MTV Coincidentally Announces Move To Focus More On Music The Day Prince Died — Deets Here!

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Prince‘s tragic death on Thursday sent shockwaves throughout the world.

Since the announcement, plenty of details have come out about what the singer was doing days before his death as well as information about finding the 57-year-old’s unresponsive body.

While several celebrities and friends have opened up about or honored to the legendary rocker, MTV made an announcement that seems to be the perfect tribute to the late artist. — even though the reveal was a coincidence that it occurred on the day Prince died.

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On Thursday afternoon, MTV unveiled their new slate of programming at their upfront presentation and the big news is that they’re returning to their roots — music!

In recent years, the music television network has slowly gotten away from hit tunes and music news to focus more on dramas and reality programming like Jersey Shore. But in speaking with Variety, the network’s President, Sean Atkins, said that he wants to “put the ‘M’ back in MTV”!

One of the shows that marks a change in the network’s direction is Wonderland, which will feature live performances from three different artists and is actually the first weekly live-music performance they’ve had in two decades!

MTV has also added an untitled music competition series that will be produced by Mark Burnett of Survivor. Oh, and if you remember MTV Unplugged where artists play acoustic versions of their hit songs, well it’s getting rebooted!

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Another fun show idea is Studio 24 which will pair up artists and they’re tasked with creating a song in a 24 hour period of time! If documentaries are more your style though, then you’ll be happy to hear that another new show, Year One, as the docuseries takes a look at various artsts’ breakthrough years.

Though these changes were not a result of Prince’s death, it seems fitting that the network announced its plan to focus on music on the day the artist that helped popularize music videos passed away.

The network also released a statement regarding the singer’s death saying:

“MTV is heartbroken and in utter disbelief at the news that the world has lost Prince Rogers Nelson so suddenly and so before his time. Prince was a once-in-a-lifetime artist who transcended every medium and genre he touched and created music with a passion and individuality that inspired multiple generations.”

MTV also announced that they are going to air a podcast that will take a took at Prince’s impact over the years. The network’s Snapchat Discover channel will also be dedicated to nothing but Prince!

Are you excited to hear MTV is trying to get back in the music game?!

[Image via Getty Images.]

Apr 22, 2016 7:26am PDT

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