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>> and now, "bbc world news america." ♪ katty: this is bbc world news america. reporting from washington, i'm katty kay. ♪ katty: the pop star prince has died at the age of 57. the music legend is being mourned right around the world. president obama wraps up his visit to saudi arabia talking to regional partners about the war in syria and the fight against the islamic state. ♪ ["happy birthday"] katty: and queen elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday. thousands of her subjects turn out to wish her well. ♪
onty: welcome to our viewers public television here in america, and also around the globe. today the music world suffered a big blow by the death of prince. he was 57 and had recently canceled a show because of ill health. prince rose to international fame in the early 80's thanks to albums like "purple rain." president obama called prince a virtuoso instrumentalist and an electrifying performer. we look back at his life. ♪ rain"]e prince, playing guitar , posturingendrix like a rolling stone. the man from minnesota was the king of funk rock 'n roll.
the prolific, innovative, influential popstar died at his home today. has shocked and surprised fans the world over. >> i could not believe it. i did not believe it. he was just here saturday. he was fine. reporter: fellow artists also expressed their sadness. missed my brother," says film director spike lee. "i am crushed, what a genius," from samuel l jackson. "a true artist in every sense of the word," coming from quincy jones. and president obama said, "prince did it all. he was a virtuoso instrumentalist, and nobody spirit was stronger, boulder, or more creative." >> when you look at where he
was, and what he did at the time that he did it, you look at popular music today, and it would be a much more boring place if it was not for prince. the young boy showed a prodigious talent. it is said he played all 27 instrument on his first record, but he had to wait until 1982 for his first big breakthrough, for his album 1999. >> ♪ maybe i'm just too demanding ♪ uporter: he followed that with "purple rain," considered by many to be one of the greatest albums ever made. oscar, a grammy award, and placed him at the top of international superstars. >> we used to hang out backstage. very low-key.
he would stand at the side of the stage and shake our hands as we went on stage. over 100 he sold million records, released over 39 studio albums, and was not afraid to write songs about subjects like aids, addiction, and politics. the 5'2" star wanted to be pushed around. he took the extent trick step -- the eccentric step of changing his name to assemble -- to a symbol. >> it came about through people's problem, mainly the media's problem, with not having l,pronunciation for the symbo so they had to come up with something, i guess. this video was taken by a fan on thursday. many considered him to be the
greatest of showman on earth. now, sadly, he has left us. for more on prince's life and legacy, i am joined by the editor of "billboard." we have been listening to the tribune today, instrumentalist, performer, songwriter. how would you remember prince? i will remember him in two ways. one, he could steal a show in the next level, in a way that i have never seen another performer do. one of my favorite prince moments is when george harrison was inducted into the rock 'n roll hall of fame, and there were some of the best guitar players in the history of music on stage, and prince is of the side stage, starting to play, and he comes into this so low and it's like, no one else was on stage with prince.
that's how incredible he was as a guitar player. the other way i will remember him is my personal experiences with him. he was simultaneously incredibly passionate about his beliefs, really wanted to convince the music industry to think differently about artistry and artist rights, and at the same time, i had a pretty -- he had a sense of humor. we were relaunching "billboard" magazine in 2013, and downs in the last minute, there was a challenging experience will stop prince wants things a certain way. he was going to provide us with images for the cover. it was right down to the wire, and i get this text from the person who works with him, and she says, prince has personally picked this out, he understands the pressure, and he thinks he will love this image.
we get the image, and it is a random picture of an old woman, has nothing to do with prince. had three amazing images, one of which we put on the cover, and that issue won awards for the relaunch. that was prince. he was very funny and controlling, but ultimately he had a vision about how things should be. katty: i was taking about david bailey, too. they are musically very different, but in terms of two performers who changed their style throughout the course of their careers. i can't think of many rock stars who have done it with the kind of -- that they did. guest: when you are talking about though and you are talking about prince, you could argue that we have lost the most creative forces abou -- creative forces from the 1970's and 1980's.
