A little current and old-school news for Prince fans today:
The Purple Assassin of Chanhassen© will issue a new album by year’s end, his bandmates in 3rdEyeGirl announced in a new BBC interview. Titled “Hit N Run” – also the name of his series of pop-up concerts of late -- the record was recorded with the band, and with drummer Hannah Welton Ford’s husband Joshua Welton again serving as a collaborator. Welton also co-produced “Art Official Age,” the better-received of Prince’s pair of 2014 albums.
The first single from the album is the track Prince already released last month, a stormy and freaky rocker called “HARDROCKLOVER” (posted below). An official release date for the album is not yet known. No surprise, it’ll probably be a surprise.
The band members told the BBC of the record, “It's weird. There's a lot of experimental sound. It's just hit after hit and definitely caters to those fans who just love to hear what Prince has to say, rather than wanting to always hear that classic Purple Rain Prince sound."
While Prince’s famous Purple House was bulldozed a decade ago, the “Purple Rain” house used in the movie is still standing -- and is even now for sale.
Located at 3420 Snelling Avenue in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis, the home where The Kid came of age in the 1984 film is being sold for a modest $110,000, a sure indicator it needs a lot of work.
“Revitalize this historic home which Prince featured in his Purple Rain movie,” reads the Coldwell Banker real-estate listing. The ad doesn’t say anything about sheet music hidden in the basement, but you never know.
To be clear: Prince never actually lived in the house, and it’s not the same property as his so-called Purple House on Lake Riley in Chanhassen, which he built around the time money started pouring in around “Purple Rain.” He had that place demolished in 2003 for reasons not entirely known after the death of his father, who moved in after Prince moved up to bigger digs.