A scholar of Black entertainment history reflects on the death of producer Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss and reflects on the history of Black male entertainers dancing or telling jokes to their deaths.
Music education in Minneapolis public schools stood out as one of the best and gave rise to the city’s music scene that helped propel Prince to fame, a scholar writes.
Ahead of the release of the artist’s posthumous album, a sense of awe and mystery around his huge archive of unreleased music remains
Prince was a musical genius, but he didn’t come of age in a vacuum. A human geographer explains how Minneapolis’ unique musical culture nurtured and inspired the budding star.
There’s a new Prince album coming out, two years after his death. Would the artist approve?
A year after Prince’s death, fans the world over are still coming to terms with the loss of an uncompromising musical and cultural visionary.
For those on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Artists, their life expectancy is on par with the people of Chad, the nation with the lowest life expectancy in the world.
The boxer’s death follows hard on the heels of David Bowie and Prince. The world is losing global icons and learning how to grieve using new and democratic tools.
Prince’s death was recorded as accidental. Accidents are common when it comes fentanyl, a powerful pain killer 100 times stronger than morphine.
Her visual album Lemonade is important for more reasons than you might think. Pop may never be the same again.
What happened after artists such as Michael Jackson, J.D. Salinger and Franz Kafka died suggests it’ll be hard to keep Prince’s unpublished work out of the public eye, regardless of his wishes.
Gifted musician, peerless showman – and fierce protector of his copyrighted work. Prince fought battles that changed the direction of the music industry and are helping the next generation of artists.
By confronting powerful record companies and streaming services, Prince paved the way for other musicians to demand artistic freedom and their fair share of profits.
Superstar Prince’s impact went far beyond the realm of music. His relevance stretched beyond the concert hall into many lecture rooms.
Prince revealed the fault-lines in commercial music making – and he didn’t hesitate to prise them open.
A detailed look at one of the musician’s most celebrated performances gives a glimpse of the dedication which allowed talent to flourish.
Prince’s relationships with women as expressed in his songs were complex. But by performing so lustfully, he granted everyone permission for pleasure.
Despite Prince’s many transformations – musically and visually – he extended his signature energy over 39 albums. His broad sonic church attracted fans from every walk of life.
Prince changed the music world. He pioneered a collision of styles: new wave, rock, funk and jazz and created a trademark sound.
For some, this album will be a good-natured happy-go-funky tour through Prince’s famously diverse stylistic interests. Others will find some of the tracks poorly executed, or a bit passé.