Pop superstar Prince, who was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era, was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57.
His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press that the music icon died at his home in Chanhassen. No details were immediately released.
The man born Prince Rogers Nelson stood just 5 feet, 2 inches and seemed to summon the most original and compelling sounds at will, whether playing guitar in a flamboyant style that openly drew upon Jimi Hendrix, switching his vocals from a nasally scream to an erotic falsetto or turning out album after album of stunningly original material. Among his other notable releases: “Sign O’ the Times,” “Graffiti Bridge” and “The Black Album.”
He was also fiercely protective of his independence, battling his record company over control of his material and even his name. Prince once wrote “slave” on his face in protest of not owning his work and famously battled and then departed his label, Warner Bros., before returning a few years ago.
“What’s happening now is the position that I’ve always wanted to be in,” Prince told The Associated Press in 2014. “I was just trying to get here.”
In 2004, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame, which hailed him as a musical and social trailblazer.
“He rewrote the rulebook, forging a synthesis of black funk and white rock that served as a blueprint for cutting-edge music in the Eighties,” reads the Hall’s dedication. “Prince made dance music that rocked and rock music that had a bristling, funky backbone. From the beginning, Prince and his music were androgynous, sly, sexy and provocative.”
Cardi B Makes History as First Female Rapper to Land Two No. 1 Singles
Cardi B just accomplished something no other female rapper has done.
Thanks to her latest single, I Like It, the New York native is the first female rapper with two songs to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the music magazine reported Monday.
The track featuring Latin music stars Bad Bunny and J Balvin was released in May, and is the latest single off Cardi B’s debut studio album, Invasion of Privacy.
It follows the release of club anthem Bodak Yellow (Money Moves), which climbed to the top of the Hot 100 in October.
Four other female rappers have previously landed No. 1 singles on the Hot 100, including Lauryn Hill with Doo Wop (That Thing) in 1998. Lil’ Kim had Lady Marmalade with Christina Aguilera, Mya and Pink in 2001. Shawnna was featured on Ludacris’ single Stand Up in 2003, and Iggy Azalea with Fancy featuring Charli XCX in 2014.
Before her album was released, Cardi B began to garner attention as a regular castmember on the VH1 reality series Love & Hip Hop: New York.
She is currently expecting her first child with rapper Offset of hip-hop trio Migos.
The two tied the knot last year, but never went public with their marriage until Offset let it slip on stage last month during the BET Awards that they are husband and wife. Cardi B has since confirmed the marriage on social media.
You can watch I Like It below….WARNING, the video contains profanity.
Mariah Carey cancels several shows for her Christmas concert tour
Mariah Carey is taking some time off to focus on her health!
The 47-year-old singer has postponed her All I Want For Christmas Is You Tour on doctor’s orders. The tour, which was supposed to start on Nov. 27 (after Carey was forced to cancel the first couple of dates due to a respiratory infection), will now begin on Dec. 2 in New York.
She explained on Instagram Friday:
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with loved ones; it’s certainly nice to remember what we are grateful for! Like most, I’m thankful for my overall health… for which I need a bit more time to get right. Doctors have ordered a few extra days of rest before I can finally fly to New York and take the stage for my Christmas Tour. While this news disappoints me to share, I am grateful to be on the mend and for the support from all of you – it means the world to me! See you from the stage soon darlings! ❤, Mariah Read more: mariahcarey.com
Refunds will be provided for those who purchased tickets for Carey’s shows on Nov. 27, 28 and Dec. 1. See Mimi’s updated tour schedule below:
Dec. 2 – Beacon Theatre, NY
Dec. 4 – Beacon Theatre, NY
Dec. 5 – Beacon Theatre, NY
Dec. 9 – AccorHôtels Arena, Paris
Dec. 10 – Manchester Arena, Manchester
Dec. 11 – The 02, London
Dec. 14 – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Dec. 16 – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Dec. 17 – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Dec. 20 – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Dec. 22 – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Mariah previously told fans she was only cancelling shows up until November 27, telling her followers: ‘Lambs! Just in time for the holiday gift-giving season, it seems I’ve received a present of my own; a lovely upper respiratory infection after last week’s flu. Bleak!’
She added: ‘You know there is nothing I love more than celebrating the holidays with my festive Christmas show, but I have to take my Doctor’s orders and rest until he says I can sing on stage.
‘Until then, unfortunately, I have to cancel the first several shows of my upcoming Christmas tour. ‘I’m going to do all that I can so that I can see you soon.’
She was also recently forced to pull out of the LA premiere of her animated nativity film The Star, blaming an upset stomach.
While Carey was feeling “under the weather” over Thanksgiving, her twins, Moroccan and Monroe, spent the holiday feeding the homeless with their dad, Nick Cannon.
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star Joseline Hernandez new videos for ‘Mention Me’ & ‘No Time
VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta TV Personality and music artist Joseline Hernandez’s has allowed us to watch and share a preview of her new music videos for her upcoming singles, “Mention Me,” and “No Time.” The “Puerto Rican Princess” looks absolutely stunning and we’re loving the preview to her singles “Mention Me and No Time.” Check it…
Watch a sneak peek at season six, episode six of VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” here:
VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” airs Monday’s at 8/7C.
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