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Now You Can Get Prince's Love Symbol as a Font

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In 1993, Prince made the decision to swap his name for a newly created symbol. Eventually known as the "love symbol," the moniker caused confusion among journalists trying to cover the musician. At first, it was unclear how to pronounce the symbol or how to type it. Writers who wanted to use the symbol—instead of referring to him as "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince"—were forced to install a text file with the symbol on their computers. Warner Brothers, Prince's record label, had to frantically mail out floppy disks with the font en masse. This particular file was seemingly lost to history, until Mike Wehner of The Daily Dot uncovered it in an unlikely place.

Wehner found the coveted file while playing the 1994 video game Prince Interactive, a point-and-click adventure game that follows Prince as he explores his Paisley Park Studios recording complex. Along with artwork and puzzles, the game included unreleased tracks and an interview with Prince. Today, Prince Interactive is unplayable without an emulator, but Wehner stumbled across something important in the game's files: Within a folder titled "FONTS," he found a font file called "PrncTrue."

The file is in an obsolete Font Suitcase file format, but luckily, Wehner did the heavy lifting for us. Using a converter, the intrepid writer managed to extract a TrueType Font file from the Suitcase file, which can be downloaded on both Macs and PCs. Best of all, The Daily Dot is letting us all download it for free.

You can read the whole story and get the download link here. Once downloaded, you can create the Love Symbol by typing a capital "S."

[h/t The Daily Dot]

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Everything You Need to Know About Record Store Day
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The unlikely resurgence of vinyl as an alternative to digital music formats is made up of more than just a small subculture of purists. Today, more than 1400 independent record stores deal in both vintage and current releases. Those store owners and community supporters created Record Store Day in 2007 as a way of celebrating the grassroots movement that’s allowed a once-dying medium to thrive.

To commemorate this year’s Record Store Day on Saturday, April 21, a number of stores (a searchable list can be found here) will be offering promotional items, live music, signings, and more. While events vary widely by store, a number of artists will be issuing exclusive LPs that will be distributed around the country.

For Grateful Dead fans, a live recording of a February 27, 1969 show at Fillmore West in San Francisco will be released and limited to 6700 copies; Arcade Fire’s 2003 EP album will see a vinyl release for the first time, limited to 3000 copies; "Roxanne," the Police single celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, will see a 7-inch single release with the original jacket art.

The day also promises to be a big one for David Bowie fans. A special white vinyl version of 1977’s Bowie Now will be on shelves, along with Welcome to the Blackout (Live London ’78), a previously-unreleased, three-record set. Jimmy Page, Frank Zappa, Neil Young, and dozens of other artists will also be contributing releases.

No store is likely to carry everything you might want, so before making the stop, it might be best to call ahead and then plan on getting there early. If you’re one of the unlucky vinyl supporters without a brick and mortar store nearby, you can check out Discogs.com, which will be selling the special releases online.

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Jim Henson's Labyrinth Is Being Adapted Into a Stage Musical
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More than 30 years after its cinematic debut, Labyrinth could be hitting the stage. In an interview with Forbes, Jim Henson's son and Henson Company CEO Brian Henson shared plans to transform the cult classic into a live musical.

While the new musical would be missing David Bowie in his starring role as Jareth the Goblin King, it would hopefully feature the soundtrack Bowie helped write. Brian Henson says there isn't a set timeline for the project yet, but the stage adaptation of the original film is already in the works.

As for a location, Henson told Forbes he envisions it running, "Not necessarily [on] Broadway, it could be for London's West End, but it will be a stage show, a big theatrical version. It’s very exciting."

Labyrinth premiered in 1986 to measly box office earnings and tepid reviews, but Jim Henson's fairytale has since grown into a phenomenon beloved by nostalgic '80s kids and younger generations alike. In the same Forbes interview, Brian Henson also confirmed the 2017 news that a long-anticipated Labyrinth sequel is apparently in development. Though he couldn't give any specifics, Henson confirmed that, "we are still excited about it but the process moves very slowly and very carefully. We're still excited about the idea of a sequel, we are working on something, but nothing that's close enough to say it's about to be in pre-production or anything like that."

While fans eagerly await those projects to come out, they can get their fix when the film returns to theaters across the U.S. on April 29, May 1, and May 2. Don't forget to wear your best Labyrinth swag to the event.

[h/t Forbes]

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