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You’ve Heard These 10 Smash Hits, But Did You Know That Prince Brought Them To Life?

Although we rung in the new year a few short months ago, 2016 has already taken David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Harper Lee, Natalie Cole, and Otis Clay, to name a few.

And we’re now in the throes of another major loss. The Artist Formerly Known as Prince left us on April 21, 2016, and it’s already proven to be a crushing blow.

When larger-than-life entertainers suddenly exit stage left, it’s hard to imagine the world without them. Although losing them is always hard, they leave us trails of breadcrumbs that we can follow whenever we need a little comfort. Seeing doves, for example, will undoubtedly strike a chord with Prince fans all over the world from now on.

But did you know that The Purple One contributed to way more material than the music that helped him top the charts? Here are 10 popular songs that got the Prince treatment.

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1. “Manic Monday” by The Bangles

Being a lover of pseudonyms, Prince decided to drop his royal moniker and keep a low profile while helping The Bangles out with this tune. He called himself Christopher Tracy instead.

2. “Stand Back” by Stevie Nicks

The songstress loved “Little Red Corvette” so much that she drew inspiration from the track while writing “Stand Back.” Nicks sent it along to Prince and he loved it, so he hit the studio and helped her arrange the piece.

3. “Jungle Love” by Morris Day & The Time

This was actually The Time’s first major hit. Prince assembled the group and co-wrote “Jungle Love” with Jesse Johnson.

4. “The Glamorous Life” by Sheila E.

You can hear Prince’s signature funkiness in this hit. The track is full of life without being fussy, which lends “The Glamorous Life” its undeniable appeal.

5. “Yo Mister” by Patti LaBelle

Prince experimented with a new style called swingbeat when he wrote and produced this chart topper for Ms. LaBelle, and it has proven to be one of her most successful tracks.

6. “With This Tear” by Celine Dion

Before Dion released her self-titled album back in 1992, Prince decided to give her “With This Tear” as a gift. She then repackaged that gift and gave it to us.

7. “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinead O’Connor

Although “Nothing Compares 2 U” was originally written for one of The Purple One’s side projects, the tune took off when he let Sinead O’Connor run with it.

8. “How Come You Don’t Call Me” by Alicia Keys

Originally a lesser-known Prince B-side that goes by the name of “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore,” Keys reinterpreted the song so beautifully that the two artists became fast friends. This version of the track brought his music to the attention of a new generation.

9. “Love Song” by Madonna

Even the Queen of Pop got a little help from Prince back in the day. The two royals co-wrote “Love Song” and the superstar added his voice to the mix.

10. “Sugar Walls” by Sheena Easton

Never one to shy away from controversy, Prince helped Sheena Easton pen this song, which the Parents’ Music Resource Council deemed one of their “Filthy Fifty” songs that kids should never listen to. That didn’t put a damper on its success.

Prince wowed listeners and industry heavy hitters for decades, and his work will continue to do so. Seeing him in action speaks volumes about his unforgettable, undeniable talent.

We miss you already, Prince. May your music, sass, and epic side-eye live on forever.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/songs-by-prince/

‘Friendship Commander’ tweets veiled threat at conservatives, Chick-fil-A patrons

http://twitter.com/#!/JerryRoe/status/230842099514359809

In addition to being a drummer for k.d. lang, Jerry Roe is apparently a member of a music group called — cough — the Friendship Commanders. Unfortunately for him, though, the only thing he’s commanding is loser-dom.

Poor guy just can’t handle Chick-fil-A appreciation. Maybe he should make a video about it.

Gee, Jerry. It’s not very friendly of you to threaten those with whom you disagree. And it wasn’t too friendly of k.d. lang to retweet the veiled threat.

Do tell: how exactly is life going to get really hard for us? You’re against suppressing civil rights, but what about conservatives’ right to free speech? What about consumers’ rights to eat where they choose? Do the Friendship Commanders boast crickets on lead vocals? Because all we hear is “chirp, chirp, chirp!”

Prior to his threatening tweet, Roe retweeted this message about #ChickFilHATE from the Human Rights Campaign, “the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.”

