10 Incredibly normal things you never knew about Prince

10 Incredibly normal things you never knew about Prince

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Prince was an iconic singer-songwriter and a seven-time Grammy winner, but here are 10 incredibly normal things you never knew about the late Purple Rain star:

1. He was skilled at basketball.

“I can attest personally, he was a great basketball player,” former manager and Purple Rain producer Bob Cavallo told PEOPLE. “He made shots from everywhere with either hand.”

2. He was shy as a kid.

“I thought he would achieve success as a local musician because he was a natural musician, he had the ear, but he was so shy – nothing like the stage persona he put on later,” recalled Prince’s 7th grade music teacher, Jimmy Hamilton.

3. He played around before biology class.

Before class, Prince would play his guitar in the school’s practice rooms.

“I would go in and break up the jam session and make the kids go to biology class!” explained Hamilton, who added, “Every morning [Prince] was always at the door at 8 a.m. waiting to get into the band room.”

4. He would go for bike rides.

Prince was spotted biking through Chanhassen near his Paisley Park compound earlier this month.

“He looked laid-back and just kind of breezing through,” said McKensie Hasse, a local convenience store employee who saw him just days before his death.

5. He was an avid reader.

“He used to read all these kinds of magazines,” said Cavallo. “He would go through all of the spicy kind of entertainment news – I’m talking early days … Not in the latter part of his life.”

6. He liked ice cream.

One of Prince’s personal assistant in the ’80s, Tina Kahn, would go on ice-cream runs for him.

“One time he tossed me the [car] keys to go grab him some ice cream,” said Kahn, who’s also the daughter of Prince’s longtime body guard, Charles ‘Big Chick’ Huntsberry.

7. He would keep candy by his bed.

“He kept a jar of candy next to his bed at all times – M&M’s,” says Huntsberry’s daughter, Brigitte.

8. He would perform at high school dances.

Prince played at Sadie Hawkins and homecoming dances. “He would play every instrument,” said Prince’s high school classmate Robert Vernon Plant. “He didn’t stick to just one [and] if I remember correctly it was a group he played with like Morris Day and André Cymone.”

9. He shared his musical talent.

“I was in this music class and Prince was playing stand-up bass … He came over and he says real quiet, ‘Let me teach you this bassline on the piano,'” recalled Plant.

10. He enjoyed playing volleyball.

Prince would go to the Huntsberry family’s Fourth of July cookouts, and play volleyball in his signature high heels.

Sandra – Maria Magdalena Lyrics

Sandra Ann Lauer, commonly known under her stage name Sandra; born 18 May 1962), is a German pop singer, who enjoyed a mainstream popularity in the 1980s and early 1990s with a string of European hit singles, produced by her then-husband and musical partner, Michael Cretu, most notably “(I’ll Never Be) Maria Magdalena” (1985), “In the Heat of the Night” (1985), “Everlasting Love” (1987), “Secret Land” (1988), “Hiroshima” (1990) and “Don’t Be Aggressive” (1992). Her albums Into a Secret Land (1988) and Close to Seven (1992) have won Sandra high critical acclaim.

Prior to embarking on a solo career, Sandra was the lead singer of an all-female disco trio Arabesque, which had a massive following in Japan and Russia. Also, between 1990 and 2001, she provided vocals on album releases of the very successful group Enigma, which had top 10 hits in North America and United Kingdom.

A cult star with a devoted fan base, Sandra remains one of the most popular singers of the 1980s in Continental Europe. During the height of her popularity, she even managed to outsell Madonna in a number of countries around the world. With sales in excess of 30 million records worldwide, Sandra has established her position as the most successful German disco/pop female vocalist.

