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On this day in music history: December 1, 1987 - “The Black Album” by Prince is withdrawn from release. Written and produced by Prince, it is recorded at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN and Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood, CA from Early 1986 - Late 1987. Recorded in response to critics who feel his music has become “too pop oriented”, Prince comes forth with an album that features stripped down funk jams, tempered with often darkly humorous and profane lyrics. It is to be released with no title, text, or graphics on the front or back of the plain black cover (with only the catalog number printed on the spine). Originally scheduled for release on December 7, 1987, the eight track album (coming just nine months after “Sign ‘O’ The Times”) is pulled from release at the very last minute, after the artist has requested that it be rush released. Warner Bros Records ends up destroying several hundred thousand copies of the album before it can be shipped to record stores. However, enough copies survive (most originating from WEA’s West German pressing plant and advance promo cassettes to label personnel and the music press) for it to become one of the most heavily bootlegged albums of all time. Prince never publicly gives a reason for the withdrawal, but it has been rumored that he felt the record was “evil” or that he had experienced a bad trip after taking the drug Ecstasy. He goes as far as to insert a subtle message into the music video for “Alphabet St.”, stating “don’t buy The Black Album, I’m sorry.”. Prince allows it be officially released on a limited basis on November 22, 1994. The album is then pulled from the marketplace on January 27, 1995. The vinyl LP version scheduled for reissue by Warner Music Group in December of 2016, is abruptly cancelled (along with several other Prince albums) and at the present time, no new release date has been given. “The Black Album” peaks at number eighteen on the Billboard R&B album chart, and number forty seven on the Top 200.

The special limited edition of Journal 3 is now available for pre-order on Amazon! The book will be released on February 14, 2017.

Untie the string and unwrap the brown paper to reveal … Journal 3 Limited Edition! This 288-page book contains all of the content of the regular edition, plus all-new top-secret black light pages on real parchment; a cover with leather texture and shiny metallic pieces; a magnifying glass; a tassel bookmark; and removable photos and notes. This $150 limited edition, with only a total of one thousand numbered copies, will also include a signed note from the creator of Gravity Falls and co-writer of Journal 3, Alex Hirsch himself.

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Arialene/Arialenelove’s Frostbitten Giveaway!

To celebrate and say thank you for everything that you wonderful fans have done, I’m giving back. This is for all the readers, promoters, artists and whatnot that have read Frostbitten. In less than six months, Frostbitten has had over 300 THOUSAND views, close to 900 reviews, 1,555 favorites and those numbers keep climbing. I’m so happy that you all love my story so much, and to say thank you, I’ve organized this lovely giveaway for you!

What is included in the giveaway!

  • ONE copy of The Art of Frozen
  • ONE copy of The Art of Rise of the Guardians
  • ONE SIGNED physical copy of Frostbitten
  • ONE 9x12 photo print of Jipzuru’s “The Wedding Dance” that I had commisioned

THE RULES

  • Please, be following me, so you can keep track if there are any issues with the contest. The Art of Frozen has been purchased and I have a promise from the bookseller that I will have it before the contest is over, but shit happens. It’s on a major backorder from the publisher.
  • Reblogs and Likes both count for the contest, I shall run a random number generator at the end of the contest to determine the winner. HOWEVER, you can only reblog this once. No spamming for extra chances, everyone gets a fair shot.
  • If you have any questions, feel free to ask. My ask box is always open.
  • I WILL ship internationally.

THE CONTEST WILL END ON MAY 13th, 2014! (6 months after Frostbitten was first posted).

Good Luck!