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Screen Shot 2014-05-11 at 5.40.48 PM.pngPrince Rogers Nelson (born June 7, 1958 - April 21, 2016) (57 yrs, old), known by his mononym Prince, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. He has produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career.[1] He has written several hundred songs[2] and produces and records his own music for his own music label.[1] In addition, he has promoted the careers of Sheila E., Carmen Electra, the Time and Vanity 6,[1] and his songs have been recorded by these artists and others, including Chaka Khan, The Bangles, Sinéad O'Connor, and Kim Basinger.
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince developed an interest in music at an early age, writing his first song at age seven. After recording songs with his cousin's band 94 East, seventeen-year-old Prince recorded several unsuccessful demo tapes before releasing his debut album, For You, in 1978. His 1979 album, Prince, went platinum due to the success of the singles "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?" and "I Wanna Be Your Lover". His next three records, Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982) continued his success, showcasing Prince's trademark of prominently sexual lyrics and incorporation of elements of funk, dance and rock music. In 1984, he began referring to his backup band as the Revolution and released the album Purple Rain, which served as the soundtrack to his film debut of the same name.
After releasing the albums Around the World in a Day (1985) and Parade (1986), The Revolution disbanded and Prince released the critically acclaimed double album Sign "O" the Times (1987) as a solo artist. He released three more solo albums before debuting the New Power Generation band in 1991. After changing his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol (Prince logo.svg), also known as the "Love Symbol", in 1993, he began releasing new albums at a faster pace to remove himself from contractual obligations to Warner Bros; he released five records between 1994 and 1996 before signing to Arista Records in 1998. In 2000, he began referring to himself as "Prince" once again. He has released thirteen albums since then, including his latest, 20Ten, released in 2010.
Prince has a wide vocal range and is known for his flamboyant stage presence and costumes. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.[3] He has won seven Grammy Awards,[4] a Golden Globe,[5] and an Academy Award.[6] He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year he was eligible.[7] Rolling Stone has ranked Prince No. 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[8] Prince's music has been influenced by rock, R&B, soul, funk, hip hop, blues, new wave, electronica, disco, psychedelia, folk, jazz, and pop.[1] His artistic influences include Sly & the Family Stone, Parliament-Funkadelic, Joni Mitchell, the Beatles, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Miles Davis, Carlos Santana,[2] Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, the Isley Brothers, Todd Rundgren[9][citation not found] Duke Ellington,[10] Curtis Mayfield,[11] and Stevie Wonder.[12] Prince pioneered the "Minneapolis sound", a hybrid mixture of funk, rock, pop, R&B and new wave that has influenced many other musicians.[13]


Early life

Prince Rogers Nelson was born June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to John L. Nelson and Mattie Shaw, though his roots are centered in Louisiana with all four of his grandparents hailing from the state.[14][15] Prince's father was a pianist and songwriter and his mother was a jazz singer. Prince was named after his father, whose stage name was Prince Rogers, and who performed with a jazz group called the Prince Rogers Trio. In a 1991 interview with A Current Affair, Prince's father said, "I named my son Prince because I wanted him to do everything I wanted to do."[16] Prince's childhood nickname was Skipper.[17]
In a PBS interview Prince told Tavis Smiley that he was "born epileptic" and "used to have seizures" when he was young. During the interview Prince also said that "my mother told me one day I walked in to her and said, 'Mom, I'm not going to be sick anymore,' and she said 'Why?' and I said 'Because an angel told me so.' "[18]
Prince's sister Tika Evene (usually called Tyka) was born in 1960.[19] Both siblings developed a keen interest in music, and this was encouraged by their father.[20] Prince wrote his first tune, "Funk Machine" on his father's piano when he was seven.[20] Prince's parents separated when Prince was ten years old. Following their separation, Prince constantly switched homes: sometimes he lived with his father, and sometimes with his mother and stepfather.[20] Finally he moved into the home of a neighbor, the Andersons, and befriended their son, Andre Anderson, who later became known as André Cymone.[21]
Prince and Anderson joined Prince's cousin, Charles Smith, in a band called Grand Central while they were attending Minneapolis's Central High School. Smith was later replaced by Morris Day on the drums. Prince played piano and guitar for the band which performed at clubs and parties in the Minneapolis area. Grand Central later changed its name to Champagne and started playing original music influenced by Sly & the Family Stone, James Brown, Earth, Wind & Fire, Miles Davis, Parliament-Funkadelic, Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, and Todd Rundgren.[9] Prince also played basketball in high school.[22]


CareerBeginnings and breakthrough (1975–84)

In 1975, Pepe Willie, the husband of Prince's cousin, Shauntel, formed the band 94 East with Marcy Ingvoldstad and Kristie Lazenberry. Willie hired André Cymone and Prince to record tracks with 94 East. Those songs were written by Willie and Prince contributed guitar tracks. Prince also co-wrote, with Willie, the 94 East song, "Just Another Sucker". The band recorded tracks which later became the album Minneapolis Genius – The Historic 1977 Recordings. Prince also recorded, but never released, a song written by Willie, "If You See Me" (also known as, "Do Yourself a Favor"). In 1995, Willie released the album 94 East featuring Prince, Symbolic Beginning, which included original recordings by Prince and Cymone. In 1976, Prince created a demo tape with producer Chris Moon in Moon's Minneapolis studio. Unable to secure a recording contract, Moon brought the tape to Minneapolis businessman Owen Husney. Husney signed Prince, at the age of 17, to a management contract and helped Prince create a demo recording at Sound 80 Studios in Minneapolis using producer/engineer David Z. The demo recording, along with a press kit produced at Husney's ad agency, resulted in interest from several record companies including Warner Bros. Records, A&M Records, and Columbia Records. With the help of Husney, Prince signed a recording contract with Warner Bros.. Warner Bros. agreed to give Prince creative control for three albums and ownership of the publishing rights.[citation needed] Husney and Prince then left Minneapolis and moved to Sausalito, California where Prince's first album, For You, was recorded at Record Plant Studios. Subsequently, the album was mixed in Los Angeles and released in on April 7, 1978.[23] According to the For You album notes, Prince produced, arranged, composed and played all 27 instruments on the recording. The album was written and performed by Prince, except for the song "Soft and Wet" which had lyrics co-written by Moon. The cost of recording the album was twice Prince's initial advance. Prince used the Prince's Music Co. to publish his songs. "Soft and Wet" reached No. 12 on the Hot Soul Singles chart and No. 92 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song "Just as Long as We're Together" reached No.91 on the Hot Soul Singles chart.
In 1979 Prince created a band which included André Cymone on bass, Dez Dickerson on guitar, Gayle Chapman and Doctor Fink on keyboards, and Bobby Z. on drums. Their first show was at the Capri Theater on January 5, 1979. Warner Bros. executives attended the show but decided that Prince and the band needed more time to develop his music.[24] In October 1979, Prince released a self-titled album, Prince, which was No.4 on the Billboard Top R&B/Black Albums charts, and No.22 on the Billboard 200, going platinum. It contained two R&B hits: "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?" and "I Wanna Be Your Lover". "I Wanna Be Your Lover" sold over a million copies, and reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No.1 for two weeks on the Hot Soul Singles chart. Prince performed both these songs on January 26, 1980 on American Bandstand. On this album, Prince used Ecnirp Music – BMI.[25]
In 1980 Prince released the album, Dirty Mind, which he recorded in his own studio. The album was certified gold and the attendant single "Uptown" reached No. 5 on the Billboard Dance chart and No. 5 on the Hot Soul Singles charts. Prince was also the opening act for Rick James' 1980 Fire It Up tour. Dirty Mind contained sexually explicit material, including the title song, "Head", and the song "Sister". In February 1981, Prince made his first appearance on Saturday Night Live, performing "Partyup". In October 1981, Prince released the album, Controversy. He played several dates in support of it, at first as one of the opening acts for the Rolling Stones, who were then on tour in the U.S. He began 1982 with a small tour of college towns where he was the headlining act. The songs on Controversy were published by Controversy Music[26] – ASCAP, a practice he continued until the Emancipation album in 1996. Controversy also marked the introduction of Prince's use of abbreviated spelling, such as spelling the words you as U, to as 2, and for as 4, as indicated by the inclusion of the track "Jack U Off". (His earlier song titles had used conventional spelling.[27]) By 2002, MTV.com noted that "[n]ow all of his titles, liner notes and Web postings are written in his own shorthand spelling, as seen on 1999's Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, which featured 'Hot Wit U.'"[28]
In 1981, Prince formed a side project band called the Time. The band released four albums between 1981 and 1990, with Prince writing and performing most of the instrumentation and backing vocals, with lead vocals by Morris Day.[citation needed] In late 1982, Prince released a double album, 1999, which sold over three million copies.[29] The title track was a protest against nuclear proliferation and became his first top ten hit in countries outside the U.S. Prince's "Little Red Corvette" was one of the first two videos by a black artist played in heavy rotation on MTV, along with Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean".[30] The song "Delirious" also placed in the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The Revolution, Purple Rain and subsequent releases (1984–87)

During this period Prince referred to his band as the Revolution. The band's name was also printed, in reverse, on the cover of 1999 inside the letter "I" of the word "Prince". The band consisted of Lisa Coleman and Doctor Fink on keyboards, Bobby Z. on drums, Brown Mark on bass, and Dez Dickerson on guitar. Jill Jones, a backing singer, was also part of The Revolution line up for the 1999 album and tour. Following the 1999 Tour, Dickerson left the group for religious reasons. In the 2003 book Possessed: The Rise and Fall of Prince, author Alex Hahn says that Dickerson was reluctant to sign a three-year contract and wanted to pursue other musical ventures. Dickerson was replaced by Wendy Melvoin, a childhood friend of Coleman. At first the band was used sparsely in the studio but this gradually changed during the mid-1980s.[citation needed]
Prince's 1984 album Purple Rain sold more than thirteen million copies in the U.S. and spent twenty-four consecutive weeks at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The film of the same name won an Academy Award and grossed more than $80 million in the U.S.[31]
Songs from the film were hits on pop charts around the world, while "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy" reached No.1 and the title track reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100. At one point in 1984, Prince simultaneously had the number one album, single, and film in the U.S.; it was the first time a singer had achieved this feat.[32] Prince won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for Purple Rain, and the album is ranked 72nd Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[33] The album is included on the list of Time magazine's All-Time 100 Albums.[34] After Tipper Gore heard her 12-year-old daughter Karenna listening to Prince's song "Darling Nikki", she founded the Parents Music Resource Center.[35] The center advocates the mandatory use of a warning label ("Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics") on the covers of records that have been judged to contain language or lyrical content unsuitable for minors. The recording industry later voluntarily complied with this request.[36] Of what is considered the Filthy Fifteen Prince's compositions appear no. 1 and no. 2, with the fourth position occupied by his protégée Vanity.[37]
In 1985 Prince announced that he would discontinue live performances and music videos after the release of his next album. His subsequent recording Around the World in a Day held the No.1 spot on the Billboard 200 for three weeks. In 1986 his album Parade reached No.3 on the Billboard 200 and No.2 on the R&B charts. The first single, "Kiss", with the video choreographed by Louis Falco, reached No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was originally written for a side project called Mazarati. That same year the song "Manic Monday", which was written by Prince and recorded by The Bangles, reached No.2 on the Hot 100 chart. The album Parade served as the soundtrack for Prince's second film, Under the Cherry Moon. Prince directed and starred in the movie, which also featured Kristin Scott Thomas. He received the Golden Raspberry Award for his efforts in acting and directing.[38] In 1986, Prince began a series of sporadic live performances called the Hit n Run – Parade Tour. The European tour went to Europe in the summer and ended that September in Japan. After the tour Prince abolished The Revolution, fired Wendy & Lisa and replaced Bobby Z. with Sheila E. Brown Mark quit the band while keyboardist Doctor Fink remained. Prince then recruited new band members Miko Weaver on guitar, Atlanta Bliss on trumpet, Eric Leeds on saxophone, Boni Boyer on keyboards, Levi Seacer, Jr. on bass and dancer Cat Glover.[citation needed]

Solo again, Sign "O" the Times and spiritual rebirth: 1987–91

Prior to the disbanding of The Revolution, Prince was working on two separate projects, The Revolution album Dream Factory and a solo effort, Camille.[39] Unlike the three previous band albums, Dream Factory included significant input from the band members and even featured a number of songs with lead vocals by Wendy & Lisa,[39] while the Camille project saw Prince create a new persona primarily singing in a sped up, female-sounding voice. With the dismissal of The Revolution, Prince consolidated material from both shelved albums, along with some new songs, into a three-LP album to be titled Crystal Ball.[40] However, Warner Bros. forced Prince to trim the triple album to a double album and Sign "O" the Times was released on March 31, 1987.[41]
The album peaked at No.6 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.[41] The first single, "Sign o' the Times", would chart at No.3 on the Hot 100.[42] The follow-up single, "If I Was Your Girlfriend" charted poorly at No.67 on the Hot 100, but went to No.12 on R&B chart.[42] The third single, a duet with Sheena Easton, "U Got the Look" charted at No.2 on the Hot 100, No.11 on the R&B chart,[42] and the final single "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" finished at No.10 on Hot 100 and No.14 on the R&B chart.[42]
Despite receiving the greatest critical acclaim of any album in Prince's career, including being named the top album of the year by the Pazz & Jop critics' poll, and eventually selling 3.2 million copies, album sales steadily declined.[43] In Europe, however, it performed well and Prince promoted the album overseas with a lengthy tour. Putting together a new backing band from the remnants of The Revolution, Prince added bassist Levi Seacer, Jr., Boni Boyer on keyboards, and dancer/choreographer Cat Glover to go with new drummer Sheila E. and holdovers Miko Weaver, Doctor Fink, Eric Leeds, Atlanta Bliss, and the Bodyguards (Jerome, Wally Safford, and Greg Brooks) for the Sign o' the Times Tour.
The tour was a success overseas, with Warner Bros. and Prince's managers wanting to bring it to the U.S. to resuscitate sagging sales of Sign "O" the Times;[44][45] however, Prince balked at a full U.S. tour, as he was ready to produce a new album.[44] As a compromise the last two nights of the tour were filmed for release in movie theaters. The film quality was deemed subpar and reshoots were performed at his Paisley Park studios.[44] The film Sign o' the Times was released on November 20, 1987. Much like the album, the film garnered more critical praise than the previous year's Under the Cherry Moon; however, its box office receipts were minimal, and it quickly left theaters.[45]
The next album intended for release was to be The Black Album.[46] More instrumental and funk and R&B themed than recent releases,[47] The Black Album also saw Prince experiment with hip hop music on the songs "Bob George" and "Dead on It". Prince was set to release the album with a monochromatic black cover with only the catalog number printed, but after 500,000 copies had been pressed,[48] Prince had a spiritual epiphany that the album was evil and had it recalled.[49] It would later be released by Warner Bros. as a limited edition album in 1994. Prince went back in the studio for eight weeks and recorded Lovesexy.
Released on May 10, 1988, Lovesexy serves as a spiritual opposite to the dark The Black Album.[50] Every song is a solo effort by Prince, with exception of "Eye No" which was recorded with his backing band at the time, dubbed the "Lovesexy Band" by fans. Lovesexy would reach No.11 on the Billboard 200 and No.5 on the R&B albums chart.[51] The lead single, "Alphabet St.", peaked at No.8 on the Hot 100 and No.3 on the R&B chart,[41] but finished with only selling 750,000 copies.[52]
Prince again took his post-Revolution backing band (minus the Bodyguards) on a three leg, 84-show Lovesexy World Tour; although the shows were well received by huge crowds, they lost money due to the expensive sets and incorporated props.[53][54]
In 1989, Prince appeared on Madonna's studio album Like a Prayer, co-writing and singing the duet "Love Song" and playing electric guitar (uncredited) on the songs "Like a Prayer", "Keep It Together", and "Act of Contrition". He also began work on a number of musical projects, including Rave Unto the Joy Fantastic and early drafts of his Graffiti Bridge film,[55][56] but both were put on hold when he was asked by Batman director Tim Burton to record several songs for the upcoming live-action adaptation. Prince went into the studio and produced an entire nine-track album that Warner Bros. released on June 20, 1989. Batman peaked at No.1 on the Billboard 200,[57] selling 4.3 million copies.[58] The single "Batdance" topped the Billboard and R&B charts.[41]
Additionally, the single "The Arms of Orion" with Sheena Easton charted at No. 36, and "Partyman" (also featuring the vocals of Prince's then-girlfriend, nicknamed Anna Fantastic) charted at No.18 on the Hot 100 and at No.5 on the R&B chart, while the love ballad "Scandalous!" went to No.5 on the R&B chart.[41] However, he did have to sign away all publishing rights to the songs on the album to Warner Bros. as part of the deal to do the soundtrack.
In 1990, Prince went back on tour with a revamped band for his stripped down, back-to-basics Nude Tour. With the departures of Boni Boyer, Sheila E., the horns, and Cat, Prince brought in Rosie Gaines on keys, drummer Michael Bland, and dancing trio The Game Boyz (Tony M., Kirky J., and Damon Dickson). The European and Japanese tour was a financial success with its short, greatest hits setlist.[59] As the year progressed, Prince finished production on his fourth film, Graffiti Bridge, and the album of the same name. Initially, Warner Bros. was reluctant to fund the film, but with Prince's assurances it would be a sequel to Purple Rain as well as the involvement of the original members of The Time, the studio greenlit the project.[60] Released on August 20, 1990, the album reached No.6 on the Billboard 200 and R&B albums chart.[61] The single "Thieves in the Temple" reaching No.6 on the Hot 100 and No.1 on the R&B chart.[41] Also from that album, "Round and Round" placed at number 12 on the U.S. charts and Number 2 on the R&B charts. The song featured the teenage Tevin Campbell (who also had a role in the film) on lead vocals. The film, released on November 20, 1990, was a critical and box office flop, grossing just $4.2 million.[62] After the release of the film and album, the last remaining members of The Revolution, Miko Weaver and Doctor Fink, left Prince's band.

