A screenshot from Prince’s music video “When Doves Cry.”

‘When Doves Cry’ at 35


How Prince’s bold sonic experiment became the biggest single of 1984.

Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Arts, Culture & Media

Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Arts, Culture & Media

Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Arts, Culture & Media
Saudi Arabian Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal arrives at the Elysee palace in Paris, France

One of the wealthiest men on Earth is being detained, and no one is talking about it

Musicians we lost in 2016

A tribute to world musicians we lost in 2016


We lost icons in 2016, but also musicians less well-known to American audiences. Here, we pay tribute to them all.

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali: Mourning another great in the age of social media


According to Dr. Daniel Ashton, the media landscape we live with today is an opportunity to examine the heightened visibility and increasingly intimate relationship between the public and celebrities like Muhammad Ali, David Bowie and Prince.

Prince performs during the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. May 19, 2013

Prince went to some astounding lengths to protect his music — and his image


The pop star wasn’t a huge fan of the music industry or online streaming. But this also policed uses of his likeness — even individual’s tattoos.

Prince, next to Quincy Jones, wearing gold pants and a shiny yellow shirt

Weirdo like me: Prince and David Bowie helped me find my place in America


In the early ’80s, Prince and Bowie were changing the sound of pop. Sonny Lê had just arrived, a refugee from Vietnam, and didn’t know where he would fit in America — until he discovered their music.

Fans lay flowers and memorials outside First Avenue, the nightclub where Prince got his start in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Look at these tributes to ‘Purple Rain’ around the world


The world lost a music icon on Thursday with the news that legendary singer Prince died. The 57-year-old was found unresponsive at his studios in Minnesota. Grieving fans around the world visited makeshift memorials and city officials draped buildings in purple light.