This high school basketball photo of Prince Roger Nelson recently resurfaced and went viral after a Minnesota Star Tribune reporter discovered the clipping in their archives and posted it to Twitter. There are so many great things about the article and photo -the afro, the sly smile, the satin shorts….but the best thing is that … Read more
The July issue of Spin magazine pays tribute to Prince‘s “Purple Rain” album and film which was released 25 years ago with a free downloadable cover album.
The music magazine features a 10-page oral history compiled and written by Brian Raftery and a tribute album of nine bands performing covers of the classic tracks.
While Prince and the Time’s Morris Day were not on-hand for interviews, Wendy and Lisa, members of the Revolution, Bob Cavallo, the film’s producer and Prine’s manager at the time, director Albert Magnoli and the original screenplay writer William Blinn were among the many who participated.
“We did a full court press to get Prince himself involved,” said Spin editor Doug Brod. “He’s a pretty tough guy to get a hold of, and he doesn’t dwell much on nostalgia.”
The free downloadable album, accessible on spin.com on June 23, features former Prince protegee Apollonia on the track “When Doves Cry” with Greg Dulli and his band, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings singing “Take Me With U,” and Of Montreal covering “Computer Blue.”
“We approached a bunch of bands, and we got nine who were really into it,” Spin editor Doug Brod told Billboard.com. “All these bands did it for free — they paid for all of their recording time and they mastered all the tracks themselves.”
Prince is kicking off 2009 with plans to release three albums as well as distribute them independently.
The diminuitive, yet larger than life singer says he completed two solo albums tentaively titled MPLSOUND -a reference to his hometown of Minneapolis, Lotus Flower, and Elixir, a seductive collaboration album with his latest protégé Bria Valente because “we got sick of waiting for Sade to make a new album.”
He describes MPLSOUND, which features an appearance by rapper Q-Tip, as electro-tinged showcasing “new ways of recording,” and Elixir as “nasty” but not dirty.
Last month Prince previewed a few of the new songs to Los Angeles rock station Indie 103. His last album was released in 2007 as a give away in the UK’s Daily Mail On Sunday newspaper.
The purple genius has graced Los Angeles rock station Indie 103 with a sneak peek of four songs from his new album this week.
Featuring a cover of Tommy James & the Shondells’ “Crimson & Clover,” the political “Colonized Mind” and “Wall of Berlin,” Indie 103’s Mr. Shovel describes the album as “heavy rockin.”
Notorious for his disdain of record labels, even singing “Did you know your record deal was another way for ‘The Man’ to steal,” on one song, Prince is reportedly trying to figure a way to circumvent the industry’s traditional distribution methods.