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Watch Janelle Monae Bring ‘Pynk’ to ‘Austin City Limits’

Watch Janelle Monae Bring ‘Pynk’ to ‘Austin City Limits’
Janelle Monae released one of 2018’s most buzzed-about albums this spring with Dirty Computer, and now she’s taking a victory lap through Austin City Limits. In early October, between her performances at the Austin City Limits music festival, she taped an hour-long set for the long-running PBS television series. The full episode will air this weekend on November 17th — and you can watch her joyous performance of album highlight “Pynk” right now.

Monae rules the stage in a Dirty Computer sweatshirt, a militant-chic beret and her signature pink pantaloons from the “Pynk” music video.
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black-ish's Must-See Prince Tribute Is black-ish at Its Best

On Tuesday, black-ish celebrated its must-see 100th episode with a celebration of Prince's legendary music. The milestone episode, naturally titled "Purple Rain," was black-ish at its best: fun, special and poignant. It reminded everyone how well the ABC comedy can swing from serious to silly and

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black-ish Pays Tribute to Prince — Grade the Show's 100th Episode!

Purple reigned on Tuesday as black-ish devoted its 100th episode to honoring Prince and his music. The hits-heavy half hour saw a bunch of the Johnsons recreating some of the artist’s iconic videos and talking about his legacy, all in an effort to convince Jack and Diane of Prince’s majesty.

The milestone installment opened with Jack eagerly awaiting a call from Tiffany, a girl in his class who was planning to come over and study. He and Diane were interrupted by a ruckus in the kitchen, where nearly the entire family was rocking out to “Let’s Go Crazy.
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‘Black-ish’ Creator Kenya Barris No Longer Sure He’d Want Kanye West to Guest Star

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‘Black-ish’ Creator Kenya Barris No Longer Sure He’d Want Kanye West to Guest Star
If you asked “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris a year ago who his dream guest star for the ABC sitcom would be, Kanye West would be at the top of his wishlist. Now, his answer would be a little different.

“I still love him, but it’s … different,” Barris said of the rapper, who has drawn controversy over the last few months for inflammatory comments regarding slavery and president Donald Trump.

While the sitcom featuring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross has had a slew of cameos over the course of four seasons, Barris still has some guest stars he’d love to see on the show.

“I want [Samuel L. Jackson] to be Pop’s (Laurence Fishburne) brother,” he said. “ I want to make all the jokes about how they keep getting mistaken for each other. And I want the father of those two people to be Garrett Morris.”

Barris
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Minnesota Timberwolves Unveil Prince-Inspired Jerseys

The Minnesota Timberwolves revealed a special alternate jersey that honors Minneapolis native, Prince, ESPN reports. The Nike-designed uniforms aptly feature a deep purple base with light purple lettering, while the design includes a couple of references to Prince’s Purple Rain album cover.

The lettering on the jersey mimics the album art font, while the stud pattern on the right shoulder echoes the jacket Prince wore on the cover photo. Capping it all off is a small paisley marker hidden beneath the flap of the shorts, while on the
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Ava DuVernay Working on Prince Documentary for Netflix

Ava DuVernay Working on Prince Documentary for Netflix
Ava DuVernay has been tapped to work on a Prince documentary for Netflix, Deadline reports. The Selma, 13th and this year’s A Wrinkle in Time director said the late icon’s estate has approved of the upcoming film.

“Prince was a genius and a joy and a jolt to the senses,” DuVernay told Deadline. “He shattered every preconceived notion, smashed every boundary, shared everything in his heart through his music. The only way I know how to make this film is with love. And with great care. I’m
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Prince Documentary Coming to Netflix

Tony Sokol Oct 30, 2018

Prince’s estate chooses Ava DuVernay to direct multi-part documentary on the late artist.

"Man, I hate makin' movies," Prince sang on "Movie Star" off his twentieth album Crystal Ball. But he lived his life more cinematically than most musicians or stars of the silver screen. He was also one of the most documented. He has thousands of hours of unreleased songs in a vault, and recorded many with video footage. Ava DuVernay will go through the archives to direct a multi-part Prince documentary on for Netflix, according to Variety. The documentary will cover Prince’s entire life.

