Prince Online Museum launches
A Prince Online Museum has launched on Monday (04.07.16).
The website (Princeonlinemuseum.com) is an archive of many of the late pop icon's websites from the last 20 years, and comes 10 years after he closed his award winning NPJ Music Club.
The club was one of the many ways Prince embraced new technologies to support his music and connect to fans, and he was one of the first ever artists to make his music available to download direct from his own platform.
Sam Jennings, director of the Prince Online Museum, told Billboard: "We launch with 12 of Prince's most popular sites, but over 20 years online, Prince launched nearly 20 different websites, maintained a dozen different social media presences, participated in countless online chats and directly connected with fans around the world.
"This Museum is an archive of that work and a reminder of everything he accomplished as an independent artist with the support of his vibrant and dedicated online community."
The project has been created by individuals who worked with Prince on all of his internet projects.
Jennings added: "The Museum was built by the people who worked directly with Prince on these projects. We are the originators, we are the experts. It is a labour of love, no money has been exchanged. There will be no downloads sold and no membership fees required. But we do have working versions of almost all of Prince's official websites."
The Prince Online Museum comes just over two months after the singer died at the age of just 57 from an accidental fentanyl overdose.
Official Prince websites featured on the Prince Online Museum include:
NPG Music Club v1 (2001), screen gallery
TheDawn.com (1996), screen gallery
Prince Interactive (1994), walkthrough