CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Pop superstar Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including “Little Red Corvette,” ”Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry,” was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57.
His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press that the music icon “died at his home this morning at Paisley Park. There are no further details.” The singer postponed a concert in Atlanta on April 7, after coming down with the flu, and he apologized to fans for the cancellation during a makeup concert last week.
The singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist broke through in the late 1970s with the hits “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?” and “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” and soared over the following decade with such albums as “1999” and “Purple Rain.” The title song from “1999” includes one of the most widely quoted refrains of popular culture: “Tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999.”
The Minneapolis native, born Prince Rogers Nelson, stood just 5 feet, 2 inches tall, and seemed to summon the most original and compelling sounds at will, whether playing guitar in a flamboyant style that openly drew upon Jimi Hendrix, switching his vocals from a nasally scream to an erotic falsetto or turning out album after album of stunningly original material. Among his other notable releases: “Sign O’ the Times,” ”Graffiti Bridge” and “The Black Album.”
He was also fiercely protective of his independence, battling his record company over control of his material and even his name. Prince once wrote “slave” on his face in protest of not owning his work and famously battled and then departed his label, Warner Bros., before returning a few years ago.
“What’s happening now is the position that I’ve always wanted to be in,” Prince told the AP in 2014. “I was just trying to get here.”
In 2004, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which hailed him as a musical and social trailblazer.
“He rewrote the rulebook, forging a synthesis of black funk and white rock that served as a blueprint for cutting-edge music in the Eighties,” reads the Hall’s dedication. “Prince made dance music that rocked and rock music that had a bristling, funky backbone. From the beginning, Prince and his music were androgynous, sly, sexy and provocative.”
Rarely lacking in confidence, Prince effortlessly absorbed the music of others and made it sound like Prince, whether the James Brown guitar riff on “Kiss” or the Beatle-esque, psychedelic pop of “Raspberry Beret.”
He also proved a source of hits for others, from Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” to Cyndi Lauper’s “When You Were Mine.” He also wrote “Manic Monday” for the Bangles
Prince had been touring and recording right up until his death, releasing four albums in the last 18 months, including two on the Tidal streaming service last year. He performed in Atlanta last week as part of his “Piano and a Microphone” tour, a stripped down show that has featured a mix of his hits like “Purple Rain” or “Little Red Corvette” and some B-sides from his extensive library.
Prince debuted the intimate format at his Paisley Park studios in January, treating fans to a performance that was personal and was both playful and emotional at times.
The musician had seemed to be shedding his reclusive reputation. He hosted several late-night jam sessions where he serenaded Madonna, celebrated the Minnesota Lynx’s WNBA championship and showcased his latest protege, singer Judith Hill.
Ever surprising, he announced on stage in New York City last month that he was writing his memoir. “The Beautiful Ones” was expected to be released in the fall of 2017 by publishing house Spiegel & Grau. The publishing house has not yet commented on status of book, but a press release about the memoir says: “Prince will take readers on an unconventional and poetic journey through his life and creative work.” It says the book will include stories about Prince’s music and “the family that shaped him and the people, places, and ideas that fired his creative imagination.”
A small group of fans quickly gathered in the rain Thursday outside his music studio, Paisley Park, where Prince’s gold records are on the walls and the purple motorcycle he rode in his 1984 breakout movie, “Purple Rain,” is on display.
The white building surrounded by a fence is in Chanhassen, about 20 miles southwest of Minneapolis.
Steven Scott, 32, of Eden Prairie, said he was at Paisley Park last Saturday for Prince’s dance party. He called Prince “a beautiful person” whose message was that people should love one another.
“He brought people together for the right reasons,” Scott said.
Moody and Italie reported from New York. Associated Press writer Dave Bauder also contributed from New York.
1. “BAD GUY”
PART 1: S1, M-PHAZES
PART 2: STREETRUNNER
2. “PARKING LOT” (SKIT)
3. “RHYME OR REASON”
RICK RUBIN, EMINEM
4. “SO MUCH BETTER”
EMINEM, LUIS RESTO (ADD.)
7. “ASSHOLE” (FEATURING SKYLAR GREY)
ALEX DA KID, EMINEM (ADD.)
9. “RAP GOD”
DVLP, FILTHY (CO.)
EMINEM, LUIS RESTO (ADD.)
11. “STRONGER THAN I WAS”
EMINEM, LUIS RESTO (ADD.)
12. “THE MONSTER” (FEATURING RIHANNA)
FREQUENCY, AALIAS (ADD.)
13. “SO FAR…”
14. “LOVE GAME” (FEATURING KENDRICK LAMAR)
15. “HEADLIGHTS” (FEATURING NATE RUESS)
EMILE HAYNIE, EMINEM (CO.)
16. “EVIL TWIN”
SID ROAMS, EMINEM (ADD.)
18. “DESPERATION” (FEATURING JAMIE N COMMONS)
ALEX DA KID
19. “GROUNDHOG DAY”
CARDIAK, FRANK DUKES, EMINEM (CO.)