We don't appreciate #ChickfilHATE. RT if you agree w/ @HRC! http://t.co/VsJw4TH1

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) August 1, 2012

Supposedly, clicking on the link takes you to an article describing Chick-fil-A’s “extensive history of discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.” If you should happen to find evidence of Chick-fil-A’s bigotry, please let us know, as we’re coming up empty.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/08/02/friendship-commander-tweets-veiled-threat-at-conservatives-chick-fil-a-patrons/

Adam Levine, weary of dancing penises, longs for slower music

http://twitter.com/#!/adamlevine/status/225694482505551873

We already knew Maroon 5’s Adam Levine was on edge. In April, he warned America he would “lose his ****” were President Obama not re-elected. But now it seems these **** kids today and their fast music have him a bit jittery as well.

@adamlevine says the man that sang "Moves like Jagger"???

— john smith (@BenTheRapper) July 18, 2012

https://twitter.com/audreyjonas96/status/225697407390859264

Sounds like Levine could use something to soothe him; perhaps some light reading.

Just started following @TheRealRoseanne. 49,000 tweets deep. Damn woman!

— Adam Levine (@adamlevine) July 18, 2012

Uh oh. This can’t end well.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/07/18/adam-levine-weary-of-dancing-penises-longs-for-slower-music/

Colin Powell slams Palin, plays race card: GOP has ‘dark vein of intolerance’

http://twitter.com/#!/mitchellreports/status/290463790745673728

Sigh. This is really getting old. Talk about the boy who cried dog whistle! The old “code words” rears its head again: Get ready for more entries in the Handbook of Racial Code Words. “Aloof” isn’t the end of it, evidently.

https://twitter.com/darthouse/status/290466668168216577

We reported earlier that Colin Powell blasted “birthers” on “Meet the Press” this morning, because, you know, that’s the most pressing issue of our time. Andrea Mitchell doubled down and implied that the “birther movement” was GOP policy. Powell continued the inanity.

https://twitter.com/DraftRyan2016/status/290467496299986946

Heh. And he let it fly on this morning. Cue the ominous music: The GOP has a “dark vein of intolerance.”

https://twitter.com/meetthepress/status/290463428252925954

https://twitter.com/fran_chambers/status/290472785384456192

Twitter users immediately react to this utter nonsense.

https://twitter.com/Rschrim/status/290495993508675585

https://twitter.com/sistertoldjah/status/290463579273048064

Yes, dark vein? How racist, Mr. Powell. But, wait. There’s more.

https://twitter.com/LRD90/status/290517749120253952

https://twitter.com/CatholicDems/status/290486367052513281

Sarah Palin already epically smacked down that charge of racism. And now Twitter users are smacking down Powell. They are calling him out for his pitiful race card playing, and for continuing to insist that he is a Republican, even after supporting Barack Obama for president. Both times.

https://twitter.com/hleecar/status/290471715644002304

https://twitter.com/blankinglost/status/290471885861449729

https://twitter.com/TXGaryM/status/290467475336876032

https://twitter.com/SHannitysHair/status/290466174444113920

Yep. Twitchy has documented many such instances of leftist racism and intolerance. From Powell? Crickets.

https://twitter.com/libertygaurdian/status/290470542023208962

https://twitter.com/rookietweeter/status/290470433214578688

https://twitter.com/arthur23/status/290469717775360000

https://twitter.com/HeavensLane/status/290469259140808704

https://twitter.com/JanethMoresi/status/290467903764037632

https://twitter.com/benshapiro/status/290496831316705280

https://twitter.com/EYEcChavis/status/290510442479120385

https://twitter.com/BiasedGirl/status/290471339142295552

Bingo.

https://twitter.com/redsteeze/status/290501605323853825

https://twitter.com/redsteeze/status/290501191211810816

That must be some of that there “subtle” racism or something. Like peanut butter sammiches.

And this Twitter users sums it all up.

https://twitter.com/stickeenotes/status/290505786801651713

https://twitter.com/StickeeNotes/status/290507488556625920

https://twitter.com/StickeeNotes/status/290508285902213121

https://twitter.com/StickeeNotes/status/290509464535171072

https://twitter.com/StickeeNotes/status/290510837507059713

But, you know, it’s far easier to just trot out the race card, even if that means disgracefully diminishing actual acts of racism. Here’s a lesson for you, Mr. Powell: If everything in the entire world, including the word “lazy” is racist, then nothing is.

