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There Is Now An Official Purple Pantone Shade Honoring Prince

Left: Image courtesy of Pantone. Right: Prince performs during the 'Pepsi Halftime Show' at Super Bowl XLI. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Purple One now has his own official shade of the imperial hue, as designated by the global arbiters of all things color.

On Monday, the Prince estate and the Pantone Color Institute announced the creation of “Love Symbol #2,” a standardized custom color to represent and honor the late singer. The shade is inspired by Prince's custom-made Yamaha purple piano, which was supposed to travel on tour with the performer before his death in April 2016. The groundbreaking musician has been widely associated with the color since the release of the 1984 film Purple Rain, and its iconic soundtrack, featuring the eponymous song.

Love Symbol #2 will now be the official color used "across the brand he left behind," according to a statement. The Pantone shade's name is a reference to the unpronounceable symbol, officially copyrighted as Love Symbol #2, that Prince changed his name to in 1993.

“The color purple was synonymous with who Prince was and will always be. This is an incredible way for his legacy to live on forever,” Troy Carter, entertainment Advisor to Prince’s estate, said in a statement.

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