DuVernay, who directed Netflix's 2016 private prison exposé 13th, which was nominated for an Oscar for best documentary feature, as well as Selma , Queen Sugar and the upcoming Central Park Five series, has the full cooperation of Prince’s estate, which provided interviews, archival footage, and photos for the project.
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Let’s Go Crazy: Ava DuVernay “Honored” To Be Making Prince Docu At Netflix

  • Deadline
Let’s Go Crazy: Ava DuVernay “Honored” To Be Making Prince Docu At Netflix
Exclusive: Ava DuVernay directed the film that opened the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC back in 2016 and now the 13th and Selma helmer is aiming for another type of history with a documentary about Prince for Netflix.

“Prince was a genius and a joy and a jolt to the senses,” the Oscar nominated filmmaker told Deadline tonight of the Purple Rain star who died on April 21, 2016. “He was like no other,” DuVernay added of the Oscar winner and eight-time Grammy recipient. “He shattered every preconceived notion, smashed every boundary, shared everything in his heart through his music. The only way I know how to make this film is with love. And with great care. I’m honored to do so and grateful for the opportunity entrusted to me by the estate.”

It wasn’t just Prince’s estate that saw DuVernay as a collaborator
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Ava DuVernay Working on Prince Documentary for Netflix (Exclusive)

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Ava DuVernay Working on Prince Documentary for Netflix (Exclusive)
Updated: Producer/director Ava DuVernay is working with Netflix on a Prince documentary, two sources have confirmed to Variety. The project has the full cooperation of the late artist’s estate, which is providing with interviews, archival footage, photos and archive access. The multiple-part documentary will cover the artist’s entire life.

“Prince was a genius and a joy and a jolt to the senses,” she tweeted after the news had broken Monday night. “The only way I know how to make this film is with love. And with great care. I’m honored to do so and grateful for the opportunity entrusted to me by the estate.” The Oscar-nominated filmmaker has been at work on the project for several months.

While renowned for her work on “Selma,” “Queen Sugar” and others, DuVernay made her big-screen debut in 2008 with “This Is the Life,” which chronicled the alternative hip-hop scene in Los Angeles in the 1990s.
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Pharrell Williams Sends Legal Warning to Trump Over Rally’s Use of ‘Happy’ After Pittsburgh Shooting

Pharrell Williams Sends Legal Warning to Trump Over Rally’s Use of ‘Happy’ After Pittsburgh Shooting
Pharrell Williams sent a legal warning to Donald Trump after the singer’s “Happy” was played at the president’s political event in Indiana Saturday, a rally held just hours after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.

“On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event in Indiana,” Williams’ attorney Howard King wrote to Trump in the cease-and-desist letter (via The Hollywood Reporter).

“There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon
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Prince’s Last Concert-Used Guitar, ‘Electric Ladyland’ Master Tapes Head to Auction

Prince’s Last Concert-Used Guitar, ‘Electric Ladyland’ Master Tapes Head to Auction
The last guitar used onstage by Prince, original studio recordings from Jimi Hendrix‘s Electric Ladyland sessions and never-before-seen drawings by Michael Jackson highlight Julien’s Auctions‘ upcoming Icons & Idols slate.

Various items from throughout Prince’s career will hit the auction block at New York’s Hard Rock Cafe on November 9th and 10th, including his white Collings 290 guitar, which he played on March 12th, 2016 at a Minnesota tribute concert to Ray Charles, the last time Prince would wield a guitar onstage; all subsequent concerts prior to his April
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Chvrches Share Metallica, Pearl Jam Impressions in Rolling Stone Morning Sessions

Rolling Stone held its first Morning Sessions during Acl Fest 2018 on Saturday, October 6th, at Wanderlust Yoga in Austin. Glasgow synth-pop trio Chvrches stopped by to chat with Rolling Stone’s Suzy Exposito about the making of their latest album, Love Is Dead, with acclaimed producer Greg Kurstin. The band also discussed their favorite rock stars, living in Donald Trump’s America and the resulting culture shocks.

“Clearly we caught loads of sunshine,” quips Lauren Mayberry of recording Love Is Dead, which took place in Kurstin’s basement studio in Los Angeles.
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Prince Estate Demands Donald Trump Stop Playing ‘Purple Rain’ at Rallies

Prince Estate Demands Donald Trump Stop Playing ‘Purple Rain’ at Rallies
The Prince estate issued a statement Thursday requesting that Donald Trump cease using “Purple Rain” at the president’s rallies.

At recent pre-Election Day rallies, like the one Trump held in Mississippi last week, the playlist at the event has featured Prince’s “Purple Rain.” Word of the song’s usage made its way to the Prince estate, which issued the statement through Prince’s half-brother Omarr Baker.