The New Power Generation, Diamonds and Pearls and name change: 1991–94

1991 marked the debut of Prince's new band, the New Power Generation. With guitarist Miko Weaver and long-time keyboardist Doctor Fink gone, Prince added bass player Sonny T., Tommy Barbarella on keyboards, and a brass section known as the Hornheads to go along with Levi Seacer (taking over on guitar), Rosie Gaines, Michael Bland, and the Game Boyz. With significant input from his band members, Diamonds and Pearls was released on October 1, 1991. Reaching No.3 on the Billboard 200 album chart,[63] Diamonds and Pearls saw 4 hit singles released in the United States. "Gett Off" peaked at No.21 on the Hot 100 and No.6 on the R&B charts, followed by "Cream" which gave Prince his fifth U.S. number one single. The title track "Diamonds and Pearls" became the album's third single, reaching No.3 on the Hot 100 and the top spot on the R&B charts. "Money Don't Matter 2 Night" peaked at No.23 and No.14 on the Hot 100 and R&B charts respectively.[64]
1992 saw Prince and The New Power Generation release his twelfth album, 'Love Symbol Album',[65] bearing only an unpronounceable symbol on the cover (later copyrighted as Love Symbol #2).[66] The album, generally referred to as the Love Symbol Album, would peak at No.5 on the Billboard 200.[67] While the label wanted "7" to be the first single, Prince fought to have "My Name Is Prince" as he "felt that the song's more hip-hoppery would appeal to the same audience" that had purchased the previous album.[68] Prince got his way but "My Name Is Prince" only managed to reach No.36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No.23 on the R&B chart. The follow-up single "Sexy MF" fared worse, charting at No.66 on the Hot 100 and No.76 on the R&B chart. The label's preferred lead single choice "7" would be the album's lone top ten hit, reaching #7.[64] 'Love Symbol Album' would go on to sell 2.8 million copies worldwide.[68]
After two failed attempts in 1990 and 1991,[69] Warner Bros. finally released a greatest hits compilation with the three-disc The Hits/The B-Sides in 1993. The first two discs were also sold separately as The Hits 1 and The Hits 2. In addition to featuring the majority of Prince's hit singles (with the exception of "Batdance" and other songs that appeared on the Batman soundtrack), The Hits includes an array of previously hard-to-find recordings, notably B-sides spanning the majority of Prince's career, as well as a handful of previously unreleased tracks such as the Revolution-recorded "Power Fantastic" and a live recording of "Nothing Compares 2 U" with Rosie Gaines. Two new songs, "Pink Cashmere" and "Peach", were chosen as promotional singles to accompany the compilation album.
1993 also marked the year in which Prince changed his stage name to the Love Symbol (see left), which was explained as a combination of the symbols for male (♂) and female (♀).[66] In order to use the symbol in print media, Warner Bros. had to organize a mass mailing of floppy disks with a custom font.[70] Because the symbol had no stated pronunciation, he was often referred to as "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince", TAFKAP, and "The Artist".

We Would Have Stayed Together If Our Son Hadn’t Died, Prince’s Ex-Wife Says


Increased output and The Gold Experience: 1994–2000

In 1994, Prince's attitude towards his artistic output underwent a notable shift. He began to view releasing albums in quick succession as a means of ejecting himself from his contractual obligations to Warner Bros. The label, he believed, was intent on limiting his artistic freedom by insisting that he release albums more sporadically. He also blamed Warner Bros. for the poor commercial performance of the Love Symbol Album, claiming that it was insufficiently marketed by Warner. It was out of these developments that the aborted The Black Album was officially released, approximately seven years after its initial recording and near-release. The "new" release, which was already in wide circulation as a bootleg, sold relatively poorly.
Following that disappointing venture, Warner Bros. succumbed to Prince's wishes to release an album of new material, to be entitled Come. When Come was eventually released, it confirmed all of Warner's fears. It became Prince's poorest-selling album to date, struggling to even shift 500,000 copies. Even more frustrating was the fact that Prince insisted on crediting the album to "Prince 1958–1993".
Prince pushed to have his next album The Gold Experience released simultaneously with Love Symbol-era material. Warner Bros. allowed the single "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" to be released via a small, independent distributor, Bellmark Records, in February 1994. The release was successful, reaching No.3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and No.1 in many other countries, but it would not prove to be a model for subsequent releases. Warner Bros. still resisted releasing The Gold Experience, fearing poor sales and citing "market saturation" as a defense. When eventually released in September 1995, The Gold Experience failed to sell well, although it reached the top 10 of the Billboard 200 initially, and many reviewed it as Prince's best effort since Sign "O" the Times. The album is now out-of-print. Chaos and Disorder, released in 1996, was Prince's final album of new material for Warner Bros., as well as one of his least commercially successful releases. Prince attempted a major comeback later that year when, free of any further contractual obligations to Warner Bros., he released Emancipation, a 36-song, 3-CD set (each disc was exactly 60 minutes long). The album was released via his own NPG Records with distribution through EMI. To publish his songs on Emancipation, Prince did not use Controversy Music – ASCAP, which he had used for all his records since 1981, but rather used Emancipated Music Inc.[71] – ASCAP.
Certified Platinum by the RIAA, Emancipation is the first record featuring covers by Prince of songs of other artists: Joan Osborne's top ten hit song of 1995 "One of Us";[72] "Betcha by Golly Wow!" (written by Thomas Randolf Bell and Linda Creed);[73] "I Can't Make You Love Me" (written by James Allen Shamblin II and Michael Barry Reid);[74] and "La-La (Means I Love You)" (written by Thomas Randolf Bell and William Hart).[75]
Prince released Crystal Ball, a 5-CD collection of unreleased material, in 1998. The distribution of this album was disorderly, with some fans pre-ordering the album on his website up to a year before it was eventually shipped to them; these pre-orders were eventually delivered months after the record had gone on sale in retail stores. The retail edition has only four discs, as it is missing the Kamasutra disc. There are also two different packaging editions for retail, one being in a 4-disc sized jewel case with a simple white cover and the Love Symbol in a colored circle; the other is all four discs in a round translucent snap jewel case. The discs are the same, as is the CD jacket. The Newpower Soul album released three months later failed to make much of an impression on the charts. His collaboration on Chaka Khan's Come 2 My House, and Larry Graham's GCS2000, both released on the NPG Records label around the same time as Newpower Soul met with the same fate, despite heavy promotion and live appearances on Vibe with Sinbad, and the NBC Today show's Summer Concert Series.
In 1999, Prince once again signed with a major label, Arista Records, to release a new record, Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic. In an attempt to make his new album a success, Prince easily gave more interviews than at any other point in his career, appearing on MTV's Total Request Live (with his album cover on the front of the Virgin Megastore, in the background on TRL throughout the whole show), Larry King Live (with Larry Graham) and other media outlets. Nevertheless, Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic failed to perform well commercially. A few months earlier, Warner Bros. had also released The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale, a collection of unreleased material recorded by Prince throughout his career, and his final recording commitment on his contract with Warner Bros. The greatest success he had during the year was with the EP 1999: The New Master, released in time for Prince to collect a small portion of the sales dollars Warner Bros. had been seeing for the album and singles of the original 1999.
The pay-per-view concert, Rave Un2 the Year 2000, was broadcast on December 31, 1999 and consisted of footage from the December 17 and 18 concerts of his 1999 tour. The concert featured appearances by many guest musicians including Lenny Kravitz, George Clinton, Jimmy Russell, and The Time. It was released to home video the following year. A remix album, Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic (as opposed to "Un2") was released exclusively through Prince's NPG Music Club in April 2000.


Turnaround, Musicology, Label change and 3121 (2000–06)

On May 16, 2000, Prince ceased using the Love Symbol moniker and returned to using "Prince" again, after his publishing contract with Warner/Chappell expired. In a press conference, he stated that, after being freed from undesirable relationships associated with the name "Prince", he would formally revert to using his real name. Prince still frequently uses the symbol as a logo and on album artwork and continues to play a Love Symbol-shaped guitar. For several years following the release of Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, Prince primarily released new music through his Internet subscription service, NPGOnlineLtd.com (later NPGMusicClub.com). Two albums that show substantive jazz influence were available commercially at record stores: 2001's The Rainbow Children, and the 2003 instrumental record N.E.W.S which was nominated for a Best Pop Instrumental Album Grammy Award. Another album of largely jazz-influenced music, Xpectation, was released via download in 2003 to members of the NPGMusicClub. Xpectation is jazz themed along with new age and atmospheric themes.
In 2002, Prince released his first live album, One Nite Alone... Live!, which features performances from the One Nite Alone...Tour. The 3-CD box set, which also includes a disc of "aftershow" music entitled It Ain't Over!, failed to chart. During this time, Prince sought to engage more effectively with his fan base via the NPG Music Club, pre-concert sound checks, and at yearly "celebrations" at Paisley Park, his music studios. Fans were invited into the studio for tours, interviews, discussions and music-listening sessions. Some of these fan discussions were filmed for an unreleased documentary, directed by Kevin Smith. Smith discusses what happened during those days at length in his An Evening with Kevin Smith DVD. Performances were also arranged to showcase Prince's talents, as well as to collaborate with popular and well-established artists and guests including Alicia Keys, the Time, Erykah Badu, Nikka Costa, George Clinton, and Norah Jones. On February 8, 2004, Prince appeared at the Grammy Awards with Beyoncé Knowles. In a performance that opened the show, Prince and Knowles performed a medley of "Purple Rain", "Let's Go Crazy", "Baby I'm a Star", and Knowles' "Crazy in Love" to positive reviews. The following month, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The award was presented to him by Alicia Keys along with Big Boi and André 3000 of OutKast. As well as performing a trio of his own hits during the ceremony, Prince also participated in a tribute to fellow inductee George Harrison in a rendering of Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", playing a long guitar solo that ended the song. In addition he performed "Red House" on the album Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix. On February 19, The Tavis Smiley Show broadcast included a performance of "Reflection" from Prince's Musicology album. Prince was accompanied by Wendy Melvoin, formerly of The Revolution.
In April 2004, Prince released Musicology through a one-album agreement with Columbia Records. The album rose as high as the top five on a number of international charts (including the U.S, UK, Germany and Australia). The U.S. chart success was assisted by the CD being included as part of the concert ticket purchase, and each CD thereby qualifying (as chart rules then stood) towards U.S. chart placement. Musicology is R&B and soul themed along with funk, pop, quiet storm, and rock. Three months later, Spin named him the greatest frontman of all time.[76] That same year, Rolling Stone magazine named Prince as the highest-earning musician in the world, with an annual income of $56.5 million,[77] largely due to his Musicology Tour, which Pollstar named as the top concert draw among musicians in U.S. The artist played an impressive run of 96 concerts; the average ticket price for a show was U.S.$61. Further highlighting the success of the album, Prince's Musicology went on to receive two Grammy wins, for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Call My Name" and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for the title track. Musicology was also nominated for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Album, while "Cinnamon Girl" was nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The album became the artist's most commercially successful since Diamonds and Pearls, partly due to a radical scheme devised which included in Billboard's sales figures those that were distributed to each customer during ticket sales for the Musicology tour, with concert figures accounting for 25% of the total album sales.[78] Rolling Stone magazine has ranked Prince No.27 on their list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[8]
In April 2005, Prince played guitar (along with En Vogue singing backing vocals) on Stevie Wonder's single "So What the Fuss", Wonder's first since 1999.[79] In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the city of New Orleans on August 29, 2005, Prince offered a personal response by recording two new songs, "S.S.T." and the instrumental "Brand New Orleans", at Paisley Park in the early hours of September 2. Prince again performed all instrumental and vocal parts. These recordings were quickly dispersed to the public via Prince's NPG Music Club, and "S.S.T." was later picked up by iTunes, where it reached No.1 on the store's R&B chart. On October 25, Sony Records released a version of the single on CD.
In late 2005 Prince signed with Universal Records to release his album, 3121, on March 21, 2006 (3/21). The first single was the Latin-tinged "Te Amo Corazón", the video for which was directed by actress Salma Hayek and filmed in Marrakech, Morocco, featuring Argentine actress and singer Mía Maestro. The video for the second single, "Black Sweat", was nominated at the MTV VMAs for Best Cinematography. The immediate success of 3121 gave Prince his first No.1 debut on the Billboard 200 with the album. To promote the new album, Prince was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on February 4, 2006, seventeen years after his last SNL appearance on the 15th anniversary special and nearly 25 years since his first appearance on a regular episode in 1981, making Prince the only SNL musical guest to have that long of a gap between appearances. He performed two songs from the album, "Fury" and "Beautiful, Loved & Blessed", with Támar. Prince also held a contest to win a trip to see a 'Purple Ticket Concert' at his private residence in Hollywood, California. Seven winning tickets were placed inside 3121 CD packages in the U.S., and other tickets were given away in various contests on the Internet and around the world. On May 6, 2006, twenty-four prize winners (with a guest each) attended a star-studded private party and performance at Prince's home. On June 12, 2006, Prince received a Webby Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his "visionary" use of the Internet; Prince was the first major artist to release an entire album, 1997's Crystal Ball, exclusively on the Internet (although he did take phone orders for it as well...1-800-NEW-FUNK).
Only weeks after winning a Webby Award, Prince abruptly shut down his then-official NPG Music Club website at 12:00 am on July 4, 2006 after over five years of operation. The NPG Music Club sent out an email, claiming that "in its current 4m there is a feeling that the NPGMC gone as far as it can go. In a world without limitations and infinite possibilities, has the time come 2 once again make a leap of faith and begin anew? These r ?s we in the NPG need 2 answer. In doing so, we have decided 2 put the club on hiatus until further notice." On the day of the music club's shutdown, a lawsuit was filed against Prince by the British company HM Publishing (owners of the Nature Publishing Group, also NPG). Despite these events occurring on the same day, Prince's attorney has called it pure coincidence and stated that the site did not close due to the trademark dispute.[80] Prince appeared at multiple award ceremonies in 2006. On February 15, 2006, Prince performed at the BRIT Awards along with Wendy & Lisa and Sheila E. He played "Te Amo Corazón" and "Fury" from 3121 and "Purple Rain" and "Let's Go Crazy" from Purple Rain. On June 27, 2006, Prince appeared at the BET Awards, where he was awarded Best Male R&B Artist. In addition to receiving his award, Prince performed a medley of Chaka Khan songs for Khan's BET Lifetime Award. Prince had previously written and performed several songs with the singer. In November 2006, Prince was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame, appearing to collect his award but not performing. Also in November 2006, Prince opened a nightclub named 3121 in Las Vegas at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino. He performed weekly on Friday and Saturday nights until April 2007, when his contract with the Rio ended. On August 22, 2006, Prince released Ultimate Prince. The double disc set contains one CD of previous hits, and another of extended versions and mixes of material that had largely only previously been available on vinyl record B-sides. Prince wrote and performed a song for the hit 2006 animated film Happy Feet. The song, entitled "The Song of the Heart", appears on the film's soundtrack, which also features a cover of Prince's earlier hit "Kiss", sung by Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. In January 2007, "The Song of the Heart" won a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.[81] Prince arrived late, apparently due to traffic problems, and thus was unable to make an acceptance speech, but actor Hugh Grant prompted him later in the ceremony to take a bow.


