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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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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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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Purple Rain meets Rep. Keith Ellison
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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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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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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Prince and Warner Bros. are back in business. Today, the Purple One and his long-time label through his most commercially successful '70s, '80s, and '90s work have hatched an agreement that will bring out unreleased material from the many songs tucked in his vault, a 30th anniversary reissue of Purple Rain (here's how critics reviewed the movie upon its release), and a brand-new studio album. Also, the deal gives "the artist ownership of the master recordings of his classic, global hits."

This development follows news earlier this month that he would assign the rights to his catalog to NPG Music Publishing. So it comes as a bit of a surprise -- especially given the torrid history Prince has had with the label.

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Revisiting Purple Rain's original reviews

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Should you see Purple Rain? Yes. The answer is yes. Of course, that's the perspective from someone living in a world that has already been influenced by three decades of Purple Rain's greatness. It's a film recognized by all non-jive turkeys as an absolutely beautiful marriage between modern music and the moving image. But while most movie-goers today "get it," at the time of the film's release there were plenty of critics who clearly hadn't been purified in the waters of Lake Minnetonka. In the spirit of the film turning 30 this year, and its screening last night at Tarrytown Music House, we take a look back at the reviews of Purple Rain upon its 1984 release.More »

Paisley Park After Dark is this weekend

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From Prince & Zooey Deschanel's "FallinLove2Nite" cover
Warmer weather has warmed up Prince's hospitality down in Chanhassen. Paisley Park Studios are opening their doors this weekend for a couple of late-night parties on Friday and Saturday.

Instagram's newest star's involvement in the night is unknown at this stage, but the accommodations are always swank and inviting.

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