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Hear new songs from Prince's 2 upcoming albums

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Eccentric pop auteur Prince is set to release two new albums on Sept. 30, and he’s made a track from each available to hear now. One of the albums, Art Official Age, is a Prince solo album, the first in four years. It’ll feature “U Know,” a song that suggests the Purple One’s been keeping an eye on contemporary pop—with its libidinously throbbing beat, looping piano riff, and electronic flourishes, it serves as an excellent example of how to do a slow jam right in 2014, and Prince’s rhythmically focused vocal part suggests that he’s not quite as anti-rap as he used to be.

The other sneak peek comes from Plectrumelectrum, which is being billed as a collaboration with his latest band 3rdEyeGirl. “Whitecaps” proves how serious Prince is about sharing more than just the album credit, as he cedes lead vocal duties to drummer Hannah Ford on a tender ballad that harkens back to his Revolution days.

You can hear both tracks at The Hollywood Reporter.

Prince to release two albums on the same day

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One of Prince’s defining qualities as an artist is his almost startling prolificacy. While he’s not flooding the market quite as severely as he was during the ’80s, when he was putting a new album seemingly every couple months, along with writing for a stable of proteges and filling his vault with material that for one reason or another he felt was unworthy of release, he still keeps busy.

According to an announcement on this morning’s Good Morning America, Prince will release two albums on Sept. 30. One, entitled Plectrum Electrum, was recorded with 3rd Eye Girl, the all-female band that seems to have been his primary concern for the past couple years. He’ll also release a solo album, Art Official Age, his first since 2010’s 20Ten, which he teased earlier this summer.

 

Prince embraces Internet meme-dom with new track 'This Could Be Us'

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Prince has had a famously tumultuous relationship with the Internet, as full of wild ups and downs as any of his romantic entanglements or relationships with record labels. On one hand, he pioneered the concept of the online preorder with his 1998 collection Crystal Ball and in 2003 released one of the first albums by a major artist to be available exclusively as a download, not to mention the fact that with his history of cryptic lyrics aimed at former lovers he basically invented the subtweet. On the other hand there’s the veritable army of lawyers he keeps busy nuking any Prince material that even gets close to YouTube.

But Prince contains multitudes, so while it may be surprising that he’d embrace a Twitter meme that at one point incorporated a still from Purple Rain, it’s not entirely unexpected. The meme in question, #ThisCouldBeUsButYouPlayin, involved matching that hashtag with images of romantic pairings ranging from the sassily iconic (including Prince and Apollonia sharing a seat on his Purple Rain bike) to the surreal. READ FULL STORY

Prince releases surprise new single, 'The Breakdown'

The Purple One is just full of surprises these days.

Hours after announcing plans for a new album, the release of  previously unavailable material, and a special reissue of Purple Rain — all in partnership with “slave” label Warner Bros. Records, though it appears the two parties have made amends — Prince dropped another bombshell: his new single, “The Breakdown.”

It’s a contemplative, string-orchestrated funk ballad that Prince promises could be “the saddest story ever told.” Listen here and judge for yourself:


Prince announces new album and deluxe 'Purple Rain' reissue

They say time heals all wounds, though the break between Prince and his original label Warner Bros. Records seemed beyond repair: So unhappy was the Purple One with his label bosses that he painted the word “SLAVE” on his face during most of his public appearances in 1993. But the two sides have figured out a way to sort things out, with Prince fans emerging as the big winners.

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MIA's battle with NFL over Super Bowl finger gets uglier

MIA and the NFL are two acronyms that really don’t seem to fit together.

Two years after the singer showed her middle finger during Madonna’s 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show performance, the NFL is demanding over $16 million in restitution and damages. Today, M.I.A. tweeted an image of an email document that the NFL has also asked her to sign.

As MIA’s lawyer pointed out, the half time show has featured many more risqué performances in the past, most notably Prince’s giant “penis” guitar in 2007 and Michael Jackson who in 1993 “repeatedly grabbed or fondled his genitalia.”

