Posted 19 June 2006 - 09:23 AM
Prince looks for some crowd appreciation Friday during ABC's Good Morning America summer concert series in New York City.
Posted 27 July 2006 - 10:10 AM
WEDNESDAY JULY 26, 2006 07:20PM EST
Testolini Nelson and Prince
Photo by: George Pimentel / WireImage
Prince and wife Manuela Testolini Nelson are divorcing, PEOPLE has learned.
Alan Eidsness, the lawyer representing Prince, confirms that a divorce action was filed at Minnesota's Hennepin County District Court on May 24. The documents are sealed. The story was first reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Prince (full name: Prince Rogers Nelson), 48, and Testolini Nelson, 29, a former employee at Prince's charitable foundation, were married in 2001. She took her husband's last name.
Testolini Nelson, a Toronto native, is the founder and president of Gamillah, Inc., which operates, among other ventures, a production company and a line of designer candles. She is also involved with nonprofits including YouthCARE and United Communities Against Poverty.
Prince, who is working on a follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2006 album 3121, was previously married to backup singer and dancer Mayte Garcia from 1996 through 1998, when their union was annulled.
Reps for Testolini Nelson had no comment; Prince could not be reached.
Posted 31 August 2006 - 05:09 PM
Posted 02 October 2006 - 06:43 AM
Prince and his companions keep themselves shaded from the intense glamour of the Donatella Versace spring/summer 2007 show in Milan on Friday. The musician, who was a front-row guest of honor, also performed at the designer's afterparty.
Posted 03 October 2006 - 06:13 AM
October 3, 2006 -- A GAGGLE of princes showed up at Pink Elephant over the weekend and had their waitresses bowing down to them after leaving extravagant tips. Several from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia crowded one table and ordered an $8,000 bottle of Cristal - on which they left a hefty $2,000 tip. Meanwhile, Prince the musician strolled in with a female pal and a bodyguard and "left a huge 100 percent tip on their large tab," said our spy.
Posted 01 November 2006 - 08:25 PM
Posted Nov 1st 2006 1:32PM by TMZ Staff
TMZ can now confirm the Internet rumors are true: Prince will be moving into the Rio hotel in Las Vegas.
Prince will play Friday and Saturday nights at 3121, the club formerly known as Club Rio, beginning November 10. Tickets for Prince's shows will run $125. Shows on Wednesday night will feature guest performances by friends of Prince, while Thursday nights will be 3121 Latin Labido Night. Tickets for those two nights will be $31.21.
In addition to the $125 cover, patrons have the option of a special dinner and show package available for $312.10 per person: minimum of two guests; includes dinner at 3121 Jazz Cuisine, VIP tickets to the performance, and one bottle with table service per two guests.
In addition to the new club, a restaurant will open called 3121 Jazz Cuisine featuring a brand new menu created by Executive Chef Lena Morgan.
A source also tells us that Prince is staying in the Palazzo Suites at the Rio -- the hotel's VIP suites and a favorite of stars like Elton John.
Tickets can be ordered at the Rio Box Office at 702-777-7776, at any Ticketmaster outlet or by visiting www.vegas.com. Tickets will go on sale this week.
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Posted 31 January 2007 - 05:57 AM
It looks like a feud actually IS starting to bubble between Justin Timberlake and Prince. Our clever colleague, CJ, who writes for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, says SOME people think Justin's new CD apes Prince's style. At an Emmys party Prince announced "For whoever is claiming that they are bringing sexy back, sexy never left!" And who can forget Justin at the Golden Globes, squatting in front of the microphone to imitate his tiny rival. Looks like Justin really RESENTS those comparisons between his CD and Prince's music. He and Nelly Furtado came out with the diss song "Give it to Me" in which he mocks Prince's mumbling, and jokes "We missed you on the charts last week." (Justin's CD is outselling Prince's 3121 by a MILE. ) The ball is in Prince's court
Posted 05 February 2007 - 08:40 AM
No Malfunction As Prince Rocks Halftime
Phew! CBS got through the halftime show without a "wardrobe malfunction." The Artist Formerly Known as a Munchkin of Wardrobe Dysfunction began by singing "Let's Go Crazy," but he didn't.
Prince, who became a Jehovah's Witness in the mid-1990s, no longer wears yellow, butt-baring pants as he did at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards (prompting Howard Stern's send-up at the '92 VMAs). The closest thing to a fashion statement Sunday night was an odd kerchief on his head. So the NFL had no repeat of the 2004 Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake show, which happened the last time CBS broadcast the game.
