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Watch ‘Purple Rain’ music videos on the movie’s 33rd anniversary

Fifteen of Prince’s official music videos are now available on a Prince YouTube channel attached to Purple Rain‘s CD re-release. The videos have been added steadily over the last couple weeks, and as of today, six songs from 1984 smash album Purple Rain have been uploaded — some featuring footage from the accompanying film itself. In addition to Purple Rain, the channel hosts […]

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Seven things we learned from the ‘Purple Rain Deluxe’ liner notes

“The Revolution will be heard,” yells a chorus of voices in “Wonderful Ass,” one of the new songs on Purple Rain Deluxe: Expanded Edition. They were indeed; Revolution members guitarist Wendy Melvoin, keyboardist Lisa Coleman, bassist BrownMark, keyboardist Dr. Fink, and drummer Bobby Z backed up Prince during his most commercially successful period, from about 1983-86. […]

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New song by Prince’s father released to mark his 101st birthday

Today marks the 101st birthday of Prince’s father John L. Nelson — a professional musician whose stage name, Prince Rogers, became his son’s given name. To mark the occasion, Prince’s half-sister Sharon Nelson has released a new recording of one of her father’s songs. She says that “Heart of Mine” is the first track from […]

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At Prince’s favorite record store, fans celebrate release of ‘Purple Rain’ deluxe edition

Eight-year-old Cristiano first heard Prince just after the music icon died. His dad, Chris Provenzano, started playing all Prince’s old records around the house. Now, Cristiano has a Purple Rain t-shirt. For the boy’s birthday, the Chicago father and son drove up to see the Prince-themed Twins game against the White Sox last week and got a VIP tour of Paisley Park. […]

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What it’s like to take a belly-dancing class from Mayte Garcia

Mayte Garcia recently published a book titled The Most Beautiful, detailing the intense relationship that she had with Prince. (The two were married from 1996 to 2000.) Mayte has a special importance for Prince fans. She was close to him throughout some of his most prolific years, sharing a rare intimacy, especially given his enigmatic nature. When she […]

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How Prince celebrated his own birthday

Later in life, Prince discouraged celebrations of his birthday as part of his beliefs as a Jehovah’s Witness. But starting with the year Purple Rain debuted, Prince had some memorable parties to celebrate a rotation around the sun. In honor of the 59th anniversary of Prince’s birth, here’s a look back at the highlights, as […]

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