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LOS ANGELES(AFP) - Pop icon Prince was treated for a drug overdose in the week before his death on Thursday, entertainment website TMZ reported, citing multiple unnamed sources.

The 57-year-old was treated at a hospital after his private jet made an unscheduled landing in Moline, Illinois last Friday following a gig in Atlanta, amid reports that he had been battling influenza.

"Multiple sources in Moline tell us Prince was rushed to a hospital and doctors gave him a 'save shot'...typically administered to counteract the effects of an opiate," TMZ reported.

It quoted unnamed sources as saying Prince had been advised by medics to remain in the hospital for 24 hours but decided to leave after three hours when he couldn't get a private room.

"We know authorities in Minnesota are trying to get the hospital records from Moline to help determine (the) cause of death," said TMZ.

Prince, whose pioneering brand of danceable funk made him one of the most influential figures in music, was declared dead Thursday after being found unconscious in an elevator at his secluded compound in Minnesota.

News of his death prompted a flood of tributes, from US President Barack Obama to the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, as well as ordinary fans.

Prince's representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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:oshocked: 2 days ago I just downloaded all of prince. I hope I didn't kill him!
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Justin Bieber is pretty peeved that someone called Prince the ‘last greatest living performer’

As the music world comes to terms with the death of Prince on Thursday, it seems no one told Justin Bieber that now really wasn’t the time to be concerned about his own status as a performer.

Or that of his musical peers.

The death of Prince led to many tributes being posted across social media and musician Andrew Watt posted one such picture on Instagram.

And as part of a long and emotional tribute, he wrote that Prince was ‘the last of the greatest living performers’.

Something JBiebs did not agree with, commenting: ‘Well not the last greatest living performer.’



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Do you really think now is the time to argue, Justin?

While it may be true that denying an entire generation of performers the title of great performers is be a tad unfair, it’s just not the time for argument.

And Prince fans were quick to remind Justin of this, writing that it was ‘tacky’ of him to get pissed off at a comment such as this one.

It’s not too late to say you’re Sorry, Justin.

Reps for Bieber have been contacted for comment by Metro.co.uk.

Source: Metro

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Re: Prince dies aged 57

Postby Ocelot » Sat Apr 23, 2016 1:19 am

Goddamnit, on a personal level this is worse for me than Bowie's passing, and I loved Bowie. Prince's work was a huge part of my life...like I have some pretty happy memories with his songs providing the soundtrack. And my god, he was a virtuoso when it came to songwriting and playing instruments and putting music together. The dude was a savant when it came to music.

Can we please have his stuff re-released on Spotify now? :(

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Game. Blouses.


R.I.P. Prince...Incredible songwriter, musician, and showman.


Perhaps my favorite Prince song.
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Still can't believe His Royal Badness is gone :(

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Have been looking for this interview for a long time and found it again, from a April 1985 Rolling Stone magazine

These lawns are where Prince the adolescent would also amuse his friends with expert imitations of pro wrestlers Mad Dog Vachon and the Crusher.

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Prince awake for 154 hours before his death

Reports claim Prince appeared 'weak' and 'pale' before his untimely death.

It's been claimed Prince appeared 'pale' and 'weak' during one of his last public appearances amid reports the music superstar stayed awake for 154 hours before his death.

Employees at the Electric Fetus record shop in Minneapolis said the musician did not look 'in the best shape' when he visited the store five days before he was found at his Paisley Park estate.

Prince's brother-in-law Maurice Phillips has reportedly claimed the singer had worked for six days without sleep when friends and family held a private service at the compound on Saturday.

Mr Phillips, who is married to Prince's sister Tyka Nelson, is said to have told fans outside Paisley Park: 'He worked 154 hours straight. I was with him just last weekend. He was a good brother-in-law.'

Electric Fetus staff member Max Timander said Prince visited a day after the Purple Rain star had been rushed to hospital when his plane made an emergency landing in Atlanta, Georgia.

Celebrity news website TMZ have reported that he had overdosed on a painkiller called Percocet at the time.

'Everyone I've talked to on that Saturday said he looked kind of pale and he was not totally looking in the best shape as he normally is,' Mr Timander said.

'It sounded like he was looking kind of weak. I know he had just got over the flu supposedly.'

Chanhassen mayor Denny Laufenburger said discussions were underway to hold a public service in Prince's honour in the Minneapolis area.