these guys had their own vision, their own aesthetic sense about what the world should be, and they lived that, and i think the world caught up with them as that happened. katty: he was a great technician, too. asked whatn was once it was like to be the greatest guitarist in the world, and he said, i don't know, ask prince. that goes back to what i was saying about the rock 'n roll hall of fame induction. he was up there with jet deck, --jeff beck, the mount rushmore guitar players. everyone who has seen a guitar solo by prince knows that anyone with the technical proficiency ,f prince did not have the sole and no one with the soul of prince had the technical proficiency. katty: he was very confident on stage, vivid, and loud. as you say, he commanded the stage. you have clips of him doing
interviews, his voice is so quiet. he is very private. guest: yeah, i always got the sense from prince that, number one, he did not like that part of the job, having to answer the same questions 100 times, dealing with number. reporters. him beingnny clip of interviewed by larry king, and you could tell that he was being questions with these that were sort of like, tell me how you became famous. i don't think prince wants to talk about how he became famous. i think prince wants to talk about art, music, and whatever he wants to talk about, not these traditional trappings of celebrity reporting. katty: before we go, i have to ask you your favorite prince song. guest: thinking about it a lot today, i think i am going to go with "kiss." it was very groundbreaking, and it sounded unlike anything else on the radio. but there are so many songs you can pick from. i'm going to be going deep on
his catalog on spotify. katty: thank you very much for joining me. tonight, president obama touched down in the u.k.. he arrived from saudi arabia, where he met the gulf partners on a range of issues, including the fight against the islamic state and the conflict in yemen. it comes as tension remains high with the signing of the nuclear deal with iran. we have richard hudson -- richard hassey, the president on the council of foreign relations. the president today was trying to make saudi arabia and relations look good today, but they are not, are they? reporter: they are not. we color cells allies and partners, but we fall far short. it is hard to say where they began, but the saudis were very unhappy with the push the united states gave to president mubarak in egypt, very unhappy that we did not follow up with syrian government using chemical weapons, and mostly unhappy with the nuclear deal in iran.
the united states thinks what saudi arabia is doing in yemen is not very smart, so forth and so on. these two things countries are on increasingly different pages. not look like, from america's point of view, at least, this trip achieved much for the white house. the president did not manage to get more commitments from the saudis were gulf allies against -- for the fight against the islamic state. reporter: it did not help that the president too the trip with a review in "the atlantic" weeks ago, where he called the saudis "free riders." he made the argument that we were not allies. diplomacy is often not telling the truth, and the president committed a gaffe in that sense. it is also true in the sense that saudis do not take isis seriously enough. they are much more worried about iran, but if you ask someone about me, i think they have more to worry about with isis. i think it is only a question of time before they target saudi arabia itself, which is arguably
somewhat vulnerable to this type of anti-regime sort of movement. katty: the argument from the administration seems to be that it is the collapse in oil prices that is restricting funds in arabia, and other gulf states for the fight against the islamic state. you are saying it might just be a lack of will? of will, it is a lack not their strategic priority. i also think there are elements where saudi arabia is sympathetic. they are worrying about taking certain steps, because their entire existence has been something of a deal between the royal family and radical religious forces. they are up against it. it would be one of the great ironies, if not tragedies, of history that saudi arabia, which came into being a century ago out of the desert, a movement to purify islam and return it to its roots, was ultimately undone.
3/4 of a century later, by a movement to return islam to its purer roots. katty: to what extent the think the royal family is looking beyond president obama at this point? reporter: they are. they are hoping that whoever comes into the oval office next, things will be much better. they are considerably unhappy with this president. but i think that is probably a bit of an exaggeration or false hope. thanks may be slightly better if it were hillary clinton, and maybe not if it were donald trump, but the fundamentals do not change. you've got real differences in u.s. and saudi views about what needs to be done in the region, about yemen, about syria, and about saudi arabia itself, so my guess is, the idea that comes in late january, things are going to turn around fundamentally, is just a pipe dream on the saudi part. the reality is, we are stuck with each other, for better and increasingly for worse. katty: richard, thank you. katty: as we have said, president obama is now in the
u.k., and the issue on whether britain should leave that european union looms large. the president expressed his views that written is better off staying there in the paper. we are traveling with mr. obama and have this report. reporter: barack obama waived goodbye, probably hugely relieved that this was the last time he would have to go to saudi arabia as president. relations have seriously strained. london will be much easier in comparison. whether or not there will be a warmer welcome controversy , awaits over the brexit. when i spoke to him last summer at the white house, he was for -- he was fairly forthright on the issue. president obama: having the united kingdom in the european union gives us greater confidence on the strength of the transatlantic union. and it is part of the cornerstone of institutions built after world war ii that
has made the world safer and more prosperous, and we want to make sure that the united kingdom continues to have that influence, because we believe that the values we share our the right ones not just for ourselves, but for europe as a whole and the world as a whole. reporter: senior white house staff have gone further. one said, "we believe that on the economic front, when it comes to commerce, trade, and jobs, that the u.k. economy will be better off within the union than if it leaves. and as a key economic partner, that is an issue of interest to the united states. we know that barack obama believes britain should stay in the european union, but will he warn of the consequences as he sees them of a vote to leave? does he believe it will lessen britain's position in the world? does he think a good destabilize europe financially? he will not tell the people of
britain how to vote, but they will not be left in any doubt about how he thinks. both lead campaigners say that whatever president obama thinks, whoever succeeds him in the white house will want the relationship to continue unhindered. >> we want the bill to work. we are the world's second-biggest economy, a crucial ally in nato, and we need to ensure we are all actually safer, and i think it will make no difference if britain is outside the european union. america will adapt to the new reality, as we will adapt to whatever new administration arrives in washington. reporter: a close bond has been built between these two men, but it has not always been easy. the president has been blunt over david cameron's role in libya, and harsh words were also exchanged one cameron looks like he was about to cut his defense spending. but the prime minister will to -- will want the president to be as forthright as possible when it comes to britain's membership of the european union. jon sopel, bbc news, react, saudi arabia.
