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Magic Johnson Talks Partying With Prince

5/22/2016 2:59pm EDT
Magic Johnson
Lakers legend Magic Johnson and Prince were both pretty big party guys back in the day. After Prince passed away, Johnson tweeted that he loved Prince so much, he would follow him around the world to see his concerts. For the music and for other activities.

When you went to a Prince concert, he had you partying until you couldn't party any more.

— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 21, 2016

During an appearance on the "Jimmy Kimmel Show," Johnson shared more details about his friendship with Prince. Mostly about the crazy parties.

Johnson used to own a chain of movie theat...
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Drake Spends A Second Week Atop The Billboard 200

5/17/2016 9:17am EDT
Drake Spends A Second Week Atop The Billboard 200
In a development that’s surprising to no one, after a robust first week, Drake sees his fourth studio album Views remain firmly planted atop the Billboard 200. According to Billboard, Views moved another 219,000 units, with 80% of that total comprised of pure sales. Despite a huge drop in impact between week one and week two, Drake still himself to be the artist to beat this week (more on that later).

Beyoncé’s Lemonade spends a second week behind Drake’s Views in the runner-up slot after debuting at no. 1. While Lemonade’s “sweet” and glorious days atop the Billboard 200 may be done thank...
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Drake’s 'Views' Debuts Big Atop Billboard 200

5/10/2016 10:19am EDT
Drake’s 'Views' Debuts Big Atop Billboard 200
Beyoncé’s Lemonade might’ve surprised us more than Drake’s Views where content is concerned, but Drake easily wins the numbers race. That’s right, Drake’s Views starts off platinum, scoring 1.04 million units, easily debuting at no. 1 on the Billboard 200. The 1.04 million units number should come with reservations – Views sold approximately 82% of that total or 852,000 copies. What does that mean? In regards to pure sales, Drake didn’t score a million seller, but he did score the best numbers of his entire career. Clearly, the “6God” doesn’t seem to be fading.

Don’t feel bad for Beyoncé...
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Prince’s Final Album 'HITnRUN Phase Two' Keeps The Funk Alive And Well

5/5/2016 11:20am EDT
Prince’s Final Album 'HITnRUN Phase Two' Keeps The Funk Alive An
Here’s a fact that might show folks – Prince released two new albums in 2015! Unlike the majority of his albums in 00's, Prince’s 2015 albums HITnRUN Phase One and HITnRUN Phase Two went largely unnoticed. HITnRUN Phase One debuted on the Billboard 200 at a modest no. 70, definitely not the numbers The Purple One had normally been associated with. Naturally, that meant HITnRUN Phase Two was toast.

Now following the sudden death of one of music’s greatest, his classics, as well as his most recent albums are getting greater attention. With HITnRUN Phase Two being Prince’s final album becomin...
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Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Tops Billboard

5/3/2016 9:41am EDT
Beyoncé Takes 'Lemonade' To No. 1 On The Billboard 200
“Hold up” – who’s no. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the sixth time? That would be none other than the Queen herself, Beyoncé! Yes, for the sixth time in her career, Queen Bey has slain the competition and taken Lemonade to no. 1. While Lemonade’s pure sales don’t eclipse the sales of Beyoncé’s first surprise album, Beyoncé, the 653,000 units are exceptional. Take the streams out of the equation and 485,000 copies in pure sales (roughly 74%) aren't shabby in the least.

Beyoncé wasn’t the only newbie to march in “Formation” on the Billboard 200 this week. A$AP Ferg takes his sophomore album, A...
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Prince's Siblings Begin Process Of Dividing Up His Fortune

5/2/2016 5:40pm EDT
Prince's Siblings Meet In Court Over Singer's Multi-Million Doll
Prince's sister Tyka Nelson and several of the singer's half-siblings met in court on Monday for a hearing about the late superstar's estate.

People reports that the legendary musician was worth $250 million when he died on April 21. The purpose of the hearing in Chaska, Minnesota was to formally appoint a "special administrator" who will handle the estate.

