Management of Prince's famed Paisley Park is officially shifting back to the late singer's family.After three years of Paisley Park being open for fans, management will "transition entirely" from P Park Management to Prince's estate. The change will take place on October 1 of this year. Prince's oldest surviving sibling, Sharon Nelson, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the change is taking place simply because the contract for P Park Management expired. A new executive director for Paisley Park will be named, and two of Prince's associates, Trevor Guy and Kirk Johnson, will most likely continue on as creative advisor and estate manager, respectively.“It was always the intent for the family to take over,” Joel Weinshanker, managing partner of P Park, said. “It’s always been my desire for the heirs’ voice to become louder and louder.” Paisley Park was originally opened in 1987, serving as a studio, residence, and soundstage for supporters. Prince himself had planned that, one day, the 65,000-foot space would be a museum for the public. Though his remaining six siblings are at odds, they plan to come together to fulfil their brother's wish. The estate revealed in a statement it is “committed to continued growth and development of Paisley Park, passionately presenting Prince’s life and work and connecting authentically with his fans – both new and old – each and every day.” In addition to this news, a memoir that Prince started before his passing, entitled The Beautiful Ones, will be published Oct. 29. A documentary series will also premiere on Netflix in the coming months. It will feature previously unreleased recordings and live footage of the singer.
Live Nation Urban & TCG Entertainment Announce Inaugural “4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince” Concert TourTour Will Open September 8th at the Prestigious Wolf Trap Amphitheater in Washington DC and will hit 35 Markets 4U Will Present the Music of Prince like Never Before with a Full Symphony Orchestra Live Nation Urban and TCG Entertainment announced today an agreement with The Prince Estate for a global musical partnership celebrating the music of Prince. Live Nation Urban and TCG Entertainment will create and tour the first and only official Estate approved symphonic Prince celebration, titled 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince. 4U will present the music of Prince like never before, with a full symphony orchestra. In addition, each show will feature a live band with world class musicians and vocalists who will perform alongside the orchestra. 4U will draw from Prince’s singular and extensive music catalog, highlighting many of his hits that captivated generations of fans, alongside lesser known gems. Questlove, an avid Prince fan, has helped curate the music and orchestral arrangements that will be played by the symphony. The 2018 tour officially starts on September 8th, in Washington DC at Wolf Trap with the Wolf Trap Orchestra, followed by an extensive US and European Tour. Click HERE to purchase tickets. “We’re looking forward to working with Live Nation Urban and TCG Entertainment on this production and giving fans a unique experience” says Troy Carter of The Prince Estate. “It’s such a blessing to be able to pay homage to and celebrate the music of a creative genius like Prince. One of the goals of Live Nation Urban is to create unique live platforms and to redefine what the norms of the live experience are. We are beyond excited to be working alongside the Estate in creating what we hope to be a long standing artistic celebration of an artist who inspired so many”— says Shawn Gee, President of Live Nation Urban. “TCG Entertainment is honored to be working with The Prince Estate and Live Nation Urban to create 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince. 4U will entertain audiences globally and we are humbled to work on a show based on Prince and his music given how important he is to people around the world” – says Stephen Cook, President of TCG Entertainment. 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince Tour Routing: September 6, 2018 New Brunswick, NJ State Theatre September 8, 2018 Washington, DC Wolftrap September 9, 2018 Richmond, VA Altria Theatre September 11 2018 Norfolk, VA Chrysler Hall September 12, 2018 Charlotte, NC Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre September 13, 2018 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheatre September 14, 2018 Asheville, NC Cellular Center September 15, 2018 Atlanta, GA Verizon Amphitheatre September 19, 2018 Buffalo, NY Buffalo Center for the Arts September 20, 2018 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre September 21, 2018 Binghamton, NY Anderson Center September 22, 2018 Lynn, MA Lynn Memorial Hall September 24, 2018 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre September 25, 2018 Columbus, OH Ohio Theatre September 26, 2018 Nashville, TN Jackson Hall (TPAC) September 27, 2018 Nashville, TN Jackson Hall (TPAC) September 28, 2018 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre September 29, 2018 Cleveland, OH State Theatre September 30, 2018 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre October 2, 2018 Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center October 3, 2018 Gainesville, FL O’Connell Center October 4, 2018 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Broward Center October 5, 2018 Tampa, FL Sun Dome October 6, 2018 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre October 7, 2018 Orlando, FL Dr. Phillips Center October 10, 2018 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe October 11, 2018 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theatre October 12, 2018 Louisville, KY The Palace October 13, 2018 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre October 14, 2018 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre October 16, 2018 Midland, TX Wagner Noel October 17, 2018 Dallas, TX Music Factory October 18, 2018 Houston, TX Smart Financial Centre October 19, 2018 San Antonio, TX Majestic Theater October 21, 2018 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland BUY TICKETS Note: Additional performances through 2018-19 will be announced at a later date, including international shows through Europe.
