Prince (US singer/songwriter/musician)

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Legal name: Prince Rogers Nelson

Also performs as: Alexander Nevermind, Camille (alter ego of Prince), Paisley Park


Prince Roger 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, Cyndi Lauper, 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, 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 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. After changing his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol (), also known as the "Love Symbol", in 1993, he 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" once again. He has released fourteen albums since then, including his latest, Art Official Age, released on September 30, 2014.

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 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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 For You Prince 4.25 3
1979 Prince Prince 4.35 5
1980 Dirty Mind Prince 4 5
1981 Controversy Prince 4.5 7
1982 1999 Prince 4.25 11
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
1990 Dirty Mind outtakes Prince 1
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
1994 Chicken Grease Prince 1
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
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
2002 One Man Jam Prince 5 1
2003 N.E.W.S. Prince 5 1
2004 The Chocolate Invasion Prince 5 1
2004 The Slaughterhouse Prince & The New Power Generation 1
2004 Musicology Prince 3 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
2011 City Lights Remastered And Extended Volume 5: The 1986 U.S. Hit & Run Tour And The Parade World Tour 1986 Prince 1
2013 3rd Eye Girl Prince 1
2014 Art Official Age Prince 3
2KTV Prince 1
One Nite Not So Alone Prince 1
The Homecoming Prince 1 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

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