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


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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 7 Prince 1
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
1993 Peach Prince 5 2
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 2
1999 The Greatest Romance Ever Sold Prince 1
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
Controversy Prince 5 1
CyberSingle Prince 5 1
Let's Go Crazy Prince & The Revolution 1
Te Amo Corazón Prince 5 1
The Greatest Romance Ever Sold Prince 5 1
U Make My Sun Shine Prince 5 1
When Doves Cry Prince & The Revolution 1

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 2004 Grammys (live) Prince 1

Single + Remix

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


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 The Scandalous Sex Suite (feat. Kim Basinger) 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

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