Sandra - Maria Magdalena Lyrics

Sandra – Maria Magdalena Lyrics

You take my love
You want my soul
I would be crazy to share your life
Why can’t you see what I am?
Sharpen your senses and turn the knife
Hurt me and you’ll understand

I’ll never be Maria Magdalena
(You’re a creature of the night)
Maria Magdalena
(You’re a victim of the fight, you need love)
Promise me delight
(You need love)
I’ll never be Maria Magdalena
(You’re a creature of the night)
Maria Magdalena
(You’re a victim of the fight, you need love)
Promise me delight
(You need love)
[x2]

Why must I lie?
Find alibis?
When will you wake up and realize
I can’t surrender to you?
Play for affection and win the prize?
I know those party games too

I’ll never be Maria Magdalena
(You’re a creature of the night)
Maria Magdalena
(You’re a victim of the fight, you need love)
Promise me delight
(You need love)
I’ll never be Maria Magdalena
(You’re a creature of the night)
Maria Magdalena
(You’re a victim of the fight, you need love)
Promise me delight
(You need love)

I’ll never be Maria Magdalena
(You’re a creature of the night)
Maria Magdalena
(You’re a victim of the fight, you need love)
Promise me delight
(You need love)
I’ll never be Maria Magdalena
(You’re a creature of the night)
Maria Magdalena
(You’re a victim of the fight, you need love)
Promise me delight
(You need love)

T-Rex – Ride a White Swan Lyrics 1970

T-Rex - Ride a White Swan Lyrics

T. Rex were an English glam rock band, formed in 1967 by singer-songwriter and guitarist Marc Bolan. The band initially called Tyrannosaurus Rex, released four folk albums under this banner. In 1970, Bolan began to make a shift from basing his band’s sound around an acoustic guitar to basing it around an electric one and shortened their name to T. Rex.

“Ride a White Swan” coincided with this change and instantly became a commercial success. From 1970 until 1973, T. Rex encountered in the UK a popularity unseen since the demise of the Beatles, with a run of 11 singles ranked in the British top ten. 1971’s Electric Warrior received sustained critical acclaim as a pioneering album of glam rock. It reached the number 1 position in the UK. The follow-up, 1972’s The Slider, allowed the band to enter in the top 5 in the USA. At the end of 1973, T. Rex started to have less commercial success but kept on recording one album per year.

In 1977, Bolan died in a car accident a couple of months after releasing their final studio album Dandy in the Underworld. Since then, T. Rex have continued to exert a vast influence on a variety of subsequent artists.

T-Rex – Ride a White Swan Lyrics

Ride it on out like a bird in the sky ways
Ride it on out like you were a bird
Fly it all out like an eagle in a sunbeam
Ride it on out like you were a bird

Wear a tall hat like a druid in the old days
Wear a tall hat and a tatooed gown
Ride a white swan like the people of the Beltane
Wear your hair long, babe you can’t go wrong

Catch a bright star and a place it on your fore-head
Say a few spells and baby, there you go
Take a black cat and sit it on your shoulder
And in the morning you’ll know all you know, oh

Wear a tall hat like a druid in the old days
Wear a tall hat and a tatooed gown
Ride a white swan like the people of the Beltane
Wear your hair long, babe you can’t go wrong

Da-da-da-di-di-da, da-da-da-di-di-da…

People likes to buy vinyl. Who listens?

People likes to buy vinyl but don't listen to them

New research suggests that streaming is boosting vinyl sales – but a lot of records being bought aren’t actually getting played.

This Saturday is the annual Record Store Day extravaganza, once again set to be marked with a slew of limited edition records, live performances and in-store events. But new research suggests that while more people, notably young people, are buying into vinyl, a lot of them aren’t actually playing the records.

An ICM poll, shared with the BBC, says 48% of people who bought vinyl last month have yet to play the record. Some 7% of those surveyed said they didn’t even own a turntable, while a further 41% said they have one but don’t use it. We humbly suggest people could rectify this situation with one of our recommended turntables.

Jordan Katende, a student, told BBC News: “I have vinyls [sic] in my room but it’s more for decor. I don’t actually play them.”

People likes to buy vinyl but don't listen to them

Meanwhile, while the record resurgence was driven by a desire to own something physical, nearly half of vinyl buyers (45%) said they had listened to the record on a streaming service before buying the physical copy, proving people still buy after they try – great news for Spotify and co.

As for where people are spending their money, despite the popularity of Record Store Day, which last year saw sales up 742% compared to the previous Saturday, only 7% of music is actually bought from a high street record shop. ICM reports 73% of music is bought online, with Amazon accounting for 27% of all music sales.

