Prince was magical on New Girl: A GIF-tastic recap

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The Artist Formerly Known As... Adorkable?

Prince's highly-anticipated guest spot on Fox sitcom New Girl show finally aired following the Super Bowl. Instead of just a quick cameo, Prince takes center stage in the episode right alongside Zooey Deschanel and company, showing off his comedic side and a brand-new song. Touchdown for New Girl.

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Prince files copyright complaint with Twitter over Vine videos

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Prince is at it again. The Purple One, notorious for seeking legal action against unapproved recording devices and cameras, has filed yet another complaint for bootlegged material surfacing on the internet.

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The 20 juiciest tidbits from Touré's new Prince biography

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For many, Prince remains an enigmatic character, larger than life. This month, the star comes a little closer to Earth in a new book by journalist Touré in I Would Die 4 U.

In three long essays, Touré explores Prince as a talented kid from Minneapolis in "Prince's Rosebud," a sex symbol in "The King of Porn Chic," and lastly a spiritual man in "I'm Your Messiah." In each of these extended chapters, the author delves deep into Prince's psyche through the accounts of people who were close to the icon at one point. From Prince's brutally lonely childhood filled with neglect, abuse, and constantly moving around to the star's feelings on race in the music industry, Touré's examination of the Prince's background provides readers with a well-rounded picture of the man as exactly that -- a man.

Touré does indulge in some pretty long tangents while merely skimming the surface of other topics, but the aim of the book remains the same, giving both basic Prince fans and Prince worshippers a well-versed account at the artist's life and motivations. The author's insider interviews, first-hand accounts, and astute pop-culture analysis make for an overall insightful, funny, and touching look at Prince that has musicians like Questlove and Q-Tip singing its praises.

We collected some of the juiciest, most intriguing bits of Prince-centric trivia from Touré's book for you.

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Prince performs 'Screwdriver' and 'Bambi' on Jimmy Fallon's fourth anniversary show

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Lately it seems like the Purple One has been everywhere around town, from the Dakota to Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week, but last night he went a little more high-profile.

For the first time ever, Prince graced the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon stage during the show's four-year anniversary on the air. Sure enough, Fallon could barely introduce the Purple One with excited screams erupting from the studio audience as he announced the music legend would be singing not one, but two songs.

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Prince releases "Rock and Roll Love Affair" video

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The Purple One has finally released his video for "Rock and Roll Love Affair," and oddly enough, it has premiered on one of the places Prince seems to dislike the most: YouTube.

Set in his hometown digs at Paisley Park Studieos, the video oozes with an air of retro-love. While it's cool to watch it and like you're around for an intimate Prince show, it's quite clear that this is sort of just a run-of-the-mill performance taping. That's not to say the video isn't without its perks.

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Le Petit Prince artist Troy Gua on the cease and desist from Prince

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Prince puts the kibosh on his mini-me
Somewhere deep down, we're sure Seattle-based conceptual artist and serious Prince obsessive Troy Gua expected he'd someday have to face saying goodbye to the much-lauded miniature doll that was at the center of his art series, Le Petit Prince. This was no small project -- Gua literally recreated many famous Prince moments with the little guy and even included detailed props like the Purple Rain motorcycle. Ironically, we were recently emailing with Gua to do a piece about the new calendar he was putting out featuring some of these photographs, but this week Gua sadly informed us the dream is over.  He received a cease and desist letter from the real Prince's people on Monday. 

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Report: Prince might play downtown St. Paul concert

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Taking this one with a grain of salt, but there's reportedly a chance that Prince will perform an outdoor concert in downtown St. Paul next month.

At this point, MPR News cites "people with direct knowledge of the situation" who claim that the Minnesota-bred R&B-funk superstar Prince is discussing "dates, locations, permits and security" with the city of St. Paul.
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Was Tapes 'n Tapes cover of Prince's "Purple Rain" wise?

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One of the surprises of the Current's 7th Birthday festivities at First Avenue this past weekend was undeniably Tapes 'n Tapes' climactic cover of Prince's epic hit "Purple Rain." Our Gimme Noise correspondent called it a "faithful, emphatic" take on the classic, and added that when staffers joined the band (and members of the evening's other groups) onstage, "it was a stirring, unifying moment." But, was it a sound plan artistically? After all, the song is notoriously long, it stretches a range of dynamics, emotions, and octaves in a way that only Prince can, and it shares the name with a flawed, but iconic film that is a love letter to the Twin Cities' music scene.

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Prince announces 21-day residency in Los Angeles

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Thursday on the George Lopez Tonight program, Prince announced via a phone call an imminent 21-date residency at the Forum arena in LA, starting next Thursday.

Similar to his 'Welcome 2 America' New Jersey/New York mini-residency in December, the show will feature "a whole gang of special guests," and hopefully/probably an androgynous, purple symbol rising from the floor of the stage delivering a lil' legend unto us.


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Prince playing Purple Rain at First Ave in 1983

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From the City Pages press archives
Our dear friend Joel Bremer, the Minnesota music-loving fiddler from Sweden, posted a couple of amazing old Prince videos on his Facebook page recently. In addition to showing Prince and the Revolution playing "Purple Rain" live at First Avenue, which is already awesome, Joel points out that you can see familiar local music scene faces Jim Walsh and Chrissie Dunlap in the audience (2:49 in the first video is a good shot of the crowd).

According to the description in the video, the performance was part of the Minnesota Dance Theater Benefit Show on August 3, 1983, and was the first public performance of "Purple Rain." Watch it in two parts below.



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