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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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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Hear Howler cover Prince's "I Would Die 4 U"

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After tearing into some Hüsker Dü at Rock the Garden in 2012, Howler are back with another cover by a local artist of serious renown. This time, it's one of Prince's songs, "I Would Die 4 U." With acoustic guitars in hand, helplessly chuckling frontman Jordan Gatesmith and guitarist Ian Nygaard showed a "sensitive" side during this performance for NME. 

Pretty much none of the original touches of the Purple Rain touchstone are intact here. (Unlike Arcade Fire's recent run through "Controversy.") Instead, there's a more lackadaisical approach to this ultimate pronouncement of devotion. "I would die for you -- 'til it's time to get a drink," is Howler's version of computer love.

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Prince joins Instagram, releases new song featuring Zooey Deschanel

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With all of Prince's high-profile promotional activity as of late, it's easy to forget that the Purple One was once rather media shy and reclusive. And now, Prince is planning on sharing a bit more of himself socially, as he just officially joined Instagram over the weekend. His Princetagram account has already seen a flurry of stylish photos shared, all providing another glimpse into the creative personal life of Minneapolis's funkiest musician.

On top of all of that, Prince just debuted his new musical collaboration with Zooey Deschanel as well. The all-too-adorable duo released "FALLINLOVE2NITE," a track that saw its premiere at the end of the Purple Yoda's celebrated appearance on New Girl.

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Five more shows we want Prince to take over

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Last week, Minnesota's Purple Yoda, Prince, took over The Arsenio Hall Show for one of the greatest hours of television ever broadcast. Between this excellent appearance and taking Fox's New Girl to a whole other level of cool a month ago, it's been scientifically proven that Prince equals television gold.

With that tested and proven hypothesis in mind, here are five additional current TV shows that we would love Prince to take over.

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Hear Arcade Fire's cover of Prince's "Controversy"

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Arcade Fire launched the encore of their Minneapolis Reflektor tour stop at Target Center with a surprise cover of Prince's 1981 hit "Controversy."

Moments before, the Reflektors -- the bobble-headed fake band providing comic relief on a small stage -- had announced they were playing a song by a "local boy made good, Cyndi Lauper." They launched into "performing" a piped-in version of the Purple One's Dirty Mind standout "When You Were Mine." After a few stanzas, the real Arcade Fire emerged on the main stage, and got to business.

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Watch: Prince's The Arsenio Hall Show performances and interviews

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The typical late-night talk show appearance is over almost as soon as it starts. Prince wasn't going to let that deter him once Arsenio Hall was game to give him an entire hour. A good 20 years after the pair got together on Hall's old talk show in the '90s, the Purple One brought 3rdEyeGirl, the New Power Generation, and Liv Warfield for a night of performances and pointed personal questions. Gimme Noise watched, and it was better than New Girl because Prince got a lot more screen time.

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Prince to perform on the Arsenio Hall Show

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Woof woof woof! Prince is heading to the newly relaunched The Arsenio Hall Show in the very near future. In secretive purple fashion, he sent his female doppelganger Danielle Curiel to present Hall with a letter on Thursday evening's show.

A silent Curiel looked a lot like she did in the "Breakfast Can Wait" video as Hall read over the terms of Prince's visit next week. "The Arsenio Hall Show has been so welcoming to us in the past, and we wanted to return that favor," the letter read. "Just say the word and we will bring our whole crew over to your place and do a performance you will never forget. Just in case you haven't heard, I've been practicing. And I've gotten pretty good now."

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