Prince may be remembered as trailblazer for his music, performances, and fashion, but he was also an early adapter to digital marketing. Now, with the Prince Online Museum, you can explore a dozen of the nearly 20 Prince-created websites — including several full working versions. Sam Jennings, the museum’s director and the former webmaster of Prince’s digital NPG Music Club, told Billboard, “The Museum was built by the people who worked directly with Prince on these projects. ” He then added, “It is a labor of love, no money has been exchanged.” The archive dates back to 1994’s unofficial website Prince Interactive, and includes such aptly named sites as 1-800-new-funk.com and love4oneanother.com. Though the museum launched July 4 to honor the ten-year anniversary of NPG Music Club closing, it also serves as a reminder that Independence Day is the perfect opportunity to blast Prince’s “America” on repeat.
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