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Prince Celebration 2018: Exclusive coverage from Paisley Park in Minnesota

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Fans, friends and family marked the second anniversary of Prince’s passing with a four-day celebration at Prince’s Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Celebration 2018 honored the unique life and legacy of the prodigiously talented cultural icon Prince Rogers Nelson. In its second year, the four-day special event took place between April 19th and 22nd at Prince’s historic home and recording sanctuary outside Minneapolis at Paisley Park.  Celebration 2018 has brought together fans from 30 different countries and 5 continents as well as Prince’s closest associates and musical collaborators.The event welcomed fans from around the world into an inspired environment of live music, panel discussions and special presentations highlighting Prince’s tremendous talent, influence and importance as a composer, musician, producer, live performer and filmmaker.

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French illustrator artist Clémentine Campardou (AKA Blule) creates Prince approved art

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Clémentine Campardou aka Blule is a Paris-born illustrator. After working in the corporate world for brands like L’Oreal and Fila, the current Sydney, Australia resident decided that she missed painting. The wife and mother of two has made quite a name for herself with her watercolor art and has even earned a following among comic book enthusiasts for her sophisticated superhero originals. Blule’s husband is a lifelong Prince fan and he asked her to create an imaginary album cover for his favorite musician. The illustration was posted online and caught the eye of the late legend in 2014. Prince was very protective of his image and would not hesitate to have his legal team fire off a cease and desist letter to anyone who used his likeness without permission, but in this case, he reached out to Blule to purchase the rights. He also bought designs that he used on a custom shirt for a Toronto show and another that served as a backdrop for his 2015 tour. Blule was commissioned to participate in a redesign of the main studio of Prince’s Paisley Park recording complex, but sadly the project never came to fruition due to Prince’s unexpected passing on…

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

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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. This unexpected journey led to a close friendship, sleepless nights, frantic last-minute flights, and the distinction of being the only photographer granted access to Prince’s private 3121 parties. “I want to make sure the attention is focused on celebrating Prince’s life and reflecting on the message of love that was prevalent throughout his music. The love for ones self, the love of family and friends, the love for your special someone, the love of our planet and home, and the love for those who are different than us. It’s this last love that I know Prince’s voice would have been loudest on if he was with us and witnessing the fractures that are dividing this country. It was his constant celebration of diversity that formed The Revolution, that motivated his unique sense of style, that…

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Majestic cloud that appeared over Minnesota last week resembles The Purple One

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The photo was captured by Tiffany Mattick who was driving down 494 towards the airport with her daughter when the clouds caught their eye. At the time, they didn’t see any specific shapes, she told The Current. Mattick didn’t look at the picture her daughter had snapped until after she was done driving. Once she saw the unique cloud formation, she posted it to Facebook, where friends’ interpretations included Sasquatch, Elvis, the Loch Ness Monster, and a surfing or snowboarding Jesus. – The Current. Her co-worker Jill Smith also shared the image on Twitter.  “It wasn’t like oh, there’s Prince, let’s take a picture,” Jill Smith told The Current. “What we saw in that picture was beautiful clouds and light, just the sun coming towards the clouds,” she said. “There’s a lot of things you can see in that picture. And so there’s just different elements to it and perspectives.”

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Prince Celebration 2017: Exclusive coverage from Paisley Park in Minnesota 

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Celebration 2017

Fans, friends and family marked the first anniversary of Prince’s passing with an epic four-day celebration at Prince’s Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Two thousand Prince fans from around the world gathered April 20th to 23rd to enjoyed live performances, panel discussions, exclusive concert screenings and guided tours during Celebration 2017. The historic event held at Prince’s private estate, production compound and recording sanctuary outside Minneapolis highlighted his tremendous talent, influence, and importance as a composer, musician, producer, live performer, and filmmaker. WATCH EXCLUSIVE VIDEO FROM CELEBRATION 2017 Prince was born in Minneapolis and resided in the Minneapolis area throughout his life. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend sold over one hundred million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven GRAMMY® Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award® for the film Purple Rain, all of which are displayed at Paisley Park. Celebration 2017 was a time to gather and honor the purple one. Fans quickly snatching up tickets starting at $550 for the four-day event (double the price of what Prince charged for a seven day event back in the early 2000′s.) The community that attended Celebration 2017 spanned all…

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Sometimes It Snows In April: 1 year ago 2day, Prince per4ormed what would be his final 2 concerts on earth at his Piano A Microphone Tour in Atlanta

