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Showtime Acquires Prince Concert Film ‘Sign o’ the Times’

Showtime Acquires Prince Concert Film ‘Sign o’ the Times’
The Prince 1987 concert film “Sign o’ the Times’ has been acquired by Showtime and will premiere on Sept. 16. The broadcast marks the first time in more than a decade that the rarely seen film, which was directed by Prince, will air on American television. It was never issued on DVD.

“Sign o’ the Times” was originally conceived as a companion to the 1987 Prince double album of the same name. Among the songs to break out of that release were “U Got the Look” (with Sheena Easton), “If I Was Your Girlfriend” and “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man,” in addition to the title song and a rendition of the Prince classic, “Little Red Corvette.”

Footage for the 84-minute concert doc was shot primarily at Prince’s Paisley Park Studios. Additional filming took place on tour in the Netherlands and Belgium.

“Sign o’ the Times” was produced by Robert Cavallo, Joseph Ruffalo
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People Appreciation: What Prince Meant to Music - and an Entire Generation of Fans

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People Appreciation: What Prince Meant to Music - and an Entire Generation of Fans
In 1984, I was 7 years old , and "When Doves Cry," the song from both the film and album Purple Rain, was a massive radio hit. From the backseat of my parent's station wagon, I listened eagerly, absorbed every word, and sang it verbatim to the teenagers at the local pool. (Much to their delight.) Even at that young age, I knew the lyrics were poignant and kind of heartbreaking - I also knew it was the greatest song I'd ever heard. The same can still be said today. The great thing about Prince, who died on Thursday, was that his music
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People Appreciation: What Prince Meant to Music - and an Entire Generation of Fans

  • PEOPLE.com
People Appreciation: What Prince Meant to Music - and an Entire Generation of Fans
In 1984, I was 7 years old , and "When Doves Cry," the song from both the film and album Purple Rain, was a massive radio hit. From the backseat of my parent's station wagon, I listened eagerly, absorbed every word, and sang it verbatim to the teenagers at the local pool. (Much to their delight.) Even at that young age, I knew the lyrics were poignant and kind of heartbreaking - I also knew it was the greatest song I'd ever heard. The same can still be said today. The great thing about Prince, who died on Thursday, was that his music
See full article at PEOPLE.com »

Prince Has Died at 57

Prince, the iconic musician and worldwide superstar, has died. He was 57.

Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, was found dead on Thursday morning at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota. The artist's publicist confirmed his passing, according to The Associated Press.

No cause of death has been released yet, though the musician experienced a medical emergency on April 15 that forced the plane he was traveling on to make an emergency landing. He appeared at a concert the next day, and assured fans that he was alright; his representatives said that he was suffering from the flu.

According to TMZ, before the April 16 concert, Prince also cancelled two previous appearances due to health concerns.

Prince broke onto the music scene in the late 1970s, and became a superstar after the release of his 1982 album "1999." The artist went on to rule the charts throughout the rest of the decade, selling more than 100 million
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9 Artists That Should Have Their Own Jukebox Musicals

While watching Rock of Ages last weekend in preparation for the movie's press junket (Stay tuned for my video interviews with director Adam Shankman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary J. Blige, Julianne Hough, Malin Akerman, and Diego Boneta!), I realized that the jukebox musical is here to say. It's the perfect 21st century genre, a mix of glorified nostalgia and unapologetic bombast. I can't say that I loved Mamma Mia, but I thought the sentiment was right: Recording artists with strong, distinct catalogs (with a particular penchant for narrative songs) should be exalted in stage spectacles. Rock of Ages' mullet-tacular musicianship just isn't my thing, and I say it's time we pick nine better options for the next big jukebox musical. Some of these choices may be unexpected, but I think you'll find they're worth a second look from Alan Menken.

1. Prince

Title: Dirty Minds

Key Songs: "Controversy," "1999," "When Doves Cry,
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Sheila E. Brings '80s Vibe To Oscars House Band

Onetime Prince protégé was spotted at the Academy Awards along with composer Hans Zimmer, another bridge to the Pac-Man decade.

By Jason Kaufman

Sheila E. arrives at the 2012 Oscars

Photo: Kevin Mazur/ WireImage

It was no surprise that the Oscars wanted to go back to the past in 2012. After all, the show's producers brought Billy Crystal back to host for a ninth time. But it appears that those producers also wanted to travel back to the 1980s for a music flashback, hiring legendary drummer Sheila E. for the Oscars house band.

Yes, the same Sheila E. who rocked the charts in 1984 with her funky single "The Glamorous Life" and taught children of the '80s that the coolest way to play a drum kit was standing up.

Sheila E.'s hit came after years of performing with Prince. He had met E. (real name: Sheila Escovedo) in the late '
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Sheila E. Brings Funky Drumming To Oscars House Band

The Prince protégé was spotted at the Academy Awards along with composer Hans Zimmer, another bridge to the Pac-Man decade.

By Jason Kaufman

Sheila E. arrives at the 2012 Oscars

Photo: Kevin Mazur/ WireImage

It was no surprise that the Oscars wanted to go back to the past in 2012. After all, the show's producers brought Billy Crystal back to host for a ninth time. But it appears that those producers also wanted to travel back to the 1980s for a music flashback, hiring legendary drummer Sheila E. for the Oscars house band.

Yes, the same Sheila E. who rocked the charts in 1984 with her funky single "The Glamorous Life" and taught children of the '80s that the coolest way to play a drum kit was standing up.

Sheila E.'s hit came after years of performing with Prince. He had met E. (real name: Sheila Escovedo) in the late '
See full article at MTV Music News »

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