Apple Music Hits Celebrates Prince Today to Honor His Influence on Music

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In preparation for the release of Prince’s Welcome 2 America, an album of previously unheard music from the infamous vaults of his Minneapolis studio, Paisley Park. Apple Music Hits will be celebrating their version of “Prince Day” this Friday.

The streaming service will be dedicating the entire day to Prince by playing songs from the immense discography of “His Royal Badness.”

According to the press release obtained by EBONY, Prince fans can “listen live for free as Apple Music Hits takes you through Prince’s Welcome 2 America release, his treasure trove of classics on Apple Music, and so much more. Honor the artist who reinvented the genres of funk, rock, soul, pop and R&B, and changed music forever. Prince Day… only on Apple Music Hits.”

Without question, Prince is one of the greatest musicians of all time. A master in several genres, he pioneered the Minneapolis sound. He introduced the world to The Time, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Morris Day, Vanity 6, Apollonia 6, Sheila E, Jesse Johnson, Mazarati, The Family, The Revolution, and Wendy & Lisa. 

Over the span of his illustrious career, Prince released 39 studio albums (including four soundtrack albums), four live albums, nine compilation albums (including one soundtrack album), 17 video albums and three posthumous albums. He sold over 150 million records worldwide, ranking him among the best-selling music artists of all time. Garnering commercial success and critical acclaim, he won seven Grammy Awards,  seven American Music Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BET Lifetime Achievement Award, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 in his first year of eligibility. 

Check out the “Prince Day” lineup only on Apple Music Hits Schedule below:

4:00AM PST The Estelle ShowEstelle curates a special Prince Tribute with DJ Kiss

6:00AM PST Jayde DonovanJayde’s show will feature her Prince selections

9:00 AM PST Easy Hits Radio w/ SabiSabi presents an “As Written By” special featuring songs written or produced by Prince for other artists along with classic Prince covers

See Also

11:00 AM PST Rock ClassicsJenn Marino features the harder edge rock-influenced tracks from Prince’s classic catalogue.

12:00PM PST Pure ThrowbackNat & Nicole (NinaSky) provide a special Prince mix

1:00 PM PST Glydezone Radio w/ DāM FunKDām dedicates a set to Prince Adjacent’s—the artists & musicians that surrounded the Minneapolis Monarch

2:00 PM PST STROMBOStrombo dedicates his show to Prince–Hour 1 is a Prince Welcome 2 America album special, featuring NPG contributors Morris Hayes and Shelby J. Hour 2, Strombo traces Prince’s lineage and influence on other artists. 4:00PM Here To There Radio w/ DJ SpinnaSpinna has gained worldwide recognition for his Prince-themed parties and mixes. For Apple’s “Prince Day,” Spinna will play a 2-hour mega-mix of signature Prince classics, rarities and more.

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