Prince would transcend exactly a week after performing two Piano And A Microphone shows at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
Released on March 30th, 1987 in the UK and the 31st in the US, Sign ‘O’ The Times is the ninth full-length studio album produced, arranged and composed by Prince. 30 years later, Sign ‘O’ The Times impact is still intact. Containing themes that are still relevant today, the 16 track masterpiece was recorded between 1986 and 1987 during sessions for three full-lengths that never materialized.
On January 21, 1987 Prince, along with Eric Leeds on sax, released his jazz-instrumental project 8 on Paisley Park Records.
All eight tracks were written or co-written by Prince, and all contain him playing most instruments, with Eric Leeds playing saxophone and flute. All tracks are given written numerical names, from One to Eight, while the album is named numerically.
On November 19th, 1996 Prince released his 19th full-length studio album that marked his courageous movement towards artistic freedom. Emancipation was the third album Prince released using his symbol instead of his name; the first two being the albums Love Symbol and Chaos & Disorder. Prince explained that he had changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol to emancipate himself from his contract with Warner Bros, feeling his own name now belonged to the company.
In 2010 Prince was honored with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award, tonight BET has planned a musical celebration honoring his life during the 2016 award show with performances by Sheila E, Janelle Monae, The Roots and more. Tune in now!
Prince fans from all over the world are remembering and celebrating the life of a legend on his birthday.
Prince was born on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis and transitioned on April 21, 2016 at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Prince would have been 58 on June 7. Today, the Minnesota government (finally) honored the legend with his own day.
If you want to see a really powerful performance, watch Prince’s version of the song he wrote for Sinead O’Conner “Nothing Compares 2 U,” because nothing compares to Prince.
The song is so universal in its emotional resonance because it is about loss (something that can mean something different to everyone), and that has also taken on new meaning after his passing.
When the news broke that Madonna was going to do a very public tribute to Prince at the 2016 Billboard Awards, the reaction was controversial. There was a Change.org petition with over 8,000 signatures decrying the choice. Billboard executive producer Mark Bracco defended the decision to have Madonna perform on Tuesday to the Associated Press.
I have been immersing myself (whenever I can) in his albums, his films, and his presence. It has been so interesting reading about him. He is fascinating and truly gifted in so many ways. It is such a treat to listen to his music that he blessed us with. Such eclectic, amazing music – from his soul in every way, from him writing and producing, to being able to play every instrument.