How old are vinyl buyers? The research reports around 33% of vinyl consumers fall in the 25-34 age bracket, while 22% of buyers are aged 35-44. 16% of vinyl buyers are aged 18-24. The poll also suggests – set face to ‘stunned’ – that more men than women are buying vinyl, but only just. Around 8% of men surveyed had bought vinyl in the last month, compared to around 5% of women.

In case there was any doubt, Andrew Wiseman, head of ICM Unlimited, told the BBC that vinyl remained relatively niche: “It is still the case that less than 1 in 10 people are buying vinyl, and we shouldn’t forget that it’s still a relatively small part of the market.”

Terry Jacks – Seasons in the Sun Lyrics

The song “Seasons in the Sun”, released in late 1973 on his own record label, Goldfish Records, became the largest-selling international single by a Canadian artist at that time, eventually selling 14 million copies worldwide. It earned Jacks two Juno Awards and became one of the biggest selling Canadian Singles of all time.

The song was based on Rod McKuen’s 1965 re-write of “Le moribond”, originally by Belgian singer Jacques Brel from 1962. For his version, Jacks made some modifications to the lyrics, which along with McKuen’s, resulted in a work that bears little resemblance to Brel’s original in tone, substance or poetry. In the United States,[2] in Great Britain[3] and in Germany,[4] it was released on Bell Records, and the song nonetheless went to #1 on the charts. In Canada it was released on his own label, Goldfish Records, distributed by London Records Canada.[citation needed]

Terry Jacks - Seasons in the Sun Lyrics

Jacks later released “If You Go Away” (another McKuen adaptation of a Jacques Brel song entitled “Ne Me Quitte Pas”), which reached #8 in Great Britain and #24 in Germany, and a cover of Kevin Johnson’s “Rock ‘N’ Roll (I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life)”, both of which had more success in Canada but also made the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S. He wrote and recorded a number of other songs and went on to produce many artists including The Beach Boys with a version of “Seasons in the Sun” shortly before his own, but that was never released. He also produced the singles “Crazy Talk”[5] and “There’s Something I Like About That” for Chilliwack from their album Riding High.

Jacks produced two songs for Nana Mouskouri: “Scarborough Fair” and “Loving Arms” in 1976.[citation needed] He produced the Vancouver top 10 hit “Country Boy Named Willy” for “SPRING” on London Records (#38 Canada); And Valdy’s original version of “Rock and Roll Song” (b/w sometime “Sunday Morning”). The record was scheduled for release on London Records but was re-recorded in L.A. with another producer when Valdy signed a recording contract. He also spent a lot of time with Buddy Knox in the 1970s and produced a single for him with two songs: “Me and You” (written by Jacks) and the George Jones song “White Lightnin'”. The single remains unreleased. Jacks also went on to produce a number of other artists in the 1980s and 1990s including DOA who recorded a punk rock version of “Where Evil Grows”.

Terry Jacks – Seasons in the Sun Lyrics

Goodbye to you, my trusted friend.
We’ve known each other since we were nine or ten.
Together we’ve climbed hills and trees.
Learned of love and ABC’s,
skinned our hearts and skinned our knees.

Goodbye my friend, it’s hard to die,
when all the birds are singing in the sky,
Now that the spring is in the air.
Pretty girls are everywhere.
Think of me and I’ll be there.

We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun.
But the hills that we climbed
were just seasons out of time.

Goodbye, Papa, please pray for me,
I was the black sheep of the family.
You tried to teach me right from wrong.
Too much wine and too much song,
wonder how I got along.

Goodbye, Papa, it’s hard to die
when all the birds are singing in the sky,
Now that the spring is in the air.
Little children everywhere.
When you see them I’ll be there.

We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun.
But the wine and the song,
like the seasons, have all gone.

We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun.
But the wine and the song,
like the seasons, have all gone.

Goodbye, Michelle, my little one.
You gave me love and helped me find the sun.
And every time that I was down
you would always come around
and get my feet back on the ground.

Goodbye, Michelle, it’s hard to die
when all the bird are singing in the sky,
Now that the spring is in the air.
With the flowers ev’rywhere.
I wish that we could both be there.

