You Haven't Had a Colour Named After You, But You're Not Prince

Published August 15th, 2017 - 07:39 GMT
Newspapers announcing Prince's death. (Lenscap Photography /
Newspapers announcing Prince's death. (Lenscap Photography /

Not anybody gets a shade of purple named after them, but Prince wasn’t anybody.

A shade of purple (“royal hue”) inspired by the late singer and his charmingly ostentatious Yamaha piano was been dubbed Love Symbol #2, the "sequel" to the name of a symbol Prince started using in 1993 in a legal battle in which he attempted to wrestle ownership of his master recordings back from Warner Bros. Music; his stage-name switched back to Prince in 2000.

The symbol was also his signature for a while and graced the cover of 1992's Love Symbol Album.

Above: The cover of Love Symbol Album. (Paisley Park / Warner Bros.)

Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute said: “We are honored to have worked on the development of Love Symbol #2, a distinctive new purple shade created in memory of Prince, ‘the purple one.’ A musical icon known for his artistic brilliance, Love Symbol #2 is emblematic of Prince’s distinctive style. Long associated with the purple family, Love Symbol #2 enables Prince’s unique purple shade to be consistently replicated and maintain the same iconic status as the man himself.”

Above: Love Symbol #2. (Pantone)

Prince, most famous for his album Purple Rain (1984), passed in 2016. He was 57.

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