People reports that authorities have not found a will or final testament for the late singer. The institution appointed to the estate, Bremer Bank and Trust, is continuing its search for a will.

"We are not finding that there's no wi...
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Pink Goes Purple As David Gilmour Pays Tribute To Late Prince (Watch!)

4/28/2016 3:31pm EDT
David Gilmour
One music legend paid tribute to another on Sunday, April 24, when former Pink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour paid his respects to Prince, who passed away a week ago.

Gilmour was performing for the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday and shared an audience recording of Floyd's megahit "Comfortably Numb", into which he worked Prince's guitar solo from his iconic hit, "Purple Rain".

"This is an audience recording of David Gilmour performing Comfortably Numb, with the inclusion of Purple Rain as a tribute to Prince," reads the video's description.

Following the sec...
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Remembering Prince: A Provocative Playlist

4/27/2016 5:40pm EDT
Remembering Prince: A Provocative Playlist
On April 21, 2016, the world lost a true musical genius – the iconic Prince Rogers Nelson, better known simply as Prince. Prince was the total musician, playing multiple instruments, composing his own songs, and stylistically restless, incorporating rock, pop, R&B, hip-hop, and jazz into his music. Into the 00s, Prince’s music remained cutting edge, even though the explicit language and overtly sexual nature of his music were tempered down compared to his heyday in the 80s and 90s. Here’s a provocative list of some of Prince’s more risqué, sensual songs. Some are hits while others are overs...
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Bruce Springsteen Pays Tribute To Prince

4/27/2016 11:29am EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen and the The E Street Band performed Prince's 1984 classic "Purple Rain" as a tribute to the late pop star during their April 23 concert at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Prince was found dead in his home in Minneapolis, Minn., three days beore the concert.

Springsteen told the audience that the first time he saw Prince perform he "(left) the show humbled."

Fans captured video footage from the performance, check it out below...
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New Music Releases This Week To Check Out

4/26/2016 1:25pm EDT
Martina McBride's 'Reckless' Leads Albums To Check Out
Ah, the final music release week in April 2016. As iterated previously, April 2016 has been quiet on the music front with a lack of gargantuan hits for the most part. This week is stronger than previous weeks, with a number of worthwhile releases, even if none are incredibly highly anticipated per se. In the new release mix, this week is a county vet, the soundtrack to one crazy hip-hop drama series, and the physical CD release of a musical icon lost too soon. Here are eight albums to check out this week!

1) Martina McBride, Reckless (Big Machine)

After covering soul classics on her p...
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Prince Tops Music Charts

4/26/2016 11:22am EDT
Prince Posthumously Tops The Billboard 200
The person may be gone, but the music lives on. That is definitely the case as Prince posthumously tops the Billboard 200, with three albums gracing the top 10 this week. At No. 1, The Very Best of Prince has the biggest impact, moving a robust 179,000 units. Of that total, only 56% is pure album sales. Why? Likely, people purchased their favorite tracks as opposed to the entire album. Also, Prince’s music is unavailable for streaming, save for Tidal.

But enough technicality, what about more Prince? The Purple One’s ‘ace in the hole’ Purple Rain landed at no. 2, moving 69,000 units, with ...
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Prince Cremated, Funeral Held

4/25/2016 10:59am EDT
Prince Cremated In Private Ceremony, Funeral Held Days After His
Prince has been cremated following his death and his family and closest friends have gathered for a private ceremony to say their goodbyes. According to the New York Times, Prince's family remembered the icon two days after his sudden death.

"A few hours ago, Prince was celebrated by a small group of his most beloved: family, friends and his musicians, in a private, beautiful ceremony to say a loving goodbye. Prince’s remains have been cremated and their final storage will remain private," his publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, said on Saturday.

Prince was found dead inside an elevator in his...
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A Georgia Teacher's Response To Prince's Death Goes Viral

4/22/2016 10:07am EDT
Student Posts Video Of Teacher Breaking Down After Hearing About
A teacher at Banneker High School in College Park, Ga., was notably heartbroken after he heard about Prince's death on Thursday.