We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun.
But the stars we could reach
were just starfish on the beach

We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun.
But the stars we could reach
were just starfish on the beach

We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun,
But the wine and the song,
like the seasons, have all gone.

All our lives we had fun, we had seasons in the sun.
But the hills that we climbed
Were just seasons out of time….

Al Bano and Romina Power – Felicita Lyrics

Al Bano and Romina Power - Felicita Lyrics

“Felicità” (pronounced [felitʃiˈta]; Italian for “Happiness”) is a song by Italian duo Al Bano and Romina Power, released in 1982. It was an international commercial success and remains arguably their best-known song.

The duo participated with the track in the 1982 Sanremo Music Festival and finished second. The song appeared on their 1982 album Felicità (also known as Aria pura). The closing track from the album, “Arrivederci a Bahia”, was released as the B side. For the Spanish release, both songs were re-recorded in Spanish, and the single received a different cover image.

“Felicità” was met with a great commercial success, topping Italian singles chart and eventually selling in millions of copies internationally in march-june of the 1982.

Music video[edit]
The music video for the song was filmed in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on the banks of Neva River. It pictures Albano Carrisi and Romina Power performing the song while driving a motorboat and sitting in a carriage, respectively. Romina and most extras wear historic costumes.

Al Bano and Romina Power – Felicita Lyrics

Felicita e tenersi per mano
andare lontano la felicita.
E il tuo squardo innocente
in mezzo alla gente la felicita.
E restare vicini come bambini
la felicita, felicita.

Felicita e un cuscino di piume
l’acqua del fiume che passa e va.
E’ la pioggia che scende
dietro le tende la felicita.
E abbassare la luce per fare pace
la felicita, felicita.

Felicita e un bicchiere di vino
con un panino la felicita.
E lasciarti un biglietto dentro al cassetto la felicita
E cantare a due voci
quanto mi piaci la felicita, felicita.

Senti nell’ario c’e gia
la nostra canzone d’amore che va.
Come un pensiero che sa di felicita.

Senti nell’aria c’e gia
un raggio di sole piu caldo che va
come un sorriso che sa di felicita.

Felicitae una sera a sorpresa
la luce accesa e la radio che va
e’un biglietto d’auguri pieno di cuori la felicita.
E una telefonata non aspettata
la felicita, felicita.

Felicita e uns spiaggia di notte
l’onda che batte la felicita.
E una mano sul cuore piena d’amore la felicita.
E aspettare l’aurora per fario ancory
la felicita, felicita.

Senti nell’ario c’e gia…
Felicita

Middle of the Road – Sacramento Lyrics

Middle of the Road - Sacramento Lyrics

Middle of the Road is a Scottish pop group who enjoyed success across Europe and Latin America in the early 1970s. Four of their singles sold over one million copies each, and received a gold disc. The tracks were “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” (which went on to sell over 10 million), “Sacramento”, “Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum” and “Soley Soley”. By early 1972 the group had sold over five million records.

Lead singer Sally Carr, drummer Ken Andrew, guitarist Ian McCredie and his bassist brother Eric McCredie, founded the band on 1 April 1970 in Glasgow, Scotland. They already played together under the name Part Four since 1967 and later in Latin American style under the name Los Caracas.

Under the name Los Caracas they won the UK TV talent show Opportunity Knocks. They moved to Italy in 1970 because they had not found success in the United Kingdom. There they met the Italian music producer Giacomo Tosti, who gave the band their distinctive sound and gave them their international break.

The band had their first and biggest hit record in the United Kingdom with debut UK single, “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” to reach #1 in the UK Singles Chart in June 1971 and keep it for four more weeks. In all, Middle of the Road had five hit singles in the UK during 1971-1972. The band had especially strong success in Germany, where they achieved eleven Top 40 hits in 1971-1974. As an example of this, Frank Valdor was fast to adapt Sacramento as his “party records”. Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep and Sacramento were played a lot on Scandinavian radio.

In 1974 early Bay City Rollers member Neil Henderson joined the band on guitar. He wrote and co-wrote songs for Middle of the Road (including the singles “Rockin’ Soul” and “Everybody Loves A Winner” and 1974 albums, You Pays Yer Money And You Takes Yer Chance and Postcard, all released in Germany via Ariola like their first German LP, Music Music), but their commercial success could not keep pace with that of earlier songs.

