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Monday, December 22 2014

The Best Albums of 2014

From Polish black metal to mind-blowing progressive R&B and electronic music, 2014's best albums certainly have something for everyone.


Wednesday, December 10 2014

The Best R&B of 2014

With no small amount of soul and passion, the best R&B records of 2014 will make you feel the power of love.


Sunday, March 18 2012

Dirty Minds Think Alike: The Forgotten Rivalry of Prince and Rick James

Prince and Rick James always knew there’s only one spot in the music business for a true super-freak, and in the early '80s both aimed to rule it.


Thursday, May 26 2011

Prince: Chaos, Disorder, and Revolution

Prince imbued his art with his idiosyncratic view of life, turning out music from the mind of a sex-obsessed deviant, a bomb-fearing party-animal, and a God-fearing man searching for a ways to reconcile the spiritual with the sexual… and so much more.


Thursday, June 4 2009

Let’s Go Crazy: Celebrating 25 Years of Purple Rain

Some 25 years after it was released, PopMatters proudly celebrates Purple Rain in its entirety, looking at the album and film from every angle.


Columns

Wednesday, April 17 2013

Saturday Night, Sunday Morning: Gospel Music in a Secular World

Critically, commercially and historically, gospel is the great overlooked American music, maybe because few genres of music force you to confront your beliefs so immediately.


Thursday, June 16 2011

Prince's Parade: It's Really All About the Music

A large part of what I love about Prince is his ability to take his influences and synthesize them into a whole that suits his fancy. So it's not so much that he brings a new dish to the table. It's more that he explores new ways to enjoy what's already there.


Sunday, February 4 2007

The Purple Experience: Your PopMatters Primer on Prince's Pop Life

So many Prince albums, but where do you start? Here's a funky little list designed to aid your quest.


Reviews

Monday, September 29 2014

Prince: Art Official Age / Prince & 3rdeyegirl: PLECTRUMELECTRUM

These two new albums are welcome additions to Prince's canon, as none of his post-2004 comeback discs are as wall-to-wall fun as these are.


Tuesday, January 7 2014

Prince + Janelle Monáe: 29 December 2013 - Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT

Prince's three night run at Mohegan Sun came to a triumphant conclusion on Sunday night. But not before the ladies of NPG and 3rdEyeGirl shared news about two forthcoming, Prince-blessed releases.


Tuesday, May 15 2012

An Enigma, Wrapped in Glitter: 'Prince: The Making of a Pop Music Phenomenon'

A philosophical collection of essays dissecting the works and poses of Prince proves simultaneously fascinating and frustrating: their points are evocative, but the authors' personal weight in the matter breaks down subjectivity in the long run, hurting their cause.


Thursday, July 26 2007

Prince: Planet Earth

Looking at the world through purple-colored glasses, opinions about music, especially Prince's, are all over the map.


Monday, December 11 2006

Prince: Prince and the N.P.G.: Diamonds and Pearls [DVD]

Prince's pansexual, pan racial, and Dionysian vision remains genuinely inspired, and inspiring, to this day.


Prince: 3121 [29.Mar.06]
Prince [27.Jul.04]
Prince: Dirty Mind [31.Dec.94]

Blogs

Friday, October 31 2014

Counterbalance: Prince's '1999'

We were dreaming when we wrote this, so sue us if it goes astray. The Purple One’s 1982 breakthrough is the 199th most acclaimed album of all time, and it’s the subject of this week’s Counterbalance. All the hippies sing together.


Tuesday, September 30 2014

Watch Prince Bring the Funk on the Yahoo! Live Stage (video)

The latest addition to Yahoo! Live's impressive roster is the Purple Rain legend Prince, whose two albums Art Official Age and PLECTRUMELECTRUM are out now. Tune in later today on Yahoo! Live for the album release party.


Monday, January 6 2014

Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - "Live 4 Love"

It’s an anti-war song, with the answer being “love”, period.


Monday, December 16 2013

Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - "Insatiable"

On this track, Prince seems slightly more interested in the video-recording than in the act itself. “Doesn’t my body look good in the shadows?”, he asks her.


Monday, December 9 2013

Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - "Push"

One major theme of this album seems to be "Meet my new band", yet to a decent extent that’s a ruse.


Prince - "Dance 4 Me" (stream) (Mixed Media) [3.Jan.12]
Prince Tribute at BET Awards (Mixed Media) [5.Jul.10]
Why Can't Prince Play Nice? (video) (Mixed Media) [2.Mar.10]
Prince - "Crimson and Clover" (video) (Mixed Media) [24.Apr.09]
Old Skewl B.S. aka Morality Police Bite (Sound Affects) [31.Mar.09]

News

Thursday, May 16 2013

A Rejuvenated Prince Looks Forward Again

DENVER — Prince pounded his rhinestone-encrusted cane into the floor to make a point. “I don’t have time for old people,” he insisted. “I want


Tuesday, September 25 2012

A Peek into the Musical Mind of Prince

Like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, James Brown, Sly Stone and George Clinton before him, Prince is taking the notion of what live performance can be to another level by combining composition and improvisation, precision and spontaneity.


Friday, November 4 2011

The Time or the Original 7ven: By any name, they’re still ‘Cool’

MINNEAPOLIS — The band that made the Minneapolis Sound famous is back — with an asterisk. Make that two asterisks. First, it is the only band in


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