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, dancer, actor and filmmaker. With a career spanning four decades, Prince was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant fashion sense, 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 25 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, seven Brit Awards, six American Music Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, an Academy Award (for Best Original Song Score for the 1984 film Purple Rain) and a Golden Globe Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2004 and 2016 respectively. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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2002À l'ancienne 2DJ Abdel1
2003The History of BreaksVarious Artists1
2003Hang All DJ’s, Volume 12 Many DJ’s31
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2008Presents Radio Soulwax Live: Get Yer Yo Yo’s Out, Pt. 32 Many DJ’s1
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Album + Compilation + Live

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Album + Compilation + Remix

1997Hot Tracks 15th Anniversary Collectors EditionVarious Artists1

Album + Compilation + Soundtrack

1989La Route des tubes : Musique de filmVarious Artists1

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1989Grandmix 88Ben Liebrand2
2000What's for Dessert?Dee Jay P1
2001Ultimate 80s PartyJive Bunny & The Mastermixers1
2002As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Part 32 Many DJ’s1
2004As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Part 62 Many DJ’s1
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Album + Live

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Album + Mixtape/Street

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2015This Is R&B Vol.24DJ Hi Volume1

Album + Remix

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1999Karaoke Classics: 20 Hits of the ’80s and ’90sVarious Artists1
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1983Risky BusinessVarious Artists5
1988Bright Lights, Big CityVarious Artists1
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1992Absolute CinemaVarious Artists1
1996StripteaseVarious Artists1
1998SenselessVarious Artists2
2000BamboozledVarious Artists1
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Other + Compilation

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