Prince Online Museum
The first artist that found a way to get his music to his fans via the internet now has an online museum. And it's awesome!
It's no secret that I'm a little bit of a Prince fan. In fact, I jumped in my car with in 24 hours of his death and drove to Minneapolis to pay my respects. There's a brief breakdown of Prince's website history and a link to the Prince Online Museum below my personal Purple Gallery.
Through the years Prince has had many websites. He viewed websites far different than most of us. At times, he would have a completely separate website for each album. He would have an award winning, freakin amazing website up for 2 years and then boom...gone. As a fan, I HATED that.
I can't count how many times purchased an annual or lifetime membership to a Prince website. Only to see it taken down a year later. However, it was worth it. The sites were amazing.
Over the years people have been archiving his websites. I didn't even know that was a thing. I'm glad it is!
Now with this Prince Online Museum you can surf though his old websites just like you're going back in time. I LOVE IT!
Below is a quick break down of Prince's first 10 websites. Click the button below to check out the entire Prince Online Museum.
Prince launched his first official website on Feb 14th 1996, TheDawn.com.
1-800-NewFunk launched on New Years Day of 1997 and stayed active until 2001.
The site and 800 number were used to sell music and merchandise for Prince and his proteges.
Crystal Ball Online
July 1st, 1997, Prince distributed his for CD set Crystal Ball exclusively on this website.
Love 4 One Another
Yes, another website in 1997. He kept the internet busy that year. This site ran until 1999.
Prince closed Love4OneAnother.com on January 1, 2000 and replaced it with just this lyric video 4 “One Song.” It featured a lengthy speech at the beginning followed by the song itself. This remained on Love4OneAnother.com 4 the remainder of its existence.
NPG Online LTD
Feb 1st, 2000 Prince launched NPG Online LTD.
NPG Music Club v1
NPG Music Club version 1 launched on February 14th, 2001.
NPG Music Club v2
NPG Music Club v2 launched on April 1st, 2001.
NPG Music Club
The NPG Music Club evolved into its next phase in 2002.