Prince (“The Artist Formerly Known as…”)

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Legal name: Prince Rogers Nelson

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

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Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was a musical innovator and known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for the film Purple Rain. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of 100 Greatest Artists—"the most influential artists of the rock & roll era".

Prince was born in Minneapolis and developed an interest in music as a young child. He signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. at the age of 18, and released his debut album For You in 1978. His 1979 album Prince went platinum, and his next three records—Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982)—continued his success, showcasing Prince's prominently sexual lyrics and blending 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 eponymous 1984 film debut and was met with widespread acclaim. After releasing the albums Around the World in a Day (1985) and Parade (1986), The Revolution disbanded, and Prince released the 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.

In 1993, while in a contractual dispute with Warner Bros., he changed his stage name to , an unpronounceable symbol also known as the "Love Symbol", and began releasing new albums at a faster pace to remove himself from contractual obligations. 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 released 16 albums after that, including The Rainbow Children (2001). His final album, Hit n Run Phase Two, was first released on the Tidal streaming service on December 12, 2015. Prince died from a fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 21, 2016, at the age of 57.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 For You Prince 4.25 5
1979 Prince Prince 4.35 6
1980 Dirty Mind Prince 4 8
1981 Controversy Prince 4.5 8
1982 1999 Prince 4.25 12
1985 Around the World in a Day Prince & The Revolution 5 8
1987 Sign “☮” the Times Prince 4.6 8
1988 Lovesexy Prince 4.65 6
1989 Black Album Prince 5 6
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 Emancipation Prince 4.5 3
1996 Chaos and Disorder Prince 4 2
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 4
2007 Planet Earth Prince 4 4
2009 Mplsound Prince 1
2009 Lotusflow3r Prince 2.5 3
2013 3rd Eye Girl Prince 4 1
2014 Art Official Age Prince 4
2014 PlectrumElectrum Prince & 3rdEyeGirl 2 2
2015 HITnRUN phase one Prince 4
2015 HITnRUN Phase Two Prince 3

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
1995 4am Jam: Live at the London Astoria 1995 Prince & The New Power Generation 1
2002 One Nite Alone... Live Prince & The New Power Generation 1
2002 One Nite Alone... Prince 1
2002 One Nite Alone... The Aftershow : It Ain't Over! Prince & The New Power Generation 1
2004 C-Note Prince 1
2008 Indigo Nights Prince 1
1999 Revisited Prince 1
The Homecoming Prince 1 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 1999 (The New Master) Prince 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Purple Rain Prince and The Revolution 4.2 17
1986 Parade: Music From the Motion Picture Under the Cherry Moon Prince and The Revolution 5 10
1989 Batman: Motion Picture Soundtrack Prince 2.35 4
1990 Graffiti Bridge Prince 3 5
1996 Girl 6 Prince 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 I Wanna Be Your Lover Prince 2
1980 Uptown Prince 1
1981 Let’s Work / Gotta Stop (Messin’ About) Prince 5 1
1982 1999 Prince 5 6
1982 Delirious Prince 5 2
1982 Let's Pretend We're Married / Irresistable Bitch Prince 5 1
1982 Little Red Corvette Prince 5 2
1984 I Would Die 4 U Prince and The Revolution 2
1984 Let’s Go Crazy Prince and The Revolution 5 3
1984 Purple Rain Prince and The Revolution 2
1984 When Doves Cry / 17 Days Prince and The Revolution 2
1985 Take Me With You Prince and The Revolution 1
1985 America / Girl Prince & The Revolution 1
1985 Paisley Park Prince & The Revolution 1
1985 Pop Life Prince & The Revolution 2
1985 Raspberry Beret Prince & The Revolution 1
1986 Kiss Prince and The Revolution 5
1986 Mountains Prince and The Revolution 1
1987 If I Was Your Girlfriend Prince 5 1
1987 I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man Prince 1
1987 Sign “☮” the Times Prince 2
1987 U Got the Look Prince 5 1
1988 Glam Slam Prince 1
1988 I Wish U Heaven Prince 1
1989 Scandalous Sex Suite Prince 5 2
1989 Batdance Prince 5 1
1989 Erotic City / I Would Die 4 U Prince 1
1989 Partyman Prince 5 2
1989 The Arms of Orion Prince 5 1
1989 The Future Prince 5 1
1989 When Doves Cry Prince 2
1990 New Power Generation Prince & The New Power Generation 5 5
1990 Royal Mix Prince 1
1990 Thieves in the Temple Prince 5 3
1991 Diamonds and Pearls Prince & The New Power Generation 1
1991 Cream Prince & The New Power Generation 2
1991 Gett Off Prince and The New Power Generation 3
1992 Money Don't Matter 2 Night Prince & The New Power Generation 1
1992 7 Prince & The New Power Generation 4
1992 My Name Is Prince Prince & The New Power Generation 4
1992 Sexy MF Prince and The New Power Generation 5 3
1993 The Morning Papers Prince & The New Power Generation 2

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