Super Bowl XLI, Planet Earth and LOtUSFLOW3R (2007–10)

On February 2, 2007, Prince played at the Super Bowl XLI press conference. He and the band played a set comprising Chuck Berry's hit, "Johnny B. Goode", "Anotherloverholenyohead" from Parade and "Get On the Boat" from 3121. Prince performed at the Super Bowl XLI halftime show in Miami, Florida on February 4, 2007. The performance consisted of three Purple Rain tracks ("Let's Go Crazy", "Baby I'm a Star" and the title track), along with cover versions of "We Will Rock You" by Queen, "All Along the Watchtower" by Bob Dylan, the Foo Fighters song "Best of You" and "Proud Mary" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Coincidentally, Miami had rain on the day of the Super Bowl, which was lit purple during the performance of "Purple Rain". He played on a large stage shaped as his symbol. The event was carried to 140 million television viewers, the largest audience of his life. On February 4, 2010, Billboard.com ranked the performance as the greatest Super Bowl performance ever.[82] Prince played 21 concerts in London during the summer of 2007. The Earth Tour included 21 nights at the 20,000 capacity O2 Arena, with Maceo Parker in his band. Tickets for the O2 Arena were priced at £31.21 (including a free copy of Prince's latest album), in order to make the concerts "affordable for everybody". The residency at the O2 Arena was increased to 15 nights after all 140,000 tickets for the original seven sold out in just 20 minutes.[83] It was then further extended to 21 nights.[84] On May 10, 2007, Prince performed a 'secret' gig at London's KOKO in front of a small crowd of fans and celebrities. Tickets went on sale that morning on a first-come-first-served basis (again at £31.21). A prelude to the forthcoming summer gigs in London, Prince played a relaxed set of classic hits ("Kiss", changing the lyric from "You don't have to watch Dynasty" to Desperate Housewives, "Girls & Boys", and "Nothing Compares 2 U") alongside more recent tracks, plus a well-received cover version of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy".
Prince made an appearance at the 2007 ALMA Awards, performing with Sheila E. in June 2007. On June 28, 2007, the UK national newspaper the Mail on Sunday revealed that it had made a deal to give Prince's new album, Planet Earth, away for free with an "imminent" edition of the paper, making it the first place in the world to get the album. This move sparked controversy among music distributors and also led the UK arm of Prince's distributor, Sony BMG, to withdraw from distributing the album in UK stores.[85] The UK's largest high street music retailer, HMV, decided to stock the paper on release day due to the giveaway. Planet Earth is rock-oriented along with disco, and other various music styles. On July 7, 2007 Prince returned to his hometown of Minneapolis to perform three shows in what was unofficially declared Prince Day in Minnesota. He performed concerts at the Macy's Auditorium (to promote his new perfume "3121") on Nicollet Mall, the Target Center arena, and First Avenue.[86] It was the first time he had played at First Avenue (the club appeared in the film Purple Rain) since 1987.[87]
On April 25, 2008, Prince performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where he debuted a new song, "Turn Me Loose". Days after, he headlined the Coachella Festival 2008. Prince was paid more than $5 million for his performance at Coachella, according to Reuters.[88] Prince cancelled a concert, planned at Dublin's Croke Park on June 16, 2008, at just 10 days' notice. In October 2009 promoters MCD Productions went to court to sue Prince for €1.6 million, after paying him $1.5 million, half his agreed fee of $3 million for the concert. MCD claim they had to refund 55,126 tickets purchased and its total losses exceeded $1.66 million. Prince's lawyers argued the MCD claim was "greatly inflated".[89][90] Prince settled the case out of court in February 2010 for $2.95 million.[91][92] During the trial, it was revealed that Prince had been offered $22 million for seven concerts as part of a proposed 2008 European tour.[93] In October 2008, Prince released a live album entitled Indigo Nights, as well as 21 Nights, an accompanying book of poems, lyrics and photos. The book chronicled his record-breaking tenure at London's O2 Arena in 2007, while the album is a collection of songs performed live at aftershows in the IndigO2.
On December 18, 2008, Prince premiered four songs from his new album on LA's Indie rock radio station Indie 103.1.[94] The radio station's programmers Max Tolkoff and Mark Sovel had been invited to Prince's home to hear the new rock oriented music. Prince then surprised the two by giving them a CD with 4 songs to premiere on their radio station. The music debuted the next day on Jonesy's Jukebox, hosted by Sex Pistol Steve Jones.[95] The music comprised a cover of "Crimson and Clover" by Tommy James and the Shondells, together with "Colonized Mind", "Wall of Berlin" and "4ever". The same day, another new Prince composition entitled "(There'll Never B) Another Like Me" premiered on the now obsolete and defunct website, mplsound.com — replacing a shorter, instrumental version of the song which streamed several days previously.
On January 3, 2009, a new website LotusFlow3r.com was launched, streaming some of the recently aired material ("Crimson and Clover", "(There'll Never B) Another Like Me" and "Here Eye Come") and promising opportunities to listen to and buy music by Prince and guests, watch videos and buy concert tickets for future events. On January 31, Prince released two more songs on LotusFlow3r.com: "Disco Jellyfish", and "Another Boy". "Chocolate Box", "Colonized Mind", and "All This Love" have since been released on the website. Prince released a triple album set containing LOtUSFLOW3R, MPLSoUND, and an album credited to his new protégé, Bria Valente, called Elixer, on March 24, 2009, followed by a physical release on March 29. The release was preceded by performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. It was released in other countries digitally, with official physical release dates yet to be announced. The album peaked at No.2 on the Billboard 200, and critics' opinions were mixed to positive.
On July 18, 2009, Prince performed two shows at the Montreux Jazz Festival, being backed by the New Power Generation including Rhonda Smith, Renato Neto and John Blackwell. There he played "A Large Room with No Light" which had been in Prince's "vault" for some time. On October 11, 2009, Prince gave two surprise concerts at the glass-and-iron Grand Palais exhibition hall after visiting the landmark Paris building on the banks of the Seine.[96] On October 12, he gave another surprise gig at La Cigale. On October 24, Prince played a concert at his own Paisley Park complex in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[97]
20Ten, The Welcome 2 Tours: 2010–2012In January 2010, Prince wrote a new song, "Purple and Gold", inspired by his visit to a Minnesota Vikings football game against the Dallas Cowboys.[98] The song is a simple, drumline-driven track. The following month, Prince let Minneapolis-area public radio station 89.3 The Current premiere his new song "Cause and Effect" as a gesture in support of independent radio.[99]
In a poll by BBC Radio 6 Music listeners in April 2010, Prince was ranked the eighth-best guitarist of the previous 30 years.[100] Prince was also listed in TIME magazine's 2010 annual ranking of the "100 Most Influential People in the World".[101]
Prince released a new single on Minneapolis radio station 89.3 The Current called "Hot Summer" on June 7, his 52nd birthday. Also in June, Prince appeared on the cover of the July 2010 issue of Ebony,[102] and he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 BET Awards.[103]
Prince released his album 20Ten in July 2010 as a free covermount with publications in the UK, Belgium, Germany, and France.[104] Prince has refused access to the album to digital download services. He also closed his official website, LotusFlow3r.com. In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Prince said, "The Internet's completely over. I don't see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won't pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can't get it... Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you."[105]
On July 4, 2010 Prince began his 20Ten Tour, a concert tour in two legs with shows in Europe. The second leg began on October 15[106] and ended with a concert following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 14.[107] The second half of the tour has a new band, John Blackwell, Ida Kristine Nielsen, and Sheila E.[108] Prince let Europe 1 debut the snippet of his new song "Rich Friends" from the "new" album 20Ten Deluxe on October 8, 2010.[109] Prince started the Welcome 2 Tour on December 15, 2010.[110]
Prince was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame on December 7, 2010.[111]
On February 12, 2011, Prince presented Barbra Streisand with an award and donated $1.5 million to charities.[112] On the same day, it was reported that he was unimpressed about Glee covering his hit "Kiss", and that he had not authorised its use.[113]
On the May 18, 2011, it was announced that Prince would be headlining Hop Farm Festival on July 3, 2011, marking his first UK show since 2007 and his first ever UK festival appearance.[114]
Despite having previously rejected the Internet for music distribution, on November 24, 2011 Prince re-released a reworked version of the previously unreleased song "Extraloveable" through both iTunes and Spotify.[115][116][117] Purple Music, a Switzerland based record label released a CD single "Dance 4 Me" on Dec 12, 2011 as part of a club remixes package including Bria Valente CD single "2 Nite" released on February 23, 2012. The CD features club remixes by Jamie Lewis and David Alexander, produced by Prince.[118][119]
3rdeyegirl and return to Warner Bros.: 2013–presentIn January 2013, Prince released a lyric video for a new song called "Screwdriver".[120] A couple of months later in April 2013, Prince announced a short West Coast tour with 3rdeyegirl as his backing band.[121] The final two dates of the tour were in Minneapolis where former Revolution drummer Bobby Z. sat in as guest drummer on both shows.[122] In May, Prince announced a deal with Kobalt Music to market and distribute his music.[123]
On 14 August 2013, Prince officially sent his first tweet through the 3RDEYEGIRL Twitter account.[124] The same day, he released a new solo single for exclusive download through the 3RDEYEGIRL.com website.[125] The single "Breakfast Can Wait" received attention for its cover art, featuring comedian Dave Chappelle's notable impersonation of the singer in a sketch on the 2000s Comedy Central series Chappelle's Show.[126]
In February 2014, Prince performed concerts with 3rdeyegirl in London. Beginning with intimate shows, the first was held at the London home of singer Lianne La Havas, followed by 2 performances of what Prince described as a "sound check" at the Electric Ballroom in Camden,[127] and another at Shepherds Bush Empire.[128]
On 18 April 2014, Prince released a new single entitled, "The Breakdown". Along with the surprise release, news came that a new album was in the works, an expanded edition of Purple Rain would be released for the 30th anniversary, and he has re-signed with his former label, Warner Bros. Records after an 18-year split. He also gained the rights to his master recordings from the 80's which was a point of contention for his initial split with the major label.[129]
Personal lifePrince resides near Minneapolis, Minnesota.[130] Over the years Prince has been romantically linked with many celebrities, including Kim Basinger, Madonna, Vanity, Sheila E., Carmen Electra, Susanna Hoffs, Anna Fantastic,[16] Sherilyn Fenn,[131] and Susan Moonsie of Vanity 6 and Apollonia 6.[19] Prince was engaged to Susannah Melvoin in 1985.[132] He married his backup singer and dancer, Mayte Garcia, on Valentine's Day, 1996. They had a son, Boy Gregory (born October 16, 1996), who was born with Pfeiffer syndrome and died a week after birth.[133] Prince and Mayte divorced in 1999. In 2001, Prince married Manuela Testolini in a private ceremony. Testolini filed for divorce in May 2006.[134] He also had a short-term relationship with protégée 