A private funeral service at a local church is expected to be held in early May, he said.

Prince was found collapsed in a lift by staff members on Thursday morning, more than 12 hours after he was last seen alive when he was dropped off at Paisley Park. The 57-year-old singer was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are investigating whether foul play was involved in Prince's death after authorities said they had 'no reason to believe' he killed himself and there were 'no obvious signs of trauma' on his body.

According to Electric Fetus, the six records bought by Prince during his final visit were Talking Book by Stevie Wonder, The Time Has Come by The Chambers Brothers, Hejira by Joni Mitchell, Inspirational Gospel Classics by Swan Silvertones, The Best Of Missing Persons and Santana IV by Santana.

Source: Sky News

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Prince's former addict sister Tyka Nelson may inherit his wealth and vault of songs: report

He had an extensive cache of unheard recordings, possibly up to 2000 songs, locked away in a vault at Paisley Park, his home just outside Minneapolis.

The collection is believed to include an entire album he recorded with Miles Davis, Mr Husney said.

It is possible he could control their use from beyond the grave.

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I have a feeling that Prince wouldn't be too happy if they suddenly flooded the market with music he deemed not up to his standard for release. I mean, with Michael Jackson there wasn't much unreleased material which is why for the first posthumous album they had to "patch" songs together and it's alleged even use impersonators to "fill-in" for him on some of the songs. There was a big thing about it at the time among Mike's fans and some boycotted the album "Michael". With Prince, it's known that he has tons of unreleased material. Some have "leaked" already and I'd estimate those songs in be in their hundreds. I'd imagine the unreleased songs include side projects (The Rebels, Madhouse etc), Live concerts and demo's/songwriters demos ie, songs he worked on for other artists. Like "Love Thy Will B Done" for Martika, "Manic Monday" for The Bangels (which was originally for Apollonia 6) among others. The project will Miles is intriguing. I know he talked about him before (I believed he's mentioned in Miles Davis autobiography) and they've jammed at Paisley, so that will be cool if they see the light of the day.

On a lighter note, P was gonna be on the Simpsons!, more about it here!

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Prince death: Sales soar for late pop artist as his music tops Billboard charts in US

While officials said there were no signs of trauma on Prince's body when he was found unresponsive at his home, questions remain over the circumstances surrounding his death.

Los Angeles: After Prince died on Thursday, his fans rushed to listen to his music, but since it is mostly unavailable for streaming - Tidal is the only major streaming outlet that has Prince's full catalogue - they did something that fewer and fewer people do anymore: actually buy the music.

The music of Prince soared to the top of the weekly US Billboard 200 album chart on Monday after the singer's sudden death, as mourning fans rushed to remember the artist's legacy through his music.

Nielsen Music said Monday it had tracked 2.3 million song sales and more than 579,000 albums sales from Prince's catalogue in the three days following the news of his unexpected death at age 57 at his Minnesota estate last Thursday.

Album sales were led by The Very Best of Prince, a 2001 compilation of the R&B artist's hits including Purple Rain, When Doves Cry and Kiss, which sold more than 250,000 copies in the three days.

It shot to No. 1 on Billboard's latest album chart with 100,000 sales and 292,000 streams in the United States, according to data from Nielsen.
Fans have responded to Prince's death by buying his music and sending back to the top of the album and digital charts.

Fans have responded to Prince's death by buying his music and sending back to the top of the album and digital charts.

Prince's 1984 album Purple Rain came in at No. 2 with 69,000 units sold, and the singer's 1993 box-set The Hits/The B-Sides reached No. 6 with 41,000 units sold.

Prince had been tenacious in limiting use of his material on YouTube and digital music streaming platforms such as Spotify and Rhapsody. The singer did make his entire catalogue available on the artist-owned, premium subscription streaming service Tidal, launched by rapper Jay Z.

On the Digital Songs chart, Purple Rain led five Prince songs in the top 10, which measures online song download sales.

