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23Nov
2008
12

Prince Is Everywhere

21 Nights Promo Poster.  Photo: Randee St. Nicholas
21 Nights Promo Poster.  Photo: Randee St. Nicholas

21 Nights Promo Poster. Photo: Randee St. Nicholas

Prince has been all over recently. For good and bad.  The bad first.  From being heavily misquoted in the New Yorker to a lawsuit from Revelations, the perfume maker of the 3121 fragrance, which Universal Music has already said the lawsuit is without merit.

Also, he has been all over in good ways.  A cartoon Prince was made on The Simpsons 2 weeks ago, A Family Guy Prince aired last sunday, countless mentions of Prince on the Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert, and to top it all off, a Prince tribute band, "Purple Reign"  performed on The Late Show With David Letterman last Monday.  Can you say Pop Icon?

Prince has been all over L.A. recently.  Well, not exactly Prince but these poster's are popping up all over L.A. as his book 21 Nights is getting a 2nd promotional push.

The book, which covers his 21 nights in London from last year's o2 Arena show's also has a CD on the inside of various after show's and is entitled Indigo Nights.  The book has sold well so far and has made the New York Times Best Seller List. 

I don't know about you, but I am diggin the orange font and design for the 21 Nights writing in this poster. I don't know why.   ;)

We hope the people so gracious enough to provide us with the photo will hopefully provide us with some posters for giveaway. 

Also, as we told you here before, Prince invited Big Boy & The Power 106 crew over to his house for dinner and to listen to some new songs that Prince was working on.  It appears Big Boy & Crew are tight-lipped but we were able to find out some info we will share when we have more details.  It was easier when Big Boy was really a big boy, because all you would have to do is buy him a steak and he would talk.  Needless to say, Big Boy n crew did not talk but we still got the info for ya. (BTW, Big Boy, you know I am joking.)

Hopefully, we will have more information as it becomes available about that.  Until then, back to the limo pookie!-Dr.FB

P.S. The reason I am not posting the info we got is because the person is someone I have not delt with before.  I rather wait and be right then post asap and be wrong.  Until I have more concrete info, it will be kept under the covers.

23Oct
2008
2

Prince talks! Yahoo exclusive!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081023/ap_en_ce/books_prince

Prince continues to chart his own course

  By Nekesa Mumbi Moody

NEW YORK – At a celebration/concert for Prince's new book, late night had turned into early morning, the bar was closing and party organizers were deciding what decorations to pack up first.

But Prince was still on stage — and still captivating the exclusive group of about 200 fans who had gathered in an intimate penthouse loft to hear him perform.

Though he had taken about a two-hour break between sets, Prince was entering hour four in what would become a nearly five-hour musical extravaganza that not only included his own seminal hits like "Purple Rain" and "Little Red Corvette," but also interpretations of music from Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, The Rolling Stones and even Janet Jackson and India.Arie for good measure. (Fans paid $1,000 for the first jam session and $300 for the second: Proceeds went to charity.)

It's this kind of magic that Prince tried to capture with "21 Nights," a glossy coffee-table book published by Simon & Schuster that documents the glamorous rocker during his record-breaking, 21-night run at London's 02 Arena last year. The book not only steals glimpses of his onstage performances, but also behind-the-scenes moments of the star and his band during the unprecedented concert stint.

"No one had ever sold out 21 nights in a row," said photographer Randee St. Nicholas. "So I thought, 'We should do a book surrounding this point in his life, because this is a great point in his life.'"

While his three-decades-long career has been meticulously chronicled, Prince is quick to point out, "Not by me — never by me. That's someone else who's on the outside looking in." This time, it's Prince — with St. Nicholas — telling the story, through his own frame of reference.

"This was a landmark event," says Prince, sitting on the rooftop with the Manhattan skyline as his backdrop during a break from rehearsals before the evening's musical marathon. "No one believed that it would do what it did. ... Everyone tried to talk me out of it."

Of course, Prince is used to proving skeptics wrong. These days, he's regarded as a pioneer for artists' rights and known for releasing music over the Internet. But when he left his longtime label Warner Bros. nearly two decades ago after a protracted battle over his creative path, and abandoned major record labels to release music on his own, he left everyone — from fans to musician insiders — wondering if he had lost his mind.

In recent years, he has re-linked with major record labels like Sony and Universal Music Group to release his albums, but isn't sure any record is worth putting out in this era of piracy and illegal downloads. Though the book includes a CD, it contains no new songs, just classic hits and other songs from one of his signature jam sessions.

"Today, it's not realistic to expect to put out new music and profit from it. There's no point in trying to put new music out there and keep it from being (exploited)," he says.

And he now has disdain for the way the Internet has, in his view, subverted artists' rights.

"The powers that be are abusing the copyright infringement," he says. "You can't sample Steven Spielberg; you don't see his stuff up there, just old tapes of the Ohio Players, who can't afford to defend themselves."

But while Prince exudes hints of frustration, he's hardly bitter: These days, serenity and good-natured fun seem to be his mantra.

Though he professes shyness, the diminutive artist gives a warm hug as a welcome, and during his show — which had Spike Lee, Anderson Cooper and Dave Chappelle in the audience — he had fans laughing as he cracked jokes throughout (among his more memorable was referring to himself as Rihanna, an allusion to Internet gossip that the statuesque singer had been mistaken for Prince).

St. Nicholas, a longtime friend, says Prince's conversion to the Jehovah's Witness faith several years ago has helped him evolve into a more spiritual person — and a more open one, in comparison with his reputation as a moody recluse. But Prince's public image has never been the real Prince that friends see behind closed doors, she adds.

"He's shy. But he doesn't necessarily hide or shield himself and attempt this mysterious persona that he has," she says of the twice-divorced star.

"You know children? You never know what they are going to do one minute to the next? ... That's very much how he is," she explains. "In a way it's very open, because if you can just hang in that moment with him, and just go for it — you're not worrying about the past."

And at times, Prince isn't even consumed with the present. While he talked about biblical implications to the recent stock market plunge ("that's why I had to bring back this song," he says as his band rehearses "1999" in the background), when it comes to a recent milestone, he's decidedly nonchalant.

"How old are we really?" asks Prince, who turned 50 in June. "It's about ascension. It's not the other way. There's nothing down about it. Everything is better."

As an example, he points to the 21-night run in London: "I couldn't have sold out 21 nights in London in the peak of my career; it would have been an impossibility," he says.

"I look forward to these years where everything is just open sky. I wish this for every artist: freedom."

This is a pretty awesome article- Dr.FB

5May
2008
1

Prince Of All Trades

Our sources are telling us that Prince has been in L.A. putting the finishing touches on several upcoming projects;

A LIVE CD to be included in his first book entitled 21 Nights A Photo Essay, by Randee St. Nicholas….A DVD of his recent COACHELLA stint is in the works as well as a duet with Bria Valente on her upcoming CD…..Word has it the song will cause pregnancy after one listen. 

 -Dr.FB