“The Prince Estate has never given permission to President Trump or the White House to use Prince’s songs and have requested
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Prince Estate Demands Donald Trump to Stop Playing 'Purple Rain' at Rallies

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Prince's estate is sick of President Trump playing The Purple One's music at his rallies and is demanding he stop Stat. The late singer's half-brother, Omarr Baker, just said on behalf of the estate ... "The Prince Estate has never given permission to President Trump or the White House to use Prince's song and have requested that they cease all use immediately."  Trump played "Purple Rain" at his rally last week in South Haven, Mississippi. It's
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Prince’s Personal Chef Says She Tried to Warn People of Changes in Singer Before His Death (Exclusive Video)

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Crystal Blanchette, the personal chef to Prince before his death, said she saw warning signs in the musician’s behavior and tried to warn those close to him at the time.

“There was a change in his moods. Irritable, annoyed, uncomfortable, tired. I felt like I was watching him kind of fade away,” Blanchette said in a new clip from an interview with “20/20.”

The episode, set to air on ABC Friday, will see ABC News Correspondent Bob Woodruff investigate the crisis caused by the proliferation of synthetic opioid fentanyl. Prince died in April 2016 of an accidental fentanyl overdose.

“I had saw someone that I just knew I couldn’t have in my life anymore, and I couldn’t protect him,” she said. “I did share with other people what was happening, and they just chose to ignore it.”

Also Read: #PrinceDay: A Life in Pictures, From Before 'Purple Rain
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16 New Albums to Stream Now: Christine & the Queens, Prince, Brockhampton and More Editors’ Picks

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16 New Albums to Stream Now: Christine & the Queens, Prince, Brockhampton and More Editors’ Picks
Editors’ Pick: Christine & the Queens, Chris

“Chris is an LP doubled,” writes Will Hermes. “First, there’s a mostly English-language set, with heavily accented lyrics, charmingly off-kilter syntax, and polyglot asides. ‘Let me taste/On a butch babe in La,’ she pleads on ‘Damn (What A Woman Must Do),’ lamenting the extremes of ‘what must a woman do/Para follarse’ (sure, look it up). Then there’s a nearly-identical set sung in French, as the singer sucks, chews, and tongues verses in ways that communicate plenty, even if you don
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This Week in Music: Lana Del Rey, Prince, Trending Tropics

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Lana Del Rey, “Mariners Apartment Complex”

Perfect for: Pouring your heart out to an old friend or a former flame

Sounds like: A tender ballad about the past, with one foot firmly in the present

Lana Del Rey and producer Jack Antonoff have spent this summer in the studio, working on the follow-up to the pop star’s 2017 album Lust for Life. The first preview of their collaboration plays to both of their strengths: It’s sad but anthemic, with reverent
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Review: Prince’s ‘Piano & A Microphone 1983’ is a Revealing Snapshot of the Pop Genius in His Prime

Review: Prince’s ‘Piano & A Microphone 1983’ is a Revealing Snapshot of the Pop Genius in His Prime
In 1983, Prince was a budding genius on a historic run that would eventually redefine pop. A year earlier he’d exploded into the Top 10 with his synth-funk double-lp opus, 1999, and he was already hard at work on Purple Rain, the album/film project that would render a version of his life story in Beatles-size proportions.

One day, in the midst of all this, he sat down in his Chanhassen, Minnesota, home studio and knocked out a demo, just him at the piano. Most of what he recorded were works-in-progress,
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Inside Prince’s Brilliant ‘Piano & a Microphone 1983’ Album

“I was always hoping that these recordings were still around because of the feeling that’s in them,” Don Batts, Prince’s personal recording engineer in the early Eighties, tells Rolling Stone. He’s reflecting on a demo cassette he made with the artist released Friday as Piano & a Microphone 1983, 34 minutes of Prince sketching out song ideas by himself. “It’s just him pounding this idea out so he could come back later and fill in the blanks. These were his little grooves.”

Beginning with an airy recital of the “When Doves Cry” B side,
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Prince’s ‘Mary Don’t You Weep’ Video Tackles Gun Violence

A new video for Prince‘s passionate cover of the spiritual “Mary Don’t You Weep” focuses on the impact of gun violence on American youth, augmented by the artist’s own words. After showing gun injury and fatality statistics among children, the video displays a quote from the Purple One taken from another video he’d made for his song “Baltimore,” written in the wake of the 2015 death of Freddie Gray: “The system is broken. It’s going to take the young people to fix it this time. We need new ideas,
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