Monday, May 20, 2024

Prince on “SNL” (Watch Video): 8 Minute Jam, No Hits, Small Sales Bounce, Show Ratings Good


Prince got a little bit of a bounce saleswise from his “SNL” appearance on Saturday night. His own album “Art Official Age” is up to 16 on iTunes. The album with 3rdEyeGirl, “Plectrumelectrum” is at 35. On amazon, they’re 29 and 49 respectively. The ratings for the Chris Rock-Prince combo were very good– 4.9 in the key demo. Interesting, too, because there was heavy use of the black SNL players, black skits, and they were a welcome change.

I was lucky enough to be at the earlier dress rehearsal show, and you could feel the electricity in the room when Prince took the stage. He played 3 songs from the new albums, no discernible classic hits, and didn’t take a bow with Chris Rock and the cast at the end of the show– or on the live show. (Rock was hilarious.)

Cool audience member: Julia Sweeney, (still) cherubic former “SNL” star, with her husband and daughter. “I thought I’d show them what it was like,” she said, as if bringing them back to the old neighborhood. On Friday she’d been on the Today show for Halloween as her “It’s Pat” character.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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