The religious beliefs of influential singer and rockstar Prince have been the subject of a number of articles since the announcent of his death at the age of 57 on Thursday morning, with one journalist noting that the Jehovah's Witness member had once attempted to convert him.
Mark Brown recalled in an article for TIME Magazine, an interview he conducted with Prince in 2004, when the musician came to Denver, Colorado, to play in a show. In the interview, the two "talked a bit about God, both as a deity and as a subject in Prince's songs such as 'The Holy River' and 'Let's Go Crazy.' While the lyrics and stage show could be risque, he had never stopped believing or invoking God's name in his songs."
Prince told Brown that God "is great," noting that he continued to write about Him because He was such a big part of his life. more >>
I'm still absorbing the news that Prince has died. I confess that this was like a punch in the gut for me. Little known fact: I'm a huge fan of the artist formerly known as "the artist formerly known as Prince."
His music was the soundtrack of about a decade of my young life. In some ways, that is a sad commentary because so much of what he sang about was foul and salacious. But that is not why I was listening. I was listening because he was a musical genius — a kind of post-modern cross between James Brown and Jimi Hendrix, but better than both of them.
Prince was an American original and an amazing performer. He was always doing his own thing and innovating musically. He was performing since the 70's, but he broke-out as a superstar in 1984 with his album Purple Rain. more >>
The late music icon Prince rarely spoke about his personal faith, but he did open up about his religious beliefs seven years ago and why he didn't vote for President Obama.
Although Prince didn't publicly share much about his religion, he was a practicing Jehovah's Witness, and confirmed such with TV host Tavis Smiley during a 2009 interview.
When Prince told Smiley that he didn't vote in political elections, the singer explained saying, "The reason why is that I'm one of the Jehovah's Witnesses and we've never voted. That's not to say I don't think … President Obama is a very smart individual and he seems like he means well. Prophecy is what we all have to go by now." more >>
Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Rihanna has taken over The Beatles' record for the total number of weeks spent at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Sales of "Work," the lead single from Rihanna's most recent album "ANTI," have now pushed the single to its ninth week at the top of the chart. Overall, Rihanna's chart-topping songs (14 of them) have spent 60 weeks at number one. That means that the singer has now spent one more week at number one than The Beatles.
Nevertheless, Rihanna still has some catching up to do before she takes the top spot from powerhouse diva Mariah Carey, whose songs have spent a total of 79 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. more >>
Veteran singer and actor Pat Boone has denounced a skit performed on "Saturday Night Live" that poked fun at the film "God's Not Dead 2," calling the sketch "sacrilege."
Last Saturday, "SNL" ran a mock movie trailer for a film titled "God is a Boob Man," that made fun of the real life evangelical film and its ideological underpinnings.
Lecrae is not convinced that his fellow rapper Kanye's West's "The Life Of Pablo" album is a gospel record.
While 38-year-old West has touted his eighth studio record as such, Christian rapper Lecrae, 36, thinks differently.
"I don't know exactly what he meant. I'm thinking he was going for stylistically gospel," Lecrae told the Journal Star. "When people categorize every other genre of music, it's based on style. Jazz is not about the content, it's the style... and gospel has a distinct style." more >>