An online archive of Prince’s official websites that spans over two decades has launched today.
The Prince Online Museum has resurrected 12 of Prince’s websites, beginning with an early CD-ROM version called “Prince Interactive” in 1994 right through to the last site the star created, 3rdEyeGirl.com.
“We launch with 12 of Prince’s most popular sites, but over 20 years online, Prince launched nearly 20 different websites, maintained a dozen different social media presences, participated in countless online chats and directly connected with fans around the world,” Sam Jennings, director of the museum, told Billboard.
The archive is a testament to Prince’s willingness to embrace and experiment with technology. By 2001, the singer has already launched a site, NPG Music Club, that allowed fans to purchase and stream his music online, long before the rise of Spotify.
In 2006, Prince won a Webby Lifetime Achievement Award and the NPG Music Club won a Webby Award for best celebrity/fan site.
“This Museum is an archive of that work and a reminder of everything he accomplished as an independent artist with the support of his vibrant and dedicated online community,” Jennings said of the initiative.
Meanwhile, several items of real-life Prince memorabilia have been sold at auction. Last week, a shirt and jacket which the star wore in Purple Rain fetched $96,000 – just over £72,000 – a piece.