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Prince takes over Arsenio Hall Show

March 5th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Arsenio Hall
Prince has given U.S. late show host Arsenio Hall a big boost by taking over his programme to chat and perform new tracks.

The Purple Rain hitmaker, the New Power Generation and an 11-piece horn section, performed new tracks FUNKNROLL, She's Always in My Hair and Mutiny during a recent taping of the show, which will air in America on Wednesday night (05Mar14).

In his sit-down with comedian Hall, Prince revealed he can make a mean omelette and he hates strangers touching him, explaining, "I was at an Oscars party, and people kept bumping into me. And it always seems to be dudes."

Prince electrifies London venue with secret gig

February 5th, 2014 3:10am EST
Music icon Prince surprised fans by playing an open soundcheck in London on Tuesday (04Feb14).

Just days after hosting an impromptu listening party in New York City after the Super Bowl on Sunday (02Feb14), the Purple Rain hitmaker took to the stage at the Electric Ballroom venue around midnight, backed by his all-female band 3rd Eye Girl.

The singer performed songs from his upcoming album, Plectrum Electrum, but also sang his 1987 hit I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man for the second of his three encores.

After his hour-long set, he thanked revellers for their support, and hinted ...

Prince hosts listening party at New York club

February 3rd, 2014 8:40pm EST
Pop superstar Prince pulled off another last-minute surprise treat for fans late Sunday night (02Feb14) following his appearance on TV comedy New Girl, which aired after the Super Bowl.

Prince was in the crowd for the big game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks and when the final whistle blew he headed for New York's Darby nightclub to host a listening party for his new album Plectrum Electrum.

But the Purple Rain singer didn't show up until 2.15am on Monday morning (03Feb14) after his new band 3rd Eye Girl and model pal Demaris Lewis welcomed fans and played new tracks.


Purple Rain to be revamped as first Tuareg-language movie

January 21st, 2014 3:10am EST
Prince's Purple Rain movie is coming back to the screen as the first Tuareg-language film.

Music archivist Christopher Kirkley has launched a Kickstarter.com campaign to fund the project, titled Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Rain the Color of Blue With a Little Red in It).

Kirkley plans to direct the film, which will star Tuareg musician Mdou Moctar, according to Pitchfork.com.

The movie is scheduled to start shooting in Niger next month (Feb14).

Tuaregs are an ethnic group of nomadic people in the Sahara desert.

Prince disappoints fans at aftershow party

December 31st, 2013 3:10am EST
Disgruntled Prince fans who paid $150 (£100) to attend an early morning aftershow event in Connecticut on Monday (30Dec13) have been offered refunds after their hero failed to perform.

The devotees hoped the Purple Rain singer had something special planned for them after three successive nights at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, which ended with performances from Doug E. Fresh and Janelle Monae on Sunday night (29Dec13), but it was not to be.

Instead, Prince, who was not billed to perform at the Mohegan Sun resort bash, appeared briefly in the DJ's mixing desk to prompt the playing o...

Prince throws pyjama party at hometown studio

October 21st, 2013 3:10am EDT
Soul superstar Prince served up pancakes to fans as he welcomed them into his Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota for a special pyjama party over the weekend (19-20Oct13).

The Purple Rain hitmaker reportedly donned a silk robe over a pair of My Little Pony pants as he welcomed attendees into his pad for The Breakfast Experience Pajama Dance Party from 2am on Saturday (19Oct13).

He aired his new video for Breakfast Can Wait with director Danielle Curielle introducing the promo, before kicking off the first of two full sets with his band 3rdEyeGirl, covering tracks including Alph...

Prince to host breakfast party at Paisley Pak Studios

October 17th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Pop superstar Prince will open his Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota to fans for the second time in a month to host a breakfast party this weekend (20Oct13).

The Purple Rain singer will kick off the party late on Saturday night and then play until dawn.

He has asked fans attending the Breakfast Experience Pajama Dance Party to wear stylish sleepwear.

A $50 (GBP33) donation will be taken at the entrance.

Prince played a similar show at his hometown studio on 5 October (13), where he was joined onstage by 3rdEyeGirl and his old band New Power Generation.

Janelle Monae in awe at superstar pal Prince

September 15th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Janelle Monae was left stunned by her new duet partner Prince after the superstar entrusted the young soul singer to produce their collaboration without his help.

The Tightrope star teamed up with the Purple Rain icon for the song Givin' 'Em What They Love for her new album, The Electric Lady, and Monae admits she was shocked when perfectionist Prince left her in charge of fine-tuning the track.

