This is just what a Prince fan needs…

Are we surprised that not one, but TWO posthumous music projects by Prince are to be released?

Considering his vault which reportedly holds tons of unreleased music, I, as a Prince fan, expected nothing different. I think I can speak for all Prince fans that this is great news! The first of the two projects is to be released Nov 22nd.

Via USA Today:

Warner Bros. and NPG Records announced Friday that they will premiere ‘Prince4Ever’, a collection of 40 of Prince’s greatest hits, in the U.S. on Nov. 22 (the record will be available worldwide on Nov. 25). The compilation, which includes classic tracks such as When Doves Cry, Kiss, Little Red Corvette, Purple Rain and Raspberry Beret, will also contain a previously unreleased track, “Moonbeam Levels”. The song was originally recorded in 1982 as part of the sessions for 1999. It will also include a 12-page booklet featuring never-seen-before photos shot by legendary photographer Herb Ritts.

‘Prince4Ever’ will be followed by a deluxe, remastered edition of ‘Purple Rain’ — the original soundtrack to his 1984 film of the same name — to be released in early 2017. That edition will be accompanied by a second album of previously unreleased material. The label says these plans were already underway and approved by Prince before he died on April 21.

 

Definitely looking forward to the 2nd project. It’s aways nice to hear the classics, but it will be even better to hear  unreleased tracks.

The Late Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, gave an exclusive interview with ‘Entertainment Tonight’ while touring Paisley Park.

Tyka opened up about her brother’s death five months ago, which is still hard for many of us to get over. She says to ET’s Kevin Frazier that it wasn’t hard because she knew Prince’s death “was coming”.

“I had been preparing for 2 years. So, I knew that it was coming.” Tyka says.

Watch interview below

Clear October 13th, 2016 in your calendar if you plan to attend the OFFICIAL tribute concert for Prince in St. Paul, Minnesota. According to City Pages, the tribute concert will go down Oct. 13 at Xcel Energy Center.

 

Here’s the lineup for “The Official Prince Tribute: A Celebration of Life and Music”: Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Chaka Khan, John Mayer, Tori Kelly, Anita Baker, Doug E. Fresh, Luke James, Bilal, Mint Condition, Morris Day & the Time, Judith Hill and Liv Warfield, the New Power Generation featuring Morris Hayes plus members of 3RDEYEGIRL.

Tickets — $19.99 (get it?) $42.50, $82.50, $112.50, and $152.50 — go on sale 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19 via the Xcel box office and Ticketmaster.

“The family is extremely excited to provide an opportunity for the world to participate in the tribute for our brother Prince,” Prince’s half-sister, Sharon Nelson, said in a press release. “This concert will be an event not to be missed.”

There’s no word on if the event will be televised.

Prince, a Minnesota native, died April 21 of an accidental painkiller overdose at his Paisley Park compound in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He was 57.

Reports of the Late Great Prince’s estate, Paisley Park, up for sale has been all over the internet, but according to CBS Minnesota , the reports are false!
On Saturday, Bremer released the following statement:

“Contrary to some recent media reports, Bremer Trust, the special administrator for the Prince Rogers Nelson estate, has no plans to sell either Paisley Park or the property referred to as the ‘Purple Rain’ house. There is no additional formation to share on this topic.”

The statement did not mention any properties outside of those two.

Prince was found dead in an elevator in Paisley Park on April 21. According to Billboard, Prince told close friends he wanted to turn his Paisley Park home and studio complex into a museum. Now, the trust company overseeing his estate — likely with the backing of Prince’s siblings — is exploring the idea to open it up as a tourist attraction that some have compared with Elvis Presley’s Graceland.

Bremer Trust, the special administrator of Prince’s estate, received permission from a Carver County judge to hire entertainment industry experts to help determine how best to make money off Prince’s intellectual property.

The family of the late great Prince has finally announced a date to give a tribute to the Purple One, who suddenly died in April. The concert will take place at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on October 13th, 2016. Performers for the tribute are to be announced in the near future.

