Sheila E. Felt ‘Used’ During ‘We Are the World’ Recording Session
Sheila E. says she felt "used" by the creative team behind the 1985 all-star charity single "We Are the World." She says they promised her a solo verse that never materialized, in an attempt to lure Prince into participating in the project. The singer and percussionist tells her story in...
Prince Estate Battle Re-Erupts With New Lawsuit and Accusations
Although it seemed that the six-year legal battle over Prince’s estate had finally been settled in 2022, the issue returned to court this week. An agreement had been reached in which two holding companies shared control of the late artist’s properties. One of those, Primary Wave, is not involved in the new lawsuit. The other, Prince Legacy LLC, which includes family members among its board of directors, is the subject of paperwork filed in a Delaware court, Billboard reported.
Carmen Electra Files Paperwork to Keep Iconic Moniker Prince Gave Her: REPORT
Carmen Electra is reportedly seeking to legally solidify her iconic moniker. According to Radar Online, the 51-year-old filed documents in a Los Angeles court to legally change her name from Tara Leigh Patrick (her birth name) to Carmen Electra. Electra reportedly filed the legal docs on Dec. 29, 2023. The...
‘Purple Rain’ Will Become a Stage Musical
I only want to see you laughing in the purple rain ... on Broadway?. That could be in the offing some time in the near future, as news has broken that Purple Rain, the classic ’80s rock film starring (and with music by) Prince, is being adapted as a stage musical.
The Sly Stone and Prince Collaboration That Nearly But Never Was
It's a matter of fact that Prince was heavily influenced by Sly Stone, an equally unique and hard-working musical genius. According to Setlist.fm, Prince covered Sly and the Family Stone at concerts over 400 times between 1984 and 2016, performing Stone's "Stand!" at a show two months before his death.
How Prince Helped Jumpstart Warrant’s Career
Warrant received an early boost from a high-profile donor before briefly becoming one of the biggest rock bands on the Sunset Strip. At that time, Prince thought he wanted a piece of the proverbial cherry pie. He gave Warrant some $5,000 in the fall of 1987 to record a three-song...
Jeepers Creepers! Colossal Skeleton Goes Viral Cruisin’ the Streets (VIDEO)
Do you know how to tell it's officially fall? When you see a gigantic skeleton bustin' out of a parking lot in a Jeep. It's safe to say that fall is here and the spooky season is upon us. We know that because a giant skeleton decoration was just seen sitting in a Jeep pulling out of a Wegmans parking lot. And when we say giant, we mean GIANT.
Prince’s ‘Diamonds and Pearls’ Box Set Adds 47 Unreleased Songs
An expanded version of Prince's 1991 comeback album Diamonds and Pearls featuring 47 previously unreleased tracks will be released on Oct. 27. You can see the complete track listing for the Deluxe Edition below. The disc version will include seven CDs and a Blu-ray featuring concert performances; the vinyl edition features 12 LPs.
Prince’s ‘Diamonds and Pearls': A Guide to Every Track
Prince needed Diamonds and Pearls, his 13th studio album, to be a hit. His 1990 film, Graffiti Bridge, was a colossal flop that ended his movie career. Its soundtrack album of the same name did spawn some modest hits, but Prince was used to superstardom, and he would settle for nothing less.
‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ Wasn’t Sinead O’Connor’s Only Prince Cover
Sinead O’Connor, who died earlier this week at the age of 56, will always be remembered for “Nothing Compares 2 U,” her 1990 hit that was originally penned by Prince. Still, it wasn’t the only time the Irish singer recorded a song written by the Purple One.
Out-of-Print Prince: 16 Albums and Videos That Need Rereleasing
Did somebody lose the key to Prince's vault? Seven years after the prolific superstar's death, his mourning fans have gotten very little access to the wealth of unheard music he is known to have left behind. Prince's estate and their record label partners have only unearthed one previously unreleased studio...