She tells the New York Post, "I'm still pinching myself in disbelief. (Prince) doesn't do a lot of collaborations, let alone let people produce him. But he wanted me to be in control of the mixing...

Prince shunning old musicians for new artists

May 16th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Soul icon Prince prefers to explore new collaborations with young artists instead of veteran musicians because he has "no time for old people".

The Purple Rain hitmaker, who has worked with Chaka Khan and veteran funk star Larry Graham, wants to help put up-and coming-stars on the map and help them create their own legacy, just like he's doing with his new all-female backing band, 3rdEyeGirl - a trio from his own hometown.

He tells StarTribune.com, "I don't have time for old people. I want to work with young people. I have my legacy. It's time for their legacy. They're a Minneapolis band,...

Prince Reluctant To Part With Gold Guitar

April 14th, 2011 10:55pm EDT
Pop superstar Prince insists it's going to be hard to hand over one of his prized guitars to racing driver Lewis Hamilton - because so many of his favorite instruments have been stolen.

The Brit, who is Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger's boyfriend, claimed the gold guitar at a charity auction, paying $100,000 for the signed axe.

Prince showed off the gold guitar on Lopez Tonight! on Wednesday and confessed, 'It's gonna be hard to part with this."

The Purple Rain hit maker revealed on the show that he finds it hard to keep hold of his treasured instruments.

He explained, "A lot of ...

Sandra Bullock Wants To Be Prince's Muse

September 5th, 2009 2:00pm EDT
Sandra Bullock Wants To Be Prince
Sandra Bullock fantasizes about seducing Prince, so she can be the inspiration behind the singer's next sexy hit. The actress has idolized the Purple Rain hit maker since her early teens but was too shy to meet the star when she had the chance.

She explains, "There was a moment in New York in some nightclub when he was there years ago when I was a waitress. I kept walking by him, hoping he would notice. He never looked at me. I think maybe he saw me once and wrote me off and I'm pretending I might have a chance to inspire a Prince song."

Bullock hasn't given up hope of drawing the sin...

Apollonia Covers Prince's 'When Doves Cry' For 'Purple Rain' Tribute Album

June 12th, 2009 11:56am EDT
Prince's reclusive one-time protege Apollonia has recorded a new version of her former boss' "When Doves Cry" for a Purple Rain movie tribute album. Apollonia, real name Apollonia Kotero, was approached to revisit the film in which she starred alongside Prince, for a 25th anniversary tribute in the upcoming issue of SPIN magazine.

And when editor Doug Brod decided to put together a tribute album to boost sales of the issue. Apollonia agreed to revamp "When Doves Cry".

The album, "Purplish Rain", also features "Purple Rain" soundtrack covers from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Of Mon...

'Dear Slim' - An Open Rhyme To Eminem

June 3rd, 2009 12:11pm EDT
Dear Slim,

I'm writing this on behalf of many fans,

who once upon a time believed that you were it - the Man.

In 99' I heard "My Name Is" for the very first time,

and instantly believed it was the most entertaining rhyme,

That I'd heard since Busta Rhymes, back in 97',

but I leap-frogged you ahead of a ton of rappers- to maybe top eleven.

I was so friggin sure that you were the genuine article,

that I jammed out to your album way more than Wyclef's Carnival.

Gimmicks aside (and forget the potty humor), whenever your name was mentioned I wo...

Race Matters: Is Hollywood Truly Color Blind When It Comes To On-Screen Romance?

September 29th, 2008 9:49am EDT
Die Another Day
In John Grisham's bestselling novel "The Pelican Brief," investigative journalist Gray Grantham and law student Darby Shaw uncover a political conspiracy and in the process, end up between the sheets. In the 1993 film version, Darby Shaw (played by Julia Roberts) and Grantham merely share a chaste hug in the film's conclusion. What happened between page and screen? One theory: In the novel Grantham is white; in the film, he's portrayed by Academy-Award winning - and black - actor Denzel Washington.

The stigma of interracial relationships in cinema can be traced back to the 1934 Motio...

Top Ten 80s Movie Soundtracks

February 28th, 2008 12:27pm EST
Purple Rain
Starpulse recently ran a 'Top Ten 80s Albums' list, in which the inclusion of the Top Gun soundtrack inspired me to come up with a list of the "Top Ten 80s Movie Soundtracks." After doing a little 'freshening up,' both through my own personal collection, growing-up-80's memories and, oh, some website that has info about movies & music and the like, I've narrowed my list down to the top ten.

(And no, "Top Gun" didn't take my breath away and make it onto the list)

The main criteria used here is that only the film had to be released in the 80s, not the music contained on its soundtrack. I...

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