We are very sad to announce that we just heard that Prince, the songwriter, singer, producer, one-man studio band and consummate showman, died on at his home, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minn. He was 57.

Prince was a man bursting with music — a wildly prolific songwriter, a virtuoso on guitars, keyboards and drums and a master architect of funk, rock, R&B and pop, even as his music defied genres. In a career that lasted from the late 1970s until his solo “Piano & a Microphone” tour this year, he was acclaimed as a sex symbol, a musical prodigy and an artist who shaped his career his way, often battling with accepted music-business practices.

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“In the fast few months music has lost many legends, this is indeed a sad part of music history. Not many artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of pop music, or touched quite so many people with their talent. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist and an electrifying performer. Prince once said that ‘A strong spirit transcends rules,’ Well nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative.” -Kevin

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