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Prince Slates Two New Albums for Fall

August 25, 2014

It's been five years since Prince put out a new record in the United States, since he limited the release of his 20Ten LP, but that will change this fall. On September 30th, the artist will release two new records: Plectrumelectrum, his long-teased...

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Arcade Fire Covers CCR's 'Hey Tonight'

July 31, 2014

Arcade Fire have added yet another cover to their growing repertoire, busting out Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Hey Tonight" during their Wednesday night show at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Via Pitchfork, multi-instrumetnalist...

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'Purple Rain' at 30: Preview the Definitive Book

July 25, 2014

July 27th marks the 30th anniversary of Prince's Academy Award-winning rock musical Purple Rain. Celebrate with this exclusive excerpt from Chapter 5 of Alan Light's upcoming Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain, out December 2014. Pre-order...

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Prince and Nile Rodgers Cover David Bowie

July 6, 2014

The Essence Music Festival turned into a funk royalty jam on Friday night when Prince and Nile Rodgers teamed up to cover David Bowie. Before taking the stage for his own 24-song headlining set, Prince made an appearance at Rodgers' show and the two busted...

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Prince Reveals 'Cohesive' New Solo Album

June 23, 2014

Prince recently revealed that he has another complete full-length album – separate from Plectrum Electrum, which he recorded with 3rd Eye Girl – that he hopes to release sometime in the near future. The as-yet-untitled record contains two...

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Dave Chappelle Talks Kanye and Prince

June 14, 2014

Dave Chappelle continued making the late-night TV rounds on Friday, appearing on The Tonight Show to talk to Jimmy Fallon about his upcoming string of dates at Radio City Music Hall. The comedian announced that Nas will be joining the show on June 23rd,...

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Prince Lambasts Label Heads 'Always at Beach With Their Kids'

May 5, 2014

Just because Prince reached a new agreement with Warner Bros. doesn't mean he's softened on his criticism of the music industry or record label structure. Prince's 15 Best Post-Eighties Deep Cuts In a new cover story with Essence, the multi-hyphenate...

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Go Inside Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' Tour

April 29, 2014

"One of our defining aesthetics is our amateur edge," Arcade Fire's William Butler says in a new installment of Vevo's Tour Exposed series, which takes a behind-the-scenes look at the band's ongoing arena tour in support of their latest album Reflektor....

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Dance Dance Revolution: Nelson George on 'Soul Train'

April 24, 2014

For a generation of kids, Saturday morning at 11am was appointment-television time. You put away your cereal bowl and switched from cartoons or pro-wrestling to a channel a little further down the dial. After a minute or two, you'd finally see that signature...

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Purple Reign: Prince's Biggest Eighties Hits

April 22, 2014

It came from Minneapolis: A short-statured, dirty-minded, monstrously talented funk-rocker named Prince. Throughout the 1980s, he'd wink and strut his way to worldwide fame, thanks to a string of outrageous party anthems and searing slow-jams. Here are...

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Prince Releases New Surprise Single, 'The Breakdown'

April 19, 2014

The very same day he announced a new studio album in the works and a new partnership with Warner Bros. Records, Prince surprised fans with a brand new single, "The Breakdown," which he dropped shortly before midnight on Friday.  Prince's 15 Best...

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See Prince's Unedited 'Purple Rain'

July 14, 2014

Footage of the August 1983 concert that served as the basis for Prince's performances in his 1984 film Purple Rain has leaked online, showcasing the original 13-minute cut of the song "Purple Rain" as heard on the album of the same name. The artist...

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Watch Beck Cover Prince's '1999'

July 1, 2014

Beck tried out some funky dance moves at a recent Montreal concert, when his band launched into the title track of Prince's 1982 album 1999. The video (via Stereogum), shows about a minute of Beck's 2005 Guero single "E-Pro" before it cuts and the...

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The Palm Squad: 15 Years of Coachella

June 18, 2014

Ever since 1999, countless music fans have trekked to the desert of Indio, California, in search of good tunes, good vibes, and the least offensive Port A Potty experience possible. And while hundreds of bands have played the Coachella Valley Music and...

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Beyonce Drops June Birthdays Playlist Featuring Kanye West, Solange

June 11, 2014

It turns out a lot of great artists have birthdays in June, as exemplified by, of all people, Beyoncé. The singer curated a playlist and posted it to her website, writing, "Enjoy this playlist in celebration of some of the great...

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"The Breakdown"

May 2, 2014

Prince just signed a new deal with Warner Bros., the label on which he made his classic Eighties albums before acrimoniously leaving to release his music on his own. "The Breakdown," a glam-slam of a lush funk ballad, seems to inaugurate a new era by...

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Arcade Fire Stoke Deadmau5 Beef

April 28, 2014

Arcade Fire have discovered the secret to getting a live crowd in their corner: playing a cover song geographically connected to that particular city. On Sunday night, the bobblehead-loving art-rockers took their Reflektor tour through St. Louis,...

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Beck Covers Prince at Arcade Fire's Coachella Show

April 21, 2014

Arcade Fire's streak of wacky concert bobblehead guest appearances remains intact. Toward the end of their headlining Coachella set Sunday night, the band brought out alt-rock legend Beck (wearing an Easter-appropriate Pope Francis bobblehead) for a cover...

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Prince Promises New Album and Remasters

April 18, 2014

More than two decades after Prince wrote "slave" on his face to protest his contract with Warner Bros. Records, the artist has come to an agreement with the company. Under the new partnership, Warners will release previously unheard material and a digitally...

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