The Purple One to reign at Target

Prince is coming to a Target near you.


The superstar is releasing a three-disc set through the retailer at the end of this month. The set will include two new albums as well as one by his new artist, Bria Valente, for $11.98.

Prince is just the latest entertainer to release new music exclusively through a major retailer. AC/DC and the Eagles were among the acts who sold millions of CDs through their partnership with Wal-Mart.


The CD set will be on sale at Target and its Web site on March 29.

Honoring Milk

Fresh from his best actor Oscar for his performance as Harvey Milk, Sean Penn is pushing California to officially recognize the late gay politician's birthday.

State Senator Mark Leno plans to reintroduce a bill today with Penn by his side designating Milk's birthday a "day of significance."

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the same bill last year.

In his veto message, the governor said Milk should be honored in San Francisco but not statewide.

Leno says Penn's award shows that Schwarzenegger's argument about Milk being only of provincial interest no longer holds up.

'Conga' goes south


Seven-time Grammy winner Gloria Estefan has performed to many packed arenas worldwide in a career spanning more than two decades. But for the first time, she is taking her greatest hits tour to South America.

Estefan announced plans yesterday to open in Uruguay on April 9 as she embarks on a tour with stops in Chile, Argentina, Peru and Ecuador. The Cuba native told a news conference that getting back to Latin America brings her "full circle."

"After so many years of planning to perform there, but because of logistics, you know, and a lot of political upheaval in Latin America ... being available to do it was just too difficult," Estefan said. "I spent 15 years of my life traveling, and we've been trying to get to Latin America forever."

Estefan said she will include older hits such as "Conga" and "Rhythm is Gonna Get You" as well as newer ballads including "Anything For You" and "Coming Out of the Dark."

today's birthdays

Actress Miranda Richardson, 51.


Radio personality Ira Glass, 50.

Rapper-actor Tone-Loc, 43.

Actress Julie Bowen, 39.

Actress Jessica Biel, 27.