A second tip: Get out of your Beltway Bubble once in a while and talk to some people.

https://twitter.com/damianbiltres/status/290488225426972673

https://twitter.com/LaurenC_Lux/status/290522984815398913

Update:

Heh.

https://twitter.com/lheal/status/290563698530078721

https://twitter.com/larsoneric50/status/290554983756210178

Twitter users kindly weigh in with some helpful #DemocratCodeWords.

 

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/01/13/colin-powell-slams-palin-plays-race-card-gop-has-dark-vein-of-intolerance-use-code-words/

Fall Out Boy fans not thrilled with wealthy lib Pete Wentz’s elitism

http://twitter.com/#!/petewentz/status/495467034306543616

So staunch Obama-supporting liberal, nationalized health care pimp, and million-dollar-mansion owner Pete Wentz of the band Fall Out boy wants his fans to just hop on a plane and catch his next concert in Mexico. Where he and his bandmates will undoubtedly “rage” against the 1 percenters.

http://twitter.com/#!/petewentz/status/495467034306543616

Dude. The young, struggling Americans who make up Wentz’s fan base had a thing or two to say in response to the out-of-touch entertainer’s flippant tweet.

http://twitter.com/#!/thetrohman/status/495467104595107840
http://twitter.com/#!/casturbation/status/495467115596754946
http://twitter.com/#!/onpatricksstump/status/495467135737819136
http://twitter.com/#!/thkspete/status/495467155643969536

This Twitter user says Wentz deleted a second tweet urging people to fly to his concert in Mexico:

http://twitter.com/#!/taylorsspirit/status/495673485906419712

How about redistributing the wealth, dude?

http://twitter.com/#!/jessquake15/status/495467216348123136

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/08/02/dude-fall-out-boy-fans-not-thrilled-with-wealthy-lib-rocker-pete-wentzs-elitism/

Miley Cyrus releases new music video featuring her tongue

It’s baaaack…

http://twitter.com/#!/sierrajiminez/status/377149016493936641
http://twitter.com/#!/twayne1010/status/377153108352053248
http://twitter.com/#!/laurenreeves/status/377133426169503744
http://twitter.com/#!/mikkimoo_/status/377125781757259776
http://twitter.com/#!/_lukeskians/status/377154756864520192

Hey, look at the bright side:

http://twitter.com/#!/KevinDRosseel/status/377155118614839296

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/09/09/miley-cyrus-releases-new-music-video-featuring-her-tongue/

An Epic Toddler’s Choreography Seems Too Awesome To Exist. Get Her A Deal!

Sia’s “Chandelier” is one of the biggest songs in recent memory. In its official music video, an 11 year-old creative genius to dances her face off. Today, we have an even more impressive performance… from a two year-old girl.

Yes, you read that right. Her choreographed moves are wayyyyyy better than anything I could do. I’m totally jealous of her coordination. Wow!

(via Time)

Something tells me we have a future dance queen on our hands. If she’s already this great at melting hearts, just wait until she’s a little older…

Read more: http://viralnova.com/toddler-dance/

Watching A Shark Stalk A Surfer From Above Will Give You Anxiety About The Ocean

Going to the beach usually leads to a relaxing and fun-filled day in the sun.

It’s important to remember when we dive into the ocean, however, that we’re taking a risk by entering someone else’s territory. Ocean animals range from adorable to terrifying, but more often than not, we hear about scary monsters lurking in the deep.

Great White sharks are the stuff of horror movie legend, but they can also be pretty dangerous in real life. One surfer waiting to catch a wave in Australia had no idea he was being stalked by a Great White until it nearly attacked.

Get out the “Jaws” music for this aerial shot.

Read More: Before 9/11, THIS Horrific Shark Tale Is What Rocked The Headlines In 2001

Thank goodness no one got hurt! I don’t think I’d ever step foot in the ocean again. Share this to freak out your friends and family!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/shark-stalks-surfer/

12 Times That David Bowie Touched Our Lives — And Changed Music Forever

David Bowie, after battling cancer for 18 months, has passed away.