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Prince became a member of Jehovah's Witnesses in 2001 following a two-year-long debate with friend and fellow Jehovah's Witness, musician Larry Graham. Prince said he didn't consider it a conversion, but a "realization"; "It's like Morpheus and Neo in The Matrix," he explained. He attends meetings at a local Kingdom Hall and occasionally knocks on people's doors to discuss his faith.[135] Prince has reportedly needed double-hip-replacement surgery since 2005 but won't undergo the operation unless it is a bloodless surgery because Jehovah's Witnesses do not accept blood transfusions.[136] The condition is rumored to be aggravated by repeated onstage dancing in high-heeled boots.[137] However, when Prince was interviewed in 2010, journalist Peter Willis said he believed the rumors of Prince needing double hip surgery to be unfounded and untrue as Prince appeared to be agile.[105]
Prince is a vegetarian. In 2006 he was voted the "world's sexiest vegetarian" in PETA's annual online poll.[138] The liner notes for his album Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic featured a message about the cruelty involved in wool production.[139]
Since 2008, Prince has been managed by UK based Kiran Sharma.[140]
Stage namesIn 1993, during negotiations regarding the release of Prince's album The Gold Experience, a legal battle ensued between Warner Bros. and Prince over the artistic and financial control of Prince's output. During the lawsuit, Prince appeared in public with the word "slave" written on his cheek. Prince explained his name change as follows:
The first step I have taken toward the ultimate goal of emancipation from the chains that bind me to Warner Bros. was to change my name from Prince to the Love Symbol. Prince is the name that my mother gave me at birth. Warner Bros. took the name, trademarked it, and used it as the main marketing tool to promote all of the music that I wrote. The company owns the name Prince and all related music marketed under Prince. I became merely a pawn used to produce more money for Warner Bros...
I was born Prince and did not want to adopt another conventional name. The only acceptable replacement for my name, and my identity, was the Love Symbol, a symbol with no pronunciation, that is a representation of me and what my music is about. This symbol is present in my work over the years; it is a concept that has evolved from my frustration; it is who I am. It is my name.[141]
Prince is a trademark owned by Paisley Park Enterprises Inc. It was initially filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2005 in the categories of printed materials, clothing, electronic commerce, and entertainment services based on first commercial in 1978.[142] Various searches to the USPTO did not find any registrations or transfers of "Prince" or related names by Warner Bros. In 1991, PRN Music Corporation assigned the trademarks Prince, The Time, Paisley Park, New Power Generation, and Prince and the Revolution to Paisley Park Enterprises.[143]
Prince has used pseudonyms to separate himself from the music (either his own or that of others) for which he has had input; "I was just getting tired of seeing my name," he said, "If you give away an idea, you still own that idea. In fact, giving it away strengthens it. Why do people feel they have to take credit for everything they do? Ego, that's the only reason."[144] These pseudonyms include: Jamie Starr and The Starr Company (for the songs he wrote for the Time and many other artists from 1981–1984),[145][146] Joey Coco (for many unreleased Prince songs in the late 1980s, as well as songs written for Sheena Easton & Kenny Rogers),[147] Paisley Park (occasionally used in the early 1990s for his production credits on songs, including those written for Martika and Kid Creole),[148] Alexander Nevermind (for writing the 1984 song "Sugar Walls" by Sheena Easton),[149] and Christopher (used for his song writing credit of "Manic Monday" for the Bangles).[150]
Copyright issuesOn September 14, 2007, Prince announced that he was going to sue YouTube and eBay because they "are clearly able [to] filter porn and pedophile material but appear to choose not to filter out the unauthorized music and film content which is core to their business success." Web Sheriff, the international Internet policing company he hired, told Reuters: "The problem is that one can reduce it to zero and then the next day there will be 100 or 500 or whatever. This carries on ad nauseam at Prince's expense."[151][152]
In October 2007, Stephanie Lenz filed a lawsuit against Universal Music Publishing Group, claiming they were abusing copyright law, after the music publisher had YouTube take down Lenz's home movie in which the Prince song "Let's Go Crazy" played faintly in the background.[153]
On November 5, 2007, several fan sites of Prince formed "Prince Fans United" to fight back against legal requests they claim Prince made to cease and desist all use of photographs, images, lyrics, album covers and anything linked to Prince's likeness.[154] While Prince's lawyers claimed that the use of such representations constituted copyright infringement, the Prince Fans United claimed that the legal actions were "attempts to stifle all critical commentary about Prince." A few days later, Prince released a statement denying the fansites' claims, stating "The action taken earlier this week was not to shut down fansites, or control comment in any way. The issue was simply to do with in regards to copyright and trademark of images and only images, and no lawsuits have been filed." The statement from AEG, Prince's promoter, asserted that the only "offending items" on the three fansites were live shots from Prince's 21 nights in London at the O2 Arena earlier in the year.[155]
On November 8, 2007, Prince Fans United received a song named "PFUnk", providing a kind of "unofficial answer" to their movement. The song, originally debuted on the PFU main site,[156] was retitled "F.U.N.K." and is available on iTunes.
On November 14, 2007, it was reported that the satirical website b3ta.com had pulled their "image challenge of the week" devoted to Prince after legal threats from the star under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. B3ta co-founder Rob Manuel wrote on the site: "Under threat of legal action from Prince's legal team of 'potential closure of your web site' – We have removed the Prince image challenge and B3ta apologizes unreservedly to AEG / NPG and Prince for any offence caused. We also ask our members to avoid photoshopping Prince and posting them on our boards."[157]
At the 2008 Coachella Music Festival, Prince performed a cover of Radiohead's "Creep", but immediately after he forced YouTube and other sites to remove footage that fans had taken of the performance, despite Radiohead's demand for it to remain on the website.[158] Days later, YouTube reinstated the videos, while Radiohead claimed "it's our song, let people hear it." In 2009, Prince put the video of that Coachella performance on his then-official website LotusFlow3r.com.
In 2013, the Electronic Frontier Foundation granted to Prince the inaugural "Raspberry Beret Lifetime Aggrievement Award",[159] a reference to resentment of parties who allege unfair treatment and misuse of copyright claims by the artist and his lawyers.[160]
In January 2014, Prince filed a lawsuit titled Prince v. Chodera against 22 online users for direct copyright infringement, unauthorized fixation, and contributory copyright infringement and bootlegging.[161] Several of the users were fans who had shared links to bootlegged versions of several Prince concerts through social media websites like Facebook.[162][163]


Grammy Awards

Earning 33 nominations, Prince has won seven Grammys. He also has had two albums − 1999 and Purple Rain − awarded the Grammy Hall of Fame Award.

MTV Video Music Awards
The MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) is an award show by cable network MTV to honor the top music videos of the year. It was first held in September 1984 and was originally meant as an alternative to the Grammy Awards in the video category. Prince has won four awards from twelve nominations throughout his career.
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Howard Stern Rips into Prince and Jehovah's Witnesses

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Further reading

Draper, Jason (2008). Prince: Life & Times. Jawbone Press. ISBN 978-1-906002-18-3.
Hahn, Alex (2004). Possessed: The Rise And Fall Of Prince. Billboard Books. ISBN 0-8230-7749-7.
Jones, Liz (1998). Purple Reign: The Artist Formerly Known as Prince. Birch Lane Press. ISBN 978-1-55972-448-7.
Uptown (2004). The Vault – The Definitive Guide to the Musical World of Prince. Nilsen Publishing. ISBN 91-631-5482-X.

Prince's surprise visit to a Larry Graham show (also a JW) 

 

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Someone mentioned that he had a son that died and that Larry Graham helped "console' him.  Does anyone have any details about his son?

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I am very impressed with the article about Prince given from his Kingdom Hall. Impressed for many reasons, one, that he was so humble and so dedicated, he did not feel himself above any of the other members and showed up in Church to honor and learn more about  Jesus,and another because they also believe he is just but another man of God and should not be glorified. Evidently he was a good man, and God bless him for spreading the word about Jesus Christ our Saviour! He was so very talented and intelligent but most importantly, he accepted Jesus and tried to help others!

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Last pic of Prince April 20, 2016

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Warner Bros. Records says it is about to unveil two projects by the late megastar Prince that include previously unreleased material. "Prince 4Ever" is a 40-song compilation of his biggest hits from his Warner Bros. days along with two previously unreleased songs: "Batdance" and "Moonbeam Levels." It's due in stores November 22nd and will feature a booklet with new Prince photos shot by photographer Herb Ritts.

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I am grateful for every single sheep that finds safety within Jehovah's house. Bless our brother, asleep, and in God's memory, awaiting resurrection. 

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2-Year Probe Into Prince’s Death: Prosecutor To Announce Results

Authorities will release the results of a two-year investigation into the death of pop icon Prince. The findings are expected to confirm how the singer obtained the prescription meds that led to his death. (Elsa | Getty Images)

Two years after iconic singer Prince passed away, authorities will finally release their findings as to the cause of his death.

Finally Getting Answers

Prince Rogers Nelson's death, which was ruled to have been from an accidental drug overdose, has been thoroughly investigated over the past 24 months. Now, Minnesota prosecutors are ready to release an official statement.

Carver County Attorney Mark Metz will announce the results of the investigation on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. The main revelation is whether anyone will face charges as a result of the investigation. The county sheriff's office reviewed the case thoroughly over the past week.

Peter Ivy, the chief deputy county attorney, told the press on Tuesday that prosecutors would be ready to announce something very soon.

An Accidental Overdose

The legendary musician was just 57 years old when he died. The singer was found unconscious at his Minnesota home on April 21, 2016. The results of an autopsy subsequently revealed that he died of an accidental fentanyl overdose.

The synthetic opioid, for which Prince had no prescription, is 50 times more powerful than heroin. The Associated Press obtained a toxicology report back in March, revealing excessively high levels of the drug in the musician's bloodstream.

Police conducted a thorough search of the estate and looked into internal records to find out how the musician obtained the drug. They located numerous pills, many of which were stored in vitamin bottles and envelopes, among various other hiding places.

A Private Struggle

Prince's drug-related death came as a massive shock to those close to him, who knew him to be extremely dedicated to clean-living and devoted to Jehovah's Witnesses. Subsequent reports revealed, however, that the iconic performer suffered from intense pain following years of touring and, as a result, he may have been self-medicating.

He was reportedly struggling with addiction and withdrawal, particularly in his later years. He had several but ultimately unsuccessful attempts to stay clean.

The singer collapsed on a flight just a week before his death. As a result, the aircraft made an emergency landing. He was reportedly revived with two doses of a drug antidote to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

Federal prosecutors and the Drug Enforcement Administration opened an investigation following Prince's death. They looked into how the musician obtained numerous pills that the police found scattered throughout his property while investigating his death.

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Prince Personally Owned Travel Bible -- Opening Bid: $3,500

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Prince was self-conscious about his height -- 5'3" -- and wore high-heeled boots (either 4" or 3 1/3") whenever he went out in public, and moreover, he did not like to be seen wearing the same pair of boots at two different appearances on the same day.

Prince contracted with Andre No. 1, a famous cobbler-to-the-stars on Sunset Boulevard founded by Andre Rostomyan, whose client roster includes everyone from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga. Rostomyan made a shoe last -- a wooden model -- of Prince's feet, and would take orders for 30-40 pairs of boots/month, eventually supplying more than 3,000 pairs to Prince.

Each pair was identical in shape, but used unique mixes of materials, colors, and gimmicks like light-up lucite heels. Prince consulted closely on the details, visiting the store in person with fabric, making calls as to whether to cut it with or against the bias, etc. Boots that were to be worn onstage -- where Prince gave incredibly athletic, graceful performances -- got extra-strong structural wood to ensure that they could survive the workout that Prince put them through.

Prince refused to have his wooden lasts improved by means of a 3D scanning system, saying that the religious tenets of the Jehovah's Witnesses forbade believers like him from using technology to capture a part of the human body.

There was only one instance in which Prince was adamantly against something Gary suggested. “He was a Jehovah’s Witness,” the shoemaker explains. “I wanted to use one of the 3-D scanning machines I’d just gotten to mold the new shoe forms for him and make the process a bit faster, but he refused. I guess they don’t believe in using technology to re-create a certain part of the body.” Gary continued to make Prince’s footwear by hand, even crafting “slippers” for him to wear while he was at home. “They were actually more like platform flip-flops,” he says. “They looked a lot like those ’90s platform thongs made by brands like Rocket Dog and Soda.” Mostly, though, whether at home, onstage, or in public, Prince had his bespoke man stilts on. “I’ve seen a lot of people pull off a lot of different shoes, but there were definitely times where I thought Prince couldn’t do it, especially with all of the splits and the dancing,” Gary says. “But no matter the heel, he always did.”

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      Η Εκκλησία των Μαρτύρων του Ιεχωβά ή η αδερφή του η οποία εργαζόταν ως ιερόδουλη θα πάρουν τα χρήματα;
      Φεύγοντας από τη ζωή ο Prince άφησε πίσω του ένα τεράστιο κενό, μεγάλη θλίψη αλλά και μια αμύθητη περιουσία και αφού δεν έχει παιδιά ή σύζυγο, σύντομα είναι πιθανό να ξεκινήσει μια μεγάλη μάχη για το ποιος ή ποιοι θα κληρονομήσουν τα εκατομμύριά του.

      Η περιουσία του διάσημου τραγουδιστή υπολογίζεται ότι αγγίζει τα 300 εκατομμύρια δολάρια, ωστόσο, πληροφορίες αναφέρουν ότι οι μουσικές του συλλογές και χιλιάδες ακυκλοφόρητα κομμάτια που φέρεται να είχε, θα δώσουν στους ή στον κληρονόμο του άλλα 500 εκατομμύρια, ανεβάζοντας έτσι στα 800 το συνολικό ποσό, σύμφωνα με ρεπορτάζ της βρετανικής εφημερίδας Daily Mail.

      Όπως τονίζουν δημοσιεύματα, η περιουσία του μπορεί  να μεγαλώσει πολύ χάρη σε μια συμφωνία που είχε κάνει πρόσφατα με την Tidal, την εταιρεία μουσικών υπηρεσιών του διάσημου ράπερ Jay Z, αν και λεπτομέρειες για την συμφωνία δεν είχαν γίνει γνωστές.

      Ποιος ή ποιοι, όμως, θα πάρουν τα εκατομμύρια;

      Διεθνή ΜΜΕ αναφέρουν ότι είναι πιθανό ο Prince, ο οποίος ήταν μάρτυρας του Ιεχωβά, να έχει αφήσει όλη του την περιουσία στην Εκκλησία των Μαρτύρων του Ιεχωβά καθώς ήταν ιδιαίτερα θρησκευόμενος.

      Ωστόσο, υπάρχει πιθανότητα, με βάση της νομοθεσία της Μινεσότα των ΗΠΑ -όπου ο τραγουδιστής πέθανε- να πάρει τα χρήματα η μοναδική αδερφή του, η 55χρονη σήμερα Tyka Nelson, μια πρώην ναρκομανής ιερόδουλη, όπως αναφέρει η Daily Mail.

      Η αδερφή του Prince

      Τα τελευταία χρόνια της ζωής του ο Prince είχε έρθει πολύ κοντά με την αδερφή του, αν και στο παρελθόν οι σχέσεις τους δεν ήταν καλές καθώς η 55χρονη όχι μόνο ήταν χρήστης ναρκωτικών, αλλά εργαζόταν και ως ιερόδουλη, προκειμένου να μεγαλώσει τους δυο γιους της.
      Η νομοθεσία της Μινεσότα προβλέπει ότι αν κάποιο άγαμο άτομο που δεν έχει απογόνους πεθάνει και δεν έχει κάνει διαθήκη, τότε οι παππούδες, οι γονείς και τα αδέρφια του κληρονομούν την περιουσία του. Οι γονείς του Prince είναι νεκροί και έτσι, είναι ανοιχτό το ενδεχόμενο να πάρει η αδερφή του τα χρήματα. 

      Εκτός από την 55χρονη Tyka, ο Prince έχει τρεις ετεροθαλείς αδερφές και τέσσερα ετεροθαλή αδέρφια, ωστόσο, δύο από αυτά έχουν πεθάνει. 

      Αξίζει να σημειωθεί ότι ο Prince είχε παντρευτεί και είχε χωρίσει δυο φορές και είχε αποκτήσει ένα παιδί -έναν γιο- ο οποίος, ωστόσο, πέθανε σε ηλικία μίας μόλις εβδομάδα, καθώς είχε γεννηθεί με μια γενετική διαταραχή.
       
      Αποκλείουν το ενδεχόμενο αυτοκτονίας οι αρχές - Δεν έφερε τραύματα 
      Όλα αυτά ενώ νέες πληροφορίες αναφορικά με τον θάνατο του διάσημου τραγουδιστή βλέπουν ώρα με την ώρα το «φως» της δημοσιότητας και αποκαλύπτουν άγνωστες πτυχές της ζωής του σταρ της ποπ μουσικής ο οποίος βρέθηκε νεκρός στην έπαυλή του, στη Μινεσότα των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών. 

      Σύμφωνα με τα νέα στοιχεία, ο Prince βρέθηκε νεκρός από έναν εργαζόμενος στην έπαυλη, αλλά κανένας δεν τον είχε δει για περισσότερες από 13 ώρες.  Ο μουσικός φαίνεται πως ήταν ολομόναχος μέσα στο τεράστιο και επιβλητικό σπίτι του και πέθανε αβοήθητος μέσα στο ασανσέρ. Όμως, παρά τα όσα έχουν γίνει γνωστά, η αλήθεια πως μυστήριο συνεχίζει να καλύπτει τον θάνατο του, όπως ακριβώς συνέβαινε και με τη ζωή του, αφού ο τραγουδιστής προσπαθούσε να κρατά την προσωπική του ζωή μακριά από τα φώτα της δημοσιότητας. 

      Η νεκροψία στον Prince ολοκληρώθηκε πριν από λίγες ώρες, ωστόσο, όπως μετέδωσαν αμερικανικά ΜΜΕ μπορεί να περάσουν πολλές ημέρες ή και εβδομάδες, μέχρι να βγουν τα τελικά αποτελέσματα. Σύμφωνα, όμως, αμερικανικά ΜΜΕ, δεν υπήρξαν τραύματα στο κορμί του, ενώ σύμφωνα με τις αστυνομικές αρχές, δεν υπάρχει κανένα στοιχεία που να δείχνει πως ο τραγουδιστής αυτοκτόνησε.