Source: The Age

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Prince on Larry King


Prince on Lopez 2nite


First TV interview with MTV


Prince on Arsenio Hall


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Interview with former WB head Mo Ostin

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Former Warner Bros. CEO Mo Ostin Recalls His Long Relationship With Prince: 'He Was a Fearless Artist'
4/26/2016 by Jem Aswad

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The great irony of Prince infamous battles with Warner Bros. Records over the ownership of his music is the fact that the company -- to which he was signed for the first 19 years of his career -- was one of the most artist-friendly major labels in history. From the late 1960s to the mid 1990s, the Burbank, California-based label fostered the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Fleetwood Mac, Van Halen, Randy Newman, the Grateful Dead, R.E.M., the Red Hot Chili Peppers and, of course, Prince in a free-wheeling and innovative but fiscally responsible culture that was as financially successful as it was "hip."
At the helm of that ship was Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Mo Ostin. Hired away from Verve Records in 1960 by Frank Sinatra to run his new Reprise label, Ostin convinced his boss to let him sign rock acts -- and the first one he signed was the Kinks. Reprise was purchased by Warner in 1963, and the combined company soon became the house that Mo built -- one that he presided over, as president, then chairman/CEO, until 1994.
Prince Has Sold Nearly 3.... His Death
The Ostin era at Warner spans most of Prince’s creative peak, from his signing in 1977 to his multiplatinum Purple Rain era to his widely publicized battles with the label. Prince’s accusations against the label perplexed many artists and executives who knew Ostin’s gentlemanly nature and artist-friendly culture, and the artist’s relations with the label only grew more contentious under the subsequent Warner management, until he finally fulfilled his contract and left the label in 1996 -- only to return in 2014, when Warner was under new ownership and management.
In this rare interview, Ostin, now 89 and retired but busy as a consultant and board member of the music schools at UCLA and USC, spoke with Billboard about his long relationship with this “fearless, unbelievably talented” artist.
First of all, I’m sorry for all of us but especially for those of you who worked with him and knew him for so long.
It's a really tragic situation, and it's still unclear exactly what happened. He seemed to be in incredible physical shape in all the years that I was associated with him. He was just amazing. The range of his talent was beyond belief.
Was there anyone you worked with who you'd compare with him?
Well, Sinatra, in a different way, was incredibly prolific, and certainly his performances were exciting -- he was electric onstage. But Prince was something unique and unto himself. He was a one-of-a-kind artist.
Do you remember how you first heard about him?
Our head of promotion [at the time], Russ Thyret, got a demo from our promotion guy in Minnesota, Owen Husney -- he later became Prince's manager. We were absolutely blown away and wanted to sign him immediately. There was a lot of competition because other people knew about him -- A&M and Columbia were trying to sign him, and it became very competitive. But A&M wanted his publishing and he wouldn't give it up, so he passed on them. Columbia would only give him a two-LP deal, so we decided that we would give him a three-LP deal because we believe in him so strongly. And also, because we valued artists, he signed with us.
Prince wanted to produce [his debut] album himself -- he was enormously confident, even at 19 years old. [Earth, Wind & Fire founder] Maurice White was interested in producing him, and of course we wanted him to be in the studio with somebody who had experience and a track record. So we leaned toward Maurice White, but [Prince] was very, very persistent -- he was a guy who wanted control, that was very important to him. So we sent him in the studio to assess whether he was capable of producing his own stuff, and we immediately felt he was capable.
On Prince's first album, engineer Tommy Vicari is credited as executive producer.
I'm sure [Prince] had engineering help and maybe other A&R help, but he was pretty much the sole producer.
Do you remember when you first met him and what your impression was?
Yeah, I do. After we signed him we had a lunch for him, and we found that he was incredibly shy, very taciturn -- I mean, he hardly spoke, and it was difficult for him to come out and relate, so I'm sure he was very uncomfortable meeting all these record executives. He was very, very shy and did not talk a lot; at that first meeting we were really taken aback by how little he said. But when you got to his music, that's when he could really shine.
Was he like that one-on-one as well?
One-on-one he was a lot more comfortable. He was really an incredibly good guy to converse with. He was laden with ideas, he had a terrific sense of humor, he was always fascinating, he was a lot of fun to be with. He would come in and visit with me whenever he was in L.A.
When he finished a record he would bring it into the office and he would take Lenny [longtime Warner Bros. president Lenny Waronker] and me through the album as he was playing it to us -- he would make comments and sing the lyrics he thought we couldn't hear clearly. It was a really fun experience to have him in the room playing the record for us and going through a sort of running commentary.
Prince Rules at No. 1 &am...rple Rain'
I'm envisioning him explaining the lyrics to songs like “Head” …
He would come right up and sing into your ear! Then later we would go to Paisley Park to listen to new product. He was always coming up with incredible ideas, he was incredibly smart. He had ideas about marketing, videos, other artists. He’d take us to the studio, we would go up to his apartment where we would usually have lunch, and he would talk almost in a stream of consciousness. Those were really fun meetings.
Was he as in control of his business early on as he became later?