According to a statement posted on his social media accounts, he “died peacefully, surrounded by his family.” Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, was released only days ago on January 8th, his 69th birthday.

He was an incredible artist who challenged society’s notions of rock with his glam rock, punk, and electronica hits.

During his 40-year career, he pushed boundaries, changed lives, and served as an inspiration for countless people both young and old.

These are just a few of the songs and moments in which he seemed to change everything — and they’re ones we will always remember.

1. Space Oddity

2. Changes

3. Heroes

4. Ziggy Stardust

5. Dance Magic (as the Goblin King from Labyrinth)

6. Ashes to Ashes

7. Dancing In The Street

8. Modern Love

9. The Man Who Sold The World

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10. Rebel, Rebel

11. Golden Years

12. Blackstar (the titular song from his most recent and final album)

Illustrator Helen Green drew a picture of David Bowie every year on his birthday…resulting in this simply spectacular animated .gif that she posted to her tumblr.

If you’d like to order prints of these incredible illustrations, please visit Helen Green’s website.

“I don’t know where I’m going from here but I promise it won’t be boring.” -David Bowie (1947-2016)

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Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/david-bowie/

Singer John Ondrasik: ‘I applaud the pick of Paul Ryan for VP’

http://twitter.com/#!/johnondrasik/status/234193023142072322

John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting is a rare bird: a successful musician who also happens to be a Republican.

Early this morning, he praised Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan for Vice Presidential nominee:

Yes his ideas will be slandered/mis-represented-and used as propaganda but America needs thinkers from both sides who offer choices. #54F

— John Ondrasik (@johnondrasik) August 11, 2012

Ryan will offer two choices : Self Reliant Free Caring Rising America vs Dependent/Big Gov't/Flat Declining America. WKOWDYW? #54F

— John Ondrasik (@johnondrasik) August 11, 2012

Naturally, a  few liberal Twitter users got all unhinged:

Go to hell faggot RT @johnondrasik: As a Republican I applaud the pick of Paul Ryan for VP.

— Viv. (@iKeshusChrist) August 11, 2012

@johnondrasik He clearly wants to save money by letting the elderly suffer… And that's what America needs, to screw over our parents. #gop

— Ydur (@YdurZatara) August 11, 2012

@TrevorSkelly @johnondrasik You do understand that money doesn't run out right… Money is just an agreement we've made as a society.

— Ydur (@YdurZatara) August 11, 2012

https://twitter.com/Independentx011/status/234200554203656192

Ondrasik responded with a plea to Republicans to remain civil:

I would ask that all R's on this timeline disagree with my D retweets in a manner according to their comments. Please be respectful.

— John Ondrasik (@johnondrasik) August 11, 2012

At least here we can try & emulate what the candidates should do. Be passionate in ones opinion, and express it with clarity, not animosity.

— John Ondrasik (@johnondrasik) August 11, 2012

He offered the GOP campaign some sensible tips for dealing with a hostile media:

The ? will be wether the media will allow Ryan to speak to charges. Let his ideas be heard, discussed, in a serious forum. This is unlikely

— John Ondrasik (@johnondrasik) August 11, 2012

So the campaign must be creative and simple in getting PR vision to the people.Take an issue a week and tell us why your way is a better way

— John Ondrasik (@johnondrasik) August 11, 2012

Challenge the other side weekly to debate Paul Ryan on specific issues and televise these town halls.

— John Ondrasik (@johnondrasik) August 11, 2012

Frame every detractor who will not actually get in the ring, as a coward with no ideas of their own.

— John Ondrasik (@johnondrasik) August 11, 2012

We all want to help those in need. Simply: current course is roadmap to bankruptcy and fiscal collapse which will harm the poor the most.

— John Ondrasik (@johnondrasik) August 11, 2012

And he invoked the memory of Andrew Breitbart:

Of course if some tweets are beyond the pail, of a personal nature, I reserve the right for all who share my beliefs to go full BREITBART!

— John Ondrasik (@johnondrasik) August 11, 2012

A man I miss dearly. #54F #Breitbart

— John Ondrasik (@johnondrasik) August 11, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/08/11/singer-john-ondrasik-i-applaud-the-pick-of-paul-ryan-for-vp/