Arts and Entertainment Blink and you'll miss it: Medallion man Prince

Talk about suspense. Further to the news that Prince is soon releasing PLECTRUMELECTRUM, his first album with all-female rock trio 3RDEYEGIRL, a short teaser for their track "PRETZELBODYLOGIC" went up on YouTube this week. Warning: blink and you'll miss it. The album was written and recorded in Prince's Paisley Park recording studio in Minneapolis, London and New York. Meanwhile, at time of writing, we are still waiting to know exactly which "iconic venues in and around London" Prince will be playing on the Hit and Run Tour any time from Monday. Keep your diary clear…

Style: Elton goes shopping mad

Next Friday should prove to be the start of a unique opportunity for Elton John, his several overcrowded, walk-in-wardrobes, and the public. John, who has a huge appetite for fashion and often buys multiples of everything from suits and shirts to glasses is selling off 8,000 items of his clothing and donating the funds, (expected to be around pounds 250,000) to the Aids Foundation. The clothing will not be auctioned off to the highest bidder as is usual when a celebrity sells his or her wares: instead John has rented a shop in Mayfair which will be open for a month. It's probably not wise to head down on Friday morning when the press launch takes place, but the afternoon should provide rich pickings, for Elton John and Versace fans. Prices were not set at the time of going to press.

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It's strange how fate has linked their names over the past two weeks. Callas and Diana: both were victims of the paparazzi - the first even before Fellini's La Dolce Vita had spawned the term; both threw it all overboard for the love of a playboy (and his yacht); both felt trapped by their public personae and longed to be appreciated just as the women they were. And both may soon have squares named after them in the French capital where they died, Diana two weeks ago, Callas 20 years ago today.

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