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Prince’s Musical Mt. Rushmore

Prince's Musical Mt. Rushmore-Housequake
Only a select few are legendary enough to grace the coveted spots on this imaginary Mount Rushmore.

Music flowed through Prince at all hours. He set aside an untold number of finished songs and albums in his Paisley Park vault. But only a select few are legendary enough to grace the four coveted spots on this imaginary Mount Rushmore...

5 Years Without Prince

5 Years Without Prince-Housequake
What do you hope to see happen in the future in order to keep Prince’s legacy and music alive?

Today is the 5th anniversary of Prince’s untimely passing, and we've asked you how you’ve dealt with the loss, your opinion of the music that’s been released since, and what you hope to see happen in the future...

A True Prince Fan

An essay by Raine Baker: What makes a true Prince fan? "Prince very publicly said he didn’t like the word ‘fan’ because it was short for ‘fanatic.’ While he may have taken that reasoning a bit farther than seemed reasonable at the time, we’ve been proving that right as a whole in the last four years."

‘Annie Christian’: When Prince Got Weird

‘Annie Christian’: When Prince Got Weird-Housequake
This propensity for unusual lyrical subject matter was a constant throughout Prince's musical output.

R.E.M.’s lead guitarist, Peter Buck once referred to Prince as “one of the weirdest musicians in the Top 10.” Regardless of his success in the charts, it’s hard to argue with Buck’s assessment that Prince’s musical catalogue is more than a bit leftfield in every regard...

Prince’s 1999 album and Generation X

Prince’s 1999 album and Generation X-Housequake
My Prince origin story happened with the '1999' album, which is getting its own deluxe edition treatment.

Writer Scott Woods notes in his blog “Every Prince fan is the World’s Biggest Prince Fan,” that for most Prince fans, “you likely have your own origin story.” My own Prince origin story happens to be with the album 1999, which is getting its own deluxe edition treatment this winter...

Prince: Grief Counselor

Prince: Grief Counselor-Housequake
How much can you love someone you never knew?

I’ll never forget seeing the news at about 11:50 AM on April 21, 2016. The breaking news alert on my phone simply said something like, “Male found unresponsive at Paisley Park.” Within minutes my worst fears were realized when it was revealed that “male” was Prince...

Prince’s 1983 Masterpiece

Prince’s 1983 Masterpiece-Housequake
What would a 1983 Prince album have looked like if he hadn’t given all of that music away?

He started working with other artists as an outlet for his creativity that couldn’t be contained. The Time, Vanity 6, Sheena Easton, and Sheila E. to name a few. Originals is proof of this, not that we needed it. It begs the question: What would a 1983 Prince album have looked like if he hadn’t given all of that music away?

The Beautiful One: Fashioning The Kid in Purple Rain

The Beautiful One: Fashioning The Kid in Purple Rain-Housequake
The iconic style of ‘The Kid’ is now very much part of our popular culture.

Prince's iconic Purple Rain outfit; the purple trench coat, the frilly shirt and the high waisted trousers are now forever embedded within popular culture as the archetype of the musician's prolific visual image. On the 35th anniversary of the film's release, Casci Ritchie discusses just what makes 'The Kid' fashions so memorable...

Celebrate Prince’s Birthday With 24 Rare Covers

Celebrate Prince’s Birthday With 24 Rare Covers-Housequake
Here are 24 rare Prince covers for your listening pleasure on June 7, Prince’s birthday.

Prince songs are beloved by musicians of every stripe. Jam bands and jazz heads, country acts and chamber orchestras, neo-soul singers and new age slingers, all have been inspired to perform his “easy-to-play-yet-difficult-to-improve-upon” tunes for the sheer joy of it.

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