Prince announces two shows in Oakland next week 

Most artists give you a little advance notice when they’re swinging through town. Not his majestic purple highness, Prince! Here’s how much of a heads-up he’s giving you for his upcoming Welcome 2 America tour — just a few days.

Get your finances in order, folks, because he’ll be appearing next Monday and Wednesday, Feb. 21 and 23, at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Shows start promptly at 8 p.m., and tickets — which run from $49.50 to $250, plus all applicable charges — go on sale Friday at noon.

Visit www.livenation.com for ticket information.

You have to hand it to the guy — he’s just always in the news.

Last year, he renounced the Internet and refused to issue his “20Ten” album in digital format. He was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame (as was his legendary album “Purple Rain”), and he just performed at a MusiCares Person of the Year ceremony honoring Barbra Streisand herself.

No slouch in the philanthropy department, Prince also just donated $1 million to the arts-minded Harlem Children’s Zone. Coolest of all his recent achievements, though? He kicked Kim Kardashian offstage at one of his concerts for refusing to dance! Give that man another award!

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