Prince

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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Why Is Prince Getting Back Into Bed With Warner Brothers?

Hell must be freezing over, and the sun will probably rise in the west tomorrow, because this morning brought news of the single most unlikely thing in the world (or the music industry, at least): Prince has re-signed with Warner Bros. I say “re-signed” because, remember, Warner is the same company that so infuriated His Purpleness in the 1990s that he took to scrawling “SLAVE” on his face when he appeared in public, and pioneered the legally adventurous move of changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol in an attempt to extricate himself from his record contract. This fact seems to have been largely overlooked by everyone reporting the news of his new deal this morning. Clearly, Prince’s ways are inscrutable at best, but seriously, what’s going on here? … Read More

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Arcade Fire Covers Prince’s “Controversy”

No one expected Arcade Fire to go particularly bare bones in concert, and it looks like the band is living… Read More

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