I think early on he wasn't quite as sophisticated, but he was very well represented. He left Owen Husney and appointed Bob Cavallo, Steve Fargnoli and Joe Ruffalo, and they were very strong management people. We had dealings with Rob over the years because we’d signed [‘60s act] the Lovin’ Spoonful with John Sebastian after they left MGM, and all kinds of other acts he represented. And so [Prince] was in great hands in terms of his management, and they had one of the best lawyers in town [Lee Phillips]. Although he himself didn't know a lot about business, he had good instincts.
Was there a concerted effort to bring him to a white audience with 1999 andPurple Rain?
No, never consciously on our part. I mean, I think he might have thought about that. Certainly, when he came up with the idea of doing the film he recognized what the potential might be if it was successful.
He came to us early, through his management, to say he wanted to make a film. We believed in him very strongly by that time, but it was hard sell -- he didn’t have any experience in that area and still wasn't a huge artist. But I met with the head of production at Warner [Pictures] at that time, Mark Canton, and convinced him that he should take a flyer on making a picture with him. The top executive in the company had some misgivings about it, and in order to get them to commit, the management, and probably Prince himself, agreed to put in some money to front the film. And we told the film company that we -- the record company -- would guarantee everything that went over budget. So that really sealed the business part of the deal. And of course Purple Rain was enormous. I think [the album] was number one for 24 weeks, and it had two great No. 1 [singles], “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and then “Purple Rain,” which was a No.2 record.
Was there any hesitation about making “When Doves Cry” the first single from such a big project? It’s one of the most unusual No. 1 singles of all time.
It is. I'm not sure that we would have picked it as the first single, but we got great feedback on it from radio. When there was that kind of response to it, we went ahead.
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What was your reaction when he came with Around the World in a Day, which is a much less commercial album, as the follow-up record? Purple Rain was still going strong.
We were very, very positive about all of his records -- he was so versatile that nothing that came from him would surprise us. We were strongly artist-supportive -- we pretty much went along with his wishes on all of his releases.
You said he used to come in play his albums when they were done. Sign O’ the Times had many different iterations, including a three-album version. Was he coming in and playing you each one?
He didn't play all of it -- he left it with us. It came in as a three-album set, and then after living with it we decided that if he eliminated some things we didn't think were as strong, we would have a much better album. Actually Lenny had a conversation with him, and he went along with it.
Things didn’t go quite as smoothly with [1987's] The Black Album, which Prince abruptly recalled just days before it was released.
What happened was, we had a marketing campaign in connection with the Sign O’ the Times record release, and then there would be a whole new marketing campaign connected with the [release of the Sign O’ the Times concert film, later in 1987]. But while we were [promoting] the record, he went to a bunch of discos -- he would always do that -- and he wouldn’t hear his records being played, and he was very upset. So he decided he wanted to make a record that was [more dancefloor-friendly], and he madeThe Black Album. He insisted that we release it at the same time we were working Sign O’ the Times, and it would have disrupted our entire marketing plan. We tried to talk him out of it: “You can't put a record out to interfere with the existing record.” But he insisted, and we again went along with him.
But then, he had a change of heart. After we had manufactured records all over the world for the release, he called us and said he wanted to hold off and wait until we completed our campaign. We told him we had spent a lot of money getting this thing ready for market, and he said “Look, I want you to take all those albums and destroy them and I'll pay for whatever cost you guys incurred in manufacturing.” And he actually paid us out of his royalties.
You’d been down that road before with Neil Young -- didn’t he scrap hundreds of thousands of copies of 1978’s Comes a Time because he decided he didn’t like the mix?
Yeah, we'd been down that road with several artists. I don’t know if you know Frank Sinatra cut a recitation of Gunga Din, the Rudyard Kipling poem, after [Sinatra's 1966 Grammy-winning No. 1 album] Strangers in the Night! [laughter]. And he wanted it released!
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Really?
Yes! I held it up, and then he and I had a… [chuckles] … a pretty hot discussion about it because I had interfered with his wishes. He really got angry, he told me he wanted the album out immediately. So we prepared it for release, we sent it to radio, and we gotsuch negative feedback. The record still was at the distribution centers, it had not yet gone to retail, so I called him and said "Frank, we’re getting a terrible, terrible response to the Gunga Din record," and he said “Mo, if that’s the case, see if you can kill it and pull it back.” So we’d been through that before.
Prince said that Warner Bros. limited his creativity by not allowing him to release music quickly enough, and one of his former managers told us that his contract called for just one album a year, presumably to ensure that he didn’t under-deliver. But would it have been a contractual violation for him to over-deliver?
I don't remember restricting him to one album a year. I know that we had a conversation about that, but I don't recall it was in the contract. When he wanted something out, there was no stopping him. He released almost 40 albums -- and during my time, probably half of that. So it was always a battle, there was always some problem about releases. But in most cases he prevailed.
He did say, as the relationship got into the ‘90s, Warner was preventing him from releasing as much music he wanted to release. Was he referring to those conversations?
I'm not sure what he was exactly referring to. His biggest concern always was an ownership interest in the record that he created, which is understandable. We had both his records and publishing, although I said to you earlier one of the reasons he didn't sign with A&M was because they insisted that publishing be part of the deal and we didn't. We later made a deal with him to acquire his publishing. His anger at us actually came out of his obsession with ownership of his own work.