One of Matthew Patterson's students posted a video of him taking off his glasses, putting his head in his hands and holding back some tears as he projected a video of "Purple Rain" onto the classroom wall.

Twitter user Diamond captioned the clip, "When my teacher found out Prince died."

She later added, "he is a really cool guy and an amazing teacher."

Patterson told the NY Daily News that after he learned of the musician's death he "talked about what Prince m...
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Prince Once Rented A House That Belonged To Los Angeles Laker, Put In Hair Salon

4/21/2016 9:40pm EDT
Prince Once Rented Lakers' Carlos Boozer's House, Painted Inside
Prince rented out the home of NBA basketball player Carlos Boozer in 2004. To make himself at home in his new space, he decked out the house Prince-style, without asking for permission.

Boozer was a little shocked to come home and discover his bedroom had been converted into a hair salon and there were purple symbols on the walls.

Boozer wasn't even interested in renting out his West Hollywood home until his realtor convinced him it was worth the amount Prince was willing to pay.

"My realtor was like, 'Yo, there's this guy who wants to rent your house. He saw it before you bought it,...
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Singer Prince Dead At 57

4/21/2016 1:00pm EDT
Prince News: Singer Dead At 57, Passes Away After Sudden Health
Police are investigating a death at Prince's Paisley Park estate. It's unclear who the victim is in the reported fatality, only that someone has died.

Update: Prince is dead at 57, according to TMZ.

First responders arrived at Prince's studio on Thursday morning after an emergency call. According to the Carver County Sheriff's Department, a fatality is confirmed, and the identity of the deceased is being withheld until next of kin are notified.

#BREAKING Prince DEAD at 57.https://t.co/deNswWDtPp

— TMZ (@TMZ) April 21, 2016

The 57-year-old singer, real name Prince Rogers Nelson, li...
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Prince Pays Tribute To Late Girlfriend

2/18/2016 1:05pm EST
Prince Pays Tribute To Late Girlfriend Vanity During Solo Tour I
Prince paid tribute to his late girlfriend Denise "Vanity" Matthews during a solo show at Melbourne's State Theater in Australia.

Vanity was Prince's protege and the leader of the 80s band Vanity 6.

“Someone dear to us has passed away, I’m gonna dedicate this song to her,” said the music superstar to the audience before playing "Little Red Corvette" and "Dirty Mind."

Prince also reworked the tune "The Ladder" to replace the name "Electra" with "Vanity."

During the solo performance, Prince remarked in a story published by Press Party, “I am new to this playing alone. I thank you all for ...
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Boy George & Prince Hooked Up

10/30/2015 10:15am EDT
Boy George
Boy George recently made the studio audience go wild on "The Voice" UK after letting it slip that he once hooked up with Prince. The Culture Club star made the confession during a taping of the show, putting crew members in an awkward position, according to The Sun.

It all started after Boy George said during the competition series, "I have dueted with some of the greatest soul singers in history including Luther Vandross and Smokey Robinson."

This led Paloma Faith to respond, "Well OK, if we're throwing big soul names out there, I've performed with Prince."

George then quickly added, "...
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41 Sexiest Album Covers We've Ever Seen

9/19/2015 3:00pm EDT
Eye Candy: 41 Sexiest Album Covers
Ah, is there anything that’s tastier than candy? While the answer to that question is debatable, few will argue about the power and beauty of the kind of candy that you DON’T eat, but rather view with the eyes. That ladies and gents is “eye candy” which taps into lustfulness, innuendo and unapologetic naughtiness among a variety of other characterizations. Eye candy has been around for years and we, as humans never seem to tire of its power. Its shock value keeps us talking and keeps our eyes glued considering we “can’t get enough.”

Music can be the ultimate “ear candy,” featuring the...
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Happy Birthday!

