Prince

The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Prince, Betty Who

Look, I’m all for a big-booty anthem, but trust me when I say: Iggy-Iggs and J.Lo aren’t the droids you’re looking for. So here are some that are.

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The 50 Greatest Crush Songs Ever

This week, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O releases her debut solo album, and it happens to have a very specific theme that caught our attention here at Flavorwire HQ: songs about crushes. But Karen O’s oftentimes sad, solemn songs only represent one side of the experience of having a crush. So we got to thinking: what songs about longing stick with us after the thrill of the chase turns into something deeper? Which serve as a salve when you find out that your crush isn’t mutual? What about the ones that give you the nerve to try and steal your crush away from someone else? Or how those that capture the thrilling promise of something new? All of these oh-so-complicated scenarios are represented here, in our unranked list of the 50 greatest crush songs ever… Read More

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Two New Prince Albums Coming This Fall

Prince has played the long game when it comes to teasing PLECTRUMELECTRUM, an album made with his newish backing band… Read More

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1984: The Year Prince, The Replacements, and Hüsker Dü Made Minneapolis the Center of the Music World

If you’re born with the name Prince, there’s a good chance your parents thought you destined for greatness. In the case of Minnesota’s Prince Rogers Nelson, the artist who would go on to be known only as Prince (and then, briefly, the Artist Formerly Known as Prince), the release of his third, fourth, and fifth albums, Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982), helped push him towards the top of the pop-music mountain — but on June 25, 1984, he began his official ascension to places very few before or after him could even imagine. With the release of Purple Rain, he experienced the sort of success and everlasting influence rivaled only by Michael Jackson and Madonna. The main difference is that Prince did everything; he wrote and produced his songs, shredded the hell out of the guitar, and showed that he was a flamboyant musical icon with enough command, showmanship, pomp, and genius to proclaim that he was his generation’s James Brown and Sly Stone rolled into one. … Read More

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Prince May Not Hate the Internet As Much As He Thinks

The Internet will never forget what Prince said behind its back in 2010 — that The Internet is “completely over” — but that doesn’t mean he’s as anti-web as even he may think. His music may be hard to come by for free online, but Prince’s desire for mainstream hits that reach audiences immediately after recording can only be facilitated by the web. Moreover, he’s apparently been paying attention to online memes and using them as inspiration for more than just the greatest single art of all time. … Read More

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The 25 Best Rock Movies Ever Made

Next Tuesday, the Criterion Collection will release an all-new, stunningly restored, and just plain wonderful Blu-ray version of A Hard Day’s Night, the classic Beatles musical comedy that, wouldn’t you know it, also turns 50 years old this summer. To mark the release of that acclaimed rocker (and the theatrical unveiling of the thus-far less-acclaimed Four Seasons biopic Jersey Boys), we decided to round up the best rock movies of all time — no concert films and no documentaries, but narrative films where popular music plays a vital… Read More

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20 Photos of Prince Making Inanimate Objects Sexy

Pop culture royal Prince turned 56 over the weekend, but the singer shows no signs of slowing down. One of the central components of his oeuvre has been his sexually frank lyrics. That alone might be enough to make audiences swoon, but his flamboyance, confidence, ridiculous talent, seemingly ageless beauty, cleverness, and attitude basically make him a magical unicorn wrapped in a double rainbow. The sexy knows no bounds — and that the performer largely remains a mystery only intensifies his allure. Prince even has the power to make inanimate objects… Read More

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The 50 Best Side One Track Ones in Music History

There’s an art to the album opener — it doesn’t necessarily have to be the best or most commercially appealing song on the record, but it needs to grab the listener’s attention. It’ll often also serve as an introduction to the themes and/or sound of the album in question, a sort of preview of to what’s to come. And so it is that at Flavorwire central, we’ve been having one of our unabashedly nerdy music conversations about what are, in our collective opinion, the best examples of the form. Here’s a bumper list of 50 to talk… Read More

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