Do you feel that his anger was directed at the concept of the music business rather than Warner Bros. in particular?
Probably. But because he was a Warner artist and we owned the masters, a lot of it was directed at us, and that's why he changed his name and became a symbol and became "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince" and had that “slave” thing on his face. I’m not sure whether there was any racist aspect to it. But he really had given us a bad time over it -- he constantly badgered us to give him ownership of the records. As you know, one of the most important assets of any record company is their library, so it was very, very important to a record company to take ownership.
And he came at you like, “Give me back my catalog -- that's the way it should be, despite the contracts”?
Yep. He was very, very persistent and never let up. And as you know, he never went back to the name Prince until after he left Warner Bros.
Did your relationship with him become contentious? Did you feel betrayed by the way he acted?
No. It bugged me, but I understood where he was coming from. I remember that when Reprise was sold to Warner Bros., there was a difference in price that Warner wanted to pay us. And in order to compromise to a lesser price, one of the things we got Warner to agree to was to allow Frank [Sinatra] to own his masters. Dean [Martin] owned his masters, too. Reprise, because it was a company that was by an artist, we always wanted the environment to be [one] where the artist was favored.
But the "slave" stuff only bugged you? It was just business?
Well, it was annoying, because he was pretty persistent, and the idea that we had enslaved him and treated him unfairly and were taking advantage of him was bothersome, because it certainly wasn't the case in our eyes. But we never had any really bad, serious, angry arguments about it. We took a position with him, we told him we would not give him back his masters and although he always insisted in pushing for it, we held our ground. Even many years later, when Edgar Bronfman became chairman of the company and the ownership changed, Prince pushed him to get his masters back.
When you were in contact with him much after you weren't working with him?
No, I wasn't.
Do you remember the last time you saw him or spoke with him?
I don't.
What are you doing these days?
I'm retired -- I'm 89 years old. But I'm still consulting with Warner Bros. about business affairs, A&R, any issues that they think would be appropriate for me. And I'm on the board of the USC School of Music and also the UCLA School of Music. So I'm involved, but obviously I'm more limited in my activity. I haven't been since 2002-2003.
Is there any specific Prince memory or moment that stands out among the others?
Well, there are so many. He was incredibly competitive with Michael Jackson -- when you think about the ‘80s, those were really the two geniuses of that decade, and the contrast was like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Michael admired him enormously, and when Michael was making the album Bad, he wanted Prince to perform on it. I got a call from Quincy [Jones], who was producing the album, and he asked me if I could arrange for a conference call with Prince and Michael. So I did, and Michael and Quincy asked Prince if he would perform on the song “Bad” -- they wanted to do a duet. I don't think Prince ever had any intention of performing with Michael, but he was very, very polite and said “Look, Michael, you're a great artist. You make great records. You don't need me.” And he declined to do the project.
Any others?
Well, there was a situation with The Black Album. Time Inc. and Warner had merged, and we were at a sort of [corporate] bonding conference with Time magazine in Jamaica, I think it was. And there were lots of people there and Lenny was in a conversation with a guy who was a very important writer and editor for Time magazine called Dick Stolley -- he was the guy who actually [acquired and released] the tapes of the Kennedy assassination; I think he also came up with the idea of People magazine. Somehow The Black Album came up -- and Stolley of course became very interested and asked if we would send him a copy. Well, Prince had asked us to destroy them so we said no. But he said "Please send me the album, I’ll keep it under wraps," all kinds of things. Finally, I said, "Well, we can trust Stolley, he's a guy who has an incredible reputation and a lot of integrity. Let's let him have it."
We still had some records in our warehouses -- we had destroyed most of them but we kept some, just to have them, and we agreed to send Stolley a copy. Not long after that, Prince showed up at our office with Kim Basinger. He had just finished [the]Batman [soundtrack] and had made a disco recording with her that ran about 20 minutes [“The Scandalous Sex Suite”] and he wanted to play it for us. We were in Lenny's office and as he was playing the record, Prince got up from where he was sitting, went up to Lenny's desk -- and there on his desk was the copy of The Black Album that we were going to send to Stolley. He looked at it, picked it up, put it back on the desk and made no comment. I came up with whatever excuse I could make, I told him that this was somebody we could trust and might be valuable in getting exposure for Prince, maybe a cover of Time magazine, who knows? It turned out to be less of an issue than we thought it might, but our hearts dropped when we saw him pick up that album.
Do you have any idea how many original copies you held back?
No I don't. It might have been a hundred, I have no idea. It was the guy in the manufacturing [plant] who actually did that.
Is there anything else you want to say about Prince?
Well, you can't say enough about how multitalented he was. He was a fabulous composer, a superb guitarist -- he was up there with Hendrix -- he was a fabulous singer and producer, he could dance phenomenally, he had film ideas, he made great videos. The guy was so unbelievably talented it was overwhelming. And his songs were recorded by so many others like Sinead O’Connor, Tom Jones, Chaka Khan, the Bangles. Do you know that group he produced, The Time?
Of course. Prince said they were the only band that scared him.
I don't think he had any fear. That was a fearless artist, let me tell you. He knew how good he was.