6/7/2015 7:00am EDT
Prince
Happy Birthday to:

The Purple One, Prince (1958)

Actor Michael Cera (1988)

Actress Larisa Oleynik (1981)

Russian tennis star Anna Kournikova (1981)

Actor Bill Hader (1978)

Actress Adrienne Frantz (1978)

Actress Helen Baxendale (1976)

Actor Karl Urban (1972)

Actress Cassidy Rae (1970)

Actress Kim Rhodes (1969)

Actress Sarah Parish (1968)

Musician Dave Navarro (1967)

WrestlerMick Foley (1965)

Actor William Forsythe (1955)

Actress Colleen Camp (1953)

South African musician Johnny Clegg (1953)

Actor Liam Neeson (1952)

Actor Ken Osmond (1943)

Actor Ronald Pickup (1940)

Welsh ...
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Prince Plans Peace Rally In Baltimore This Sunday

5/6/2015 9:31am EDT
Prince Organizes 'Rally 4 Peace' Concert In Baltimore
Prince is heading to Baltimore, M.D., this weekend to take part in a peace rally and perform for those affected by recent riots in the city.

Last week, the singer recorded a protest song and gave a surprise concert at his studio in honor of those caught up in the unrest in the aftermath of the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who sustained fatal injuries while in police custody in April.

Rally organizers said in a statement, "In a spirit of healing, the event is meant to be a catalyst for pause and reflection following the outpouring of violence that has gripped Baltimore and areas thro...
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Songs With Odd Standout Titles

5/3/2015 12:30pm EDT
15 Awesome Songs With Odd Titles
There have been many awesome songs that have been written throughout the course of music history. Many such songs sported titles that were memorable, but not necessarily distinct. For example, many songs have explored beauty or love, with the simple, generic “Beautiful” serving as the song title or something similarly common. Other songs, however, take their creativity to the next level, featuring unique, unforgettable titles. This list features 15 AWESOME songs with odd titles that make them standout from the rest.

1) Lady Gaga, “Scheiße” (Born This Way, 2011)

One of the most f...
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Songs That Are Crazy!

3/1/2015 2:30pm EST
15 Songs With The Word Crazy - The Craziest Songs Ever!
Some songs are sane while others are bleeping CRAZY! There is no sanity to be found here as these are the craziest songs ever, like “forever ever.” Well… maybe it’s a slight exaggeration, but you can’t have crazy songs without embracing your own inner craziness – that’s gospel truth right there! Here are 14 of the craziest songs ever.

1) Paul Simon, “Still Crazy After All These Years” (Still Crazy After All These Years, 1975)

Paul, we don’t think you’re the least bit crazy, unless it’s a ‘crazy good accomplished veteran musician that is! When you hear “Still Crazy After All These Year...
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15 Songs Worth The 'Wait'

2/22/2015 2:00pm EST
15 Songs Worth The 'Wait'
What qualifications does it take for a song to be ‘worth the wait?’ Does a selected song that’s ‘worth the wait’ require lofty anticipation or a host of bells and whistles to make it distinct from the rest? Actually No – negative. A song ‘worth the wait’ according to our rubric just requires one word – wait, waiting, waited – you get the picture! Here are 15 songs hence that are worth the ‘wait.’

1) Kings of Leon, “Wait For Me” (Mechanical Bull, 2013)

“Wait For Me” endears itself from its signature instrumental introduction throughout it simple, yet touching concept. Among the most u...
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'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Chris Rock And Prince Take Center Stage At NBC Studio 8H

11/2/2014 7:02am EST
Prince snl
In the past year, “SNL” was widely criticized for its lack of diversity, hired a new black cast member following that public pressure, debuted its first black Weekend Update cast member, and from the writer’s room brought on another black cast member. So an episode hosted by Chris Rock seemed poised to be the most head-on examination of race on “SNL” in years, or even decades. While that element was present, it was not really any more so than it has been in the past couple of years. Overall, in fact, this edition ended up like most episodes of the past couple of years: consisting of most...
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Prince To Play 8-Minute Jam Session On 'Saturday Night Live'

10/28/2014 11:41am EDT
Prince
Chris Rock had one request when he was signed to hosting duties at "Saturday Night Live" for the Nov.1 show, Prince had to be the musical guest.