Prince Once Invited Shania Twain to Make the ‘Next “Rumours” Album’
Shania Twain said Prince once invited her to Paisley Park to record "the next Rumours album," referring to Fleetwood Mac's hit 1977 LP. The country star, who is set to release her sixth album, Queen of Me, on Friday, recently spoke with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe and shared the story of Prince's invitation.
The Song Prince Refused to Let Elvis Costello Sing
Asking permission to cover another artist's song is one thing; asking permission from Prince is another. In 1997, Elvis Costello approached Prince and asked if he could record his 1985 hit "Pop Life" for his upcoming compilation, Extreme Honey: Very Best of Warner Bros. Years. Costello and the Attractions had previously played the song live "in the style of [John Lennon's] 'Instant Karma,'" as he put it to the Chicago Tribune in 1999. Costello was aiming to do it with a "slightly lighter feel" in the studio.
The Vow Lizzo Made After Prince’s Death
Lizzo has revealed that Prince's death inspired her to make a vow that she's still fulfilling to this day. After dropping out of college in 2011 and moving to Minneapolis the "Juice" singer began performing with a group named the Chalice at around the same time Prince was assembling a new backing band, another all-female group named 3rdeyegirl.
How Prince Creeped Out Toto’s Steve Lukather
Steve Lukather actually had a trio of encounters with Prince over three decades, but they never shared a single conversation. He first met this then-unknown talent around 1978, when Lukather had been hired by producer James Newton Howard to work on singer Valerie Carter’s second album Wild Child. “James said, ‘There’s this kid here, man, from Minneapolis,’” the Toto leader and session giant said in an interview with Sunset Sound Recorders (video below). “‘He’s supposed to be some genius guy. They want him to co-produce with me, or whatever. I think he’s just gonna hang out with us – don’t worry about it.’
How Kirstie Alley and Prince Became Friends
Kirstie Alley said Prince wasn't anything like his rumored shy self when they first met. The Cheers actress, who died in December 2022, recalled her first meeting with the music superstar in her 2012 autobiography The Art of Men (I Prefer Mine al Dente.) "I was sitting all alone in the middle of an enormous arena," she wrote. "I'd come to participate in the Special Olympics. The rumors were that Prince was shy and never approached people. He walked right up to me. I looked up, and there he was. 'Hi, I'm Prince,' as if I wouldn't recognize him, 'and this is my father.'"
Dolly Parton to Cover Prince, Rolling Stones on Rock Album
Dolly Parton has revealed a few more details about her upcoming rock album, which she decided to make after being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year. She’s previously said that former Journey singer Steve Perry would be heard on the LP and that she was aiming to have Robert Plant and Jimmy Page guest on a new cover of Led Zeppelin classic "Stairway to Heaven." In a recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (video below), she unveiled the record's title and said it would also include songs by Prince, the Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd, along with some original pieces.
35 Years Ago: Prince Admits ‘I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man’
“I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man” was issued as a single on Nov. 3, 1987. It was the fourth and final commercial single to be culled from Prince’s critically acclaimed opus Sign 'O’ the Times, which arrived in stores the previous spring. This power-pop...
When Prince Wrote a Song for Kenny Rogers
For generations of younger listeners, Kenny Rogers is a name associated with old country songs, the movie Six Pack, or maybe even one particularly memorable Seinfeld episode. But throughout the '80s, he was also a major crossover pop star — one with enough clout to prompt Prince to consider a songwriting request.
Prince’s ‘Prince': The Story Behind Every Song on His Second LP
Prince's self-titled second album found him expanding his sound in search of the mainstream success that his debut, For You, failed to secure. Released on Oct. 19, 1979, Prince wouldn't be the album where he found his own unique voice and style -- that breakthrough arrived the following year with Dirty Mind. But even if he hadn't found a way to synthesize his influences into something new and truly unique yet, the barely 21-year-old one-man writing, performing and producing wizard continued to demonstrate an uncanny grasp on an increasing variety of musical styles.
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