Prince Returns as Saturday Night Live Musical Guest

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NBC announced today that Prince will return to Saturday Night Live for his first appearance since 2006. (This does not count the many times he's been impersonated on the show, including a recent amusing turn by Fred Armisen.)

This is the third official time Prince has been a musical guest on the program. In 1981, he performed "Partyup" on a program featuring Charlene Tilton and Todd Rundgren. In 2006, he performed "Fury" and "Beautiful, Loved and Blessed" on the Steve Martin-hosted episode. (Note: Prince also appeared on SNL in 1989, but it was part of the show's 15th anniversary special -- not a regular episode.)

This time, he'll be paired with a noted fan in actor/director/comedian Chris Rock. What year is it again?

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The Life of a House Band: Dr. Mambo's Combo

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Around 8:30 p.m. on a Monday evening, the crowd at North Loop institution Bunker's Music Bar & Grill was a bit thin. Only 15 people were there, including a well-dressed man in a cream-colored three-piece suit accented by a navy blazer and an almond-colored hat.

Just under an hour later, more folks trickled in slowly. Many of them clearly knew each other. Warm smiles were met with open arms, and followed by embraces. All of them also knew why they were here: Dr. Mambo's Combo was set to perform. This was where young and old meet to get down, dance, and get funky.

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Prince Hosting Online Listening Party from Paisley Park Tonight

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The release of one new Prince album is enough to make major waves throughout the music industry. But when the Purple One decides to release two records on the same day, you know he's going to officially command the headlines. Today, Prince's solo record with producer Joshua Welton, Art Official Age, and his full-band album with 3rdEyeGirl, PLECTRUMELECTRUM, are released. But you know that the musical festivities won't end there.

Prince is hosting a listening party from Paisley Park tonight, which will be live-streamed online beginning at 9:30 p.m. Central Time.

See Also: 53 Things You Might Not Know About Prince


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Prince titles new solo album Art Official Age

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After a series of promotional experiments that began almost two years ago, Prince is finally ready to release some new music.

On September 30, the Purple One will put out two albums via Warner Bros. Not only will the date signal the unveiling of his project with 3rdEyeGirl, PlectrumElectrum, but he'll drop a new solo album titled Art Official Age. It is his first solo album in four years.

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53 things you might not know about Prince


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Purple Rain-era cardboard Prince sees the Minneapolis sights

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Earlier this year, Gimme Noise discovered a prime piece of Prince memorabilia on Craigslist. A woman in Apple Valley listed a "RARE Prince/Purple Rain Stand Up" for sale and the timing seemed perfect. Purple Rain's theatrical release celebrates its 30th anniversary this weekend, and this cardboard cutout of Prince Rogers Nelson on his motorcycle dates all the way back.

Its previous owner said she was a massive fan, and fondly recalled working as an extra in both Purple Rain and Graffiti Bridge. But her impending move to Colorado meant paring down her family's belongings, so the Kid needed a new home.

What cardboard Prince got was so much more. After obtaining him, Gimme Noise propped up this lightly creased but viscerally loved recreation of the Purple One at iconic locations in Minneapolis. He is a few inches shorter than the real deal, but not camera shy. Captured by photographer Tatiana Craine, here are some highlights of our journey.


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Prince hosts Apollonia for Paisley Park show

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A meme featuring Prince and Apollonia that inspired a new song by the Purple One.

With Purple Rain fever in the air, Prince brought his landmark film's co-star Apollonia Kotero out to Paisley Park for a tour and concert this past weekend.

Kotero was in town to take part in Bobby Z's third annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life at First Avenue on Saturday. She performed "Take Me With U" during the star-studded benefit featuring Atmosphere's Slug, Sounds of Blackness, and a surprise appearance by Brian Setzer. Later that night, she visited Paisley for the first time, and was serenaded during the early hours of Sunday morning.

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Slideshow: Bobby Z & Friends' third annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life


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At 30, Prince's Purple Rain is so good that "Purple Rain" isn't even its best ballad

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Who would he die for? You.

Your copy of Purple Rain sounds terrible.

That's no knock against the music, that urgent neon bug-funk zeitgeist bomb Prince straddled and launched and screamed on as it blew up the world, kind of like what Slim Pickens did to that nuke in Dr. Strangelove but with more cream. That music still stirs and kills and baffles. Purple Rain is so great that "Purple Rain" itself might not even be its best ballad.

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Rep. Keith Ellison celebrates Purple Rain's 30th anniversary with acoustic cover

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Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison can't believe it has been 30 years since the release of Prince's iconic Purple Rain movie soundtrack.

Ellison's love of cultural expression on the acoustic guitar has long been a part of his interactions with the public. Notably, he covered Woody Guthrie last year when Minnesota legalized same-sex marriage. Now he's taken to Vine to recall the title track from Prince's film.

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Rep. Keith Ellison covers Woody Guthrie to toast Marriage Equality in Minnesota

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Apollonia returns for Bobby Z's third Benefit 2 Celebrate Life!

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Prince & the Revolution drummer Bobby Z has unveiled the lineup for his third annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life! and there's a familiar face for Purple Rain diehards in the mix.

Apollonia Kotero, who played a character by the same name in the film and was subjected to the waters of Not Lake Minnetonka, will return to First Avenue as part of the benefit, which have included a full-scale Revolution reunion and Maya Rudolph's Princess tribute act in the past.

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Review: Bobby Z's Benefit 2 Celebrate Life at First Avenue, 3/9/13

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Prince's "The Breakdown" is his first new Warner Bros. single

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"Listen to me closely as the story unfolds. This could be saddest story ever been told." That's how Prince begins his first new material since reteaming with his longtime label, Warner Bros. Aside from some occasional laser blasts "The Breakdown" is a timeless -- and sad -- ballad that could date back decades in the Purple One's career. But it adds a layer of reflection that he didn't have during wilder times.

According to the Prince Vault, the song features Andy Allo on backing vocals and was recorded sometime in 2012 at Paisley Park. He mentioned it briefly during his recent visit to the Arsenio Hall Show.

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Prince signs new deal with Warner Bros.

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