The Prince Estate and TIDAL Announce Agreement to Debut New and Unreleased Prince Album and Settlement of Prior Legal Disputes[caption id="attachment_193596" align="alignnone" width="400"] TIDAL Logo. (PRNewsFoto/TIDAL) (PRNewsfoto/TIDAL)[/caption] - The Prince Estate and global music and entertainment platform TIDAL confirm plans to debut highly anticipated new Prince music exclusively via the TIDAL streaming service. The new album will contain previously unreleased music sourced from Prince's vast archive of Vault recordings. The album – expected to be released in 2019 – will stream exclusively on TIDAL for fourteen days and will be available for download seven days after its debut. A global physical release is planned via The Prince Estate following the exclusive digital premiere on TIDAL. The new release marks a continuation of Prince's 2015 partnership with TIDAL, which resulted in the exclusive debut of HITnRUN Phase One and HITnRUN Phase Two via the streaming service. This concludes the previously unresolved legal matters between The Prince Estate and TIDAL. The Prince Estate and Jay-Z are working together on the song selection for the album. "Our only goal is to share Prince's music with his fans as he wanted. After thoughtful and honest conversation with him, he chose TIDAL as his partner for HITnRUN Phase One and HITnRUN Phase Two, and we will continue to respect and honor Prince's enduring legacy and wishes with this new collection," Jay-Z said. Troy Carter, speaking on behalf of The Prince Estate, echoed those sentiments, noting "I'm very pleased this is resolved, and we get to honor the relationship between Prince and TIDAL with this album. We look forward to fans hearing the new music and experiencing the genius of Prince." The album partnership with TIDAL does not involve any of Prince's music catalogue that is subject to prior agreements with Warner Brothers Records, Inc. The agreement between TIDAL and The Prince Estate was approved on May 9, 2018 by the Probate Court overseeing The Prince Estate.
The 1977 release, now with long versions on vinyl for the first time, includes such hits as “Brick House” and “Easy,” and has been sampled by many artists
Commodores, the 1977 self-titled fifth studio album by the pop-funk-soul band known as the “Black Beatles,” will get a vinyl LP release from UMe, along with a special edition in blue vinyl for fans and collectors, June 16. Both releases were cut from the original, un-faded masters, delivering on vinyl for the first time longer versions of seven of the nine tracks. (See timings below for comparison.)
The original album spent eight weeks at #1 on the Billboard R&B/Soul albums chart and was the group’s first crossover record, peaking at #3 on the Billboard 200, thanks to a pair of very different hit singles: the up-tempo “Brick House” and the sensuous Lionel Richie ballad, “Easy.”
“Easy,” the first single released from the album, reached #1 on the Billboard R&B (known then as the Hot Soul Singles) chart and #4 on the Hot 100, and paved the way for Richie’s pop emergence. The song was an international hit, reaching the Top 10 in the U.K. and New Zealand and the Top 20 in Ireland and Canada.
“Brick House,” featuring the distinctive funky vocals of drummer Walter “Clyde” Orange and Ronald LaPread’s heavy-bottom bass line, which formed the foundation of the song, went to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. A group composition, its lyrics – celebrating a woman’s looks and her confidence in them – were written by Shirley Hanna-King, wife of the band’s trumpet player William “WAK” King, who initially claimed authorship before he admitted the truth.
Also featured on the LP is “Zoom,” a collaboration between Richie and LaPread. Although never officially released as a single, “Zoom” became one of the Commodores’, and Richie’s, best-known tunes. In the U.K., in fact, the LP was titled Zoom.
The Commodores were originally formed from two groups, the Mystics and the Jays, in 1968 at Tuskegee Institute, where the band members were students, signing with Motown in November, 1972 after opening for The Jackson 5 on tour. The group made a brief appearance in the 1978 film, Thank God It’s Friday, performing “Too Hot Ta Trot.”
Songs from Commodores have enjoyed a long life in the guise of covers and samples. Fergie sampled “Zoom” on her song “All That I Got (The Make-Up Song),” from her album The Dutchess. It has also been sampled by Snoop Dogg on “Pimpin’ Aint EZ,” a 2009 collaboration with R. Kelly from his album Malice N’ Wonderland); E-40 (from its 1998 album The Element of Surprise), Tricky (“Tricky Kid” from his 1996 album, Pre-Millennium Tension) and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (“Everytime” from their 2010 album, Uni5: The World’s Enemy).
Faith No More recorded a cover of “Easy” during the studio sessions for its 1992 album Angel Dust, following its repeated performances during their live shows, and it became an international hit in several countries, including Australia, where it went to #1, Norway, the U.K., Finland, Belgium, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland and Netherlands. The song was sampled by rap group Geto Boys for “Six Feet Deep” from their 1993 album, Til Death Do Us Part and by Cam’ron for his song, “Hey Ma.”
“Brick House” was the sampled foundation for the title cut of Foxy Brown’s hit LP, Ill Na Na, while the original was featured in the 1995 film Houseguest, the 1999 film Muppets From Space and the 2002 feature Undercover Brother. Prince’s ex-wife Mayte released a rap version of the song, “House of Brick,” on NPG Records in 1995, with Prince himself singing the chorus and verses. That same year, Dread Zeppelin covered the song as “Brick House (of the Holy)” on its Led Zeppelin-esque album No Quarter Pounder, while Rob Zombie, collaborating with Lionel Richie and Trina, did a version on his House of 1000 Corpses soundtrack in 2003.
Title / (Songwriters) / Vinyl Reissue Track Time / Original LP track time
1. ”Squeeze the Fruit” (Walter Orange) 3:03 / same
2. “Funny Feelings” (Lionel Richie, Thomas McClary) 5:57 / 4:53
3. “Heaven Knows” (Lionel Richie, Thomas McClary) 6:16 / 4:46
4. “Zoom” (Lionel Richie, Ronald LaPread) 7:06 / 6:46
1. “Won’t You Come Dance With Me” (Lionel Richie, Thomas McClary) 4:08 / 3:50
2. “Brick House” (Shirley Hanna-King, Lionel Richie, Milan Williams, Walter Orange, Ronald LaPread, Thomas McClary, William King) 3:46 / 3:30
3. “Funky Situation” (William King) 4:12 / 3:46
4. “Patch It Up” (Milan Williams) 4:02 / same
5. “Easy” (Lionel Richie) 4:50 / 4:15
Lionel Richie – vocals, saxophone, keyboards
Thomas McClary – vocals, guitar
Milan Williams – keyboards
Ronald LaPread – bass
William King – trumpet
Walter Orange – drums, percussion, vocals
Producers: James Anthony Carmichael/Commodores