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Re: Prince dies aged 57

Postby Bandit » Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:12 am

Following his death last week, Prince's iconic backing band, the Revolution, have announced that they will reunite and play some shows, as The Fader points out. In a video posted to BrownMark's Facebook page, Wendy Melvoin says that the band spent three or four days together grieving the loss of Prince before they decided to hit the road "soon." Watch the announcement below.

In his memorial essay about Prince, Questlove writes that when the Revolution first reunited in 2014, Prince actually ignored them. "In the summer of 2014, his old band, the Revolution, reunited at First Avenue in Minneapolis," he wrote. "They were all set up for him to join in and play. He drove right past. Prince was a great drummer, and he was always marching to his own beat."

The Revolution were credited on three of Prince's albums: 1985's Around the World in a Day, 1986's Parade, and most memorably, 1984's Purple Rain. (The accompanying film has returned to theaters for a short run.) Members of the band also played on 1982's 1999.



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Re: Prince dies aged 57

Postby Big Boss Man » Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:22 am

D'Angelo paid tribute on Jimmy Fallon, one of my many favorite songs of Prince's, one of the backing singers is the daughter of another great who passed way too soon, Minnie Riperton.



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Re: Prince dies aged 57

Postby Bandit » Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:58 am

That song is how you can tell who is a real Prince fan. Real Prince fans immediately thought of Sometimes It Snows In April when he died, casual fans brought up Purple Rain 10 billion times.

But Parade didn't sell well in America (although it was a big hit in Europe) and it got some negative reviews by dumbasses. But it's a record for the real fans who want more than the pop hits.

And D'Angelo is the only modern R&B musician who comes close to Prince. He's not nearly as prolific (3 albums in 21 years), but they're all masterpieces and he makes a song in any genre he wants. And he probably has the best studio band in music.

one of the backing singers is the daughter of another great who passed way too soon, Minnie Riperton.


Yeah, Maya Rudolph was a singer before she went to SNL. She was in The Rentals with ex-Weezer bassist Matt Sharp on their second record Seven More Minutes (another good record that bombed in America but did well in Europe. It was way better than Weezer's third record.)


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