Sure, they got their starts in the decade of decadence, but Madonna and Prince have each been going strong for over 30 years – and neither shows any signs of stopping. More importantly, both have just announced tours to support their new albums and tickets are onsale today. The “me” decade might even have been the “we” decade for these two musicians; they were briefly linked romantically sometime around 1985, but their split must have been acrimonious, as they have thrown verbal jabs at one another in the press since.
Tickets for Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour are onsale today, as well. Her first time hitting the road in three years will see Madge making at least 20 North American stops in the U.S. and Canada, with an additional 12 in Europe. The Rebel Heart album and its first single, Living for Love, have received a warm critical welcome, with business insiders proclaiming the album and tour a return to Madonna’s dance-pop roots after MDNA failed to hit home with consumers. Check out her tour dates to see when the Rebel Heart hits a venue near you!
His Purpleness, in a style suiting his flair for the dramatic, has held off on announcing the specifics of his 2015 tour until now. The eccentric and multi-talented musician kicks off the US leg of his Hit and Run tour this week with a show in Louisville, KY on March 14. The venue has just been announced to be the Louisville Palace, and tickets are onsale Monday, March 9 at 10:00 a.m. Prince crisscrossed Europe for much of 2014, playing spontaneous shows to support both his solo album Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum, his debut with 3rdEyeGirl, and now takes his show stateside. Don’t miss your chance to see the artist formerly and currently known as Prince. Check the Prince page often to see when he might add another spontaneous show! Tickets for Prince shows are almost as elusive as the musician himself, so be sure to check back often to see when seats are available.
As probably already know, Prince is back. Earlier in 2013, he released a lyric video for his song, "Screwdriver," followed by a small West Coast tour with his backup band, 3rdeyegirl. They released another song and video, "Fixurlifeup," shortly after.
Over the summer, he and his band performed at a few festivals. Then Prince made his return really worthwhile when he released his single, "Breakfast Can Wait," an image from comedian Dave Chapelle's impersonation of Prince on "Chappelle's Show" as the single's cover art. Who can resist an artist who can laugh at himself?
On Oct. 5, Prince made headlines when he and his band, NPG, put on a last-minute show in his home, which he calls Paisley Park. They only gave two days notice and the entrance fee was a $50 donation. Apparently Prince loved how that turned out because today, he's offering a pajama party for his fans.
Prince said he will open his home once again to his fans for a show on Saturday, Oct. 19, starting at 2 a.m. This concert will be more casual than the less show, and attendees are encouraged to wear — what else? — pajamas. This show, called he Breakfast Experience Pajama Dance Party, will feature Prince and his band 3rdEyeGirl.
Snoop Dogg is no more. Now he's Snoop Lion. Following a conversion to the Rastafari movement, the rapper changed his stage name, and is preparing to release a Reggae album called Reincarnated.
This, of course, isn't the first time an artist or band has changed their name. Bands frequently go through one or more name changes early in their careers. For example U2 was first called "Feedback" and then "The Hype" before settling on their current name.
Sometimes, though, name changes come later in careers. Here are four of the best known artists with multiple name changes:
- Snoop Lion: Snoop's most recent name change isn't his first. He debuted in 1993 as Snoop Doggy Dogg. By his third album, Da Game is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told, he was Snoop Dogg.
- Prince: Who can forget The Love Symbol? Prince adopted it in 1993 following a very public dispute with his label. A combination of the male and female gender symbols, it was unpronounceable, leading the media to dub him "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince." He later reverted to his original name.
- Diddy: The artist now known as Diddy has gone through a whole slew of name changes. Sean Combs — which is his real name — has shifted from his original Puff Daddy to P. Diddy in 2001, and finally just Diddy in 2005. Fun fact: Due to a legal dispute, he is still known as P. Diddy in the United Kingdom.
- John Mellencamp: After spending his early years as Johnny Cougar and John Cougar, mainstream success gave him enough say to finally have "Mellencamp" attached to his name in 1982, creating John Cougar Mellencamp. Eight years later it was shortened to his legal name, removing the "Cougar."