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    • By The Librarian
      Prince's first wife and the mother of his only child Mayte Garcia will be attending the music icon’s funeral in Minnesota.
      Garcia broke down in tears as she was spotted leaving her Los Angeles home on Friday, one day after Prince's tragic death.
      The 42-year-old was unable to speak and wiped away tears while stepping into her car with her adopted daughter Gia.
      Garcia nodded her head when asked if she plans to return to Minnesota, and again when the photographer asked if she has been trying to keep Prince's memory alive.
      'How are you? How is everything? Mayte is everything ok?', the photographer asked, to which Garcia responded by turning away from the camera toward her car.
      'We're sending you a lot of love', the photographer said before asking how she's 'holding up'. Garcia responded with a sad shrug.
      'I'm trying to honor him,' she responded, holding back tears, as she put her daughter in the back seat of her car.
      'Is everything OK with the family at this point?' the photographer asked, to which Garcia responds with another shrug.

      Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3554850/Prince-s-distraught-ex-wife-Mayte-Garcia-breaks-tears-confirms-attend-late-music-icon-s-funeral-Minnesota.html#ixzz46hV4BhFZ 
       
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      By Guest Nicole
      Nome completo: Prince Rogers Nelson 

      indice di notorietà: ***** 

      paese: USA 

      musicista pop 

      Ha proseguito nella sua attività professionale dopo il battesimo? SI 

      La letteratura Watch Tower ha mai fatto cenno a questo VIP? NO 
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      Aprire la porta ad un testimone di Geova, e ritrovarsi sull'uscio Prince, magari accompagnato dalle guardie del corpo, vestito sobriamente, con borsa e pubblicazioni della Watchtower, che parte con la sua presentazione biblica: è quanto accaduto varie volte a comuni cittadini, come si legge ovunque sul web (link, link), con ovvia curiosità dei fans e degli addetti ai lavori, e altrettanto ovvia costernazione degli oppositori. La rockstar (probabilmente il testimone di Geova più celebre del mondo) si era convertita nel 2000, improvvisamente e senza avvisaglia alcuna, grazie alla decisiva intermediazione del cantante Larry Graham, amico e collaboratore di Prince per l'album GCS 2000. 
       
      Con Larry Graham al B.B.King Blues Club & Grill (NY, 2010) 

      cosmicrage.onsugar.com 
      E' stato un artista poliedrico in campo musicale (black rock, funk rock, soul, dance, psichedelia, con incursioni nel rap e nel sinfonico) e altrove: compositore di musiche da film (Batman di Tim Burton, 1989; Showgirls, 1995; Girl 6, 1996; Bamboozled di Spike Lee, 2000, per citarne solo alcuni), regista e sceneggiatore (una decina di film, per lo più brevi e di argomento musicale), attore e prolifico produttore discografico. 


      Fra i suoi ispiratori, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown e Stevie Wonder; fra i suoi maggiori estimatori, Freddie Mercury, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington. 


      Ottiene il successo planetario nel 1984 con l'LP Purple Rain: miglior album, miglior singolo (When Doves Cry, che vince anche il Golden Globe), miglior artista dell'anno e 13 milioni di copie vendute in tutto il mondo. Purple Rain è portato anche al cinema: il film vince l'Oscar per la migliore colonna sonora originale e incassa rapidamente 80 milioni di dollari.
      Purple Rain (1984) 

      liketotally80s.com 
      Purple Rain inaugura una sfilza di successi infiniti, con oltre trenta album di studio, due dal vivo, centinaia di singoli e raccolte, oltre a concerti in tutto il mondo e che lo vede, al pari di Madonna e Michael Jackson, protagonista praticamente senza rivali della ribalta rock negli anni '80 e '90. Per menzionare solo i premi maggiori, Prince ha vinto sinora 7 Grammy Awards, un Academy Awards, un Golden Globe. Secondo ARC Rock on the Net è stato il più grande cantante pop dell'ultimo quarto del XX secolo. Il magazine Rolling Stones lo colloca al 27° posto nella classifica dei migliori artisti di tutti i tempi. 
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      Prince non ha più da tempo una homepage ufficiale; questo è uno degli innumerevoli fan site (inglese) di Prince, uno dei più ricchi di informazioni. 

      prince.org/ 
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      Malgrado la riluttanza a rinunciare a qualche 'vezzo' del passato, specie nel look, la discontinuità segnata dalla conversione è evidente; Prince rinnegò testi e argomenti sessualmente espliciti di molte sue vecchie canzoni. Il pubblico ha comunque continuato a seguirlo senza remore, e la maggioranza dei critici musicali ne ha ravvisato una decisa maturazione umana, artistica e professionale. Ecco alcuni dei suoi album post-battesimo: 
      The Rainbow Children (2001) 

      apollosolaris.com 
      Musicology (2004) 

      amazon.com 
      LOtUSFLOW3R (2009) 

      drfunkenberry.com 
      I videoclip anni '80 del cantante, nel quale Prince (che pare fosse anche bisessuale) faceva il 'galletto' contornandosi di uno stuolo di donnine poco vestite, come pure i testi con riferimenti più o meno velati - fra l'altro - al satanismo e alla masturbazione, sono decisamente acqua passata. Prince è stato anche responsabile della conversione di molti fan e di qualche VIP, come Bria Valente, sua ex-fidanzata. 
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      VIDEO. Il brano Sign O' The Times è la title-track dell'omonimo album. E' il 1987. Prince, che non conosceva ancora i testimoni di Geova, in 4 minuti parla della sua visione dei 'segni dei tempi': dell'AIDS (con una frase bellissima, a skinny man died of a big disease with a little name, un uomo ridotto pelle e ossa che muore di 'una grande malattia con un nome piccolo'), delle stragi di adolescenti armati, dei disastri naturali e di quelli causate dalla follia umana, e nel bel mezzo del testo dichiara: "Some say man ain't happy truly until a man truly dies". Qualcuno dice che un uomo non è veramente felice finché non muore. 

      Esistono diversi videoclip di questo brano epocale, ma la versione che segue è la preferita di chi scrive. Prince canta il testo che scorre, con vari effetti grafici, sullo schermo, come in un karaoke ante-litteram. 
       
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      La conclusione: 

      Hurry before it's 2 late 
      Let's fall in love, get married, have a baby 
      We'll call him Nate... if it's a boy 

      Presto, prima che sia troppo tardi. 
      Innamoriamoci, sposiamoci, facciamo un figlio. 
      Lo chiameremo Nate... se è un maschio. 
       
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      Un'immagine di Prince (indicato con la freccia) che assiste ad un'adunanza dei testimoni di Geova. 
      Alla sua destra Larry Graham. 

      Pinterest.com
       
      VIDEO. Un pregevole collage di brani nei quali Prince, a vari stadi della sua conversione, parla della propria fede. Disponibile purtroppo solo in lingua inglese, ma sottotitolato. 

      Al partire dal minuto 5'30'', si può sentire Prince che, alla consegna del premio NAACP (2005), dice: 'I premi sono meravigliosi, ma la lode e la gloria appartengono al solo vero Dio, Geova'. Fra il pubblico, il futuro presidente Barack Obama con la moglie. 
       
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      Prince è morto improvvisamente il 21 aprile 2016. Obama ha detto di lui: "Abbiamo perso un'icona creativa e un artista elettrizzante". "Pochi artisti hanno influenzato il sound e il percorso della musica popolare così nettamente... Uno dei musicisti più dotati di talento e prolifici dei nostri tempi". (link). Non sono mancati, ovviamente, i messaggi di cordoglio dallo star system. Secondo Madonna, "E' stato un autentico visionario", "ha cambiato il mondo. Che perdita, sono devastata". Aretha Franklin: "Era unico, è un tale choc. E' davvero surreale, incredibile". Mick Jagger dei Rolling Stones: "Un artista rivoluzionario, il suo talento era infinito". Lenny Kravitz: "Ho perso il mio fratello musicale, il mio amico". 
       
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      Các nghệ sĩ được gọi là Hoàng tử  đã chết ... TMZ đã học được. Ông là 57. 
      cơ thể của Prince đã được phát hiện tại cơ Paisley viên ở Minnesota sáng sớm hôm thứ Năm.
      Nhiều nguồn kết nối với các ca sĩ khẳng định ông đã qua. Chúng tôi đã thu được các cuộc gọi công văn khẩn cấp cho một "nam xuống, không thở."
      Ca sĩ - họ tên Hoàng tử Rogers Nelson - đã có một trường hợp khẩn cấp y tế trên 15 Tháng Tư, buộc máy bay riêng của mình để hạ cánh khẩn cấp tại bang Illinois. Tuy nhiên, ông đã xuất hiện tại một buổi hòa nhạc vào ngày hôm sau để đảm bảo người hâm mộ anh vẫn ổn. Dân Ngài nói với TMZ ông đã chiến đấu với bệnh cúm .


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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Легендарный американский певец, который считается одним из создателей стиля "ритм-н-блюз", скончался на 58 году жизни в своем доме в штате Миннесота. Причина его смерти пока не известна.
      МОСКВА, 21 апр — РИА Новости. Американский певец Принс (Prince Rogers Nelson) скончался в возрасте 57 лет в своем доме в штате Миннесота США, сообщает издание Daily Mail.
      Причина смерти пока не уточняется, известно, что несколько дней назад во время полета из Атланты пилот его самолета был вынужден совершить аварийную посадку в штате Иллинойс, чтобы отвезти певца в больницу. Он был госпитализирован с симптомами гриппа. Издание сообщает, что в субботу певец появился на танцевальной вечеринке в Миннесоте. Он не стал выступать, однако все же поднялся на сцену, чтобы попросить обеспокоенных его здоровьем фанатов "подождать пару дней, прежде чем начинать за него молиться".
      Новостной портал TMZ сообщил, что тело музыканта было обнаружено в его доме Paisley Park в четверг.
      Как только стало известно о смерти артиста, многие известные музыканты, актеры и деятели шоу-бизнеса поспешили выразить свои чувства в соцсетях.
      ”И просто так… Мир потерял столько волшебства… Покойся с миром, Принс! Спасибо за то, что ты так много дал нам…" — написала в Twitter певица Кэти Перри.


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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Prince namatay mas maaga sa araw (Abril 21) sa edad na 57 sa kanyang Paisley Park tahanan at studio, ang kanyang publicist nakumpirma sa Associated Press .  TMZ unang iniulat sa mga balita.
      Gone But Not Forgotten: In Memoriam 2016
      Prince ay hospitalized noong nakaraang linggo pagkatapos ng kanyang eroplano para ay sapilitang upang gumawa ng isang emergency landing sa Moline, Ill. Inilabas ng ilang oras mamaya, isang rep sinabi TMZ na siya ay battling isang masamang kaso ng trangkaso. 
      Isa sa mga pinaka-iconic na musikero sa kasaysayan ng musika, ni Prince malawak na karera lumago sa labas ng ang tanawin ng musika ng kanyang katutubong Minneapolis, kung saan siya nakatira sa kanyang buong buhay. Kanyang 1978 debut album For You at self-titled second LP, inilabas noong Oktubre 1979, kicked off ang isang hindi kapani-paniwalang madaling dumami run ng album na kasama 1999,Purple Rain , Around The World In A Day , Mag-sign O Ang Times at Batman , bukod sa iba, buong 1980s sa isang clip ng halos isang bawat taon, umuusbong sa bawat release. 
      Ito ay 1984 ni Purple Rain - ang kanyang unang No. 1 album sa Billboard 200 - inilabas kasabay ng pelikula ng parehong pangalan, upang cemented sa kanya bilang isa sa mga pinakadakilang mga artist ng kanyang henerasyon, pagkamit sa kanya ng dalawang Grammys, at Oscar at isang tagumpay laban Michael Jackson ni Thriller para sa Favorite Pop / Rock Album sa ang 1985 American Music Awards. Kasama ang paraan, siya ay nagtrabaho sa ilang mga bands sa ilalim ng isang serye ng mga pseudonyms, kabilang ang mga Ang Time, ang New Power Generation at Ang Revolution, bilang parehong frontman at producer.
      Prince ay kilala rin para sa kanyang eponymous ibig Symbol, na nilalang protest laban sa kanyang longtime record label Warner Bros., sa ilalim kung saan siya pinakawalan ng isang album noong 1992. Ang kanyang ika-18 at huling album para sa label, 1996 niChaos at Disorder , sa wakas ay inilabas niya mula sa kanyang kontrata.
      Bilang isang recording artist, Prince ay maalamat para sa kanyang masagana ang ani at perfectionist kalikasan na pinahihintulutan sa kanya upang i-release ng isang tumibay liko ng materyal bilang siya experimented sa studio; bilang isang resulta, unreleased b-gilid at bootlegs ay naging mataas na tanyag Collectibles para sa taong matibay tagahanga, at ang kanyang kasumpa-sumpa "vault" ng mga pag-record ay naging ang mga bagay-bagay ng mga alamat. Ngunit siya rin ay tunay na transendente bilang performer, regular na lumalawak ang kanyang mga palabas sa dako roon ng tatlong-oras na mark at ng pagpapakita ng kanyang mga nakamamanghang guitar trabaho, na naging isang underrated bahagi ng kanyang legacy, madalas overshadowed sa pamamagitan ng kanyang iconic singing voice at kakayahan bilang isang songwriter at bandleader .
      Higit sa kanyang 35-plus-year career, siya pinakawalan 39 solo studio album at hindi kailanman tumigil ilalabas ang mga bagong materyal; mula noong Septiyembre 2014, kaniyang binulag ang apat na bagong mga talaan full-length sa kanyang pinakabagong band, 3rd Eye Girl, patuloy na eksperimento sa psychedelic rock and intergalactic funk.
      Ni Prince legacy bilang isang musikero, isang mang-aawit, isang estilo ng icon at isang endlessly creative isip ay halos walang kapantay, at ang kanyang impluwensiya ay umaabot mula sa pop sa R & B na maging sobrang lungkot sa hip-hop at kahit saan sa pagitan.  Purple Rain  ay ang unang ng apat na No. 1 album sa Billboard 200; isang karagdagang 12 LPs masakitin sa nangungunang 10 sa apat na iba't ibang mga dekada.

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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Informacji tej - oprócz portalu TMZ - początkowo nie potwierdzały w oparciu o swoje źródła żadne inne media. Amerykańskie portale podawały jedynie, że biuro szeryfa w hrabstwie Carver w Minnesocie rozpoczęło śledztwo w sprawie "śmierci jednej osoby w domu ikony muzyki". Kilkanaście minut później informacje o śmierci Prince'a potwierdziła agencji Associated Press jego agentka prasowa Yvette Noel-Schure. Okoliczności śmierci Prince'a nie są na razie znane. Jeszcze później telewizja CNN potwierdziła doniesienie o zgonie artysty u jednego z członków jego rodziny. Informacje o śmierci legendarnego wokalisty przyszły tydzień po tym, jak nagle trafił do szpitala. Jego rzecznik powiedział wtedy, że piosenkarz walczył ostatnio z groźną odmianą grypy. Zaskakujący artysta Prince zawsze zaskakiwał innowacyjnością i miał ogromny wpływ na rozwój muzyki, w której sam łączył jazz, funk i disco. Jego największymi przebojami były m.in. "Raspberry Beret", "Little Red Corvette" i "Purple Rain". Od lat 70., gdy rozpoczął karierę był postrzegany jako jedna z najbardziej kontrowersyjnych postaci sceny muzycznej, "zawsze jednak strzegł swojej prywatności" - napisała o nim agencja Reutera.
      Sprzedał ponad 100 mln płyt na całym świecie, zdobył siedem nagród Grammy, a w 2004 r. został włączony do Galerii Sław Rock&Rolla. W 2007 r. w czasie finału Super Bowl stworzył jeden z najbardziej niezapomnianych występów. Jego ostatni album, "HITnRUN: Phase Two", miał premierę w grudniu ub. roku.W ostatnich miesiącach - aż do ub. tygodnia - Prince przebywał w trasie koncertowej za oceanem. W 1993 r. Prince zmienił swoje imię i nazwisko na pseudonim artystyczny, jednak potem wrócił do tego, jakie dostał od rodziców. Piosenkarz urodził się 7 czerwca 1958 r. w Minneapolis w stanie Minnesota jako Prince Rogers Nelson. Reżyser Spike Lee pożegnał się z nim na Twitterze i Instagramie, pisząc w czwartek: "Tęsknię za swoim bratem. Prince był zabawnym kociakiem. Miał świetne poczucie humoru". 

