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, and record producer. 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, his first year of 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 platinum-selling Musicology (2004). 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

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 The Morning Papers Prince and The New Power Generation 1
1994 The Most Beautiful Girl in the World Prince 5 4
1994 Letitgo Prince 5 4
1994 Space Prince 5 2
1995 I Hate U Prince 5 3
1995 Gold Prince 5 3
1995 Purple Medley Prince 5 1
1996 Betcha by Golly Wow! / Right Back Here in My Arms Prince 5 2
1996 Dinner With Delores Prince 5 1
1997 The Holy River Prince 5 2
1997 The Truth Prince 1
1998 Come On Prince 5 1
1999 The Greatest Romance Ever Sold Prince 5 4
2002 Days of Wild Prince 1
2003 I Know You Got Soul / Uptown Eric B. & Rakim / Prince 1
2005 S.S.T. Prince 5 1
2006 Black Sweat Prince 1
2006 Fury Prince 1
2011 Extraloveable Prince 1
2013 Screwdriver Prince 1
2013 Ain't Gonna Miss U When U're Gone Prince 1
2013 Extraloveable Reloaded Prince 1
2013 Breakfast Can Wait Prince 1
2013 Da Bourgeoisie Prince 1
2014 Pretzelbodylogic Prince & 3rdEyeGirl 1
2014 Fallinlove2nite Prince 1
2014 The Breakdown Prince 2
2015 Baltimore Prince feat. Eryn Allen Kane 1
2015 Hardrocklover Prince 1
2015 Stare Prince 1
2015 Free Urself Prince 1
2015 If Eye Could Get Ur Attention Prince 1
Controversy Prince 5 1
CyberSingle Prince 5 1
Te Amo Corazón Prince 5 1
U Make My Sun Shine Prince 5 1

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 2004 Grammys (live) Prince 1
2016 Joy In Repetition (SOH Live) Prince 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Rock and Roll Love Affair Prince 2

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 The Scandalous Sex Suite Prince 5 2
1991 Cream Prince & The New Power Generation 2
1991 Gett Off Remix EP Prince & The New Power Generation 1
1994 The Beautiful Experience Prince 5 2
2004 Cinnamon Girl Prince 1
2013 The Breakfast Experience Prince 1
94 East Prince 1
My Name Is Prince Prince 5 1

EP + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 New Power Generation (Funky Weapon remix) Prince 5 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Interview '85 Prince 1
Prince Interview Picture Disc Prince 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Alphabet St. Prince 2

Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
The War Prince & The New Power Generation 1

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