It’s been 30 years since “Purple Rain” graced movie screens in theaters across the country. The film launched Minnesota’s own Prince into the national spotlight, and introduced the world to his co-star Apollonia Kotero.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been three decades since Prince bade us to “dig if you will a picture.” Yes, the blockbuster Purple Rain album — a 20 million unit monster that still stands atop the list of the bestselling Minnesota albums ever release, well ahead of Bob Dylan’s two separate Greatest Hits compilations — was released on June 25, 1984.
To hear about the 30th Anniversary of “Purple Rain,” and other high lights from Wednesday’s show, Click the link above.
Prince now owns the rights to the music he recorded on Warner Bros. Records after years of disputes and battles with the record label. Warner Bros. announced Friday that it had reached an agreement with the pop icon.
Comedian Dave Chappelle is enjoying a successful run at First Avenue and he’s also added an extra show at the Pantages Theatre Saturday. Today, Chappelle sat down with his good friend, WCCO reporter, Reg Chapman to talk about his week in Minneapolis, what’s ahead and more.
“Purple Rain” solidified Prince’s status as one of the greats. Like many Prince fans, Jesse McMonagle remembers where he was when he saw Prince’s cinematic debut. “I snuck into ‘Purple Rain’ when I was in fourth grade,” McMonagle said. And when tickets went on sale for a St. Paul stop on his “Live Out Loud Tour,” McMonagle bought ten tickets at $289 each
It’s Prince’s 54th birthday this Thursday. In honor of that and Sign O’ the Times‘ 25 years of reminding Housequakers that “It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night,” here are my picks for the 10 best Prince songs ever, with a self-imposed one-per-album limit.
A New York court says Prince should pay almost $4 million to a perfume company that claimed he hobbled its efforts to market a perfume named for one of his albums.
Minnesota’s cinematic legacy mostly stresses quality over quantity, as I think seems clear from the list of the best Minnesota-set movies I posted awhile back. In the sense that there aren’t too many other Minnesota movies to choose from once you get past the 10 in that list.
The Walker Art Center is celebrating movies made in Minnesota next month.
The list of the best movies set in Minnesota is relatively sparse, and would be sparser still without the presence of hometown heroes Ethan and Joel Coen. That said, there are some classics to be celebrated among the following.