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    • Guest Nicole
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      Il cantante americano è deceduto a 57 anni a Minneapolis, dove viveva. La conferma dall’addetto stampa. La polizia apre un’inchiesta sul decesso
      Prince è morto: una delle icone nere del pop anni’80 è deceduto in circostanze misteriose nella sua casa di Minneapolis. Ancora incerta la dinamica della morte. Il cantante era stato ricoverato d’urgenza il 15 aprile scorso, costringendo il suo jet privato a un atterraggio d’emergenza in Illinois. Ma era apparso ad un concerto il giorno successivo per assicurare i fan sulle sue condizioni di salute. La notizia della morte del cantante Prince è stata confermata dal suo agente.
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      By Guest Nicole
      The legendary musician Prince has died at age 57, his publicist has confirmed to the AP after a TMZ report.
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    • Eric Ouellet

      “ APPROCHEZ-VOUS DE DIEU, ET IL S'APPROCHERA DE VOUS”,
       
      “ APPROCHEZ-VOUS de Dieu, et il s’approchera de vous ”, a écrit le disciple Jacques (Jacques 4:8). “ L’intimité avec Jéhovah appartient à ceux qui le craignent ”, a chanté le psalmiste David (Psaume 25:14). Manifestement, Jéhovah Dieu veut que nous entrions dans son intimité. Cela dit, tous ceux qui adorent Dieu et obéissent à ses lois ne se sentent pas forcément proches de lui.
      Et vous ? Avez-vous des liens personnels étroits avec Dieu ? Sans aucun doute souhaitez-vous être encore plus proche de lui. Comment donc cultiver l’intimité avec Dieu ? Comment cela se traduit-il ? Nous trouvons des réponses à ces questions dans le troisième chapitre du livre des Proverbes.
      Manifestons la bonté de cœur et la fidélité
      Salomon, roi de l’Israël antique, commence le troisième chapitre des Proverbes par ces mots : “ Mon fils, n’oublie pas ma loi, et que ton cœur observe mes commandements, car longueur de jours, années de vie et paix te seront ajoutées. ” (Proverbes 3:1, 2). Rédigés sous l’inspiration divine, ces conseils paternels viennent donc en réalité de Jéhovah Dieu et s’adressent à nous. Nous sommes exhortés ici à nous conformer aux rappels de Dieu (sa loi, ou enseignement, et ses commandements) consignés dans la Bible. Si nous le faisons, “ longueur de jours, années de vie et paix [nous] seront ajoutées ”. Effectivement, il est possible dès maintenant de connaître une vie paisible et de nous garder des activités qui nous exposeraient au danger d’une mort prématurée, laquelle est souvent le sort des malfaiteurs. De plus, nous pouvons entretenir l’espérance de vivre éternellement dans un monde nouveau de paix. — Proverbes 1:24-31 ; 2:21, 22.
      Salomon poursuit : “ Que bonté de cœur et fidélité ne te quittent pas. Attache-les à ta gorge. Écris-les sur la tablette de ton cœur, et ainsi trouve faveur et bonne perspicacité aux yeux de Dieu et de l’homme tiré du sol. ” — Proverbes 3:3, 4.
      Le mot original traduit par “ bonté de cœur ” peut aussi être rendu par “ amour fidèle ” et contient les notions de fidélité, de solidarité et de loyauté. Sommes-nous déterminés à rester attachés à Jéhovah quoi qu’il advienne ? Avons-nous de la bonté de cœur dans nos relations avec nos compagnons chrétiens ? Faisons-nous ce qu’il faut pour rester proches d’eux ? Quand nous les côtoyons quotidiennement, gardons-nous ‘ la loi de la bonté de cœur sur notre langue ’ même dans des situations tendues ? — Proverbes 31:26.
      Abondant en bonté de cœur, Jéhovah est “ prêt à pardonner ”. (Psaume 86:5.) Si nous nous sommes repentis de nos péchés passés et que désormais nous fassions des sentiers droits pour nos pieds, nous sommes assurés que “ des époques de rafraîchissement ” viendront d’auprès de Jéhovah (Actes 3:19). Ne devrions-nous pas imiter notre Dieu en pardonnant à d’autres leurs fautes ? — Matthieu 6:14, 15.
      Étant “ le Dieu de vérité ”, Jéhovah exige la “ fidélité ” de la part de ceux qui recherchent son intimité (Psaume 31:5). Pouvons-nous vraiment espérer que Jéhovah soit notre Ami si nous menons une double vie, en ayant un certain comportement en présence de nos compagnons chrétiens et un autre hors de leur présence, comme les “ hommes faux ” qui cachent qui ils sont (Psaume 26:4) ? Quelle aberration ce serait, puisque “ toutes choses sont nues et mises à découvert aux yeux ” de Jéhovah ! — Hébreux 4:13.
      Comme à un collier inestimable ‘ attaché à notre gorge ’, il nous faut accorder de la valeur à la bonté de cœur et à la fidélité, car elles nous aident à ‘ trouver faveur aux yeux de Dieu et de l’homme tiré du sol ’. Nous devons non seulement manifester ces qualités extérieurement, mais aussi les graver ‘ sur la tablette de notre cœur ’, c’est-à-dire les intégrer à notre personnalité.
      Cultivons une confiance absolue en Jéhovah
      Le roi sage poursuit : “ Mets ta confiance en Jéhovah de tout ton cœur et ne t’appuie pas sur ton intelligence. Dans toutes tes voies tiens compte de lui, et lui, il rendra droits tes sentiers. ” — Proverbes 3:5, 6.
      Jéhovah mérite assurément que nous lui fassions totalement confiance. Il est le Créateur, “ vigoureux en force ” et Source de “ l’énergie vive ”. (Isaïe 40:26, 29.) Il est capable de mener à bien tout ce qu’il a décidé. D’ailleurs, son nom même, qui signifie littéralement “ Il fait devenir ”, nous inspire confiance en sa capacité de réaliser ce qu’il a promis. “ Il est impossible que Dieu mente ” : il est donc le modèle suprême en matière de vérité (Hébreux 6:18). Sa qualité dominante est l’amour (1 Jean 4:8). Il est “ juste dans toutes ses voies et fidèle dans toutes ses œuvres ”. (Psaume 145:17.) Si nous ne pouvons pas faire confiance à Dieu, à qui nous fier ? Bien sûr, pour cultiver la confiance en lui, nous devons ‘ goûter et voir que Jéhovah est bon ’ en mettant en pratique ce que nous apprenons dans la Bible et en réfléchissant au bien que cela apporte. — Psaume 34:8.
      Comment ‘ tenir compte de Jéhovah dans toutes nos voies ’ ? Le psalmiste inspiré dit : “ Je méditerai sur toute ton action, et je veux m’intéresser à tes manières d’agir. ” (Psaume 77:12). Dieu étant invisible, pour cultiver l’intimité avec lui il est indispensable de méditer sur ses actions grandioses et sur ses manières d’agir envers ses serviteurs.
      La prière est également un moyen essentiel de tenir compte de Jéhovah. Le roi David appelait Jéhovah “ tout au long du jour ”. (Psaume 86:3.) Il priait souvent la nuit, comme lorsqu’il était un fugitif dans le désert (Psaume 63:6, 7). “ Priez en toutes circonstances, en esprit ”, a exhorté l’apôtre Paul (Éphésiens 6:18). Quelle est la fréquence de nos prières ? Aimons-nous entretenir avec Dieu une communication personnelle et fervente ? Face à des situations éprouvantes, lui demandons-nous son aide ? Avant de prendre des décisions importantes, recherchons-nous sa direction en le priant ? Nos prières sincères à Jéhovah nous font aimer de lui. En outre, nous avons l’assurance qu’il écoutera notre prière et ‘ rendra droits nos sentiers ’.
      Quelle absurdité ce serait de ‘ nous appuyer sur notre intelligence ’ ou sur celle de personnes en vue dans ce monde alors que nous pouvons avoir une entière confiance en Jéhovah ! “ Ne deviens pas sage à tes propres yeux, dit Salomon. Au contraire, crains Jéhovah et détourne-toi du mal. Que cela devienne guérison pour ton nombril et rafraîchissement pour tes os. ” (Proverbes 3:7, 8). Nos actions, nos pensées et nos sentiments devraient toujours être gouvernés par la crainte salutaire de déplaire à Dieu. Cette crainte révérencielle nous empêche de faire ce qui est mauvais et, spirituellement, elle guérit et revigore.
      Donnons le meilleur de nous-mêmes à Jéhovah
      De quelle autre manière nous approcherons-nous de Dieu ? “ Honore Jéhovah de tes choses de valeur et des prémices de tous tes produits ”, recommande le roi (Proverbes 3:9). Honorer Jéhovah signifie le tenir en haute estime et l’exalter publiquement par notre participation et notre soutien matériel à la proclamation de son nom. Les choses de valeur dont nous honorons Jéhovah sont notre temps, nos talents, nos forces et nos biens. Elles doivent être nos prémices, ce que nous avons de meilleur. La façon dont nous utilisons nos ressources personnelles ne devrait-elle pas refléter notre détermination à ‘ continuer à chercher d’abord le royaume et la justice de Dieu ’ ? — Matthieu 6:33.
      Celui qui honore Jéhovah de ses choses de valeur ne reste pas sans récompense. “ Alors tes dépôts de vivres seront remplis d’abondance, assure Salomon, et tes cuves déborderont de vin nouveau. ” (Proverbes 3:10). Même si en soi la prospérité spirituelle n’entraîne pas la prospérité matérielle, l’emploi généreux de nos ressources pour honorer Jéhovah nous vaut de grandes bénédictions. Pour Jésus, faire la volonté de Dieu était une “ nourriture ” qui lui donnait de la vigueur (Jean 4:34). De la même façon, nous sommes ‘ nourris ’ en prêchant le Royaume et en faisant des disciples à la gloire de Jéhovah. Si nous persévérons dans cette œuvre, nos dépôts de vivres spirituels seront remplis d’abondance. Notre joie, figurée par le vin nouveau, débordera.
      Nous comptons aussi sur Jéhovah et le prions pour avoir suffisamment de nourriture chaque jour, n’est-ce pas (Matthieu 6:11) ? En réalité, tout ce que nous possédons nous vient de notre Père céleste plein d’amour. Jéhovah nous ajoutera des bénédictions dans la mesure où nous employons nos choses de valeur à sa louange. — 1 Corinthiens 4:7.
      Acceptons la discipline de Jéhovah
      Signalant l’importance de la discipline pour atteindre à l’intimité avec Jéhovah, le roi d’Israël nous donne ce conseil : “ Ne rejette pas, ô mon fils, la discipline de Jéhovah, et n’aie pas son blâme en aversion, car celui que Jéhovah aime, il le reprend, comme un père reprend le fils en qui il prend plaisir. ” — Proverbes 3:11, 12.
      Cela dit, la discipline n’est pas forcément facile à accepter. “ Toute discipline [...] ne semble pas, pour le présent, être une joie, mais une peine, a écrit l’apôtre Paul ; plus tard cependant elle rapporte à ceux qu’elle a formés un fruit de paix, c’est-à-dire la justice. ” (Hébreux 12:11). Le blâme et la discipline sont des aspects nécessaires de la formation qui nous rapproche de Dieu. La correction que Jéhovah nous administre, que ce soit par l’intermédiaire de nos parents, de la congrégation chrétienne ou de notre méditation sur les Écritures lors de notre étude individuelle, est une expression de l’amour qu’il nous porte. Ayons la sagesse de bien la prendre.
      Saisissons la sagesse et le discernement
      Le roi Salomon insiste ensuite sur l’importance de la sagesse et du discernement pour cultiver des relations étroites avec Dieu. Il déclare : “ Heureux l’homme qui a trouvé la sagesse, et l’homme qui obtient le discernement, car mieux vaut l’avoir comme gain que d’avoir comme gain de l’argent, et mieux vaut l’avoir comme produit que d’avoir de l’or. [...] Elle est un arbre de vie pour ceux qui la saisissent, et ceux qui la tiennent ferme, il faut les proclamer heureux. ” — Proverbes 3:13-18.
      Puis il ajoute quelque chose qui nous sensibilise à la manifestation de sagesse et de discernement dont la magnifique création de Jéhovah porte l’empreinte : “ Jéhovah lui-même avec sagesse a fondé la terre. Il a solidement fixé les cieux avec discernement. [...] Mon fils, qu’elles ne s’éloignent pas de tes yeux. Préserve la sagesse pratique et la capacité de réflexion, et elles seront vie pour ton âme et charme pour ta gorge. ” — Proverbes 3:19-22.
      La sagesse et le discernement sont des qualités qui viennent de Dieu. Non contents de les cultiver, gardons-les en ne nous relâchant jamais dans notre étude assidue des Écritures ni dans la mise en pratique de ce que nous apprenons. “ Alors tu marcheras en sécurité sur ton chemin, dit Salomon, et ton pied ne heurtera rien. Quand tu te coucheras, tu ne ressentiras aucun effroi ; oui, tu te coucheras et ton sommeil sera vraiment agréable. ” — Proverbes 3:23, 24.
      Nous pouvons bel et bien marcher en sécurité et dormir l’esprit en paix tout en attendant l’arrivée, comparable à celle d’un voleur, du jour de la “ destruction subite ” qui fondra sur le monde méchant de Satan (1 Thessaloniciens 5:2, 3 ; 1 Jean 5:19). Soyons sûrs que, même durant la grande tribulation imminente, ‘ nous n’aurons pas à craindre une chose redoutable, soudaine, ni la tempête sur les méchants, parce qu’elle vient. Car Jéhovah lui-même sera vraiment notre confiance et, à coup sûr, il gardera notre pied de la capture ’. — Proverbes 3:25, 26 ; Matthieu 24:21.
      Faisons le bien
      “ Ne refuse pas le bien à ceux à qui il est dû, recommande Salomon, chaque fois qu’il est au pouvoir de ta main de le faire. ” (Proverbes 3:27). Faire le bien à d’autres, c’est notamment puiser généreusement dans nos ressources en leur faveur, ce qui revêt de nombreux aspects. Toutefois, en ce “ temps de la fin ”, la meilleure chose que nous puissions faire pour notre prochain n’est-elle pas de l’aider à nouer une relation étroite avec le vrai Dieu (Daniel 12:4) ? C’est donc le moment, maintenant, d’avoir du zèle pour prêcher le Royaume et faire des disciples. — Matthieu 28:19, 20.
      Le roi sage énumère également des pratiques à bannir : “ Ne dis pas à ton semblable : ‘ Va, et reviens, et demain je donnerai ’, alors que tu as quelque chose chez toi. Ne trame rien de mal contre ton semblable, alors qu’il habite près de toi avec un sentiment de sécurité. Ne te querelle pas sans raison avec un homme, s’il ne t’a pas fait de mal. Ne porte pas envie à l’homme de violence et ne choisis aucune de ses voies. ” — Proverbes 3:28-31.
      Résumant la raison de ces conseils, Salomon dit : “ Car l’homme plein de détours est chose détestable pour Jéhovah, mais Son intimité est avec les hommes droits. La malédiction de Jéhovah est sur la maison du méchant, mais il bénit la demeure des justes. S’il s’agit de moqueurs, il s’en moquera, mais il témoignera de la faveur aux humbles. L’honneur, voilà ce que posséderont les sages, mais les stupides exaltent le déshonneur. ” — Proverbes 3:32-35.
      Si nous voulons entrer dans l’intimité de Jéhovah, ne tramons pas de projets tortueux ou malfaisants (Proverbes 6:16-19). Nous n’aurons la faveur et la bénédiction de Jéhovah que si nous faisons ce qui est droit à ses yeux. Il pourra même nous arriver alors de recevoir des honneurs inattendus lorsque d’autres remarqueront que nous agissons en accord avec la sagesse divine. Bannissons donc les voies pleines de détours du monde méchant et violent où nous vivons. Ayons une conduite droite et cultivons l’intimité avec Jéhovah !


