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, musician, record producer, and filmmaker.

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant fashion sense and use of makeup, and wide vocal range. Prince was also a multi-instrumentalist; considered a guitar virtuoso, he was also skilled at playing the drums, percussion, bass, keyboards, and synthesizer. His innovative music integrated a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop. He sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He won eight Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for the 1984 film Purple Rain. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

Prince developed an interest in music as a young child and wrote his first song at the age of seven. He signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records at the age of 17, and released his debut album For You in 1978. His 1979 album Prince went platinum, and his next three albums—Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982)—continued his success, showcasing his prominently explicit 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, the soundtrack album to his film debut. It quickly became his most critically and commercially successful release, spending 24 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200 and selling over 20 million copies worldwide. 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 rate 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 2015. Five months later, at the age of 57, Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 For You Prince 4.25 7
1979 Prince Prince 4.35 6
1980 Dirty Mind Prince 4 8
1981 Controversy Prince 4.5 8
1982 1999 Prince 4.2 15
1985 Around the World in a Day Prince & The Revolution 5 9
1986 Camille Prince 1
1987 Sign “☮︎” the Times Prince 4.6 10
1987 Black Album Prince 5 9
1987 Charade Prince 1
1988 Lovesexy Prince 4.65 6
1989 Hollywood Affair Prince & Kim Basinger 1
1990 Crystal Ball Prince 1
1991 Diamonds and Pearls Prince & The New Power Generation 4.5 6
1992 Symbol Album Prince and The New Power Generation 4 4
1993 The Undertaker Prince 1
1993 Yellow Prince 1
1994 Come Prince 4 3
1994 Chicken Grease Prince 1
1995 The Gold Experience Prince 4 4
1995 Le Premier Gold Experience Prince & The New Power Generation 1
1995 Symbolic Beginning 94 East feat. Prince 5 3
1996 Chaos and Disorder Prince 4 4
1996 Emancipation Prince 4.5 4
1997 The Truth Prince 1
1998 Crystal Ball Prince 5 3
1998 Newpower Soul Prince & The New Power Generation 3
1998 New Power Network Volume 1 The Artist (Formerly Known As Prince) 1
1998 Nudity Prince 1
1998 Paisley Power The Artist (Formerly Known As Prince) 1
1998 Paisley Power The Artist (Formerly Known As Prince) 1
1999 The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale Prince 5 1
1999 Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic Prince 5 3
2000 Sacrifice Prince 1
2001 The Rainbow Children Prince 5 5
2002 One Nite Alone Prince 5 1
2003 N.E.W.S. Prince 5 2
2003 Dream Factory Prince & The Revolution 5 2
2004 The Chocolate Invasion Prince 5 2
2004 The Slaughterhouse Prince & The New Power Generation 1
2004 Musicology Prince 3 7
2004 Xpectation Prince 5 1
2005 Open Sessions Vol. 1 Prince 1
2006 3121 Prince 4.5 4
2007 Planet Earth Prince 4 4
2009 Lotusflow3r Prince 2.5 3
2009 Mplsound Prince 1
2009 Oakland 2001 Prince 1
2010 20Ten Prince 3
2010 Charade Prince & The Revolution 1
2013 3rd Eye Girl Prince 4 1
2013 Girl Thang Prince 1
2014 Art Official Age Prince 4
2014 PlectrumElectrum Prince & 3rdEyeGirl 2 3
2015 HITnRUN Phase One Prince 5 4
2015 HITnRUN Phase Two Prince 4
2018 Piano & A Microphone 1983 Prince 2
Blue Prince 5 1
DePosition Prince 5 1
Estandard Prince 1
Extended Member of the Royal Household Prince 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 The Crown Jewels Prince 1
1993 The Hits 2 Prince 3
1993 The Hits/The B-Sides Prince 3
1993 The Hits 1 Prince 3
1995 Driving To Midnight Mess Prince 1
2001 The Very Best of Prince Prince 5 2
2001 12″ Archive 2.0 Prince 1
2001 12″ Single Archive Prince 1
2001 Columbus High Prince 1
2001 The Work, Volume 1 Prince 5 1
2003 Xpectation Prince 1
2006 Ultimate Prince 5
2010 The 1994 Radio Promo DAT Prince 1
2012 Blast From the Past 1.0 Prince 1
2012 Original Album Series Prince 1
2014 Quintessential 12 Inch Collection Prince 1
2014 The Evolution: Singles, Downloads, Broadcasts and Streams (2007-2014) Prince 1
2016 4Ever Prince 2
2018 Anthology: 1995-2010 Prince 1
12 Inch: Volume 1 1976-1988 Prince 1
12 Inch: Volume 1 1976-1988 Prince & The Revolution 1
12" Singles Collection, Volume 3 Prince 1
1998 The Artist (Formerly Known As Prince) 1
Best Ballads Prince 1
Black Album / Crystal Ball Prince 1
Bootleg Collection, Volume 1 Prince 1
Dance De Luxe Prince 1
Dreams Prince 1
Studio Nights (Demos And Outtakes 1976-1987) Prince 1
Studio Nights: The Rebels Prince 4.5 1
The Dawn (4.1) Act 1: Come Prince 1
The Dawn (4.1) Act 3: Gold Prince 1
The Dawn 4.1 - Chaos (disc 2) Prince 1
The Undertaker Prince 1
The Work, Volume 2 Prince 1
The Work, Volume 3 Prince 1
The Work, Volume 4 Prince 1
The Work, Volume 5 Prince 1
Ultra Rare Trax Vol. 1 Prince 1

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