Tunes Du Jour Presents Prince

Prince Rogers Nelson, known mononymously as Prince, was a musical innovator whose influence spanned across genres, decades, and generations. His work was characterized by a remarkable blend of funk, rock, R&B, and pop, with hits like “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry,” and “Kiss” showcasing his unparalleled ability to craft songs that were both commercially successful and artistically groundbreaking. With his enigmatic persona and prolific output, Prince left an indelible mark on the music industry, redefining the boundaries of popular music.

Prince’s contributions to music were not just about his hits; he was a consummate artist who played multiple instruments, wrote and produced his own songs, and constantly pushed the envelope with his sound and image. His album 1999 marked a significant moment in the early 1980s, with the title track and “Little Red Corvette” becoming anthems of the era. The follow-up, Purple Rain, not only solidified his status as a superstar but also won him an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, demonstrating his versatility and broad appeal.

Throughout his career, Prince garnered numerous accolades, including seven Grammy Awards and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. His work with the Revolution, the New Power Generation, and his solo projects consistently garnered critical and commercial success. Songs like “Raspberry Beret,” “Sign ‘‘ The Times,” and “Cream” highlighted his ability to evolve and adapt, continually reinventing his sound while maintaining his unique voice. His influence extended to other artists as well, with collaborations and productions that enriched the careers of musicians like Sheila E., whose hit “A Love Bizarre” was co-written by Prince.

Beyond his musical genius, Prince was also known for his philanthropic efforts. He was a quiet but significant supporter of various causes, often using his resources to help those in need without seeking the limelight. His contributions included support for initiatives focused on education, such as the Yes We Code project, which aimed to teach coding skills to young people from underrepresented backgrounds. Additionally, he donated to organizations like Harlem Children’s Zone and Green For All, reflecting his commitment to social justice and community empowerment.

Prince’s legacy is one of innovation, generosity, and an unwavering dedication to his art. His music continues to inspire and influence, a testament to his genius and the enduring power of his work. From the infectious grooves of “U Got the Look” and “Gett Off” to the messages in songs like “Sign ‘‘ The Times,” Prince’s catalog is a treasure trove that celebrates the complexity and beauty of human experience. His life and career remain a shining example of how one artist’s vision can transform the landscape of popular music.

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Tunes Du Jour Celebrates PRIDE!

Music has long been a powerful force for self-expression and building community for LGBTQ+ artists and listeners alike. This Pride playlist celebrates the incredible diversity within the LGBTQ+ community through a wide range of styles, eras, and voices.

From enduring anthems like Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out” and Queen’s defiant “I Want To Break Free” to recent hits from Lil Nas X, Janelle Monae, and Troye Sivan, the songs seamlessly blend messages of pride, self-acceptance, and living authentically. Legendary artists like Elton John, George Michael, and Melissa Etheridge stand alongside bold new voices like Rina Sawayama and Perfume Genius, showing how LGBTQ+ musicians have blazed trails across decades.

The playlist pays tribute to tracks that turned the spotlight on LGBTQ+ experiences through storytelling, like The Kinks’ “Lola,” Pet Shop Boys’ “It’s a Sin,” and Bronski Beat’s “Smalltown Boy.” It also uplifts joyful, celebratory bops, such as “I’m Still Standing,” “Go West,” and the iconic “It’s Raining Men.” 

With a mix of pop smashes, singer-songwriter confessionals, rock anthems, and hip-hop ground-breakers, the eclectic playlist reflects how LGBTQ+ artists have fruitfully influenced every corner of the musical landscape. From Carl Bean’s pioneering disco hit “I Was Born This Way” to Gossip’s “Standing in the Way of Control,” these songs unite in championing self-love, equality, and the fundamental human rights that the LGBTQ+ community continues fighting for.

Ultimately, this playlist invites listeners of all identities and backgrounds to share in the uplifting spirit of Pride. It’s a vibrant, multi-dimensional celebration of the perseverance, creativity, and unshakeable truth at the heart of the LGBTQ+ experience.

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Tunes Du Jour Presents Run-D.M.C.

If you’re looking for a playlist that captures the raw energy and cultural impact of Run-D.M.C., this is a great place to start.  This iconic rap group from Queens, New York, was a major force in bringing hip-hop to a wider audience in the 1980s. Their music wasn’t just catchy; it broke down barriers and redefined what popular music could sound like.

Tracks like “Rock Box” and “It’s Tricky” showcase Run-D.M.C.’s signature sound: hard-hitting beats, clever rhymes, and a streetwise swagger. They weren’t afraid to tackle social issues either. “Proud to Be Black” is a celebration of identity, while “Sun City” protests apartheid with the help of Artists United Against Apartheid.

But Run-D.M.C.’s influence goes beyond rap. Their collaboration with Aerosmith on “Walk This Way” became a massive hit, blending hip-hop and rock in a way that had never been heard so widely before. This genre-bending approach paved the way for future collaborations and helped both genres reach new fans.

The accolades tell the story of Run-D.M.C.’s lasting impact. They were the first rap act to be nominated for a Grammy, appear on MTV, and be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their influence continues to be felt today, with countless rappers citing them as inspiration.

So, crank up the volume and dive into this playlist. You’ll hear the sound of a legendary group that not only dominated the music scene, but also helped change the cultural landscape.  

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