Middle of the Road – Sacramento Lyrics

There’s something about the weather that everybody loves
They call it the Indian spring of Sacramento
And when the sun is up in the sky
The wind is blowing by the riverside, most every day

You’re in Sacramento, a wonderful town
Sing, sing, sing, din-di-din

There’s something about the people that everybody knows
That gives you a tender feeling of confusion
You’re feeling lonely but you don’t know
Until this other feeling here inside you starts to grow

You’re in Sacramento, a wonderful town
Sing, sing, sing, din-di-din

Now that spring is near again
And you’re thinking if only you were not so lonely, boo-hoo
But you can ease your restless mind
(Ease your restless mind)
‘Cos all the people are lovin’ kind in Sacramento

There’s something about the weather that everybody loves
They call it the Indian spring of Sacramento
You’re feeling lonely but you don’t know
Until this other feeling here inside you starts to grow

You’re in Sacramento – a wonderful town
Sing, sing, sing, din-di-din

Sacramento, Sacramento
Sacramento, Sacramento
Sacramento, Sacramento
Sacramento, Sacramento

Sacramento, Sacramento
Sacramento, Sacramento
Sacramento, Sacramento

Selena Gomez bringing ‘Latina Empire’ series to TV

Selena Gomez bringing 'Latina Empire' series to TVSelena Gomez will be executive producing a brand new series for Freeform that has yet to be titled but is being described as a Latina Empire series.

The 23-year-old entertainer has teamed with producer Aaron Kaplan, as well as her mom Mandy Teefey, to bring the series about a “low income Latino neighborhood and is told through the eyes of an 18-year-old girl destined for greatness,” Deadline reports.

Los Angeles high school senior Ana Cobarrubias will also consult on the project. Ana was a speaker at last year’s Zimmer Children’s Museum Discovery Award Dinner and got a standing ovation after her speech about overcoming obstacles in her east Los Angeles neighborhood.

Gwen Stefani – 4 In The Morning Lyrics

Gwen Stefani - 4 In The Morning Lyrics

“4 in the Morning” is a song by American singer and songwriter Gwen Stefani from her second studio album The Sweet Escape (2006). It was written by Stefani and co-written and produced by Tony Kanal, with additional production by Mark “Spike” Stent. Interscope Records serviced the song to US mainstream radio on May 8, 2007, as the album’s third single; elsewhere it was released in June 2007. Described as one of her favorite songs on the album, Stefani began writing the song while pregnant and finished with Kanal, having Roberta Flack and Billy Idol hits as influences to built the track.

“4 in the Morning” was defined as a 1980s-inspired midtempo synthpop ballad, with its instrumentation of a light keyboard during its intro through its break, a guitar, synthetic strings and a slick sheen. Lyrically, the song talks about a relationship on the edge, with the protagonist trying to save her love. The song received generally positive reviews from music critics, who noted it as an improvement over her last singles, while praising its tempo and highlighting her vocals.

Commercially, it failed to replicate the commercial success of previous singles in the United States, peaking at number 54; it proved to be successful elsewhere, reaching the top-ten in New Zealand and Australia, while reaching the top 20 in several European countries. Its accompanying music video was directed by Stefani’s longtime collaborator Sophie Muller and features the singer lying in bed and walking around her apartment while performing the song in a melancholic mood. The song was performed during The Sweet Escape Tour and in some concerts Stefani made during 2015.

Gwen Stefani – 4 In The Morning Lyrics

Wakin’ up to find another day
The moon got lost again last night
But now the sun has finally had its say
I guess I feel alright

But it hurts when I think
When I let it sink in, its all over me
Im lyin’ here in the dark
I’m watchin’ you sleep, it hurts a lot

And all I know is
Youve got to give me everything
Nothing less ’cause
You know I give you all of me

I give you everything that I am
Im handin over everything that Ive got
‘Cause I wanna have a really true love
Dont ever wanna have to go and give you up

Stay up till four in the mornin’ and the tears are pourin’
And I want to make it worth the fight
What have we been doin’ for all this time?
Baby, if were gonna do it, come on do it right

All I wanted was to know Im safe
Dont want to lose the love Ive found
Remember when you said that you would change
Dont let me down

Its not fair how you are
I cant be complete, can you give me more?

