Nick DeRiso is associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock. Named columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association during a lengthy career in the newspaper industry, he previously oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP.
How Everything Went Wrong With Prince’s ‘Crystal Ball’
Almost nothing went as planned with this forward-looking, but ultimately poorly executed archival project.
How ‘Shake!’ Underscored the Time’s Lingering Issues With Prince
Turns out, there were some deeply talented artists hidden away in his long shadow.
When Prince Officially Filed for Divorce from Warner Bros.
His official statement even referenced "irreconcilable differences."
How Prince Stitched Together a Final Triumph With ‘HitnRun Phase Two’
He left on a high note, but it wasn't entirely the result of third-act creativity.
Why the First Posthumous Prince Release ‘4ever’ Was Such a Letdown
More often than not, this two-disc set is defined by what it isn't.
How Prince Finally Broke Free With the Sprawling ‘Emancipation’
This album was ultimately about freedom – freedom from expectations, freedom from rules, freedom from his old label.
20 Years Ago: Prince Tries For Santana-Like Success With ‘Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic’
'Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic' was shaping up like a throwback – then Arista Records' Clive Davis had an idea.
How Prince Began to Put Everything in Place With ‘Controversy’
He started to transform into a world-beating '80s phenom on this transitional fourth album.
When Prince Broke Up the Revolution Over Dinner
Their short but strikingly productive tenure coincided with his meteoric rise to fame.
How Prince Returned to the Mainstream With ‘Diamonds and Pearls’
After a critical stumble on 'Graffiti Bridge,' he was in need of a hit.