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 (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. With a career spanning four decades, Prince was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant fashion sense and use of makeup, and wide vocal range. A multi-instrumentalist, he was considered a guitar virtuoso and was also skilled at playing the drums, percussion, bass, keyboards, and synthesizer. Prince pioneered the Minneapolis sound, which is a subgenre of funk rock with elements of synth-pop and new wave, in the late 1970s.

Prince was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and developed an interest in music as a young child; he wrote his first song, "Funk Machine", 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. Four 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.

Prince's innovative music integrated 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 music artists of all time. He won seven 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. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on their list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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Album + Live

The HomecomingPrince11
The Park, Volume 2Prince1
The Story 1Prince1
The Story 2Prince1

Album + Remix

19991999 (The New Master)Prince1
2000Rave In2 the Joy FantasticPrince2
The Comin' King: Brain Attack Remixes 1995Prince1
The Unreleased MixesPrince1

Album + Soundtrack

1984Purple RainPrince and The Revolution4.330
1986Parade: Music From the Motion Picture Under the Cherry MoonPrince and The Revolution511
1989Batman: Motion Picture SoundtrackPrince2.757
1990Graffiti BridgePrince35
1996Girl 6Prince1


1979I Wanna Be Your LoverPrince3
1981Let’s Work / Gotta Stop (Messin’ About)Prince51
1982Let's Pretend We're Married / Irresistable BitchPrince51
1982Little Red CorvettePrince52
1983Little Red Corvette / 1999Prince2
1984Another Lonely ChristmasPrince And The Revolution1
1984I Would Die 4 UPrince and The Revolution2
1984Let’s Go CrazyPrince and The Revolution55
1984Purple RainPrince and The Revolution4
1984When Doves Cry / 17 DaysPrince and The Revolution3
1985Take Me With YouPrince and The Revolution1
1985America / GirlPrince & The Revolution1
1985Paisley ParkPrince & The Revolution1
1985Pop LifePrince & The Revolution2
1985Raspberry BeretPrince & The Revolution1
1986AnotherloverholenyoheadPrince and The Revolution1
1986KissPrince and The Revolution5
1986MountainsPrince and The Revolution1
1987If I Was Your GirlfriendPrince52
1987I Could Never Take the Place of Your ManPrince1
1987Sign “☮︎” the TimesPrince2
1987U Got the LookPrince51
1988Alphabet St.Prince4
1988Glam SlamPrince1
1988I Wish U HeavenPrince1
1989Scandalous Sex SuitePrince52
1989Erotic City / I Would Die 4 UPrince1
1989Partyman (Remixes)Prince1
1989The Arms of OrionPrince51
1989The FuturePrince51
1989When Doves CryPrince2
1990New Power GenerationPrince & The New Power Generation56
1990Royal MixPrince1
1990Thieves in the TemplePrince54
1991Diamonds and PearlsPrince & The New Power Generation2
1991CreamPrince & The New Power Generation3
1991Gett OffPrince and The New Power Generation4
1992Money Don't Matter 2 NightPrince & The New Power Generation1
19927Prince & The New Power Generation4
1992My Name Is PrincePrince & The New Power Generation4
1992Sexy MFPrince and The New Power Generation53
1993The Morning PapersPrince & The New Power Generation2
1993Nothing Compares 2 UPrince6
1993Pink CashmerePrince2
1993The Morning PapersPrince and The New Power Generation1
1994The Most Beautiful Girl in the WorldPrince55
1995I Hate UPrince54
1995Purple MedleyPrince51
1996Betcha by Golly Wow! / Right Back Here in My ArmsPrince52
1996Dinner With DeloresPrince51
1997The Holy RiverPrince52
1997The TruthPrince1
1998Come OnPrince51
1999The Greatest Romance Ever SoldPrince54
2000U Make My Sun ShinePrince52
2002Days of WildPrince1
2003I Know You Got Soul / UptownEric B. & Rakim / Prince1
2005Te Amo CorazónPrince52
2006Black SweatPrince3
2006The Song of the HeartPrince1
2011Dance 4 MePrince1
2013Ain't Gonna Miss U When U're GonePrince1
2013Extraloveable ReloadedPrince1
2013Breakfast Can WaitPrince1
2013Da BourgeoisiePrince1
2014PretzelbodylogicPrince & 3rdEyeGirl1
2014The BreakdownPrince2
2014U KNOWPrince1
2014WhitecapsPrince & 3rdEyeGirl1

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