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Prince boots Kim Kardashian from the stage, duets with Cee-Lo

Don’t agree to get on stage with Prince if you’re not going to shake it, friends. He apparently kicked Kim Kardashian off the stage last night at Madison Square Garden for her refusal to dance. The E! star made good on her second opportunity later in the concert, when Prince brought her back on stage and she complied with the obligatory dance moves. “I was so nervous I froze when Prince touched me,” she Tweeted. “Went up on stage AGAIN! This time I redeemed myself! We all danced while Prince played the piano! Wow! What a night!” Later in the show, Prince sang “Crazy” with Cee-Lo Green: READ FULL STORY

Prince's pre-Super Bowl concert halted last-minute

Sadly, Prince fans weren’t able to party like it’s 1999 this weekend: A pre-Super Bowl concert headlined by the musician was canceled just hours before ticket-buyers were set to pack the theater. According to the Associated Press, the concert — which was to be held Friday at TheEvent to benefit arts group The Goss-Michael Foundation — was halted for unknown reasons. First, The Goss-Michael foundation blamed the organizer for its cancellation in a statement early Friday (“It is our understanding that River Alexander Group, the event organizer, was unable to fund and produce the evening,” it said in a statement), then retracted their comments, insisting that Price had arrived in Dallas and that the show would go on. Prince, however, reportedly did not receive transportation to the event from the show’s organizers, and he was unable to get to the venue. Tickets cost upwards of $1,500; though ticket-holders will be reimbursed, Chris Arnold, the emcee and organizer of the event, told the AP: “I just want to let everybody know that I am truly sorry.”

Prince rocks Madison Square Garden: The superstar serenades Leighton Meester and gets a dance assist from Jimmy Fallon

I was a Prince concert virgin before last night and, now, I’m not really sure how I’ve lived the last 31 years without seeing the purple-lovin’ icon perform live. The tiny superstar, currently in the midst of his “Welcome 2 America” tour, was redonkulously good. He had the Madison Square Garden crowd on their feet for almost the entire show. I’m always so happy when small people are able to succeed—it gives me hope. Prince performed a whole slew of his greatest hits, including “Purple Rain” and “Rasberry Beret” (sadly my fave Prince jam, “Seven,” was not featured). He was accompanied by a slammin’ live band as well as three back-up singers who I named “NeNe Leakes,” “Stevie Knicks,” and “Grace Jones” due to their similarities to each of those lovely ladies. And then there where the Twins: Prince had twin female back-up dancers/singers who resembled Nicole Scherzinger and were clad in skin-tight ensembles, many of which included sequins. Needless to say, I was obsessed with them. Look for me to push for them to make a cameo on Glee. I’m gonna make these ladies happen!

Prince also had some celebrity assistance last night. Best of all was when he brought up Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester from the audience and serenaded her with “I Love You But I Don’t Trust You Anymore.” Then, Meester walked off with his sweat towel which was a tad gross but oddly sweet. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, who opened for the singer, dueted on Prince’s hit, “A Love Bizarre,” with Jones taking the Sheila E. part. Towards the end of the show, Prince did a rollicking cover of “Dance (Disco Heat)” and brought up a slew of people from the audience to dance onstage, including Meester and talk show host Jimmy Fallon.

For those of you Music Mix-ers who are in New York, there’s one more show on Feb. 7th. You must go! Who knows what other Gossip Girl castmember Prince will pull up on stage?!? That alone is worth the price of admission!

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Don Kirshner: The late music biz legend's five greatest pop culture contributions

Don-KirshnerImage Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesThe history of music over the past half century would have been very different without Don Kirshner, the so-called “Man with the Golden Ear,” who died yesterday from heart failure in Boca Raton, Fla. Below, you’ll find the rock impresario’s five greatest contributions to pop culture.


Who is Esperanza Spalding? Jazz singer talks surprise Best New Artist Grammy nomination, being friends with Prince, and more

Esperanza-SpaldingImage Credit: Sandrine LeeIt was late Wednesday night when Esperanza Spalding‘s cell phone began buzzing. “Everybody and their mother-law started texting me and saying, ‘Oh my God!’” says the jazz bassist-singer, 26. They were congratulating her for scoring a Best New Artist nomination in this year’s Grammy race. “I certainly did not expect to even be considered for that type of nomination, me being a little old jazz musician and everything.”

Spalding is both pleased and bemused by the attention. “I mean, for jazz musicians, usually the recognition comes from your peers,” she says. “If someone that you really respect artistically likes your record, that’s all the award you need. But it is meaningful, and I don’t want to act like it’s nothing, that someone outside of my little jazz circle knows about me and wanted to acknowledge me.”