Instead of the usual two song sets other musicians play, Prince will play one 8-minute jam in the middle of the show, accompanied by his band 3rdeyegirl. Just because he is Prince, there will be no commercial interruption.3rdeyegirl consists of guitarist Donna Grantis, bassist Ida Neilsen and drummer Hannah Ford Welton.

After 18 years, former "SNL" cast member Chris Rock will return to Studio 8H and will usher Season 40 into the critical November...
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10 Gender Bending & Androgynous Celebrities

10/16/2014 10:29am EDT
10 Gender Bending & Androgynous Celebrities
People who cross the line between male and female and are confused for being the opposite sex are referred to as androgynous. They embody sexual ambiguity. They display it in their fashion and/or in their sexual or gender identity.

Scottish actress Tilda Swinton is an ethereal, androgynous star who keeps her platinum blonde hair short and resembles a man at times.

She told the Daily Mail in 2014 she's often mistaken for being male "especially at airport security. I think I should probably wear more lipstick."

Pop star Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, has a flamboyant stage presence...
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Prince & New Band 3RDEYEGIRL To Be Musical Guests On 'Saturday Night Live'

10/15/2014 9:57pm EDT
Prince & New Band 3RDEYEGIRL To Be Musical Guests On 'Saturday N
The one-and-only Prince is set to take the stage as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on November 1.

The Purple One will make his third appearance as the show's music act, and he'll be joined on the show by former cast member Chris Rock, who returns to host.

Prince will perform with new all-girl group 3RDEYEGIRL (Guitarist Donna Grantis, drummer Hannah Ford Welton and bassist Ida Nielsen).

The artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known As released two new albums on September 30: "Art Official Age," a solo disc full of classic style Prince tunes, and rocker "PLECTRUMELECTRU...
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10 Incredibly Heartfelt Songs of 2014

10/12/2014 2:00pm EDT
10 Incredibly Heartfelt Songs of 2014
In an age dominated by big records, there’s nothing like a truly captivating, heartfelt song. That’s not to say that a record can’t be a song or visa versa, but these days, the two aren’t necessarily interchangeable. For all of the big records dropped in 2014, there are also some incredibly notable heartfelt songs that definitely deserve recognition (see the bloated, incomplete list of honorable mentions). But to keep the list from being forever long, here are 10 of the most heartfelt songs of 2014.

1) Sam Smith, “Stay With Me” (In The Lonely Hour)

Isn’t this one a total no-brainer...
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Blake Shelton Wins Race To The Top of The Billboard 200

10/9/2014 11:13am EDT
Blake Shelton Wins Race To The Top of The Billboard 200
When the Billboard issue their chart prognostications last week, it was suggested that Blake Shelton had a solid shot at his second career #1 album. That said, that forecast would become cloudy thanks to one Barbra Streisand, who was projected to be competitive in the race for the top spot once again. Fellow country artists Lady Antebellum were considered to be likely third place. Things didn’t complete go as expected.

Blake Shelton indeed topped the Billboard 200, selling a more robust than expected 101,000 copies of Bringing Back The Sunshine. While prognostications had allotted 90...
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Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL Rock Out On 'PLECTRUMELECTRUM'

10/6/2014 2:25pm EDT
Plectrumelectrum
One of the best parts of September 30, 2014 was the fact that The Purple One, aka Prince returned. Not only did he bestow upon the music world a highly anticipated solo album in Art Official Age, but he also delivered a second set with 3RDEYEGIRL entitled PLECTRUMELECTRUM (say what?). While PLECTRUMELECTRUM is the less buzzed about set of the two, don’t let it discourage you – there’s plenty to dig about PLECTRUMELECTRUM besides its daring title!

“Wow” opens PLECTRUMELECTRUM sensationally. Rather than being set in common time, “Wow” is in six-eight meter, giving it something of a blues...
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