Prince (US singer/songwriter/musician)

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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. He has produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career. He has written several hundred songs and produces and records his own music for his own music label. In addition, he has promoted the careers of Sheila E., Carmen Electra, the Time and Vanity 6, and his songs have been recorded by these artists and others, including Chaka Khan, The Bangles, Sinéad O'Connor, and Kim Basinger.

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince 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, seventeen-year-old Prince recorded several unsuccessful demo tapes before releasing his debut album, For You, in 1978. 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 the album Purple Rain, which served as the soundtrack to his film debut of the same name.

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, which saw him changing his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol known as "The Love Symbol" (). In 1994, he began releasing new albums at a faster pace to remove himself from contractual obligations to Warner Bros, releasing five records in a span of two years before signing to Arista Records in 1998. In 2000, he began referring to himself as "Prince" once again. He has released thirteen albums since then, including his latest, 20Ten, released in 2010.

Prince has a wide vocal range and is known for his flamboyant stage presence and costumes. He 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 he was eligible. Rolling Stone has ranked Prince No. 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Prince's music has been influenced by rock, R&B, soul, funk, hip hop, blues, new wave, electronica, disco, psychedelia, folk, jazz, and pop. His artistic influences include Sly & the Family Stone, Parliament-Funkadelic, Joni Mitchell, the Beatles, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Miles Davis, Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, the Isley Brothers, Todd Rundgren[citation not found] Duke Ellington, Curtis Mayfield, and Stevie Wonder. Prince pioneered the "Minneapolis sound", a hybrid mixture of funk, rock, pop, R&B and new wave that has influenced many other musicians.

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1978 For You Prince 4.25 3
1979 Prince Prince 4.35 5
1980 Dirty Mind Prince 4 5
1981 Controversy Prince 4.5 6
1982 1999 Prince 4.25 8
1986 Camille Prince 1
1987 Sign “☮” the Times Prince 4.6 8
1988 Lovesexy Prince 4.65 5
1989 Black Album Prince 5 3
1990 Crystal Ball Prince 5 3
1991 Diamonds and Pearls Prince & The New Power Generation 4.5 4
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 1
1996 Chaos and Disorder Prince 4 2
1996 Emancipation Prince 4.5 3
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 Man Jam Prince 5 1
2003 N.E.W.S. Prince 5 1
2004 The Chocolate Invasion Prince 5 1
2004 Musicology Prince 4 6
2004 Xpectation Prince 5 1
2006 3121 Prince 4.5 3
2007 Planet Earth Prince 4 3
2009 Lotusflow3r Prince 1
2009 Lotusflow3r / MPLSoUND / Elixer Prince & Bria Valente 2.35 1
2013 3rd Eye Girl Prince 1
One Nite Alone Prince 5 1

Album + Compilation

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

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1991 Tokyo 1990 Live Prince 1
2002 One Nite Alone... Live Prince 1
2004 C-Note Live Prince 1
1999 Revisited Live Prince 1
Indigo Nights Live Prince 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1999 1999 (The New Master) Remix Prince 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1984 Purple Rain Soundtrack Prince & The Revolution 4.25 10
1989 Batman Soundtrack Prince 2.35 3
1990 Graffiti Bridge Soundtrack Prince 3 4

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1979 I Wanna Be Your Lover Prince 1
1980 Uptown Prince 1

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