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Prince Set to Headline 20th Annual Essence Music Festival

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According to Variety, Next year's Essence Festival will be led by no other than the "Purple Rain" singer himself, Prince. The 55 year-old singer-songwriter is headlining the 20th annual Essence, a celebration of music and culture being held July 3-6 in New Orleans.

Prince, who performed at Essence in 2004, also headlined this year's South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. His newest single, "Screwdriver," debuted earlier this year. Still, Prince is best known for chart-topping hits like "1999," "Cool" and "Purple Rain." He has produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career. He has written several hundred songs and produces and records his own music for his own music label.

Essence has been held every Independence Day weekend since 1995, when it marked the 25th anniversary of Essence magazine.The festival includes nightly concerts at the Louisiana Superdome and empowerment seminars during the day at a nearby convention center.

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