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.
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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?
Cracked.com 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?
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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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It's been pouring in New York City all week, Music Mixers, which must be the weather gods' way of honoring a most remarkable day in music history: Today is the 25th anniversary of Prince's ultimate achievement — the album we dubbed the best of the last 25 years, no less — Purple Rain. He never meant 2 cause u any sorrow. He never meant 2 cause u any pain. He only wanted 1 time to see u laughing. He only wanted 2 see u laughing in that violet precipitation, dammit!
But you tell us, readers. What are your best memories of Purple Rain? The first time you saw the movie, heard the Doves Cry, realized He Would Die 4 U? Did you ever know a more Darling Nikki? Tell it all, below. Cuz honey, I know I know times are changing, that it's time we reach out for something new, but the Purple One is forever, and respect must be paid.
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Twenty-five years ago this month, a classic album touched down on Earth in Minneapolis. Perhaps the most classic of new classics, even. I'm talking, of course, about Prince's untouchably awesome Purple Rain. Spin magazine is celebrating this momentous anniversary by putting together a tribute set titled Purplish Rain (ha), featuring track-by-track covers of the entire original album by hip folks like the Twilight Singers, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Of Montreal, Fol Chen, and more. Spin readers will be able to download the whole thing for free on June 23; in the meantime, the mag is currently streaming a cover of "When Doves Cry" by Greg Dulli's band the Twilight Singers online. That cover happens to feature additional vocals by actual Purple Rain co-star Apollonia, which is pretty much too cool for words. Head over to Spin's site to hear how "When Doves Cry" turned out and read the rest of the tracklist — then let us know how you think Purplish Rain measures up to your favorite Prince covers.
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It’s been a busy week in music videos, culminating in MTV’s much-hyped premiere of Green Day’s "Know Your Enemy" video. Our thoughts? The song is alright (if as familiar as every other Green Day song), but the performance-based video doesn’t really light our fire. (Pun intended! Watch and you’ll see.) As 21st Century Breakdown’s May 15 release inches closer, expect the media blitz to only increase from here.
Elsewhere, check out an onslaught of new videos from Kanye West ("Amazing"), Ne-Yo ("Part of the List") and Prince (his "Crimson & Clover" remake) after the jump. My favorite? Kanye’s. Sure, most of the travelogue-esque clip looks straight out of Google Earth, but hey, it’s purdy. Just don’t expect anything, well, amazing. (Bad pun #2!)
Prince has been grinding hard to promote his new triple release, Elixer/LOtUSFLOW3R/MPLSoUND — live shows, Leno appearances, the works. All that effort paid off to the tune of 168,000 shoppers picking up the set at exclusive U.S. retailer Target, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s a fairly strong opening number, but it was still only enough to get Prince to No. 2 on this week’s Billboard 200. Who can Prince blame for this indignity? Keith Urban, whose Defying Gravity bowed at No. 1 with just a few more customers for a total of 172,000. Coming in behind both of them at No. 3 was Diana Krall, whose Quiet Nights appealed to a healthy 104,000 jazz fans and/or homebodies.
Other debuts this week came from Texan rappers UGK, whose UGK 4 Life, billed as their final release after member Pimp C’s untimely death, debuted at No. 6 with 76,000 copies sold; Flo Rida, whose massive single "Right Round" produced a middling 55,000 units moved of his album R.O.O.T.S., at No. 8; jazz trumpeter Chris Botti’s live set Chris Botti in Boston at No. 13 with 36,000; country singer Rodney Atkins’ It’s America at No. 15 with 34,000; Bow Wow’s New Jack City II at No. 16 with 31,000; and Gavin DeGraw’s Free at No. 19 with 26,000.
That’s nine debuts in the Top 20 — not nearly as many as last week‘s whopping 12, but still more than usual. One new entry that didn’t make it anywhere near the Top 20 was the Fast & Furious soundtrack, which sold a paltry 5,000. So much for the movie’s success rubbing off on the soundtrack. Weigh in below: Were you surprised by any of this week’s sales results?
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On Saturday, Prince made some sort of history by playing three shows at three venues in one night, stopping by each of the spots inside the L.A. Live complex in downtown Los Angeles to deliver a set inspired by one of his new albums: rock (Lotus Flow3r, Nokia Live, 7 p.m.); funk (MPLsound, Conga Room, 9:30); and loungey jazz (Bria Valente’s Elixer, Club Nokia, midnight). [Read EW's snap judgment of all three!] The Music Mix was there for (almost) all of it, and is proud to now bring you the minutes of this massive town meeting, sponsored by Target, LotusFlow3r.com, and the gods of perseverance.
6:48 p.m. Your correspondent and L.A. Times music critic Ann Powers are outside the Nokia, in long line to get past the metal detectors. Many of the women outside are dressed like strippers, or very enthusiastic Vegas vacationers. Or maybe that’s just how they dress. Your correspondent is wearing cowboy boots and feels they demonstrate she made an effort.
7:02 Finally inside Nokia. Venue resembles a movie theater designed by people who also design cell phones, complete with ushers hawking popcorn. It’s not quite full. But how late can Prince start without running the whole night behind schedule?
7:11 Prince’s Target ad runs on the jumbotrons, without sound. Instead, the DJ is pumping "Ladies’ Night."
7:16 DJ plays "Glamorous Life." People cheer. Target ad plays again.
7:19 Pre-show mix sounds disturbingly familiar to the pre-show mix played at the Prince Oscar party, which started three hours late. Your correspondent begins to get nervous. Jumbotron ad keeps touting tonight’s "3 full shows!"
7:22 Target ad runs again. Am now pondering deeper themes of ad. Prince is on a rock in a pool… There is a woman… His guitar fretboard whizzes past her face and buries itself in the Target logo…
7:33 Magic Johnson enters venue, receives applause
7:36 House lights go out, jumbotron begins playing the Blade Runner/Matrix-inspired video for "Chocolate Box." Everything is very hi-def in Prince world nowadays, it seems.
7:41 Video ends with a "to be continued." The "Purple Rain" chords tease as the curtain opens to reveal the band in front of a giant Lotusflow3r billboard. Prince enters, wearing a zebra-striped tunic, as the band plays the first of many funky jams. There are jellyfish hanging from the ceiling that look a bit like 99-cent store piñatas. "Everything you think is true," says Prince. "Instead of hate, celebrate," says Prince. He asks everyone to clap.
7:44 "What’s my name?" asks Prince. Then he whips off his sunglasses. The ladies go wild.
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