prince is a baaaaaaaad somebody.
2008 marks the 30 year anniversary of prince’s first album release. 30 years, people.
you would be hard pressed to name any other artist who has single handedly changed the game, across the board, to the degree that prince has. all artists experience their share of career highs and lows, but there are so many notable peaks in prince’s storied career that his impact and influence on pop culture is undeniable. as a musician, songwriter, performer, innovator, you name it… he is ever evolving and revealing new facets of his artistry in ways that are consistently ahead of his time. he is in a class by himself. always has been, always will be. sure, he’s eccentric (code for “weird”), but he has continually pressed the envelope and challenged the status quo with such brazen swagger that quite simply, no one can touch him.
i’ve actually been a prince fan since 1984, during the height of the purple rain era. yes, i was only 9 but i had never heard any music like that before. the rest is history. i will never forget thursday, may 6, 2004. i got a call from a friend who had purchased a ticket to prince’s musicology tour stop in nashville that night but had to go out of town for business unexpectedly at the last minute. she only had one ticket, but gave it to me… so i went to the concert by myself, and had a blast!
in the past few days, news has leaked that prince is poised to crash hard into 2009. what rolling stone recently scooped as one new album was just this week revealed to la times’ writer ann powers to be no less than three new albums. that’s right, not one, not two, but three new albums this year… two bearing the title “mplsound” and one “lotus flower”. reportedly, he is in final negotiations with a major retailer for the physical release of the new music. check ann’s blog for details.
two weeks ago, in keeping with his new mantra “the gatekeepers must change”, prince side stepped the power players and premiered 4 brand new songs on los angeles’ indie 103 radio. the new songs “4ever”, “colonized mind”, “wall of berlin” and “crimson & clover” are now floating around cyberspace and sending prince fans worldwide into a frenzy. sure, he’s notorious for fiercely fighting for copyright protection, but he’s no fool… he knows exactly what he’s doing.
prince’s career is nothing short of iconic. always the innovator, expect to see some very outside the box things from him this year… and i can’t wait!