The family released a statement to Associated Press:

We are excited for the opportunity to bring everyone together for the official family celebration of Prince’s life, music and legacy, and there is no better place to do it than his hometown of Minneapolis.

We are honored by the artists who will pay tribute and grateful to those that have worked so hard to make this celebration possible.

Tickets will go on sale in August. Hopefully, it will be televised for those who cannot attend. *crosses fingers*

What can I say?

I think the 2016 BET Awards met most of the fans’ expectations. We anticipated their tribute to Prince, which BET claimed, “they got us”. We weren’t expecting Prince’s tribute to be scattered throughout the show. Nonetheless, each performer did Prince justice!

Can we just talk about how Beyonce’s dancers surprised everyone by walking up in the place in full formation?

The dancers raised speculation, as folks wondered if Beyonce was going to perform. When the official announcement about the lineup was made, Beyonce’s name didn’t come up. I assume that was BET’s plan which WORKED. Not only did Beyonce performed, but she and Kendrick Lamar came ALL THE WAY THROUGH with an epic performance of “Freedom” from the ‘Lemonade’ album.

As far as the Prince tributes, I’m so used to seeing 1 big 15 minute tribute, because in my opinion, it’s more exciting. I’m assuming so many artists wanted to pay tribute to the purple one that it was too many lengthy tributes to fit into one slot.

Dave Chappelle pleasantly surprised us when he came on stage to introduce the first artist to deliver a Prince tribute. It was none other than Erykah Badu who was accompanied by The Roots, followed by a riveting and unforgettable performance of “Beautiful Ones” by Bilal!

 

Tributes from Stevie Wonder with Tori Kelly and Jennifer Hudson, and “Nothing Compares to You” by Maxwell were nothing short of amazing!

However, there were two tribute performances that stood out for all of us and they were electrifying performances by Janell Monae and Sheila E. I’ll bet money Prince looked down and smiled at these women who basically “stole the show” when it comes to Prince tributes since his untimely death. I think BET picked the perfect artist, that is, Janelle Monae, whose stage presence impressively replicates the stage presence of the purple one; same energy, same kind of artistry, and the same waistline…..yeah, they did that!

And let’s take a moment to bow down to the woman who was bold enough to wear butless pants like Prince did for the MTV Awards years ago.

Sheila E closed out the show with a bang! The singer, percussionist, and now author is receiving rave reviews on a performance that was so epic, it leaves us wondering why she never received an honorary award. She even blessed us with a dance feature from Mayte Garcia (Prince’s x-wife and former backup dancer) and Jerome from The Time. 

 

Let’s take a moment to congratulate the night’s winners!

Beyonce- Best Female R&B/Pop

Beyonce-Centric Award

Drake & Future-Best Group

Drake-Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

Nicki Minaj-Best Female Hip Hop Artist

Director Z-Video Director of the Year

Bryson Tiller-Best New Artist

Bryson Tiller-Best Male Artist

Kirk Franklin-Dr. Bobby Jones Award

Taraji Henson-Best Actress

Amandla Stenberg-Young Stars Award

Rihanna Featuring Drake-Best Collaboration

Beyonce-Video of the Year for “Formation”

Michael B. Jordan-Best Actor

Jesse Williams-Humanitarian Award

‘Straight Outta Compton‘-Best Feature Film

Serena Williams-Sportswoman of the Year

Steph Curry-Sportsman of the Year

Samuel L. Jackson-Lifetime Achievement

 

Overall, BET said they got us and they did…with the tributes. The tributes to Prince were well-prepared and something for us to remember and talk about for years to come. BUT, I feel like without the tributes, the live event was mediocre, at best. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to see new hosts next year. Love Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis-Ross, but I’m ready to see some fresh faces. Let’s take a moment for give it up for the stage production crew. Between Beyonce’s pool of water and blasts of fire, I’m sure switching stages while changing elaborate stage props was a lot of work for them between performances.

