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New Music: Prince’s Estate Releases Previously Unheard “Moonbeam Levels”

Prince’s estate premiered “Moonbeam Levels,” a previously unreleased track by the late Purple One, on <i>ABC News</i> this morning. The song, originally …

The man who made Prince’s last guitar – video

Prince’s last guitar was made by Simon Farmer, AKA Gus of Gus Guitars. He hand-made the custom Purple Special nine years ago, but only got it to Prince a few weeks ago. In a photo taken five days before his death, Prince is showing Gus’s guitar off to a select audience at Paisley Park. In this …


Lenny Henry on Prince: 'I almost passed out. This was my hero talking to me'

The actor and comedian remembers a rooftop meeting and how he couldn’t believe his luck when he found out Prince was playing guitar for an album he was singing on for Kate Bush<p>It’s a year of fallen heroes. Bowie was a huge loss, Wogan’s charm was incredible, Ronnie Corbett was always kind. As for …


Prince live: five of his greatest moments onstage

The Capri Theater, Minneapolis, 5 January 1979<p>Prince’s 1978 debut album, For You, gave him a reputation – it sold about 150,000 copies and earned favourable comparisons with Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, even the Bee Gees. But he still had to prove himself as a live performer. …


'He was a huge fan': how Prince became the patron of the psychedelic underground

One of the unlikely byways of Prince’s career was his interest in the Los Angeles Paisley Underground scene – and it was his patronage that made the Bangles stars<p>“He was a distant figure,” Michael Quercio of the Three O’Clock told me of his single encounter with Prince, his label boss and a man he …


‘I exited Prince’s Mayfair suite feeling like a mouse savaged by a particularly fiendish cat’

I’d say it was all there in 1979’s I Wanna Be Your Lover, Prince’s first hit: the falsetto pout, the swivelling guitar riff, the effortless fusion of funk and pop, the teasing pause before the word “lover”… oh, and the request to “be your mother and your sister too”. It was clear this kid was no …

Michael Jackson

Prince: ‘People hear the sex in my songs much more than I ever write it’

On 27 February 1997, Prince granted a rare interview to the deputy editor of Top of the Pops magazine before appearing on the show. However, the finished article was deemed too candid to print in full. The unexpurgated version is published here for the first time<p>Everyone has a horror story. He …

BRIT Awards

Prince, the purple unicorn

About five years ago, I was a given a collection of unreleased Prince demos. I was experiencing a sophomore slump after my first album, and my friend Nic thought it might help to know that even someone as mythical as the Purple one himself worked through material like everyone else. After all, …

Michael Jackson

The rearview mirror rehinged: how Prince's early years formed his legend

Prince preferred not to talk about his past but vignettes of his past – from his father playing the piano in a strip club to his producer introducing him to the double entendre – undeniably shaped the innate talent that led to great success<p>Prince always hated talking about his past. As far as he …

Willie Nelson

The A to Z of Prince

A is for Apollonia<p>When Vanity dropped out of Purple Rain, Patricia Kotero was rechristened “Apollonia”, and drafted in to fill her place. An Apollonia 6 album was planned, set to feature Manic Monday, The Glamorous Life and Take Me With U. Prince took back the latter for himself and gave the others …

Box Office

Prince: every album rated – and ranked

The Purple One’s discography rarely dipped below sublime sex-funk. We rank all 37 LPs from his polymathic 80s masterwork Sign O’ The Times to 2003’s saxophone-heavy N.E.W.S.<p><b>1</b> <b>Sign O’ the Times</b> <i>1987</i> <b>★★★★★</b><p>Prince the polymath in full and frightening effect, across funk, rock and genres yet to be given …

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Prince the businessman: a trailblazer who bent the music industry to his will

The musician’s resolve to make music on his own terms saw a career peppered with commercial disputes – many of which now seem remarkably prescient<p>Suzanne Moore: Prince didn’t write about sex. He was sex Lanre Bakare: a musical legacy like no other<p>As with his art, Prince’s presence within the music …

David Bowie

Purple tributes to Prince – in pictures

Prince’s signature colour is used around the world in memory of the enigmatic artist, from buildings to magazine covers


Prince: how his androgynous style influenced fashion

From his dancing curls to his high-stacked heels, the legend influenced Versace, Justin Bieber and Matthew Williamson<p>Suzanne Moore: Prince didn’t write about sex. He was sex<p>In the late 70s and throughout the 80s, the yearly advent of a new Prince album brought with it a visual image as strong and …

Tommy Hilfiger

Prince performing While My Guitar Gently Weeps at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction – video

Prince performs While My Guitar Gently Weeps alongside Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lyne and others in 2004. The performance was a two-minute guitar solo with no singing. At one point, he leaned backwards off the front of the stage and a handler had to hold him up. At the end, he took his guitar …


Minneapolis mourns its Prince – in pictures

Prince was born in Minneapolis and has been widely acclaimed to have pioneered the city’s sound. A hybrid mixture of funk, rock, pop, synthpop and new wave, that led to hits including Little Red Corvette, Let’s Go Crazy and When Doves Cry

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Prince: a shy, nonconformist, unknowable talent

It seems strange to relate now, but in the early years of Prince Rogers Nelson’s career, there were voices that doubted whether he would ever be truly successful.<p>He was clearly exceptionally talented and possessed a vision for his music that bordered on obstinacy: not only had he produced, …

Meet the Press

Prince: a look back at his extraordinary career – video

Prince, a musical superstar and pioneer, who released 39 studio albums and won seven Grammy awards, died on Thursday aged 57. The star had been reported unwell several days before his death, including a visit to a hospital in Illinois last week. He died in his home studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. …


Prince – a life in pictures

The legendary performer, with a string of classic records to his name, has died aged 57. Here are images from the extraordinary life of the Minneapolis maestro<p>Prince, American music superstar and pioneer, dies aged 57 Minneapolis mourns its Prince

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Prince: 'I'm a musician. And I am music'

Prince is running late, and when Prince is running late the prospective interviewer begins to worry. I’m in the otherwise empty upstairs room of a chic Paris restaurant, its walls, carpet and banquettes all (perhaps by chance) a Prince-appropriate purple. As last trains and planes out of Paris are …

Prince: ‘Transcendence. That’s what you want. When that happens – Oh, boy'

In 1985, Prince released a single called Paisley Park, the first to be taken from his psychedelic opus, Around the World In a Day. It’s one of several Prince songs that describe a location that’s a kind of mystical utopia.<p>Prince declares war on touts as his ticket sales are postponed<p>Read …


Prince, superstar and pioneer of American music, dies aged 57

Purple Rain singer whose sprawling career spanned decades and genres dies at his Paisley Park recording studio in his home state of Minnesota<p>Live blog: tributes and reaction to the death of one of music’s greats<p>The unique and endlessly creative artist Prince has died at his Paisley Park home, …

David Bowie

The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Rihanna’s Non–Met Gala Dress Fittings

Although Rihanna couldn’t make it to this year’s Met Gala (due to work-work-work-work-work obligations), she certainly had her own share of fancy dress fittings: She was tied into Adam Selman’s layered princess sundress, and the singer’s dutiful styling team put the finishing touches on a …

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