Going forward, Graceland Holdings, which also runs Paisley Park, will have to expand programming and attract more A-list collaborators and/or those influenced by Prince (namely, everyone) to stay viable and attract a younger audience. They should factor in that Minneapolis, despite is Midwestern location and freezing cold winters,  is also a great city to visit, with 5 pro sports teams, good restaurants and a vibrant live music scene.

fDeluxe, formerly The Family, has regrouped and closed the four-day event with a surprisingly solid show. As you may remember, their one self-titled album features the first  version of “Nothing Compares to You.”

That original demo, recorded with Prince’s vocal only, has just been released, along with a vintage rehearsal video. In other good news from the Prince estate, a new annotated site that documents all 39 studio releases complete with credits and official videos is now live. You can check it out HERE.  

Despite the numerous unanswered questions and murky circumstances of his death and the tarnishing of his clean living image, one thing remains clear: Prince loved making music. In life, he stood for authenticity, craftsmanship and excellence and despite any attempts to desecrate his legacy, that will always be true.

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PHOTOS: Paisley Park/Steve Parke

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