoncé wrote the foreword to a forthcoming book of Prince photos


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“Truth be told, the word ‘icon’ only scratches the surface of what Prince was and what he remains to me.” That’s a statement that could have been made by any number of people, but it happens to have been made by Beyoncé. It’s a sentence from the foreword she wrote to a new book of…