NEW YORK:- Pop icon Prince, who has had a turbulent relationship with the Internet, is giving social media another go. The Purple One has started an Instagram account - dubbed “Princestagram” - consisting mostly of professional-quality photos. But the verified account, started late last week, also has flashes of humor, a side that Prince has rarely shown in public. One posting references a well-known television skit in which comedian Charlie Murphy plays a purple-clad Prince on “Chappelle’s Show.” The real Prince shows a skit image on Instagram and writes, “This bores me.”–AFP

Prince was an early proponent of online music but in 2010 declared that the Internet was “completely over.” Last year he joined Facebook and Twitter - seen by most musicians as vital for promotion - but soon deleted his accounts without comment and later took down most of his music from YouTube and streaming sites.