Her fellow nominees this year are Drake, Justin Bieber, Florence + the Machine, and Mumford & Sons. Although Spalding is only well versed in one of those artists’ music (“I think Drake is really incredible”), she’s no snob. “A lot of musicians who consider themselves intellectual artists sometimes look down their noses at people who have a lot of commercial success,” she notes. “They don’t remember how much really hard work it is to be a commercially successful entertainer. So even if I’m not familiar with their music, I respect their hard work. Now I have to go check them out some more.” READ FULL STORY

Prince to tour this December with Esperanza Spalding, Janelle Monae, and more

Prince announced tonight that he and his band, The New Power Generation, are kicking off a tour this December along with a number of other artists, the AP reports. Speaking to reporters at New York’s Apollo Theater, the 52-year-old multi-hyphenate said he will serve as master of ceremonies for “a series of events that will begin on a purple day in December, in the year 2010.” The “Welcome 2 America” bill will include Maceo Parker, Janelle Monae, Mint Condition, Esperanza Spalding, Lalah Hathaway, Sheila E., Cassandra Wilson, and Graham Central Station. “Bring friends, bring your children, and bring foot spray, cuz it’s gon’ be funky,” he said.


Prince says 'the Internet is completely over'

prince-internetImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/; Laptop: Stockbyte/Getty ImagesIf you want to hear Prince’s 20Ten in most parts of the world, you’d better buy one of the global newspapers and magazines that will carry the CD as a free insert this weekend. (American release plans have yet to be confirmed.) Oh, you’d rather download it to your laptop? Don’t make Prince laugh.

“The Internet’s completely over,” the Purple One says in an interview with the U.K.’s Daily Mirror — one of the print publications carrying 20Ten, naturally. After complaining about iTunes’ alleged stinginess, he continues riffing on media theory. “The Internet’s like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.”

You may now take a brief break to clear your brain of all those pesky numbers and consider the following paradox: If the Internet is completely over, how are you reading this post? I think Prince just blew my mind.

Meanwhile, by saying the Internet is dead, Prince has gotten every music website on the planet to write about his new album. Clever. Anyway, the rest of the Daily Mirror interview is well worth reading for a glimpse of Prince’s daily life, which includes covering the Beatles, dodging any and all personal questions, and hanging out in a personal concert hall. Check it out for yourself (if you can stand reading on this deadly unhip machine) and let us know what you think — and if you’re looking forward to hearing 20Ten.

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Prince celebrates 52nd birthday with a new song, 'Hot Summer': Hear it here

Prince-2007-guitarImage Credit: Theo Wargo/WireImage.comOn the occasion of his own 52nd birthday, the Artist Currently Known As Prince has crafted himself a musical gift to honor the occasion, unveiling the song “Hot Summer” this morning on a Minneapolis radio station (via twentyfourbit).

Will it blow your assless yellow pants off? Unlikely, but it’s not bad; kind of a “Little Red Corvette” lite, with a touch of J. Geils Band riffage and a soupcon of the wouldn’t-you-like-a-refreshing-beverage-right-about-now? sunniness of those “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke” ads. Stream it after the jump:


'The Most Hilariously Unsexy Album Covers Ever': Do you agree that Madonna, Prince, and Adam Lambert failed to bring the heat? has just posted a list of “The Most Hilariously Failed Attempts at Sexy Album Covers.” The result is both extremely funny and, at times, utterly grotesque. I temporarily went blind after viewing the phallo-hairiness of Herbie Mann’s Push Push and still can’t quite believe that the fetishistic, and arguably NSFW, offering from Ted Nugent is actually real. Other culprits include Madonna (Hard Candy), Prince (Lovesexy), and Adam Lambert (For Your Entertainment).

The latter’s inclusion seems a tad harsh to me. But that do you think? Are there any other examples of unsexy artwork you believe should have been included? And, for extra credit, which album cover on the list features a current member of Congress?

Prince's shockingly un-funky new Minnesota Vikings fight song: Hear it here!

r u ready 4 some football?

Prince is. The above, according to Fox 9 in the Twin Cities, is a fight song the Purple One went home and penned after watching his hometown Minnesota Vikings rather easily dispatch the Dallas Cowboys in last weekend’s NFC divisional playoff. So inspired was The Artist Formerly Known as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, it seems, that he whipped out the Casio keyboard, called in the women who I envision are always sexily (but also very devoutly in a Jehovah’s Witness kind of way) hanging out in his Paisley Park living room, and used a high school alma mater template to honor his freshly beloved Purple and Gold. It doesn’t sound good, but maybe he just wanted to make sure Brett Favre could handle the tune. My favorite part of the video is actually the shot of Prince at the game, and the big yellow circle the Fox broadcasters draw around him on the screen already labeled “Prince,” just in case he’s too hard to spot with the naked eye.

What do you think, Mixers? If you’re a Vikings fan, are you ready to belt this out at pep rallies? What artists should write songs for other teams? (I’d suggest someone for my Houston Texans, but I wouldn’t wish that ongoing life of disappointment on anyone.) And am I the only one who never made the connection between the color fetishes of Prince and the Vikings until just this very moment?

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