Lianne La Havas Added To PRINCE’s Essence Festival Line-Up! Still A Mystery What He Will Do

Lianne La Havas

Lianna La Havas has been added as a special guest performer for PRINCE's night of the ESSENCE Festival taking place on July 4th, 2014. Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers were announced as special guests previously.

Other than that, ESSENCE organizers say it is still a mystery as to what Prince will do at the festival.

In a new article Michelle Ebanks had this to say about what Prince will do;

"I think we'll have to see that night," Essence Communications president Michelle Ebanks, the executive who oversees the festival, said recently. "Prince is working through exactly how he's pulling (the night's roster) together. I don't want to say it's going to be one way, and then they make adjustments. They're still working out how the evening will unfold."

PRINCE Birmingham Photo: NPG RECORDS 2014

Essence thinks it is very likely that Janelle will do her own set on that stage that night.-DocFB

Diagnosis: Do we ever really know what Prince is up to? Don't U like surprises??


PRINCE Keeps Publishing In His Big White Mansion, Nile Rodgers Added To Essence Fest, Paisley Park After Dark!


PRINCE's publishing catalog, long and vast, is staying under his control, assigned to NPG MUSIC PUBLISHING and will be done himself.

In a press release from today, it says he will handle the publishing rights along with the help of “some of the best talent in the industry.”

Prince's last publishing deal was with Universal Music Publishing and ended on March 31st, 2014.

http:// http://www.npgmusicpublishing.com/ is the site.

Prince's latest single "FALLINLOVE2NITE" was released via Epic Records and has a deal signed with Kobalt Music for a label services deal.

NPG MUSIC PUBLISHING is now actively seeking placement for some of Prince's songs in film, television, video games, and the commercial realm. They feel his music considers ‘fit 4 eternal publication". NPG Music Publishing was founded by Artists For Artists and that is who secured the placement of "FALLINLOVE2NITE" on "New Girl" after the Super Bowl.

Also, Nile Rodgers will be joining Prince as a special guest at The Essence Festival on July 4th in New Orleans.


Paisley Park after Dark which will be open for all eternity, is again open this weekend (Hello, eternity!) Friday April 4th, and Saturday April 5th. Admission is $30 cash at the door and no announcement has been made as to who will be performing at the Park this weekend. Minnesota is in for a cold winter storm this weekend.  Sometimes it snows in April though, right?-DocFB

Diagnosis: This makes PRINCE a free agent in the publishing game.  In what new mediums do you want to see PRINCE release his music?



Nile Rodgers Photo: Kitty Pleasant


If you were interviewing Nile Rodgers, what would you ask?

Send us your questions!

You can post your questions in the comments section below (recommended) or via DrFunkenberry's Twitter and Facebook Fan Page accounts!-DocFB

Diagnosis: FREAK OUT!


Daft Punk Performs With Pharrell, Stevie Wonder & Nile Rodgers “Get Lucky” At Grammys!

Nile Rodgers Photo: GettyImages.com

One of the coolest performances of the Grammy night was Daft Punk and Pharrell with Nile Rodgers throwing down that chicken grease on guitar and Stevie Wonder being his simply amazing self!

Nile Rodgers went from being a zero Grammy winner in his career to winning 3 with Daft Punk last night. Yes, the Chic member and the person who helped Madonna launch her career had zero Grammys til last night. Pathetic.-DocFB

Diagnosis: Great performance and so proud of Nile. Big time!


Nile Rodgers, Pharrell, & Stevie Wonder To Join Daft Punk For Grammy Performance!

Daft Punk Screen Cap :Exclaim.com

The Grammys have added Nile Rodgers, Pharrell, and Stevie Wonder to join Daft Punk for their performance at the Award Show.

It was also announced that Metallica would be performing at the event as well as Robin Thicke performing with the band Chicago.

Other performers announced earlier are Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons, P!nk and Nate Ruess (of FUN.), and Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson,  andBlake Shelton performing together.

LL COOL J will be your Grammy host....-DocFB

Diagnosis: The Grammys air on CBS, Sunday January 26th live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles....


Watch Now! Adam Lambert, CHIC, & Nile Rodgers Do A Funky Cover Of “Let’s Dance” By David Bowie!

Adam Lambert, Avicii, & Nile Rodgers Photo: Avicii/Twitter

Nile Rodgers was performing a concert for the AFTEE (All For The East End) charity raising money for local non-profits. he called up Adam Lambert to cover "Let's Dance" by David Bowie!

Adam is killing the Bowie classic!! Killing! Adam is def killing it!

A new song of Adam's entitled "Lay Me Down" featuring Lavicii was also played so look for a post on that soon!!!!!-DocFB

Diagnosis: It really is pathetic that a label does not know what to do with Lambert. It makes me wish that America did get it right and chose him as the real American Idol over Kris Jenner Allen. I am not one for putting down others.  Just upset.  Hope you guys feel me.


Celebrities Take To Twitter About The Death Of Don Cornelius

Don Cornelius File Photo
Don Cornelius File Photo

Don Cornelius File Photo

Here are tweets from celebrities reacting to the passing of legend Don Cornelius.