The world was shocked when Prince died of a prescription drug overdose back in April of 2016 at the age of 57. As I often do after celebrities die, I filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the FBI for any files it might have on the music legend. After months of delays -- we were originally told that it would be released back in September 2016 -- it's finally here.
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Just before the Grammys, it's good news for fans of Purple Rain and When Doves Cry -- Prince's back catalogue is now streaming over Spotify, Apple Music and some other subscription music services. Prince was famously anti-Spotify and other mass-market streaming services -- except Tidal, for a while -- but you can now enjoy his music wherever you are.
Back in September 2015, Prince released his album Hit n Run Phase One exclusively through Tidal. At the time, the late musician lauded the streaming platform's commitment to "the effort that real musicians put in 2 their craft 2 achieve the very best they can at this pivotal time in the music industry". That all went to pieces on Tuesday, however, after Prince's record label filed a federal lawsuit against Roc Nation, Tidal's parent company.
It might not be one of the Infinity Stones, but Pop's Swear Jar is almost as important as one in the Luke Cage TV series. It turns out that there was a special reason why it had such a prominent part in the show, although it's kind of a bummer -- as it was centred around the late music legend Prince.
"Prince esta muerte. Prince is dead." A female voice announces these words in a sing-song, matter-of-fact tone during The Gold Experience, Prince's 1995 album. Prince hadn't actually died, of course -- he had changed his name to a symbol and created a brand new identity. He reinvented himself, as he did so many times before and since. So when I hear today that Prince has been reported dead, I can't help feeling that he's just undergoing another magical transformation.