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    • Eric Ouellet

      PERLES SPIRITUELLES  GENÈSE CHAPITRES  42 - 43
       
      Restons unis dans l'amour en tout temps
      Vous estimez être assez grand pour rentrer tard les soirs du week-end, mais vos parents exigent que vous soyez là de bonne heure.
      Vous voulez aller voir le nouveau film dont tous vos camarades parlent, mais vos parents vous l’interdisent.
      Vous avez rencontré des jeunes sympathiques et vous aimeriez sortir avec eux, mais vos parents veulent d’abord faire leur connaissance.
      EN TANT qu’adolescent, vous avez parfois l’impression d’étouffer sous la coupe de vos parents. À chaque fois que vous exprimez un désir, il semble que la réponse qui s’ensuit inévitablement soit: “Non, ce n’est pas possible.” Une jeune fille apporte son témoignage: “Lorsque je suis devenue adolescente, mes parents se sont mis à m’imposer des tas de restrictions, comme le fait de ne pas rentrer après minuit. J’avais horreur de ça.”
      Aucun de vos mouvements ne semble échapper au regard inquisiteur de vos parents. Billy, 18 ans, se plaint de l’attitude de son père: “Il me demande d’où vient mon argent et où je le dépense. Puisque je le gagne moi-même, je crois que c’est à moi de décider de son usage.” Déborah, 15 ans, a le même sujet de plainte: “Mon père veut toujours savoir où je suis et à quelle heure je vais rentrer. La plupart des parents agissent ainsi. Faut-il qu’ils soient au courant de tout? Ils devraient me laisser plus libre.”
      Mais soyons honnêtes. La plupart des jeunes parviennent à agir à leur guise, au moins une bonne partie du temps, et vous ne faites sans doute pas exception à la règle. Mais, à certains moments peut-être, vos parents semblent oublier que vous avez grandi, et au lieu de vous traiter comme un adolescent, ils agissent avec vous comme avec un petit enfant. D’où vient ce besoin irrésistible qu’ils ont de vous protéger?
      Vous avez sans doute compris depuis longtemps que cette tendance protectrice allait en général de pair avec le rôle de parents. Quand papa et maman ne sont pas occupés à pourvoir à vos besoins matériels, ils se démènent souvent pour vous instruire, vous former et vous protéger. De plus, si vos parents sont chrétiens, ils prennent au sérieux le commandement biblique qui leur enjoint de vous “élever dans la discipline et l’éducation mentale de Jéhovah”. (Éphésiens 6:4.) L’intérêt qu’ils vous portent est donc loin d’être occasionnel. Ils sont responsables devant Dieu de la manière dont ils vous élèvent, et lorsqu’une chose semble menacer votre bien-être, ils s’inquiètent.
      Considérez l’exemple des parents de Jésus Christ. Après un séjour à Jérusalem, ils rentrèrent chez eux sans être suivis par Jésus. Quand ils s’aperçurent de son absence, ils se mirent à le chercher avec empressement, et même avec affolement, pendant trois jours! Lorsque enfin “ils le trouvèrent dans le temple, assis au milieu des enseignants, les écoutant et les interrogeant”, sa mère s’exclama: “Mon enfant, pourquoi as-tu agi ainsi avec nous? Vois! ton père et moi, nous te cherchons tout angoissés.” (Luc 2:41-48). Si les parents de Jésus étaient tout angoissés, songez au nombre de fois où vos parents doivent s’inquiéter à votre sujet.
      D’autre part, si vos parents sont si enclins à vous protéger, c’est aussi parce que la vision qu’ils ont de vous, de vos amis et du monde qui nous entoure est probablement très différente de la vôtre. Comme l’a souligné un jour Salomon, les jeunes sont pleins de force et d’énergie (Proverbes 20:29). Ils voient dans le monde maintes occasions d’utiliser et de développer leurs capacités. Mais ce faisant, ils ne font pas toujours preuve d’un très bon jugement, car ils sont “inexpérimentés” et manquent de “sagacité”. (Proverbes 1:4.) Les adultes ont peut-être moins de vigueur, mais bien souvent ils voient le monde avec les yeux de l’expérience. Ils connaissent bien les pièges et les dangers de la vie et veulent vous aider à ‘écarter le malheur’. — Ecclésiaste 11:10.
      Prenez par exemple cet éternel conflit au sujet de l’heure à laquelle vous devez rentrer. Vous ne voyez peut-être aucune raison d’être soumis à des restrictions dans ce domaine. Mais avez-vous déjà essayé de voir les choses du point de vue de vos parents? C’est ce qu’a tenté de faire les livres ( Les jeunes s'interrogent volumes 1 et 2), un ouvrage écrit pour les jeunes d’âge scolaire. Les jeunes gens de nos jours reconnaissent: “Nous savons que les parents s’inquiètent et se fâchent quand leurs enfants ne rentrent pas à l’heure fixée.”
      Ces jeunes ont établi une liste de tout ce que “les parents peuvent imaginer quand leurs enfants ne sont pas rentrés à l’heure”. On y trouve toutes sortes de choses. Ils pensent que ‘leur enfant se drogue, qu’il a eu un accident de voiture, qu’il traîne dans un jardin public, qu’il s’est fait arrêter, qu’il est allé voir un film pornographique, qu’il vend de la drogue, qu’il s’est fait agresser ou violer, qu’il a été emprisonné ou encore qu’il est en train de déshonorer le nom de la famille’.
      De prime abord, cela paraît presque amusant que des parents tirent des conclusions aussi hâtives. “Jamais je ne ferais ce genre de choses”, affirmerez-vous avec fierté. Mais n’est-il pas vrai que beaucoup de jeunes, peut-être même parmi vos camarades de classe, commettent certaines de ces actions? Devriez-vous donc rejeter le point de vue de vos parents qui estiment que rentrer tard et avoir de mauvaises compagnies vous seraient nuisibles? D’ailleurs, même les parents de Jésus tenaient à être informés de ses allées et venues.
      Comprenez le point de vue de vos parents
      Certes, toutes les restrictions que vous imposent vos parents ne sont peut-être pas aussi raisonnables. Certains jeunes vont jusqu’à dire que l’inquiétude qu’ont leurs parents à leur égard frôle la paranoïa. Mais cela s’explique. La Bible nous relate le cas d’un jeune homme du nom de Benjamin qui devait se rendre en Égypte avec ses frères. Quelle fut la réaction de son père? La Bible précise: “Mais Jacob n’envoya pas Benjamin, frère de Joseph, avec ses autres frères, car il disait: ‘Sans cela, il pourrait lui arriver un accident mortel.”’ — Genèse 42:4.
      Or Benjamin était adulte; il avait plus de 30 ans. Il aurait pu facilement s’irriter d’être traité ainsi. Après tout, pourquoi un “accident mortel” le menacerait-il davantage que ses dix autres frères? Cependant, il semble qu’il comprit les sentiments de son père. Benjamin était le second fils de Rachel, la femme préférée de Jacob. Elle était morte en le mettant au monde (Genèse 35:17, 18). On peut donc imaginer à quel point Jacob devait être attaché à son fils. De plus, Jacob croyait à tort que Joseph, l’autre fils qu’il avait eu de Rachel, avait disparu dans un “accident mortel”. Bien qu’elle ne fût pas entièrement rationnelle, la réaction de Jacob était cependant compréhensible.
      De même, il peut arriver par moments que vos parents semblent trop en faire pour vous protéger. Mais n’oubliez pas qu’ils ont “investi” en vous beaucoup de temps, d’énergie et d’affection. À l’idée que vous grandissez et que vous finirez par les quitter, ils se sentent peut-être mal à l’aise ou très inquiets*. Le commentaire suivant le prouve: “Mon enfant unique, mon fils, a 19 ans aujourd’hui et je supporte difficilement l’idée de le voir s’en aller.”
      En effet, quand ils vous voient grandir, vos parents se rendent compte douloureusement qu’ils commencent à vieillir et que leur rôle de parents semble toucher à sa fin (bien que ce ne soit pas vraiment le cas). Une autre personne a déclaré: “Au début, on pense qu’on a vécu sa vie et qu’on est bon à mettre au rebut.”
      Voilà pourquoi certains parents ont tendance à se montrer extrêmement possessifs ou à protéger à l’excès leurs enfants. Mais vous commettriez une grave erreur si vous réagissiez avec violence devant une telle situation. Une jeune femme se souvient: “Jusqu’à l’âge de 18 ans, j’étais très proche de ma mère. (...) Mais après, nous avons commencé à avoir des problèmes. Au fur et à mesure que je grandissais, je voulais être plus indépendante et ma mère pensait que cela nuisait à nos relations. De son côté, elle resserrait son emprise sur moi et j’ai réagi en m’éloignant encore davantage. Je comprends maintenant que j’avais ma part de torts.” Il est bien préférable d’essayer de ‘se mettre à la place d’autrui’ et de comprendre nos parents (I Pierre 3:8). Une jeune fille du nom de Catherine explique qu’en agissant ainsi elle a ‘appris à manifester plus de considération envers ses parents’.
      Vous aussi, vous agirez bien si vous manifestez davantage de considération envers vos parents et essayez de cultiver une compréhension mutuelle. N’oubliez pas que tous les parents ne s’inquiètent pas de leurs enfants au point de veiller à leur bien-être. Soyez donc heureux d’avoir des parents qui se soucient de vous. C’est la preuve qu’ils vous aiment.
      La vraie repentance rend possible la miséricorde
      Joseph occupait donc une position enviable. La vie des habitants de l’Égypte, dont celle de Potiphar et de sa femme, était entre ses mains. Mais elle n’était pas menacée. Joseph avait déjà démontré qu’il était un homme miséricordieux et clément et qu’il n’était pas rancunier et ne cherchait pas à se venger. Cependant, sa miséricorde allait être sérieusement mise à l’épreuve. Cela arriva quand la famine s’étendit sur toute la terre et que toutes sortes de peuples vinrent en Égypte pour chercher du grain. Un jour, alors que Joseph s’acquittait de ses responsabilités et pourvoyait avec compassion à la nourriture des peuples affamés et des Égyptiens, ses dix demi-frères se présentèrent à lui et se prosternèrent la face contre terre. Joseph se rappela immédiatement les rêves qu’il avait faits à ce sujet, mais, bien qu’il les eût reconnus, il ne se fit pas connaître d’eux et leur parla uniquement par l’entremise d’un interprète. Comment allait-il agir envers eux ? Après plus de vingt ans, l’heure de leur jugement était arrivée. Étant donné qu’ils n’avaient pas manifesté la moindre pitié, ils méritaient un jugement impitoyable. Agissant en tant que représentant de Jéhovah, Joseph ne pouvait pas transgresser les lois divines de justice. Cependant, il n’était pas rancunier et il allait devoir rendre compte à Dieu de la façon dont il les traiterait. C’est pourquoi, influencé par la sagesse d’en haut, il les mit à l’épreuve. — Gen. 41:53 à 42:8.
      Leur parlant durement, Joseph accusa ses demi-frères d’être des espions. Quand ils protestèrent de leur innocence et lui dirent qu’ils étaient tous fils d’un seul homme et qu’un de leurs frères était resté avec leur père, il lia Siméon devant eux et leur dit qu’il resterait emprisonné jusqu’à ce qu’ils reviennent avec leur autre frère. Bouleversés, les demi-frères de Joseph manifestèrent une attitude tout à fait repentante ; ils acceptèrent ce malheur comme un châtiment venant de Dieu, “car, se dirent-ils, nous avons vu, la détresse de son âme [de Joseph], quand il nous suppliait d’avoir compassion, mais nous n’avons pas écouté”. Joseph, qui les entendait, bien qu’ils n’en soient pas conscients, fut très ému ; il s’éloigna d’eux et se mit à pleurer. Toutefois, leur épreuve n’était pas terminée. Il ne devait subsister aucun doute quant à la sincérité de leur repentir. Ayant fait remplir leurs réceptacles de grain, Joseph fit remettre secrètement leur argent dans leurs sacs et les renvoya chez eux, alors qu’il gardait Siméon. — Gen. 42:9-28.
      Finalement, quand ils n’eurent plus de céréales, ils durent redescendre en Égypte. Mais ils avaient été avertis de ne pas se présenter devant le préposé à la nourriture en Égypte à moins d’amener leur frère avec eux. Craignant de perdre le seul fils qui lui restait de sa femme bien-aimée Rachel depuis qu’il avait perdu Joseph, Jacob refusait toujours de le laisser aller. Finalement, il n’y eut plus d’autre solution. Juda se porta garant pour lui. Quand ils se présentèrent devant Joseph et que celui-ci vit Benjamin, son propre frère, il ne put se contenir. Ses émotions intimes s’étant ravivées pour son frère, il alla dans une chambre intérieure où il donna libre cours à ses larmes. Ensuite, il soumit ses demi-frères à une dernière épreuve. Par ruse, il fit croire que Benjamin avait volé sa coupe d’argent très précieuse. Il ordonna donc que Benjamin reste pour être son esclave et que les autres retournent dans la maison de leur père. Affligés et le cœur brisé parce qu’ils savaient que la perte de Benjamin, le fils bien-aimé de Jacob, ferait descendre les cheveux gris de leur père dans la tombe, ils supplièrent Joseph de leur rendre Benjamin. Finalement, quand Juda s’offrit volontairement à prendre la place de Benjamin, Joseph n’arriva plus à se dominer. Alors, en pleurant, il se fit connaître à ses frères, en disant : “Je suis Joseph, votre frère, que vous avez vendu pour l’Égypte. Mais à présent, ne soyez pas peinés et ne soyez pas irrités contre vous-mêmes, de m’avoir vendu pour ici ; car c’est pour la préservation de la vie que Dieu m’a envoyé en avant de vous.” Sur l’ordre de Pharaon, Joseph fit en sorte que Jacob, son père, et toute sa maisonnée, viennent en Égypte où ils reçurent la meilleure partie du pays. — Gen. 42:29 à 47:31.
      Debout lors du jugement avec une vie de miséricorde derrière soi
       L’étendue et la qualité de la miséricorde de Joseph sont mises en évidence par les circonstances dans lesquelles elle a été exercée. Il a été cruellement traité, voire menacé de mort, par ses demi-frères, il a été accusé faussement et avec ruse par la femme de Potiphar, celui-ci a agi durement envers lui en le faisant injustement emprisonné, et le chef des échansons, qu’il avait encouragé avec compassion, l’oublia avec ingratitude. Malgré cela, Joseph ne songea nullement à se venger quand il en eut le pouvoir. Bien au contraire, avec amour et une considération profonde et sincère, il veilla à satisfaire leurs besoins, étendant sa compassion jusqu’à la maison de son père et à tous les membres de la nation égyptienne. Joseph n’a certainement pas cultivé cette qualité seulement après qu’il eut été élevé à une position qui lui conférait honneur et puissance. Au contraire, la miséricorde que Jéhovah témoigna à Joseph durant ses épreuves en le protégeant, en le soutenant et en le rassurant, est un témoignage de l’attitude clémente et miséricordieuse qu’il a dû garder pendant tout ce temps. Cela paraît tout à fait certain à en juger par la règle suivante énoncée par Jésus : “Heureux les miséricordieux, puisqu’il leur sera fait miséricorde.” (Mat. 5:7). Cette attitude de Joseph ressemble beaucoup à celle de Jésus qui, sur le poteau de supplice où il allait mourir, déclara : “Père, pardonne-leur, car ils ne savent pas ce qu’ils font”, ou à celle d’Étienne qui, alors qu’il était lapidé à mort, s’écria : “Jéhovah, ne leur compte pas ce péché.” (Luc 23:34 ; Actes 7:60). La miséricorde dont chacun de ces hommes témoigna dans ces différents cas fut récompensée.
      Cela n’indique-t-il pas clairement que nous avons tout intérêt à nous montrer miséricordieux ? Paul nous certifie que “chacun de nous rendra compte à Dieu pour soi-même”. (Rom. 14:12.) Qu’il est réconfortant de savoir que “la miséricorde, triomphante, se glorifie aux dépens du jugement” ! Que ce soit aujourd’hui, dans un moment critique, ou lors du Jour du Jugement, qui approche rapidement (II Pierre 3:7), quand il s’agira de rendre compte pour nous-mêmes à Dieu et à Jésus Christ, le Juge qu’il a établi, notre situation dépendra entre autres choses de la miséricorde que nous aurons témoignée au cours de notre vie passée. C’est par conséquent l’obéissance au commandement de Jésus nous ordonnant d’aimer en toutes circonstances qui nous aidera à mener une vie riche en miséricorde, contribuant ainsi à la louange de Jéhovah et à la paix dans l'assemblées.
      À leur arrivée dans le pays, ils furent réunis à Siméon et, à leur grande surprise, ils furent tous invités à manger avec l’administrateur des vivres. Quand Joseph arriva, ils lui offrirent un cadeau, se prosternèrent devant lui et, après avoir répondu à ses questions au sujet de leur père, s’inclinèrent de nouveau. Quand Joseph vit Benjamin, son frère, une émotion si vive s’empara de lui qu’il s’éloigna et se laissa aller aux larmes. Après cela il fut capable de maîtriser ses sentiments et il ordonna qu’on serve le repas du midi. Les 11 frères furent placés à une table pour eux selon leur âge, et Benjamin reçut des portions cinq fois plus grosses que les autres. Probablement Joseph éprouvait-il ainsi ses frères pour voir s’ils n’étaient pas encore animés de quelque jalousie cachée. Mais ils ne donnèrent aucun signe d’un tel état d’esprit. — Gn 43:15-34.
      Comme la fois précédente, Joseph ordonna qu’on remette l’argent de chacun dans son sac (Gn 42:25) et, en plus, il commanda qu’on place sa coupe d’argent dans celui de Benjamin. Après qu’ils se furent mis en route, Joseph les fit rattraper et accuser d’avoir volé sa coupe d’argent. Peut-être pour leur faire prendre conscience de toute la valeur que revêtait cet objet à ses yeux et de la gravité du délit qu’ils étaient censés avoir commis, l’homme qui était au-dessus de la maison de Joseph avait pour consigne de leur dire : “ N’est-ce pas là l’objet dans lequel boit mon maître et au moyen duquel il lit habilement les présages ? ” (Gn 44:1-5). Toute cette mise en scène faisant partie d’une ruse, il n’y a évidemment pas lieu de penser que Joseph se servait vraiment de cette coupe d’argent pour lire les présages. Apparemment, Joseph souhaitait se faire passer pour l’administrateur d’un pays dans lequel le vrai culte n’était pas pratiqué.
      Grande dut être la consternation des frères de Joseph lorsque la coupe fut trouvée dans le sac de Benjamin. Les vêtements déchirés, ils retournèrent chez Joseph et se prosternèrent devant lui. Joseph déclara qu’à l’exception de Benjamin ils étaient tous libres de partir. Mais ils ne voulurent pas, ce qui montra qu’ils n’avaient plus cette envie qui les avait poussés, quelque 22 ans auparavant, à vendre leur frère. Avec éloquence, Juda supplia en leur faveur et proposa de prendre la place de Benjamin pour que leur père ne meure pas de chagrin en ne le voyant pas revenir. — Gn 44:6-34.
      Joseph révèle son identité. Profondément touché par la supplication de Juda, Joseph ne put se dominer plus longtemps. Il ordonna à tous les étrangers de sortir, puis il révéla son identité à ses frères. Il ne nourrissait pas d’animosité à leur égard, même s’ils l’avaient grandement maltraité auparavant. Il leur dit : “ Maintenant, ne soyez pas peinés et ne soyez pas en colère contre vous-mêmes, de m’avoir vendu pour ici ; car c’est pour la préservation de la vie que Dieu m’a envoyé en avant de vous. Car ceci est la deuxième année de la famine au milieu de la terre, et il y a encore cinq ans durant lesquels il n’y aura ni période de labour ni moisson. Dieu m’a donc envoyé en avant de vous afin de mettre, pour vous, sur la terre, un reste et vous garder en vie en vous faisant échapper d’une grande manière. Ainsi donc, ce n’est pas vous qui m’avez envoyé ici, mais c’est le vrai Dieu. ” (Gn 45:1-8). Le pardon de Joseph était sincère, car il pleura contre ses frères et les embrassa tous.
      Soyons ferme et unie avec notre famille charnelle et spirituelle car l'unité et l'amour est basé sur un pardon mutuelle et constant. Elle garde nos relations avec les autres dans une joie constante et épanouie.
      Soyons heureux de vivre tous unie même dans les épreuves de la vie, car Jéhovah est notre bouclier et notre force pour toujours.

