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Maya Rudolph Nails 'Purple Rain' For Prince's Bday With Armisen on Drums!

6/9/2017 9:44 AM PDT

Maya Rudolph tipped her hat to Prince Thursday night with her cover band, Princess ... the last night of back-to-back sold-out shows honoring the Purple One's 59th birthday.

The 'SNL' vet performed at the Teragram Ballroom in L.A., and her old co-star, Fred Armisen, sat in on drums for "Darling Nikki", "Nasty Girl" and "Purple Rain."

Even Prince had said he was a fan of Maya's group ... easy to see why.

If you know what I'm singing about up here, c'mon, raise your hand!

Prince Estate Ordered to Pony Up $1 Million To Keep 'Deliverance' Off Market

5/3/2017 2:08 PM PDT

Prince's estate has just been ordered to put $1 million where its mouth is .... if it wants to keep Prince's unreleased music off the market.

A judge just extended a restraining order that blocks the release of the "Deliverance" EP by producer George Ian Boxill, who insists he has the right to release the tunes.

The music still can't be released, but there will eventually be a trial to determine if Boxill had the right to put out the music. The judge wants the estate to post a $1 MILLION bond which will go to Boxill if he ends up winning the trial. That money will cover at least a portion of his losses.

As for the one song that Boxill released ... the judge did not try and unscramble that egg. People who bought it get a pass.

Prince Estate We're Holding Back New Music For Our Reality Show!

5/1/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Prince's estate wants to get into the reality show biz, and that's why it went to war to shut down the release of a new album on the anniversary of his death.

Sources close to Prince's heirs tell us the reality show, featuring family members, is in the works right now, and will focus on how their lives have changed since he died.

We're told the family's fighting George Ian Boxill, the producer of the "Deliverance" EP, to keep the music under wraps ... so they can debut it on the show. So, the good news is ... there's still hope the music will see the light of day. The question is when?

We're told the reality show is still in early development. They have a production company on board, but no deal to air yet.

Meanwhile, the court has ordered Boxill to turn over the music to the estate, but he's still fighting that.

Prince Toronto Home Hits the Market For a Fortune!!!

4/26/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

It's as if Prince never left his former crib -- his magic touch is all over the place and it can be yours for a VERY shiny penny.

The Purple One's former Toronto pad is back on the market for $13,186,500. And talk about a huge jump in market value -- the house was listed at just under $9.5 mil 2 years ago.

The 14,500 square foot compound has subtle -- and not so subtle -- reminders that Prince once lived there from 2001 to 2006 when he was married to Manuela Testolini.

From the purple carpet in the basement to his stamps on dining room doors and the iron-type desk where he wrote and read, there's constant reminders of his revering presence. 

We're told the seller yanked the listing shortly after the singer's death because the seller didn't want to make it look like he was capitalizing on Prince's passing.

And how's this for a bonus: the lucky buyer will live in the same neighborhood as one of Drake's.

Victor Brewda of Forest Hill Real Estate and Barry Cohen of RE/MAX are repping the seller.

Prince Wanted Fans to Hear Music Vault ... Says Protege Shelby J

4/21/2017 4:26 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Prince absolutely wanted his mountain of unreleased music to be heard after his death ... this according to his friend and longtime protege, Shelby J.

Shelby told us -- on the first anniversary of Prince's death -- she distinctly remembers talking to him about the legendary vault of music he'd recorded ... some even with her. She says Prince was very clear about his wishes.

Prince's estate got a restraining order against the producer who tried to release a 5-track EP of previously unreleased tracks. But according to Shelby -- who worked with Prince for 10 years -- he'd be on board with "Deliverance," and much more, going public.

Prince Anniversary Morris Day, Fans Celebrate His Life

4/21/2017 7:06 AM PDT

The first anniversary of Prince's death is marked by a couple of his favorite things -- new music, and his fans.

Fans gathered at Paisley Park, Prince's home and studio, on Thursday night as part of Celebration 2017 -- 4 days of concerts honoring the legend who died a year ago today. Huge bouquets of purple balloons flew outside the event.

And there's this ... Morris Day -- lead singer of The Time and Prince's nemesis in "Purple Rain" -- released a new song in his honor ... "Over That Rainbow."

Morris told Rolling Stone the last time he saw Prince, "I thought maybe something wasn't right. I thought, he looked thin, even though he always looks fragile. After he passed away, I just wondered if he knew something that he wasn't telling me. I just felt like he knew. Like he knew that something wasn't right."

#RIPPrince

Prince Lawyers Haul in Millions Off Death

12/1/2016 10:15 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

It pays to be Prince's lawyers ... they're raking in a ton of cash for handling the late singer's estate and legal issues.

The special administrator handling Prince's estate -- Bremer Trust -- filed docs asking the court to approve more than $2.3 million in bills racked up from July 1 through Sept. 30. As the estate describes it ... handling "the complexity of the problems involved" doesn't come cheap, and requires a bunch of high-priced lawyers.

