AXS-TV Celebrates Prince with Special Programming

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Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images; source: AXS-TV PR

Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images; source: AXS-TV PR

AXS-TV pays tribute to the life and legacy of genre-defying musical icon Prince with a tribute block on Saturday, April 23rd, featuring the Prince episode of AXS’s Rock Legends series at 1 PM. ET/10 AM PT. And the television premiere of the acclaimed documentary Slave Trade: How Prince Re-Made the Music Business at 2 PM ET/11 AM. PT.

With his inimitable style and fearless blending of rock, R&B, soul, funk, hip-hop, disco, pop and more, Prince cemented his position as one of music’s most innovative musical figures. Prince passed away yesterday (4/21) at the age of 57.

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The acclaimed 2014 documentary Slave Trade spans Prince’s entire career – from his debut album For You in 1978, through the present day – and takes viewers on a twisting journey, detailing Prince’s high-profile disputes with his then-label Warner Bros. as he fought to be paid more than contemporaries such as Madonna and Michael Jackson. The ongoing struggle gave birth to an artistic revolution, as Prince took his art into his own hands, cutting ties with the record label and re-branding himself with the iconic hieroglyph symbol. The comprehensive film also covers Prince’s embracing of the digital age as well as the success of his 28th studio album Musicology, and his show-stopping Super Bowl performance in 2007.

Tributes to Prince are coming from numerous celebrities, who are mourning his passing.

Over the course of four decades, Prince enjoyed an unprecedented career that included 40 Billboard Hot 100 Hits, as well as seven Grammy wins, one Golden Globe, and an Oscar for Best Original Score for his 1984 opus Purple Rain. With over 100 million records sold worldwide, Prince remains one of the best-selling artists of all-time.

The two specials will have subsequent airings with Rock Legends: Prince airing Monday, April 25th at 7 PM ET and Tuesday, April 26th at 8 PM ET. Slave Trade will be broadcast again on Monday, April 25th at 11 PM ET and Tuesday, April 26th at 9 PM ET.

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