at other news from around the world. the largest aid convoy in cereal has arrived in the besieged rebel-held town in the central part of the country. we will turn now to volkswagen, who has offered to buy back half of its vehicles in the united states as part of an agreement with the u.s. justice department over the carmaker's admissions scandal. there are no details about how much owners will be paid, but it is said that compensation will be substantial. they will also have the option to have their cars fixed. and now to syria, the largest convoy has arrived at the besieged, rebel held town at the center of the country. trucks are delivering food and medicine to 120,000 people around the city. the first aid to reach there since 2012. venezuela has introduced power cuts for four hours a day until next week. the outages will last for 40
days as the country struggles under severe drought. it is the latest setback for the venezuelans, which have been hit hard by the sharp fall in oil prices. program, it is a royal celebration for queen elizabeth's 90th birthday. we will have the highlights. ♪ katty: the human toll of ecuador's earthquake is now nearly 580 people, and because of the number missing, that figure is certainly going to rise. as for the price of rebuilding damaged infrastructure, the country's president has announced emergency tax increases, including a one-time levy on millionaires to pay for reconstruction. reporter: rescue efforts continue, and the death toll keeps rising. nearly five days after the earthquake struck, some survivors are getting increasingly desperate.
for many, sleeping in the open air is the only option. >> it is too terrible. i have never thought of meeting such things. me, my family barely escaped. the police officers passing by gave too much to my children, and i had to fetch something to eat these past two big days. however, there is nothing left. my house has been damaged by the earthquake. reporter: the country's president has called for people to be patient. >> the country must make no mistake, these things will not take three days or three months. this will take years. reporter: it is hard to understand, but opportunistic leaders have started picking through people's belongings, taking what they can. residents i spoke to told me this sees affected their community, too. >> i am lucid, but i am taking the rest of whatever is left,
because my house is completely destroyed. reporter: people trying to pick their lives up on wednesday, when the resin other earthquake, 6.2 in magnitude. many areas have already been destroyed. amid the chaos, search and rescue teams are not giving up hope. night and day, they are on the ground, looking for any signs of life. bbc news, ecuador. ♪ katty: it has been a day of celebration in london today for queen elizabeth's 90th birthday, britain's oldest and longest serving monarch, who was created -- he was treated to a chorus of "happy birthday" from the crowd, some who camped out overnight. reporter: she has done a few of these over the years, the lighting of a beacon to mark the new occasion.
this occasion, of course, was hers, the celebration of her 90th birthday. ♪ majesty, mummy -- [applause] >> i find it hard to believe you have reached your 90th year. the beacon will also represent, as it lights other beacons across the nation, the love and affection in which you are held throughout this country and the commonwealth. reporter: the beacon at windsor was the first in a chain, burning advantage points and in communities from one end of the another, adom to tribute to the longest lived monarch the country has known. ♪ reporter: on the morning of her
birthday, the queen had driven out from windsor castle to be greeted by crowds at the town center. ♪ ["happy birthday"] reporter: flowers and cards by the armful, and above all, perhaps, a great sense of gratitude for so many years of service. close by, the duke, his role and support today to gather the bouquets. he will be 95 in june. and there were other 90-year-olds to meet. men and women whose lives have moved along in parallel with that of their queen. >> it was an amazing day. she was in the bombing of london, so was i. and then, she was called out, and so was i.
reporter: buckingham palace issued this photograph of the queen with two of her grandchildren and five of her great-grandchildren, the youngest of whom, princess charlotte, is sitting on her lap, next to her brother, prince george. but this is not just a family day. the wider world has also been paying its birthday tributes. in the house of commons, the prime minister would pull the six to the queen has been on the throne. all, as thet it culture has shifted and the politics and inflow, her majesty has been steadfast, a rock of strength for our nation, our commonwealth, and on many occasions, for the whole world. reporter: not everyone is a monarchist. the leader of the opposition is a republican. he offered this tribute. >> today we are talking about a highly respected individual who is 90. and, mr. speaker, whatever views people across this country have about this institution, the vast majority share an opinion that the majesty has served this
country, and the vast overwhelming support, with a clear sense of public service and public duty. [applause] reporter: back in windsor on this first day of her 10th decade, elizabeth the second was doing what she has done for so much of her long life, her duty. i greatly respected monarch, at close quarters with her people, receiving her 90th birthday greetings. bbc news, windsor. katty: happy birthday to you, her majesty. 90 years old, still popular with her subjects. before we go, the singer prince has died at the age of 57 at his home in minneapolis. he is being remembered around the world. tributes are pouring in on twitter and even from world leaders. the president called him a virtuoso. that brings the program to a close. next for watching. -- thanks for watching. ♪
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