The 48-year-old Prince, who rose to stardom in the '80s with his distinctive fusion of R&B, funk, soul and rock, once looked androgynous and produced songs that (lest we forget) drove Tipper Gore nuts (and made her a fat target for anti-censorship types like Frank Zappa).
Musically, the diminutive, erstwhile prodigy from Minneapolis kept it old-school, rockin' the house with "Purple Rain" and other golden hits.
He delivered one of the best Super Bowl halftime shows - ever. Consequently, he didn't come across as a painfully safe choice - or a has-been, the rap against the previous couple of Super Bowl halftime acts, Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones.
Before and after Prince took the midfield stage (shaped like his symbol when he was The Artist Formerly Known As Prince), Jim Nantz and Phil Simms gave a bravura performance in the booth. Now in their third season together, the duo have a nice rapport.
Making his Super Bowl play-by-play debut, Nantz kept viewers on top of the action. Simms managed to be self-effacing about at least one comment that was off the mark. He insisted the weather would not be a factor; but the rain got heavier than he anticipated, and after the third of four turnovers in the first quarter, he chuckled about what he said.
"The rain is absolutely having a little effect," he acknowledged.
It had an effect on CBS, too.
CBS Sports spokeswoman Leslie Anne Wade explained that the production crew kept cutting away from cameras that had condensation from the soggy conditions and kept wiping down the lenses as fast as possible between shots. In the control truck, they could see which of the 48 cameras needed to be cleared up.
"They're working pretty hard, and they're getting pretty clear pictures for the most part, for what the weather's like here," she said.
"Not easy conditions for anyone. Even our crew," Nantz noted on the air.
Maybe high-definition TV owners annoyingly got more than their money's worth, being able to see every drop and just how sharp - or not - fog can look on their fancy flat screens.
But it certainly was refreshing to see the elements affect a Super Bowl.
As usual, much of the day's viewing diet had more to do with quantity than quality.
But, how can the nation's highest-rated TV program - and the run-up to it - NOT be bloated?
Ingesting 10-plus hours of Super Bowl coverage forces you to act like an anaconda: Just unhinge your jaws, swallow your prey and try not to be too conscious of your distended, distorted body.
There isn't enough party dip in the world to give you that much indigestion (although the food segment with chef Bobby Flay came close).
The six-plus hours of pregame hoo-ha began at noon EST with an NFL Films recap of the season, "Road to the Super Bowl," with Tom Selleck capably filling the old John Facenda role of narrator.
Next came "Phil Simms All-Iron Team," which the neurotic Caveman from the Geico commercials gave a lighthearted beginning, middle and end.
The ever-needy Caveman tried to wheedle the picks out of Simms on the golf course before they were announced on the selection show - with limited success, and limited satisfaction.
Derrick Brooks? "I just don't get it," said the Caveman, who would have picked, uh, Bonnie Raitt.
The quality of the players' character (including Brooks') was a big determinant in being chosen for Simms' squad, which gave the show a heartwarming touch and made it appealing to casual fans.
Then came the four-hour "The Super Bowl Today," which - in the true commercial spirit of the whole affair - began with Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr., who also was promoting the upcoming film "Norbit."
Just like every other Sunday of the football season, the CBS studio quartet of host James Brown along with analysts Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason and Shannon Sharpe made you miss the guys on Fox. They simply lack the chemistry of Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long et al. And no one on either show is as funny as Fox's Frank Caliendo.
The heart-tugging stories really kicked in during the last pregame extravaganza, almost ad nauseam - among them, Everson Walls' willingness to donate a kidney to former Dallas Cowboys teammate Ron Springs; Chicago Bears running back Thomas Jones' supportive family; a visit with soldiers in Iraq; and Bill Walsh's much-chronicled battle against cancer.
They even went all the way back to the tragically early deaths of long-ago Bears running backs Walter Payton and Brian Piccolo. (Hmmm. Might Netflix get a run on "Brian's Song"?)
Almost all of the ground covered was well-trod: Indianapolis Colts receiver Marvin Harrison's taciturn tendencies; the Jekyll-Hyde performances of Rex Grossman; the matchup between the first two black coaches to lead their team to the NFL title game.
As you can imagine, all the feel-good segments got a lot more airtime than, say, the story about the Bears' Tank Johnson needing a judge's OK to get out of house arrest on gun-possession charges and travel to Miami.
The story barely got four minutes (remember: out of four hours!) including Esiason, Sharpe and Marino weighing in on whether Johnson should have been allowed to play. (Predictably, Esiason opposed Tank's participation, Sharpe defended it, and Marino came down hard in the middle of the issue).
