With a new album arriving Monday via Jay Z's music-streaming company Tidal, Prince is going back to work for Labor Day weekend with an old-fashioned three-night marathon party Friday through Sunday at his Paisley Park studio complex in Chanhassen.
News of the "international dance party" arrived Wednesday via Prince's official Twitter account, @Prince3EG. The tweet lists a 9:30 p.m. start time and a $40 cover each night. "Live music" is all that's promised, not necessarily a performance by Prince himself. Usually when tickets are priced that much, though, it means the little man has big plans.
Titled "HITNRUN," the new album can only be heard come Monday via a subscription to Tidal, which starts at $9.99 per month. Prince praised the supposedly artist-driven company in a news release for the album, saying, "After one meeting, it was obvious that Jay Z and the team he has assembled at Tidal recognize and applaud the effort that real musicians put in2 their craft 2 achieve the very best they can at this pivotal time in the music industry."
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Tribute: The Venice Film Festival is adding a dose of horror to its high-toned lineup, in tribute to the late director Wes Craven. The festival will hold a free midnight screening of bloody 1984 classic "A Nightmare on Elm Street" Saturday to honor Craven, who died Sunday at 76. Many directors and film fans have a high regard for Craven, who defined teen-slasher horror in the 1980s and then spoofed it a decade later in the "Scream" series.
Farewell: Dean Jones, a Disney actor whose movies included "The Love Bug," "That Darn Cat!" and "The Shaggy D.A.," died Tuesday. Jones was 84. The cause of death was Parkinson's disease. Jones made his film debut in 1956's "Somebody Up There Likes Me," which starred Paul Newman. The next year, he appeared in the Elvis Presley movie "Jailhouse Rock." He also starred on Broadway.