Celebrating the life, music and legacy of Prince. This coverage is made possible in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Musicheads Essentials: Prince - Controversy

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Released on October 14, 1981, 'Controversy' is Prince's fourth full-length album. The record is notable for several firsts, and was a firm foundation to launch him into megastardom.

Install the Purple Current Alexa Skill

Purple Current Alexa skill

Make your Amazon Echo super funky. Install the Purple Current Alexa Skill to open the stream and get song info. If you create an account, you can make requests and rate songs too.

9 takeaways from our interview with Maceo Parker

Maceo Parker

Maceo Parker is a bona fide music legend. Since starting his legendary run with James Brown in the mid-60s, Maceo has been at the center of every significant move in the funk world. His infectious, rhythmically dextrous alto is a part of the blueprint of the genre and he continues to play great music to this day.

Musicheads Essentials: Prince - Dirty Mind

Prince - Dirty Mind album cover

With 'Dirty Mind,' released on October 8, 1980, Prince jumped to the head of the class, laying the sonic blueprint that would help define the music of the '80s and beyond.

Prince receives honorary doctorate from University of Minnesota

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On Wednesday, Prince joined a prestigious list of creatives, academics, and leaders who have received honorary doctorates from the University of Minnesota. In years past, the school has bestowed similar honors upon the likes of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Hillary Clinton, and Roy Wilkins. According to the program handed out at the presentation,…

Prince’s love of sports, from high school roundball to Paisley Park ping-pong

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Prince loved a good pair of heels. He was often found sporting them on stage or in public, along with his famously outlandish wardrobe. But occasionally he preferred sneakers over heels — so as not to scratch up the gym floor. During his time at Bryant Junior High and into his years at Minneapolis’s Central…