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A Private View: Exclusive Interview with Prince’s Personal Photographer Afshin Shahidi

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Prince walks outside during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rehearsals. Photo by Afshin Shahidi.

Prince: A Private View takes you behind the lens on an intimate trip through the extraordinary life of the legendary musician through never-before-seen photos and personal recollections.

Iranian born photographer and filmmaker Afshin Shahidi first met Prince in 1993. After working as his cinematographer on numerous video projects he was invited to document his 2002 One Night Alone Tour, and would become Prince’s personal photographer for a decade.

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Breakaway Daily interview: Opada Opada’s Orphan’s Pain tackles war’s effects on African children

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Music has been part of Opada Opada’s life since he was a little boy growing up in Gambella, Ethiopia, singing in his local church. Now the independent hip-hop artist is on his second album titled Orphan’s Pain about the effects of war on African communities, especially children. Opada is looking to spread a positive message and motivate others through his music; something he feels has been lacking in a lot of today’s popular hip-hop.

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30 yrs ago 2day Prince as Madhouse released his first-ever instrumental album, 8.

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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.

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Freedom sounds: 20 years ago today Prince releases the brilliant, bittersweet and empowering Emancipation album

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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.

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Spin it: Elizabeth Anne Mall [EAM] “Belle Laide”album

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A classically trained musician, indie artist Elizabeth Anne Mall [EAM] grew up in Kansas and learned to play piano at twelve years old. Her latest album “Belle Laide” is taken from a French term used to describe unconventional beauty.

EAM says, “To me, it fits so well because this album was born from both beautiful and difficult personal experiences.”

Drawing from pop, classical, and electronic influences, “Belle Laide” creates a unique musical experience.

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Paint the internet purple y’all! Prince’s birthday (June 7th) officially declared “Prince Day” in Minnesota in celebration of his life.

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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.

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Before you watch Madonna’s tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards, learn about their musical and romantic history

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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.

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It is hard to believe that a month ago today we lost The Purple One, The Artist… Prince.

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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.

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Breakaway Daily In-Depth Interview with Acclaimed International Vocalist Nathan Pacheco

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Nathan Pacheco is a classically trained tenor who has a passion for reaching out and uplifting people through music. Hailing from Northern Virginia with Brazilian heritage, Nathan’s exceptional voice and singing in native languages has wowed audiences worldwide. He has been featured globally including touring the United States, Canada, and Mexico with Yanni; performing with Latin singing sensation Olga Tañon; touring England, Scotland, and Wales with Katherine Jenkins and the National Symphony Orchestra; performing for Prince Charles in conjunction with the British Forces Foundation and the USO; performing with the San Diego Symphony and has been featured in various PBS television specials.

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Nathan Pacheco Goes to New Heights For “Bring Him Home” (Les Misérables) Music Video

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Watch classical/crossover artist Nathan Pacheco and musicians

(Chad Truman on the piano, Riley Bria on the guitar and Chelsea McGough on the cello)

perform on a sky-high bridge in beautiful Tennessee for the epic “Bring Him Home” music video.

I spoke with Nathan about the lengths he went to while filming his latest music video that was filmed while the road was still open to incoming traffic!

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Breakaway Daily Interview with Akua Allrich

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BREAKAWAY DAILY: When did you first
realize that you wanted to pursue music professionally? 

Akua:

It’s funny. I waited about seven or eight years after graduating with my
BFA to really consider singing professionally. The ban of smoking in clubs had
a lot to do with my decision. But, most importantly, I had started my family
with my hugely supportive husband, and he pushed me to pursue my passion as a
performing musician.

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