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Friday, April 25, 2014

Be on the Lookout for New Prince Tunes

Written by Jon Williams

On July 27, 1984, the movie Purple Rain was released into theatres. Starring Prince in his feature film debut, it follows a talented young musician as he struggles to discover what it takes to succeed in the music business, and has since become a cult classic. Even more significant than the film itself, of course, is the soundtrack, which came out about a month before the movie. The album added a rock vibe to Prince’s previous R&B sound, to great effect. It spawned a number of his best-known singles, including “Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry” in addition to the sprawling title track, and is consistently mentioned as one of the best albums of the ‘80s, if not all time.

Last week, in anticipation of Purple Rain’s upcoming 30th anniversary, Prince released a statement announcing a new record deal with Warner Bros. that heralds new music on the horizon. One project that is certain is a remastered deluxe edition of the Purple Rain soundtrack, as well as a new original album. He even offered a teaser, releasing last weekend a new single, “The Breakdown,” which is available for streaming through a number of entertainment websites.

Prince has had a long and storied career with plenty of ups and downs, not to mention its share of controversy, including the period when he changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol and was referred to as “the Artist Formerly Known as Prince.” One thing that has remained constant throughout, though, is the high quality music he produces, as well as music lovers’ demand for it. As more information comes out on new releases from Prince, be they new or reissues of past classics, we’ll have it for you. In the meantime, SmartBrowse “Prince” on our website to see all we currently offer from this gifted musician.

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