Imagine getting a phone call on a late Sunday afternoon from your boss asking you to fly out first thing the next morning to interview Prince. That’s the situation I faced in mid-January 2013. The Purple One had agreed to receive Billboard’s Icon Award and perform at our annual awards show that coming May. And his visage was going to grace the cover introducing Billboard’s new redesign.
Here Billboard's in-depth 2013 cover story with the late musical giant, who died on April 21 at his Paisley Park home and studio.