Congrats to the winners AND nominees and job well done to the tribute artists.

I’m a satisfied Prince fan

 

 

 

 

It was reported that the family of Sinead O’Connor told Irish authorities that O’Connor threatened to jump off a Chicago bridge. Once Chicago authorities got the call, they immediately went on a look-out for the controversial star who has been in the news a lot lately. O’Connor was reported missing before in Chicago and was later found in a Chicago hotel. Friends and family feared suicide then.

O’Connor was also in the news about a legal battle against Arsenio Hall, who O’Connor accused of supplying the late Prince with drugs. It was reported that Hall sued O’Connor for slander.

Apparently, Sinead got word of the rumor and put it to rest on her Facebook page, the day after sources reported her missing again.

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When BET announced the lineup for their Prince tribute, I immediately thought that this may just help bring us closure. We surely need a tribute that gives an appropriate memorial vibe, because the one Madonna gave (bless her heart) was less than stellar.

She tried though

To be honest, it takes guts to get up on a stage and sing a Prince song, knowing that folks were going to come for you. She did that for her friend, so I guess I can’t get THAT mad.

BUT….my soul aches for a more proper tribute, and BET’s tribute may be the tribute we need to heal our souls.

Prince’s death hit a lot of us like a ton of bricks, so it’s safe to say that if BET doesn’t get it right, you best believe a boycott will be on the horizon!

However, BET announced that Sheila E., The Roots, D’Angelo, Janelle Monae and more are to hold it down for us at the 2016 BET Awards, Sunday,  June 26th.  Prince, who died in April at age 57, received the BET Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

 

BET says they got us and I believe them!

Who else would you like to see take part in this much-needed tribute?

 

Sidenote: We also like to report that Prince’s birthday, June 7th, has been declared as Prince Day in the State of Minnesota.

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If you watched tonight’s Billboard Awards, you were probably disappointed at the less-than-stellar Prince tribute by Madonna. As if including StevieWonder was gonna help, he probably called Madonna and begged her to let him help her. The only thing great about the tribute was the end.

Anyway…

BET didn’t waste any time with letting Prince fans know that they “saw that” and that they “got us”. This preview they’ve put together got us itchin’ with anticipation like a drug addict needing a fix! Now, we’ve got to wait until June 26th to get the tribute that we need!

 

 

 

 I have faith in BET

Coco (Corianna Dotson) and Breezy (Brianna Dotson)’s journey to success is such an inspirational story and they are epitomes of go-getters!

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At the age of 19, the Minnesota natives traveled to New York with nothing but a little pocket-money and a dream and they haven’t looked back since! Today, the 26-year-olds are a force in the fashion industry with a killer line of cutting-edge eyewear. Their clients include stars like Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga & the late Great Prince, whose famous “3rd Eye” shades [Tres], are one of their most popular creations!

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It all started when the sisters were teased growing up, because of their eclectic sense of fashion. They used that as motivation to become who they are today. Now, they are living their dreams & that, folks, is what you call A boss move!

Bio:

Their work ethic and fashion ambition started as teens – juggling school commitments, working three jobs whilst still managing to find the time to create artistic projects for themselves, including their highly sought after sunglasses.

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The twins’ bold style and original taste in fashion was initially misunderstood in the community, leading them to develop unique signature studded eyewear as both shields from onlookers and statement pieces, and the pair have been projecting cool and confidence ever since.

With full support of their family Coco & Breezy continued to work on their designs with the dream of making it on their own as an innovative boutique fashion brand.

Check out their site here

I came across a YouTube Vlogger, Shameless Maya, who is responsible for one of Prince’s epic album covers. Listening to her story reminded me of why we loved Prince not only for his music but his passion for bringing out the best in others.

Maya gave us much more insight on the internal beauty Prince possessed, as well as his boss moves, which we all knew he had!

Press play below!