BIG Music News: Prince, Night Ranger

PRINCE:  There have been millions of streams since last Sunday

Prince songs, recently re-issued by Warner Music, were streamed nearly six million times Sunday and Monday -- the first two days they were available via streaming services other than Tidal, which previously had exclusive streaming rights to the bulk of Prince's catalog.

According to Nielsen Entertainment, his recordings were streamed -- on services such as Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon -- more in two days than in the entire prior year!

Crunching the numbers, on-demand streaming activity for all of Prince's songs was up 47 times (4,719%) on Sunday and Monday compared to the previous five. "Let's Go Crazy" was the most streamed Prince song -- with "Purple Rain" a close second. Streaming activity on Prince's albums rose 55 times (5,578%) for the same two-day period. Purple Rain was the top choice in this category, followed by 1999 and The Hits/The B-Sides. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

The Top 10 streamed Prince Songs:

"Let's Go Crazy"

"Purple Rain"

"When Doves Cry"

"Little Red Corvette"


"I Would Die 4 U"


"I Wanna Be Your Lover"

"Raspberry Beret"

"Sign 'O' The Times"

The Top 10 streamed Prince Albums:

Purple Rain


The Hits/The B-Sides

Sign o' the Times



Around the World in a Day

Diamonds and Pearls

Dirty Mind


NIGHT RANGER: New album on the way 

Night Ranger will celebrate its 35th anniversary by releasing a new album. Don't Let Up drops March 24th on Frontiers Records.

Best known for the '80s power ballad "Sister Christian," the San Francisco band are excited by the resurgence of '80s music and the fact that their heroes, such as The Rolling Stones, are still big draws.

At the iHeart '80s Party, Kelly Keagy of Night Ranger talked about the band's durability:

"We're celebrating our 35th anniversary... Brand new album, Don't Let Up and what's great is the fact that, I mean, all these bands are out here, like 35 years later or 30 years later, whatever. And we're still out there, rockin' and rollin.' I love it! You know what I mean? I mean, look at the Stones! How is this gonna keep going?"

Night Ranger next perform March 11th at the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas. Later next month, the band has a four-day engagement (March 24th through the 27th) at EPCOT in Orlando.

JOHN FOGERTY:  A different kind of Creedence Reunion

Though it would take a miracle for Creedence Clearwater Revival to reunite, it only took a little detective work by John Fogerty's wife Julie to reunite him with a guitar that was his mainstay in the band.

Fogerty used the 1969 Rickenbacker 325 Sunburst in the studio as well as on stage at Woodstock. But after the band broke up, he wanted to cut all ties to CCR and gave the axe to a 12-year-old boy.

He found the guitar years later in California but decided not to spend $40,000 to reclaim it. But last year he mentioned it to Julie, and she surprised him with it at Christmas.

Fogerty tells Rolling Stone that he saw the large package, turned to his wife and asked, "Am I about to get overwhelmed here?" He opened the case and broke down. "I never imagined I'd see it again. Eventually these things, like works of art, end up getting bought by some billionaire and go into some secret closet so nobody can know about it."

He plugged the guitar in and started playing the solo in "Green River." He recalls that "the hairs stood up on the back of my neck. It was exactly that sound, 100 percent. I daresay I haven't heard that sound since those days when I had the guitar."

The guitar will return to the stage when he resumes his Fortunate Son in Concert residency at the Wynn Las Vegas on March 3rd.

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