Pantone announces new purple shade in honor of Prince

From Jake Nevins at The Guardian

In collaboration with the singer’s estate, the company announced the release of a new purple hue, called Love Symbol #2, in honor of his signature color.

The Pantone Color Institute has announced a new shade of purple in honor of Prince.

The new hue has been dubbed Love Symbol #2, after the singer’s logo and custom-made Yamaha purple piano. Throughout Prince’s career, he became indelibly associated with the color, from his album and 1984 film, Purple Rain, to his wardrobe. And Pantone, the standard-bearer for new developments in color intelligence, saw fit to honor the music legend by memorializing the distinct shade.

Troy Carter, the entertainment adviser to Prince’s estate, added: “The color purple was synonymous with who Prince was and will always be. This is an incredible way for his legacy to live on forever.”

The announcement comes just a few months after the release of the 30th anniversary deluxe edition of the album Purple Rain, which includes the titular song and also hits such as Let’s Go Crazy and When Doves Cry. In February of this year, Prince’s music was added to streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music for the first time.

The musician died in 2016 at the age of 57 from an accidental fentanyl overdose. His last album, Hit n Run Phase Two, was released the year before.

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