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.

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

— 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Twitter users immediately react to this utter nonsense.

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

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.

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


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

And this Twitter users sums it all up.

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.



Twitter users kindly weigh in with some helpful #DemocratCodeWords.


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