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Thread started 07/13/17 12:23pm

rogifan

Apple Music tags most of Prince’s albums as R&B/Soul: do you agree?

I noticed most of Prince’s albums on Apple Music are tagged under the category of R&B/Soul (though oddly the new PR deluxe is tagged as pop where as the original is listed as soundtrack). Do you agree with the categorization? If you had to classify his music in a specific genre for a music service how would you classify it?
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Reply #1 posted 07/13/17 12:41pm

LBrent

Dunno...I have all my P stuff in iTunes as simply "Prince", regardless of what it is...But I think a new fan is gonna be confused by labelling his stuff into any specific genre...

P is his own genre...

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Reply #2 posted 07/13/17 12:48pm

Silvertongue7

They also used to (I don't know whether they still do) label all music in Spanish as 'Latin', regardless of whether it was pop, rock, jazz or salsa. It's at best lazy...
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Reply #3 posted 07/13/17 12:51pm

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As I see it, Prince is his own genre. It should be placed into "PRINCE" lol

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Reply #4 posted 07/13/17 12:55pm

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sulls said:

As I see it, Prince is his own genre. It should be placed into "PRINCE" lol


This. In iTunes I change the genre on all Prince music to: Purple Music cool

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Reply #5 posted 07/13/17 12:56pm

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Apple is the devil.....just look at their logo.

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Reply #6 posted 07/13/17 12:57pm

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LBrent said:

Dunno...I have all my P stuff in iTunes as simply "Prince", regardless of what it is...But I think a new fan is gonna be confused by labelling his stuff into any specific genre...



P is his own genre...



lol


Exactly! And a lot of artists would fall under that genre too!
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Reply #7 posted 07/13/17 12:58pm

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Silvertongue7 said:

They also used to (I don't know whether they still do) label all music in Spanish as 'Latin', regardless of whether it was pop, rock, jazz or salsa. It's at best lazy...

Well right now they have the original Purple Rain album tagged as a soundtrack but the remaster tagged as ‘pop’. Really sloppy.
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Reply #8 posted 07/13/17 1:50pm

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djThunderfunk said:

sulls said:

As I see it, Prince is his own genre. It should be placed into "PRINCE" lol


This. In iTunes I change the genre on all Prince music to: Purple Music cool

Oooh...I like that even better than my simply labelling everything under his name...

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Reply #9 posted 07/13/17 2:11pm

darkroman

Pop. It's always been Pop.


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Reply #10 posted 07/13/17 4:12pm

Musze

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sulls said:

As I see it, Prince is his own genre. It should be placed into "PRINCE" lol

This. I like the PURPLE MUSIC recommendation, too. FUCK LABELS. He's his OWN genre.

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Reply #11 posted 07/13/17 7:23pm

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djThunderfunk said:

sulls said:

As I see it, Prince is his own genre. It should be placed into "PRINCE" lol


This. In iTunes I change the genre on all Prince music to: Purple Music cool

yep and yep

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Reply #12 posted 07/13/17 7:49pm

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djThunderfunk said:

sulls said:

As I see it, Prince is his own genre. It should be placed into "PRINCE" lol


This. In iTunes I change the genre on all Prince music to: Purple Music cool

That's how I tag everything--well, I did at one point have live boots as Purple Jams and unreleased studio stuff as Purple Underground, but so much got blurred as I got more and more releases that didn't really fit clearly or included pirated material, so I just gave up and went Purple Music with everything.

However, if I were a commercial entity labeling for marketing purposes, I'd go POP. Everything else is too reductive, and lies about Prince's eclectic nature. Pop, as an omnivorous beast, will take a little bit from everywhere, and doesn't care at all where its getting it from, at its best surpassing it's sources. That's Prince.

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Reply #13 posted 07/14/17 4:03am

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Just to keep things simple, and because of some smart playlist I created, I labeled all Pop.

I just don't want to label every track with the correct genre (if it exsists) because most albums contain pop, rock, r&b, dance, jazz etc..

Just like I labeled everything house/trance/electro etc as Dance.

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Reply #14 posted 07/14/17 4:27am

Laydown

If take cds and rip them to a pc you will find most Prince albums have rnb/soul as their genre,its pigeon holing,and Prince music is anything but.

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Reply #15 posted 07/14/17 7:25pm

tab32792

no. the correct and obvious answer is no because he was more than just that. he's rock, pop, soul, r&b, jazz, etc. but whatever. i have my stuff categorized by Prince, prince, Prince and the...etc. i think i'm just gonna put it all under "Prince" one day when i get a chance.

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Reply #16 posted 07/14/17 7:33pm

partyup77

I use Google Play (paid + my own uploads) and have all Prince and associates tagged as Prince so when I shuffle the Prince genre -- the mix is awesome

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Reply #17 posted 07/14/17 7:58pm

RJOrion

obviously, its because he's black... black artist have always been classified as r&B/soul...even if their music sometimes strayed from that... that said, Prince is rhythm & blues & soul....he just had the innate ability to compose and play other stuff too

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