20. “BEAUTIFUL PAIN” (FEATURING SIA)
21. “WICKED WAYS” (FEATURING X AMBASSADORS)
ALEX DA KID
MAGNA CARTER WORLD TOUR – NORTH AMERICA
November 30th St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
December 1st Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
December 2nd Denver, CO Pepsi Center
December 6th Anaheim, CA Honda Center
December 7th San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
December 9th Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
December 10th Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
December 11th San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose
December 13th Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
December 18th Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
December 19th Houston, TX Toyota Center
December 20th San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
December 21st Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
December 27th Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
December 28th Birmingham, AL BJCC Arena
January 2nd Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
January 4th Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
January 5th Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex
January 8th Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
January 9th Chicago, IL United Center
January 10th Detroit, MI The Palace Of Auburn Hills
January 12th Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
January 13th Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
January 16th Washington DC Verizon Center
January 17th Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
January 18th Boston, MA TD Garden
January 19th Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
January 21st Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center
January 22nd Newark, NJ Prudential Center
January 24th Montreal, PQ Bell Centre
January 27th Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
January 29th Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
January 30th Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
January 31st State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center
An Open Letter to you (the fans):
I hope this gets to you the right way. It’s the only way I know to do it. Some people may criticize me for the last 3 days. But it was fun, right?? Right?!?! Besides, I’d rather speak directly to all of you. And, who can knock me for having a little bit of fun with it?
Well… No more teasing. Although, it was A LOT of fun. (Did I mention that I’m having fun with this?? Ha!)
*Makes a serious face*
So, here goes:
This year is an exciting one for me. As you probably have heard through the “grapevine,” I’m gearing up for a big 2013.
Back in June of last year, I quietly started working on what is now, my next journey with that thing I love called MUSIC.
The inspiration for this really came out of the blue and to be honest, I didn’t expect anything out of it. I just went into the studio and started playing around with some sounds and songs. It was probably the best time I’ve had in my career… Just creating with no rules and/or end goal in mind and really enjoying the process.
What I came up with is something I couldn’t be more excited about! It is full of inspiration that I grew up listening to and some newfound muses that I’ve discovered along the way.
I’m calling it “The 20/20 Experience,” and it’s coming out this year.
I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.
That’s all I’m giving you for now… I know, I know! Again, with the teasing!!!
Get ready. This is going to be fun (well, at least it is for me).
S. Madison Presents Turn Up: The New Year’s Eve Party
December 31st @ TimeOut Sports Bar
19232 Evans St Elk River, MN 55330
DJ Endevour & Swaggernaut Spinning the Best Top 40, Hip-Hop, Pop, & R&B All Night Long
Complimentary champagne & balloons drops @ Midnight filled w/ Prizes & Gift Certificates
Karaoke Contest w/ prizes
Download the theme song to the night, “Turn Up” by S. Madison on iTunes, Amazon MP3, the Google PlayStore w/ your Android phone.
Search “S. Madison Turn Up”
“I’m definitely a studio artist. I love sitting and picking through beats for hours and then trying to identify how the beat makes me feel. Then searching through memories to match that feel and rhyme about it. I love working with vocalist the most and experiencing them relating to the lyrics I write for them and seeing them deliver that over a dope beat.”
Pfresh: How was S. Madison created & who are your influences?
S. Madison: S. Madison was created in HighSchool. I was rapping but nothin serious until i met this white kid wit blonde hair & baggy white Ts. I called, Eminem cause of his look. He would bring me CDs filled with beats and instrumentals every week. He became my first push to take it seriously, knowing that someone seen something in me for the first time in my life made me feel obligated to get serious. Since then we have grew, built, and accomplished a lot! A Two Man Wolf-Pack lol.. I’m influenced by too many artist to name but Jay, Kanye, TheDream, Drake, and Swizz Beats to name a few..
Pfresh: What’s your favorite part of being involved in music?
S. Madison: The creative process! I’m definitely a studio artist. I love sitting and picking through beats for hours and then trying to identify how the beat makes me feel. Then searching through memories to match that feel and rhyme about it. I love working with vocalist the most and experiencing them relating to the lyrics I write for them and seeing them deliver that over a dope beat… I’ve written for some pretty amazing artist and it feels good. I wouldn’t mind being behind the scenes and writing for artist for the rest of my life! Touring is fun and I do get a high from performing but the studio is my favorite place to be. To put your all into a song then see the response from the fans is a feeling I can’t explain. Especially when I get fan mail about how certain songs and lyrics of mine helped them through a situation.
Pfresh: What have you been up to & what’s on the horizon?
S. Madison: 2012 has been a great year so far, Thank God for That. I’ve been touring a lot this year. I went on the road to help Lil Wyte from 3-6 Mafia’s Hypnotized Minds label wrap up his “Still Doubted” Tour,came home and went right back out wit Bone Thugs N Harmony and then got booked to perform SpringBreak in Mexico with Dj D Mil. I’m doing Business with TimeOut right now to do a concert series and gearing up to release my new project “GoodIntentions BadDecisions” which will be available @ DottieBrand.com so I’m staying productive to continue to progress! DOTTiE…