Prince has come a long way since recording “Purple Rain,” “Darling Nikki,” and “Little Red Corvette” and the free-spirited, purple-clad musician is a master at re-inventing himself.
Today, Prince is expanding his brilliant portfolio by recording music for cable news television — specifically an exclusive theme song for MSNBC’s Tamron Hall.
Hall stands alone: No other anchor on television can boast having an exclusive song by Prince to open their newscast.
Have you heard it? It’s a funky, catchy tune that can be heard every afternoon on MSNBC from 2-3 p.m.
The song is called “17” that Prince released under the Madhouse name on the 1-800-New Funk CD years ago. MSNBC was permission to use the song and the popular cable news program is taking full advantage of it.
“The song’s title originally was ‘Seventeen’ and then Prince decided to change the name of the song to the ‘NewsNation’ theme song,“ Hall said.
“Prince is a news junkie. He is incredible. He’s the most thoughtful person. He’s engaged with what’s going on in the world, and so it evolved into this amazing opportunity for me to have this song,” Hall said.
Here’s a clip of the song.
As one of the greatest musicians of all time, it appears Prince is now turning his attention to making music for daytime cable hosts, which is lucrative and gives Prince another high-profile platform.
Meanwhile, Prince is not just producing songs for cable news.
“Prince has used his mysterious new social media character, 3rd Eye Girl, to release his second new website in less than a month, complete with a brand new song called ‘Breakfast Can Wait’,” according to noise11.com
“After several years without any official online presence, Prince is seemingly storming back onto the scene in 2013, with last month seeing the arrival of the supposed bootlegger “3rd Eye Girl” to Facebook and Twitter, who immediately “leaked” a number of unofficial tracks and videos, including a new song (that has since disappeared), called ‘Same Page, Different Book’,” noise11.com reported.
“This was quickly followed by the official release of the new single ‘Screwdriver’ and the launch of what looked to be his new official website, 20Pr1nc3.com.”
But in the meantime, tune in to Tamron Hall on MSNBC and listen to Prince’s rockin’ song, “17.” But you better hurry. Hall said the track will only be available to the show for the next six months.
“It blew me away when I got the email,” Hall said. “He’s just the coolest person in the world.”
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1. Me & the homie @jaleelwhite #RujohnFoundation Happy to be in Jamaica! Good times
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5. Good Morning. Early day in Detroit! Making press rounds for @thebossnetwork's Ladies That Lead Tour. Thank you @traycemadre and @colourbynumbr for my glam.
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6. POWER the best show on TV @djenvy, Queens we so big out here. #EFFENVODKA #FRIGO
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7. They said u lost a step, wasn't explosive as once was, the best days was in the real view, questioned your drive, your leadership, your commitment, you don't have killer instinct, going back home is the worst mistake in your career, he got the coach fired, players traded, won't work between him and Kyrie, Him and Kev won't work, love your teammates to much, there's no way he can deliver a championship in his hometown, etc etc etc.... But guess what THATS NONE OF MY BUSINESS #StriveForGreatness #ThisOneIsForTheLand #PutSomeRespeckOnMyName Hahahaha!!! Yes sir
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8. Oooooh weeee this man right here is responsible for at least three of our four babies!! #JOE ❤❤❤🎤 #rnb #king #voicelikebutter #ForPeetesSake
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9. Hanging with my @abcnetwork family! @abcunclebuck tonite y'all check us out ! @anthonyanderson @traceeellisross
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10. My broski ( @sayeedshahidi ) and I are on Top 5 Live on @go90 at 5 (which is super duper close)! Make sure to tune in :) #UncleBuck #Blackish
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11. Lights out💤 #GoodNight
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12. Late nights mornings
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13. Ran into the lovely talented @siedahgarrett on this brutiful favvuz deh!
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14. #halal #love #thedargans #kattwilliamsSHOW #mashallah when that Jennah piece HIT!! @sweetjennahcollection glasses by @baddieglamaccessories LIZ 😍 @dynamiteko top @dazzledmv and jeans @thevision414 and shoes: @louboutinworld
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15. Big Hair and Optical Illusions #OceanDrive #MiamiLiving #coverparty
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16. MAMA and THE SAVAGES ... ⚓️ #supportyourlocalgirlgang
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17. From the bottom of my ❤️, thank you new followers & old! & hello fellow night owls! #grateful #racheltrue #naturalhair #curlyhair #curlygirl #healthyhair
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18. I feel so grateful because I met these amazing young minds, visiting from Houston TX, during their college tour stop today at #usc.These students are ALL extraordinary and embody academic excellence so I'm humbled to have shared a few moments with them to applaud and celebrate their bright futures ahead! Thank you @EmergeFellows for inviting me to speak and blessing me with your love and attention this afternoon!
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19. Happy Fathers Day Pops. U taught me how to be a man. Lessons of love, hard work & gratefulness. Sorry the fishing didn't stick. LOL. I Love U!
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20. Sky Zone and Ice Cream! Best Fathers Day Ever!! Photo credit @mariahcarey
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21. Look what finally came in the mail 😎 #mtvmovieawards2016 💥+🌽! #straightouttacompton
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22. Claudia Jordan: ....
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23. 'Member that time I almost knocked a bajillion dollar camera off the car? Really? Yeah, me neither! #Greenleaf Episode 2 comin atcha!
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24. Full of love. #birthday #Cabo
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25. Oh hey! Look who just joined Snapchat
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