- Exclusive NME offer: Save £10 on Amazon Music Unlimited plans with code NME10
Pantone specialise in certifying, categorising and forecasting colour trends. The company have dubbed a specific purple hue “Love Symbol #2” in honour of Prince, who passed away last year.
The shade is inspired by the artist’s custom-made Yamaha Purple piano which was made to accompany The Purple One on tour before he died reports Stereogum. See the custom piano below, coloured in “Love Symbol #2” purple.
BOOM (FROM LOTUSFLOWER) ON THIS NEWLY ARRIVED PURPLE PRESENT FROM YAMAHA…. "RESOUNDING!" pic.twitter.com/cXwRPi1wzG
— Prince (@prnlegacy) April 12, 2016
In the future, the new custom colour will be used in all Prince-related material that’s published or put out by his estate.
The singer has contributed words to the book, which compiles photos by the late Afshin Shahidi, a pop photography legend and friend of Prince’s for over 20 years. “Truth be told, the word ‘icon’ only scratches the surface of what Prince was and what he remains to me,” Beyoncé writes in her introduction.