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Prince: Mary Don’t You Weep Official Video

Prince’s estate has released an official video for his stripped down version of “Mary Don’t You Weep.” The clip follows Prince’s activism in 2015 regarding victims of police shootings and the high profile death of Freddie Gray. Actress Zabryna Guevara is cast as the mother of a male victim and she is seen holding his limp body and later grieving at the funeral. Prince wrote the song “Baltimore” in response to the violence and the subsequent rioting by the people in the city. The video ends with a quote taken from his speech at his 2015 Rally 4 Peace concert. The Piano & A Microphone album comes out tomorrow (Friday, September 21st). 

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Prince: Why The Butterflies (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)

Prince’s famous vault has been opened since his 2016 passing and this month Piano And A Microphone will be released by his estate. Fans have already heard his haunting cover of “Mary Don’t You Weep” and today you can listen to “Why The Butterflies.” The song is a sketch of a song with Prince working out his ideas on the piano. The lyrics were unfinished but there is still something to be heard when Prince is creating at whatever stage. All of the songs for the new album were recorded on cassette at his Kiowa Trail home studio in 1983. Prince was having success with his 1999 album and was getting ready to become a bona fide worldwide star with Purple Rain when he recorded these songs. Piano And A Microphone comes out September 21st. 

In other Prince-related news, 4U: A Symphonic Celebration Of Prince which is a presentation of his music with an orchestra and narration by Questlove is on tour now. Tickets can be purchased from the official website

 

 

 

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Spike Lee Makes Video For Prince’s Mary Don’t You Weep

Spike Lee has used footage from his current film The Black KkKlansman to created an extended trailer with Prince’s version of “Mary Don’t You Weep.” The scenes from the movie about Ron Stallworth’s infiltration into the KKK as a Black detective with Prince’s music takes a somber turn because of his 2016 passing. The comedy of the film ultimately gets buried and the mourning of his death is underscored by a photo of him and Lee together at a basketball game posted at the end of the trailer. 

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Prince’s Estate Will Release Piano & A Microphone 1983 Album

The Prince estate is preparing to release an album of solo songs he recorded at home in a collection called Piano & A Microphone 1983. Fans who are familiar with Prince bootlegs know the songs as Intimate Moments With Prince. He recorded the music in 1983 with just his piano and the title of the album comes from the name of his last tour. The estate wanted to show Prince making a full circle in his musical life by going back to the basic elements of his artistry that started it all. The new edition of the album has additional songs. 

There are new versions of “17 Days” and “Purple Rain” and a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case Of You.” The album will contain a 12-page booklet with liner notes from Prince’s engineer at the time Don Batts. Rare and never seen photos of Prince are included in the package and on the cover. Prince’s rendition of the gospel song “Mary Don’t You Weep” is the first song to emerge from the album. Those who pre-order Piano & A Microphone will receive an instant download of “Mary Don’t You Weep” which will also be heard in Spike Lee’s Black KkKlansman

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Questlove Announces 4U: A Symphonic Celebration Of Prince

Prince’s musical legacy will be celebrated in a new orchestral production 4U: A Symphonic Celebration Of Prince. Live Nation Urban and TCG Entertainment are presenting the tour and Questlove curated the music which will be performed by a symphony orchestra and a live band. Prince’s estate has approved of the outing and provided video and photo content for the event. The tour has dates in America and Europe and tickets are on sale now. 

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