The biggest expense so far is for the legal services of Stinson Leonard Street at $1,840,895.97. Remember, that's just for 3 months of work. In all, there are 6 firms listed as handling everything from claims by potential heirs to Paisley Park Museum plans. For the record, the lowest tab was for Broad and Cassel ... which only billed the estate for $915.73.

Some of the dough's also going to law firms in Italy and Florida handling copyright suits, plus a lawsuit in Cali to collect royalties.

Prince's estate is reportedly worth 200 million bucks. 

Prince Bickering Family to Come Together at AMAs

11/20/2016 12:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Prince's siblings have called a truce in what has become an intense war over his estate ... and they're actually coming together Sunday night to pay homage to their late, famous bro.

Sources connected with Prince's estate tell us, the singer's sister, Tyka Nelson, has organized a trip to L.A. for the entire brood.  Prince's "Purple Rain" snagged a posthumous nom for Top Soundtrack, and you know the drill ... there are few surprises, so we're guessing he'll win.

As for why "Purple Rain," released in 1984, is nominated this year ... the noms are based in part on sales, and after the singer's death the album hit #2 on the Billboard 200.  Other nominees include "Star Wars:  The Force Awakens" and "Suicide Squad:  The Album."

FYI ... the AMAs last year were Prince's last TV appearance.

Prince Estate to Jay Z NO Deal for His Recordings ... Issues with Tidal Deal Too

11/13/2016 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Jay Z better be ready for some purple pain -- Prince's estate wants nothing to do with his offer to snatch up any of the late singer's music catalog.

Sources involved in the deal tell TMZ the estate fired off a letter to Jay's team last month, saying it had no interest in signing a deal for "Roc Nation to exploit any of the intellectual property assets of the Estate."

We broke the story, Jay Z had offered around $40 million to take control of Prince's unreleased tracks.

More bad news -- the estate is calling out Tidal for making 15 Prince albums available for streaming a couple months after his death. Those releases were unauthorized according to the estate.

Translation: You're gonna owe us some dough. 

The estate does acknowledge Prince made a deal with Jay for the 2015 release of his final album, "HitNRun Phase One" -- but also says it hasn't found proof of a $750k payment to close that deal.

Cha-ching, cha-ching, cha-ching.

Jay Z Bid to Buy Prince's Unreleased Music

10/26/2016 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jay Z tried to snap up all the unreleased Prince music that was unearthed at Paisley Park after the singer's death ... TMZ has learned.

We've learned Jay met with Prince's sister, Tyka, and her husband, Maurice Phillips, several weeks ago. The mogul flew Tyka and Maurice to NYC to meet with him.

Sources close to Prince's family tell us ... Jay made an offer of around $40 million. We were unable to confirm the figure from Jay's camp.

But there was a rub. Tyka may be Prince's only full sibling, but she has to get sign-off from all the brothers and sisters, in addition to the trust that is managing the estate.

Word is that JZ is still in the running to get the overall deal for streaming rights ... but it will be very expensive and there are some major players in the game.

Minnesota Vikings' Anthony Barr Secret To Our Dominant Defense? We're Gettin' Help From PRINCE!!

10/17/2016 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Vikings star Anthony Barr says Minnesota's M.V.P. may NOT be on the field ... it might be the big guy above ... ya know, Prince!!

TMZ Sports ran into Barr last week at LAX ... and had to ask him whether he thought the undefeated Vikings were getting outside help from the late pop icon and Minnesota native.

Barr -- who says the Vikings dominant defense could go down in history as the best of all-time -- gives a great answer.

The Vikings didn't play this weekend ... so A.B. also breaks down his plans for his mini vacay in L.A.

Check out the clip!

Prince's Muse Don't Open Paisley Park Museum ... It's Too Soon!!

10/4/2016 4:37 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Model Damaris Lewis -- who was a Prince backup dancer -- wants the opening of his museum to be pushed back out of respect for those who are still mourning ... like herself.

Damaris was one of Prince's muses in his final months and says she's not against the Paisley Park Museum altogether because she believes Prince's legacy needs to be honored. Her issue is timing.

She kinda got her wish. Paisley Park's gates were originally set to swing open to the public Tuesday, but the local city council put the kibosh on it out of fears Chanhassen, MN would be overrun with tourists. The council's now granted temporary approval for limited tours.

Don't expect Damaris to be in line anytime soon.

Prince The Revolution Reunites At 'Purple Rain' Nightclub

9/2/2016 8:23 AM PDT

Prince's former bandmates threw the ultimate "Purple Rain" party for their fallen leader ... and brought along a bunch of his closest friends.

The Revolution got back together to perform a tribute show at First Avenue -- the Minneapolis nightclub where most of the music scenes for "Purple Rain" were shot. 

Prince's leading lady from the flick, Apollonia Kotero, got onstage too along with Bilal. Apollonia even recreated the classic earring toss from the movie.

The video's pretty awesome, but there's no denying ... something's missing.

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