And all I know is
Youve got to give me everything
Nothing less ’cause
You know I give you all of me

I give you everything that I am
Im handin’ over everything that Ive got
‘Cause I wanna have a really true love
Dont ever wanna have to go and give you up

Stay up till four in the mornin’ and the tears are pourin’
And I want to make it worth the fight
What have we been doin’ for all this time?
Baby if were gonna do it, come on do it right

Oh please, you know what I need
Save all your love up for me
We cant escape the love
Give me everything that you have

And all I know is
Youve got to give me everything
Nothing less ’cause
You know I give you all of me

I give you everything that I am
Im handin’ over everything that Ive got
‘Cause I wanna have a really true love
Dont ever wanna have to go and give you up

Stay up till four in the mornin’ and the tears are pourin’
And I want to make it worth the fight
What have we been doin’ for all this time?
Baby if were gonna do it, come on do it right

Give you all of me
Give you everything
Give you all of me

Kaoma – Lambada Lyrics

Kaoma - Lambada Lyrics

“Lambada”, also known as “Chorando Se Foi (Lambada)” or “Llorando se fue (Lambada)”, is a song recorded by French pop group Kaoma. It features guest vocals by Brazilian vocalist Loalwa Braz. It was released as the first single from Kaoma’s debut album Worldbeat. The video, filmed on Cocos beach in the city of Trancoso, in the state of Bahia, Brazil, features the Brazilian child duo Chico & Roberta.

The song in Portuguese is a mix cover of Márcia Ferreira’s 1986 hit “Chorando se foi” (lyrics translated to Portuguese) and the Cuarteto Continental hit “Llorando se fue” (first upbeat version of the song introducing the accordion), released in 1984 through the Peruvian record label INFOPESA and produced by Alberto Maravi; both songs were adapted from the 1981 Bolivian song Llorando se fue by Los Kjarkas.

At the time of release, the song has been regarded as the most successful European single in the history of CBS records with sales of 1.8 million copies in France and more than 4 million across Europe. It has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, making it one of the world’s most-famous singles of all time.

The single became a worldwide summer hit, selling over 5 million copies in 1989[29] and was part of the Lambada dance craze. It reached number one on eleven different charts, as well as number four on both the UK Singles Chart and Irish Singles Chart, number five on the Australia ARIA Singles Chart, and in 1990[30] it hit number 46 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, becoming one of the best known Brazilian songs of all time.

Chart Performance

“Chorando Se Foi (Lambada)” was the 37th best-selling single of the United Kingdom during 1989. In France, where it topped the chart for 12 weeks and sold almost two million copies, the single was the number-one on the year-end list.

Music Video

The music video of the song was filmed on stage on Tago Mago Island in the Mediterranean Sea and on Cocos Beach in the city of Trancoso, Bahia, Brazil. It features the Brazilian child duet Chico & Roberta as love interests. Roberta’s father does not want her to hang out with Chico, but Loalwa mends the situation among the three.

Motion Picture

The song was licensed by producer Richard L. Albert for his film The Forbidden Dance after he saw Kaoma perform in a Los Angeles club. Not only was Kaoma’s rendition used, but the song was also performed by Kid Creole and the Coconuts on screen with English lyrics.

Kaoma – Lambada Lyrics

Chorando se foi quem um dia só me fez chorar
Chorando se foi quem um dia só me fez chorar
Chorando estará, ao lembrar de um amor
Que um dia não soube cuidar

Chorando estará, ao lembrar de um amor
Que um dia não soube cuidar
A recordação vai estar com ele aonde for
A recordação vai estar pra sempre aonde for

Dança, sol e mar, guardarei no olhar
O amor faz perder encontrar
Lambando estarei ao lembrar que este amor
Por um dia um instante foi rei

A recordação vai estar com ele aonde for
A recordação vai estar pra sempre aonde for
Chorando estará ao lembrar de um amor
Que um dia não soube cuidar