“The sold-out concert, which raised USD 23,000 for the “The sold-out concert, which raised USD 23,000 for thecompany, was his first appearance in his hometown since thetour that followed his breakthrough album, 1999, ended inApril, during the course of which he reached the Top Ten onthe album and singles charts for the first time, and made thehard-won leap to becoming an A-list pop star.” Almost exactly one year later, on July 27, 1984, the film“Purple Rain” opened in 900 theatres across the US. It madeback its cost of USD 7 million in its first weekend, and wenton to clear nearly USD 70 million at the box office. The soundtrack album has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide,and spent 24 consecutive weeks at number one on Billboard’salbum chart. It won two Grammys and an Oscar, and included twonumber one singles (“When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy”) andanother, the title track, that reached number two. Light says ‘Purple Rain’ came along at precisely the rightmoment- not just for Prince, but for the culture. “The summer of 1984 was an unprecedented season, acollision of blockbuster records and the ascension of themusic video that created perhaps the biggest boom that popwill ever experience. It was also a time of greattransformation for black culture, when a series of new stars,new projects, and new styles would forever alter the racialcomposition of music, movies, and television. “While the magnificence of the ‘Purple Rain’ songs remainsclear 30 years later, the album and the film were alsoperfectly in tune with the time and place in which they werecreated, and their triumph was partly the result of impeccabletiming and circumstances that could never be repeated orreplicated,” he writes. PTI ZMNANS


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