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This stunning never b4 seen photo of Prince and his new purple Yamaha piano was photographed on April 13th, 2016 at Paisley Park by Madison Dubè, backdrop by Martin Homent. Prince would transcend exactly a week after performing two Piano And A Microphone shows at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The above photos was taken by a concert goer after Purple Rain was performed; the last song at the last show.   As the one-year anniversary of music legend Prince’s death nears, Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, the venue where he held his last large-scale concert, plans to honor The Purple One in a grand way. The Fox Theatre will post a rolling rotation of lyrics from Prince’s iconic song “Purple Rain” on its marquee from 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on April 21, said Cindy Stoltz, a spokeswoman for Fox Theatre. “The Fox Theatre will always have the bittersweet distinction of being Prince’s last stage performance,” Jamie Vosmeier, a spokesman for Fox Theatre told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The marquee tribute will give Prince fans a moment to reflect on the man, the artist and the music, which is now a part of history.” Fans are welcome to take pictures of the marquee throughout…

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Celebrating the 30th anniversary of one of the greatest albums of all time, the socially conscious Sign

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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. The double LP is a collection of tracks that infuses funk, soul, psych pop, electro, and rock with social commentary. When it came to the title track of Prince’s brilliant 1987 double album, Prince didn’t hold back. He delved into a number of heavy topics that were dominating the news at the time (some of which that had never appeared before in song) including gang violence, natural disasters, poverty, drug abuse, the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, the possibility of World War III, and the AIDS crisis. It begins as a great book would, with the setting. “In France, a skinny man died of a big disease with a little name.” In 1987, when Prince’s double-album masterpiece Sign ‘O’ the Times was released, no one had to be told he was talking about AIDS. The title track…

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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. The album is the first instrumental album released by Prince under any name. (Prince Vault)

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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. Emancipation was the first album following the end of that contract, which ended less than a week prior to the album’s release. The album title refers to Prince’s freedom from the contract that made him a “slave,” and marked the beginning of his journey of becoming an independent artist. The album teaches us all to do something that releases us from our constraints, to be free, self-sufficient, and break whatever chains are enslaving us. Keep reading

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Today marks the 25th anniversary of Ingrid Chavez’s debut album

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May 19, 1992, Ingrid Chavez’s debut solo album, was released in 1991 on Paisley Park Records. The title is the first anniversary of the date the cover art was photographed. The album was initially intended to set her spoken-word poetry to music supplied by Prince. It was recorded gradually from late 1987 to mid-1991. When Warner Bros. pushed for the album to have sung vocals in place of the spoken word, Prince abandoned the project. Five of the album’s tracks (“Elephant Box”, “Slappy Dappy”, “Jadestone”, “Whispering Dandelions” and “Heaven Must Be Near”)[2] ended up as spoken word with atmospheric music by Prince under his Paisley Park alias, and the remainder were relatively poppy tracks with sung vocals, co-produced by Ingrid with Prince’s studio hands Michael Koppelman and Levi Seacer, Jr.. The singles “Hippy Blood”, “Heaven Must Be Near”, and “Elephant Box” were released as singles (along with club remixes). [Wikipedia]     EPK for Ingrid Chavez “May 19, 1992” album on Paisley Park Records. For more Prince visit Breakaway Daily’s tribute at Prince.BreakawayDaily.com or PriceDaily.com

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32 years ago today (July 27th, 1984) Purple Rain opened in US movie theaters! Watch the trailer! 

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“He risked too much for the one thing that meant everything… his music,“ rumbled late voiceover master Don LaFontaine in the teaser for the film. “Prince, the story… the struggle… the movie… Purple Rain.”   Purple Rain is the feature film and acting debut of music icon Prince, co-starring Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Jerome Benton, Olga Karlatos and Clarence Williams III. The film directed by Albert Magnoli, and produced by Robert Cavallo, Stephen Fargnoli and Joseph Ruffalo (Prince’s management team), is the semi autobiographical account of musicians rise to fame. Prince develops ideas for the story prior to and during the “1999 Triple Threat” Tour” (circa 1982 – early 1983). He enlists the help of veteran television and film writer William Blinn (“Eight Is Enough”, “Roots”) and director Magnoli to craft his ideas into the final script. Filmed on a modest budget of only $7 million, it is shot on location in Minneapolis and Los Angeles, CA between November – December 1983. Released through Warner Bros, the film opens on 917 screens across the US. “Purple Rain” tops the box office chart in its first weekend of release, taking in $7,766,201 (knocking “Ghostbusters” from the number one spot), going on…

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