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Pantone’s Color of the Year is a Prince-inspired purple

Drumroll please. Today, the Pantone Color Institute announced its 2018 color of the year: purple. The shade, “Ultra Violet,” was inspired in part by our own Prince. This past August, Pantone and the Prince estate joined forces to announced the creation of the standardized custom color “Love Symbol #2” in honor of Prince. “Love Symbol […]

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Watch an elaborate ‘Purple Rain’ holiday lights tribute

In Minnesota, we honor and celebrate the life of Prince all year long — December included. This holiday season, Illinois’s Park Ridge Lights is also shining a purple light (actually, thousands of them) to raise money for a good cause. Each year for the past four years, homeowners Tom and Tina Grusecki have decked the outside […]

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Prince estate launches first official merch store, as an online pop-up

Just in time for holiday gift shopping, the Prince estate has launched a “Hit N Run” online store that it describes as a “pop-up store” that represents “the first offering of official and authorized merchandise from The Prince Estate.” The store, which will be active until Dec. 3 according to its header, features a dozen […]

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‘We feel very blessed’: New owners of Prince’s purple house site settle in (and yes, they’re saving the gates)

One of the most significant sites in Prince history is also one of the most mysterious: the site of Prince’s legendary purple house, on Lake Riley in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Prince lived there in the first half of the 1980s, and recorded portions of Controversy, 1999, and Sign O’ the Times in the house. With 1999 celebrating its 35th anniversary today, […]

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‘Empire’ pays tribute to Prince, with a little help from his friends…and family

In a much-anticipated episode tonight, Fox’s hit hip-hop drama Empire paid tribute to Prince with a climactic performance of his classic Purple Rain opener “Let’s Go Crazy.” Directed by Prince collaborator Sanaa Hamri, the episode featured guests including Morris Hayes (New Power Generation), Hannah Welton (3RDEYEGIRL), Joshua Welton (co-producer of ART OFFICIAL AGE and Hit n Run Phase One), and Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson. […]

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Peek inside early-1990s Paisley Park in two rare videos

Two recently surfaced videos offer a rare look inside Paisley Park circa the early 1990s. Michael Williams, then a VJ on the Canadian TV channel MuchMusic, visited the studio in 1992 — wearing a very 1992 sweater — to shoot an episode of his show Soul in the City. He knew he was at Prince’s […]

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