Katie Couric, who can chant "We're No. 3" about CBS News, joined the guys, for yet another "very touching story indeed," as Brown put it after introducing the high-priced "Evening News" anchorwoman by citing her sports reporting credibility. ("She brings a sports background to the desk. She ran track - an outstanding cheerleader").
She tackled the topic of Hines Ward, last year's Super Bowl MVP, and his Korean mother, who was shunned in her native country because of her biracial marriage, winding up a single mother here, and the bigotry that mother and son were subjected to.
But isn't this a year-old story? Where's the fresh, hard-hitting news?
Before all those hours fully dedicated to hyping the game, "Face the Nation" with Bob Schieffer was broadcast from Dolphin Stadium. At least the conversation was a little more serious with new league commissioner Roger Goodell as a guest.
Meanwhile, Tim Russert's "Meet the Press" was busy with presidential candidate John Edwards. Who cares about that, right?
Posted 11 February 2007 - 07:56 PM
Posted 14 May 2007 - 12:01 PM
Filed under: Prince
The Brits are grooving on Prince. The little purple one sold 140,000 tickets for seven shows in London in just 20 minutes. The online booking website crashed in the process. To meet the demand, eight more shows will be going on sale shortly.
Oh Prince, only you could pull off this look. He's a modern day Little Richard.
Posted by: Jessica Marx
Posted 17 May 2007 - 02:31 PM
Tickets to the first seven Prince shows at the O2 Arena sold out in minutes, leading the promoters to immediately add an additional eight nights, breaking the record 14-night residency put on at one arena by Pink Floyd.The ticketing agency dealing with the “3121” tour has even had to bring in new staff to cope with a selling rate that at one point reached 1,000 tickets per minute.
Rob Hallett, live promoter at AEG, said: "Prince is one of the greatest live acts of all time so we anticipated a big reaction and we weren't disappointed.
"The fact the ticket price is so reasonable and also included a copy of Prince's new album made this an opportunity for music fans and is perhaps a message to the entire industry. "Live music is what the public want and when they get the opportunity to experience an artist the caliber of Prince they can't get enough of it.
This proves yet again that given the right artists the live music industry is booming." Prince announced his huge live residency in London at a special press conference earlier this month, surprising everyone with the value and number of shows being put on. Tickets cost $31.21, to coincide with Prince's “3123” album and all ticket holders also get a free copy of the star's new album.
Posted 21 May 2007 - 05:25 AM
Filed under: Prince
Because even rock stars' children hate it when their parents dance in public. Rolling Stones member, Ron Wood, has been instructed by his daughter, Leah, that he is absolutely not allowed to perform at her wedding. Instead, her choice for the event's entertainment is Prince. According to Leah, it's simply too painful for her to watch her dad strutting his stuff on stage. From WENN:
"He's asked if he can do a set but I've said no way. I love my dad, but he's too embarrassing. Other people may think it's cool - but not me. I wouldn't get a wink of sleep thinking about what he might get up to. I want Prince to perform instead."Shit, if you're going to be bumped from getting to play at your daughter's wedding, it's nice to hear that it's by Prince. Imagine the slap in the face Ron would have received, had his daughter informed him that it would be less embarrassing for her if David Hasselhoff performed at her wedding, thanks.
Posted by: Lisa Timmons
Posted 24 October 2007 - 09:18 AM
Purple Rain is 'best soundtrack'
Prince's Purple Rain has been named as the greatest soundtrack of all-time in a US magazine writers' poll.
It topped a list of 50 compiled by the editors of Vanity Fair magazine for a one-off publication called Movies Rock.
They called it a combination of "funk, R&B, pop, metal, and even psychedelia into a sound that defined the '80s".
But they described the film itself, released in 1984, as "perhaps the most badly-acted ever". The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night was number two on the list.
The reggae soundtrack to 1972 movie The Harder They Come, starring Jimmy Cliff, was third, ahead of Pulp Fiction and The Graduate.
TOP 10 SOUNDTRACKS
1. Purple Rain
2. A Hard Day's Night
3. The Harder They Come
4. Pulp Fiction
5. The Graduate
8. Saturday Night Fever
9. American Graffiti
10. The Big Chill
Source: Movies Rock/Vanity Fair
Trainspotting, the 1996 adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel, was seventh.
Saturday Night Fever made eighth place, with the magazine calling its soundtrack "required listening for anyone looking to heat up the dancefloor".
"The white suit? Not so much," they added, referring to the outfit worn by star John Travolta.
Superfly, American Graffiti and The Big Chill also made the top 10.
The magazine is to launch alongside a US TV special about the stars, directors and musicians behind the movies in December.
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