Nick DeRiso is UCR's assistant managing editor. He was 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, and previously oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP.
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.
How Prince Somehow Roared Back With ‘Gold Experience’
People were still trying to figure out, you know, what even to call him.
When Prince Took a Begrudging Look Back on ‘The Hits/The B-Sides’
This well-received compilation represented another round in his seemingly never-ending tangle with Warner Bros.
How Prince Returned to the Mainstream With ‘Diamonds and Pearls’
After a critical stumble on 'Graffiti Bridge,' he was in need of a hit.
When Prince Joined the Bangles on Stage for ‘Manic Monday’
Their version of his not-quite-secretly written song had peaked at No. 2 earlier in the year.
35 Years Ago: Prince Confounds With Trippy ‘Around the World in a Day’
This was never going to be another 'Purple Rain.' Mostly, because he didn't want it to be.
How Prince Jammed His Way Back to Brilliance on ‘3121’
He'd long since taken to compiling albums from leftovers and old tapes.
How Eric Leeds’ ‘Times Squared’ Became an Accidental Solo Debut
He was trying to construct a new Madhouse record when Prince did a deep dive into his legendary vault.
When Maceo Parker Met Prince: ‘Really, Really Special for Me’
The only problem was, he thought the legendary saxophonist was dead.
Why Warner Bros. Finally Pulled the Plug on Prince’s Paisley Park Records
Prince's vanity imprint had released 23 albums when its parent label ended things.