Prince (“The Artist Formerly Known as…”)

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Legal name: Prince Rogers Nelson

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Prince Rogers Nelson (born June 7, 1958), known by his mononym Prince, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor, and has been a major figure in popular music for over three decades. Prince is renowned as an innovator and is widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and wide vocal range. He is widely regarded as the pioneer of Minneapolis sound. His music combines rock, R&B, soul, funk, hip hop, disco, psychedelia, jazz, and pop.

Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and developed an interest in music at an early age, writing his first song at age seven. After recording songs with his cousin's band 94 East, 19-year-old Prince recorded several unsuccessful demo tapes before releasing his debut album For You in 1978, under the guidance of manager Owen Husney. His 1979 album Prince went platinum due to the success of the singles "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?" and "I Wanna Be Your Lover". His next three records — Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982) — continued his success, showcasing Prince's trademark of prominently sexual lyrics and incorporation of elements of funk, dance, and rock music. In 1984, he began referring to his backup band as The Revolution and released Purple Rain, which served as the soundtrack to his film debut of the same name. A prolific songwriter, Prince in the 1980s wrote songs for and produced work by many other acts, often under pseudonyms.

After releasing the albums Around the World in a Day (1985) and Parade (1986), The Revolution disbanded and Prince released the critically acclaimed double album Sign "O" the Times (1987) as a solo artist. He released three more solo albums before debuting The New Power Generation band in 1991. He changed his stage name in 1993 to an unpronounceable symbol (), also known as the "Love Symbol". He then began releasing new albums at a faster pace to remove himself from contractual obligations to Warner Bros.; he released five records between 1994 and 1996 before signing with Arista Records in 1998. In 2000, he began referring to himself as "Prince" again. He has released 15 albums since then, including his latest, HITnRUN Phase One, which was first released exclusively on the Tidal streaming service on September 7, 2015 before being released on CD on September 15, 2015 by NPG Records.

Prince has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone has ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 For You Prince 4.25 3
1979 Prince Prince 4.35 5
1980 Dirty Mind Prince 4 7
1981 Controversy Prince 4.5 7
1982 1999 Prince 4.25 11
1985 Around the World in a Day Prince & The Revolution 5 7
1987 Sign “☮” the Times Prince 4.6 8
1988 Lovesexy Prince 4.65 5
1989 Black Album Prince 5 5
1990 Crystal Ball Prince 5 4
1991 Diamonds and Pearls Prince & The New Power Generation 4.5 5
1992 Symbol Album Prince & The New Power Generation 4 4
1994 Come Prince 4 2
1995 The Gold Experience Prince 4 3
1995 Symbolic Beginning 94 East feat. Prince 5 2
1996 Chaos and Disorder Prince 4 2
1996 Emancipation Prince 4.5 3
1998 newpower Soul Prince & The New Power Generation 2
1999 The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale Prince 5 1
1999 Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic Prince 5 3
2001 The Rainbow Children Prince 5 4
2002 One Nite Alone Prince 5 1
2003 N.E.W.S. Prince 5 2
2004 The Chocolate Invasion Prince 5 1
2004 The Slaughterhouse Prince & The New Power Generation 1
2004 Musicology Prince 3 7
2004 Xpectation Prince 5 1
2006 3121 Prince 4.5 3
2007 Planet Earth Prince 4 4
2009 Mplsound Prince 1
2009 Lotusflow3r Prince 2.5 2
2013 3rd Eye Girl Prince 1
2014 Art Official Age Prince 3
2014 PlectrumElectrum Prince & 3rdEyeGirl 2 2
2015 HITnRUN phase one Prince 3
2015 HITnRUN Phase Two Prince 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 The Hits 2 Prince 3
1993 The Hits/The B-Sides Prince 2
1993 The Hits 1 Prince 3
2001 The Very Best of Prince Prince 5 2
2006 Ultimate Prince 4
2012 Original Album Series Prince 1
Best Ballads Prince 1
Ultra Rare Trax, Volume 1 Prince 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Tokyo 1990 Prince 1
1995 4am Jam: Live at the London Astoria 1995 Prince & The New Power Generation 1
2002 One Nite Alone... Prince 1
2004 C-Note Prince 1
2008 Indigo Nights Prince 1
1999 Revisited Prince 1

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