Also not pilloried by the NFL? The young black girls who danced throughout Madonna’s performance. “Madonna got them from a local high school in Indianapolis,” the singer said in a recent interview, according to the NY Daily News.. “They were under 16. If you look at them they’re wearing cheerleader outfits, hips thrusting in the air, legs wide open … in a very sexually provocative position.”

“Now they’re scapegoating me into figuring out what is the goal post of what’s offensive in America …. Like, is my finger offensive? Or is an underage black girl with her legs wide open more offensive to the family audience? It’s a massive waste of time, a massive waste of money. It’s a massive display of powerful corporation d–k shaking.”

“They want me on my knees, to say sorry so they can slap me on my wrist, and basically say it’s okay for me to promote being sexually exploited as a female, but then to display female empowerment through being punk rock.”

Hear LiV Warfield's new Prince-penned single 'The Unexpected' -- EXCLUSIVE

When Prince isn’t too busy making pancakes for Zooey Deschanel, he’s been known to write a good tune or two. To wit: soulful R&B singer LiV Warfield‘s new track “The Unexpected,” written by The Purple One — and which you can hear exclusively here.

The song is the first single from Warfield’s upcoming album The Unexpected, which was in fact executive-produced by Prince. (Sensing a theme here?)

Give a listen to Warfield’s new single below:

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Prince drops $22 million lawsuit against fans online

Prince is officially dropping a $22 million lawsuit against members of a Facebook group and a Blogspot account, mere days after he announced he would be going after the fans for posting links to copyrighted material of his live performances. The singer announced late Tuesday night that he would no longer be pressing charges against the fans who have since removed the links in question.

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Prince slaps fans, Facebook users with $22 million lawsuit for posting bootleg videos

UPDATE (Jan. 29, 2014): Prince drops lawsuit after online videos are removed

ORIGINAL POST: Prince, that well-documented hater of the internet, is at it again.

The legendary Minnesota luddite’s latest volley against the ones-and-zeroes comes in the form of a lawsuit filed against a group of online fans who’ve posted unauthorized Prince concert videos from the ’80s and beyond on Facebook and other places online.

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On the scene: Prince electrifies the Mohegan Sun Arena

Over the course of his long, storied, and downright weird career, Prince has proven he can make just about any room his home—from the teeny (dig his epic sets at New York’s tiny City Winery earlier this year) to the gargantuan (he played the greatest Super Bowl halftime show of the modern era in 2007—sorry, Beyoncé).

But the Purple One’s ideal stomping ground is an arena, which he proved yet again Friday night (December 27) when he stampeded through the first of three shows at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Those rooms are intimate enough for Prince to individually invite women onto the stage to dance with him, but also large enough to contain his royal histrionics.

Decked out in an all-yellow suit and situated behind a microphone stand bearing the glyph that once stood in place of his name, Prince treated the first night of his three-night stay like an old-school soul review. “We’re just gonna jam tonight,” he told the crowd while introducing the New Power Generation, and he lived up to his word. The early part of Prince’s two and a half hour set featured him teasing out extra-long versions of staples both classic (“Let’s Go Crazy”) and modern (“Musicology”), and vacillating between being a living avatar of James Brown and the greatest descendent of Jimi Hendrix.

The most remarkable thing about seeing Prince live is the fact that the guy is a ridiculously great guitar player (or, as one bearded dude said to another during the solo that highlighted “Something In the Water (Does Not Compute),” “That motherf—er can shred!”). His guitar heroics showed up early and often, especially on the slowed-down, Zeppelin-ized version of “Let’s Go Crazy.”

When he wasn’t melting his six-string, he was holding court as the ringmaster of a sprawling funk band whose numbers seemed to keep multiplying (there were at least 18 other musicians on stage). READ FULL STORY

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