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    • Eric Ouellet

      Gardons notre coeur fort dans la foi jusqu'aux jour de Dieu
       
      Imaginez un avion de petite taille pris dans le mauvais temps. Le pilote perd ses repères au sol. Des nuages épais l'environnent, et l'empêchent de voir plus loin que son pare-brise. Pourtant, il est certain arriver à bon port. Pourquoi est-il si confiant?
      Grâce à la précision de ses instruments de bord, il est en mesure de naviguer au travers des nuages ou d'atterrir dans l'obscurité. Sur sa route, et surtout à l'approche de l'aérodrome, des balises électroniques le guident, et il reste en contact radio avec la tour de contrôle.
      De façon assez similaire, nous pouvons regarder l'avenir avec confiance, quand bien même les conditions mondiales s'assombrissent de jour en jour. Notre vol à travers le système corrompu de ce monde est plus long que prévu, mais nous pouvons être sûr de nous trouver sur la bonne voie et d'arriver en temps et en heure qui nous aie prévu. Si nous en sommes persuadés, c'est par ce que les conseils que nous recevons nous donnent une vue ensemble plus perçante que l'oeil humain.
      La paroles de Dieu est une lumière pour notre sentier, et elle est digne de foi, rendant sage l'inexpérimenté. (Psaumes 19:17 ; 119:105)
      Telle une balise qui indique au pilote la bonne trajectoire, la bible nous expose ce que l'avenir nous réserve et nous fournit des instructions claires pour nous mener à la bonne destination. Mais cette direction divine ne nous sera profitable que si nous nous montrons confiants.
      Dans sa lettre aux hébreux, Paul a exhorté les chrétiens d'origine juive à retenir ferme jusqu'à la fin la confiance qu'ils avaient eu au commencement de leur apprentissage . (Hébreux 3:14) Si elle n'est pas maintenue ferme, notre confiance peut être ébranlée. Comment garder confiance en Jéhovah jusqu'à la fin?
      Cultivons notre foi
      Si un pilote est capable de naviguer sans visibilité, avec seulement les recours de ses instruments de bord et en contact radio, c'est parce qu'il a derrière lui une formation adapté à toutes situations et sa formation spéciale de départ qui fut sur de longue période d'heure de vol de pratique et former par des hommes expériences à ses côtés. De même un serviteur de Dieu à constamment besoin d'exercer sa foi de manière à garder confiance dans les direction de Jéhovah, surtout si les circonstances deviennent difficiles. L'apôtres Paul a écrit: " Parce que nous avons ce même esprit de foi que celui dont il est écrit:" J'ai exercé la foi, c'est pourquoi j'ai parlé; donc, nous exerçons la foi, c'est pourquoi nous parlons. (2Corinthiens 4:13). Ainsi en parlant autour de nous de la bonne nouvelles que Dieu nous a donné, nous exerçons notre foi véritable et nous l'affermissons.
      Voici une belle expérience de foi au temps de la seconde guerre mondiale.
      Magdalena, qui a passé quatre ans dans un camp concentration pendant la seconde guerre mondiale, sait l'importance de la prédication. " Maman m'a appris que pour garder une foi forte , dit-elle, il faut absolument s'intéresser au bien être spirituel des gens. Pour vous donner une idée, je me souviens de notre sortie du camp de Ravensbrück. Nous sommes arrivées chez nous un vendredi, physiquement exténuées. Eh bien, figurez vous que deux jour plus tard, le dimanche, nous sommes allées prêcher de maison en maison avec nos frères et soeurs. Je suis sûr d'une chose: quand on s'efforce d'aider les autres à voir confiance dans les promesse de Dieu, ces promesses deviennent plus réelles pour nous." (Actes 5:42) 
      Pour garder une confiance ferme et inébranlable jusqu'à la fin, il faut s'investir dans d'autres activités spirituelles. L'étude individuelle est une source de force car elle nous aide à puiser en profondeur l'essence de notre foi et Jéhovah nous transmet cette foi quand nous le faisons avec joie véritable venant d'un coeur entier. Imitons l'exemple de Béreens en examinant minutieusement les Écritures chaque jour. Cela nous aidera à "avoir la pleine certitude de l'espérance dans les moments difficiles et nous guidera vers une santé pour passer les tribulations avenir jusqu'à la fin."( Hébreux 6:11 ; Actes 17:11) L'étude individuelle, il est vrai que cela demande du temps et de la volonté.
      En gardant un rythme soutenu à cette volonté, nous seront des imitateurs de ceux qui, grâce à la foi et à la patience, hériteront de la promesse de notre Créateur Jéhovah.
      Confiant et bâtissons notre expérience 
      Évidemment, la confiance d'un pilote en ses intruments ne tient pas uniquement à la formation reçue. Elle est dictée par l'expérience. De même, notre confiance en Jéhovah grandit quand nous constatons dans notre vie qu'il se soucie de nous avec amour. C'est parce qu'il en avait fait l'expérience que Josué a pu rapeller ceci aux Israélites: Vous savez bien de tout votre coeur et de tout âme que pas une parole n'a faillit de toutes les bonnes paroles que vous a dites Jéhovah votre Dieu. Toutes se sont réalisées pour vous.-(Josué23:14). Jéhovah nous guide toujours dans le bonne direction.
      Les mauvaises compagnies peuvent nous faire dévier du droit chemin
      Sous l'effet du vent, un avion de petite taille peut facilement dévier si sa trajectoire n'est pas corrigée. De même, les chrétiens d'aujourd'hui subissent constamment des influences extérieures. Nous vivons dans un monde aux pensées charnelles, où les valeurs spirituelles sont facilement tournées en ridicule, et où l'argent et les plaisirs sont largement mis en avant scène. Paul à fait savoir à Timothé que les derniers jours seraient "difficiles à supporter"(2Timothé 3:1-5) Le monde actuel souhaitent être acceptés et bien en vus, les adolescents se laissent particulièrement influencer par les mauvaises compagnies. (2Timothé 2:22)
      Quel que soit notre âge, nous côtoyons forcément des gens qui critiquent nos croyances. D'aucun trouveront à leur réflexion une certaine finesse, mais aux yeux de Dieu elles sont physique et non spirituelles (1 Corinthiens 2:14) Aux jours de Paul, les sceptiques, des philosophes imprégnés de la sagesse propre au monde, propageaient des enseignements qui ont peut être amené certains serviteurs de Corinthe à perdre la foi en la résurrection. (1 Corinthiens 15:12) "Ne vous laissez pas tromper. Les mauvaises fréquentation font perdre les bonne habitudes." ( 1 Corinthiens 15:33) 
      À l'inverse, les bonnes compagnies nous affermissent sur le plan spirituel. Dans l'assemblée chrétienne, nous sommes à même de côtoyer des personnes qui vivent leur foi. Cela est essentiel à notre cheminement et garde notre relation avec Dieu de manière ordonnée et privilégie une relation d'amitié avec Dieu constante et forte.
      Foi et condition de coeur qui approuve nos valeurs chrétienne 
      Pour que la confiance en Jéhovah s’installe en nous, il est important que notre cœur soit touché. Certes, “ la foi est l’attente assurée de choses qu’on espère, la démonstration évidente [ou “ preuve convaincante ”, note] de réalités que pourtant on ne voit pas ”. (Hébreux 11:1.) Toutefois, nous ne serons convaincus qu’à condition d’y mettre notre cœur (Proverbes 18:15 ; Matthieu 5:6). C’est la raison pour laquelle l’apôtre Paul a dit que “ la foi n’est pas le bien de tous ”. — 2 Thessaloniciens 3:2.
      Comment rester réceptifs à toutes les preuves convaincantes dont nous disposons ? En cultivant les qualités spirituelles, qualités qui enrichissent et stimulent la foi. Pierre nous exhorte à ‘ fournir à notre foi la vertu, la connaissance, la maîtrise de soi, l’endurance, l’attachement à Dieu, l’affection fraternelle et l’amour ’. (2 Pierre 1:5-7 ; Galates 5:22, 23.) En revanche, si nous sommes égocentriques ou si notre service pour Jéhovah n’est que symbolique, est-il bien raisonnable de croire que notre foi grandira ?
      Avant de lire la Parole de Jéhovah et afin de la mettre en pratique, Ezra “ avait préparé son cœur ”. (Ezra 7:10.) Mika, lui aussi, a montré que son cœur était touché : “ Mais pour moi, c’est Jéhovah que je guetterai. Je veux rester dans l’attente du Dieu de mon salut. Mon Dieu m’entendra. ” — Mika 7:7.
      C’est avec la même patience que Magdalena, déjà citée, attend Jéhovah (Habaqouq 2:3). “ Nous avons déjà le paradis spirituel, dit-elle. La prochaine étape, le Paradis terrestre, viendra en son temps. En attendant, des centaines de milliers de personnes s’ajoutent à la grande foule. C’est merveilleux de voir tant de gens rejoindre l’organisation de Dieu. ”
      Regardons vers le Dieu de notre salut
      Pour garder fermement confiance jusqu’à la fin, il faut exercer notre foi et écouter attentivement les conseils que Jéhovah et son organisation nous donnent. Cela en vaut vraiment la peine. Quelle satisfaction pour un pilote, au terme d’un vol long et pénible, de redescendre et de sortir enfin de la masse nuageuse ! Devant nous se déroule une campagne verte et hospitalière. La piste de l’aérodrome est là, au-dessous, prête à l’accueillir.
      Des moments exaltants nous attendent, nous aussi. Notre monde sinistre, mauvais, fera place à une nouvelle terre de justice. Un magnifique accueil nous sera réservé. Nous pourrons arriver à bon port si nous suivons les paroles du psalmiste : “ Tu es mon espoir, ô Souverain Seigneur Jéhovah, ma confiance depuis ma jeunesse. (...) En toi est ma louange, constamment. ” — Psaume 71:5, 6.
      Cultivons la foi qui surpasse toutes pensées.

       
       

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    • Mararm

      Buenos días desde México!
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