Google Pays Tribute to Prince with a Doodle of “Purple Rain”

Google Pays Tribute to Prince with a Doodle of “Purple Rain”
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A steady splash of purple rain on Google’s home is the search engine’s way of commemorating Prince, a legendary name in the world of music, who passed away yesterday morning. Prince, who died at the age of 57, was mourned by many big brands and companies, following the news of death, which was first reported by TMZ.


The iconic logo of Google has turned a deep shade of purple with drops of animated purple rain seen falling in the backdrop. This is a commemoration to the “Purple Rain”, which is the name of one of Prince’s music albums that was released on June 25, 1984. Purple Rain quickly went on to become the first of his four No. 1 albums to be featured on the Billboard 200. According to Seroundtable, this is presumably the first time that Google has actually attributed on the occasion of someone’s death, as opposed to the death of Michael Jackson when no special exception was made as far as doodles are concerned. Instead, a customized doodle was put up on the 51st birthday of the legend after his demise, just like Google is known to do on special occasions such as prominent birthdays, holidays and historic events. Upon clicking on the Purple Rain doodle, one is directed to results on “Prince’s Music”.

TMZ broke the news early on Thursday morning that “Prince’s body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota.” This untimely loss to the music industry has come as a blow to the millions of fans that the legend had all over the world. Condolence messages have been pouring over the social media including Facebook and Twitter as celebrities, musicians and fans gather to pay tribute to Prince’s four-decade career. CBS’ Late Show host, Stephen Colbert nostalgically recalled, “I have been a fan since I was in high school”.

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