Prince’s new Lotusflow3r Website launched last night, March 24th, giving fans access to his new albums, concert tickets, live performances, music videos, photographs and pretty much everything else the Purple One has been keeping off the Internet until now with the help of the Web Sheriff. Those who purchased the $77 Website membership were immediately granted access to all three new Prince albums, Lotusflow3r, MPLSoUND and protege Bria Valente’s Elixir. As Rock Daily reported, those three albums will also be sold together for the low price of $11.99 starting Sunday, March 29th at Target retailers.
On message boards like Prince.org, many fans have already started complaining about the site’s bandwidth problems, its inability to recognize underscores in user name and passwords, downloading issues, choppy videos, its inaccessibility to Europe and more. Even figuring out how to enter Lotusflow3r proved difficult: Fans encountered a riddle of sorts just to access the site in order to pay $77. A purple ticket stub on the lunar ground of the Flash-heavy site was the gateway to purchasing the membership. The stub read “Mar. 07 ______, followed by _________, California,” and only by correctly filling in the blanks could you acquire a membership. Turns out, the answer (“1986”, “Los Angeles”) lay in the prelude to the “Kiss” music video that was being teased on the flickering television screen also on the Lotusflow3r lunar surface. We’re just as confused writing this as you are reading this, so check it out for at the site yourself.
Still, the fans who made it through got first dibs on both the new albums and tickets to the many Prince performances scheduled for the coming week, including Prince’s three-night stand on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and all three of the Los Angeles club shows going down three-and-a-half hours apart on March 28th.
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