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, actor, multi-instrumentalist, philanthropist, dancer and record producer. He was a musical innovator who was 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, an American Music Award, 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.

Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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, the soundtrack album to his eponymous 1984 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 units 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 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

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Trojan Horse Aftershow '88 Prince 4.5 1
1990 Wonderboy Prince 2
1991 Left Eye Prince 1
1991 Paris Affair Prince 1
1991 Tokyo 1990 Prince 1
1992 Live in Rotterdam 28.5.1992 Prince 1
1992 Secret Gig Prince 1
1992 Septembre Prince & The Revolution 1
1993 Oh Oh Ohhh Prince 1
1993 The Cabaret Metro Prince & The New Power Generation 1
1993 Outrageously Live! Prince 1
1993 This Is My Night Prince 1
1995 4am Jam: Live at the London Astoria 1995 Prince & The New Power Generation 1
1996 Now's the Time Prince 1
1996 Small Club Prince 3
1998 1998-08-19: Vega Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark Prince & The New Power Generation 1
1998 R U Xperienced Prince 1
1998 Villanova Park Prince 1
1999 1999 Revisited Prince 1
2000 Rave Un2 the Year 2000 The Artist (Formerly Known As Prince) 1
2002 One Nite Alone… Live! Prince & The New Power Generation 2
2002 One Nite Alone... The Aftershow : It Ain't Over! Prince & The New Power Generation 1
2003 One Nite Alone Live in Japan Prince 1
2004 C-Note Prince 1
2004 Sign “☮” the Times Prince 1
2005 Columbia '81 Prince 1
2005 Providence '83 Prince 1
2005 Saginaw '82 Prince 1
2006 Hotel California Prince & Tamar 1
2006 Detroit '82 Prince 1
2007 27: Mutiny at the Prom Prince & The Revolution 1
2008 Indigo Nights Prince 1
2009 Le New Morning '87 Prince 1
2010 Abu Dhabi 20ten Prince 1
2011 27 V.2. Prince & The Revolution 1
2011 From the Soundboard: 1984 Birthday Show Prince & The Revolution 1
2015 Montreux Musicology Prince 1
2016 Fox Theatre Detroit: From the Soundboard Prince and 3rdEyeGirl 1
2KTV Prince 1
1983-08-13: "The Avenue", First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA Prince 1
1983-08-13: "The Avenue", First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA Prince & The Revolution 1
1984-04-07: Purple Rain Tour Finale - Orange Bowl, Miami, FL, USA Prince & The Revolution 1
1985-01-04: City Lights: Atlanta '85: The Omni, Atlanta, GA, USA Prince 1
1987-03-21: 4 Those of U on Valium Prince 1
1988-09-09: Lovesexy: Dortmund, Germany Prince 1
1989-02-07: Nagoya, Japan Prince 1
1993-04-12: What's Hip: DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA, USA Prince 1
2004-02-15: The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA, USA Prince 1
City Lights Remastered And Extended Volume 1: The Prince And Dirty Mind Tours 1979-1981 Prince 1
City Lights: Detroit/Providence Prince 1
City Lights: Paris (1981-06-03) Prince 1
City Lights: Stockholm Prince 1
Funky Party 2Nite Prince 1
Let's Go Crazy Prince & The Revolution 1
Live Prince & The Revolution 1
Live USA 81 Prince 1
Miles From the Park Prince 1
Nightclubbing Prince 1
Nude Tour - 1990 Live in Tokio Prince 1
One Nite Alone in Chicago Prince 1
One Nite Not So Alone Prince 1
One Nite... Not So Alone Prince 1
Parade Around the World 1-3 Prince 1
Prince Live (Unapproved) Prince 1
R U Gonna Go My Way? Prince 1
Return of the Bump Squad Prince 1
Sexy M.F. Tour '92 Prince 1
Small Club Prince 1
Stagetronic Prince & The New Power Generation 2
The Homecoming Prince 1 1
The Park, Volume 2 Prince 1
The Story 1 Prince 1
The Story 2 Prince 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 1999 (The New Master) Prince 1
The Comin' King: Brain Attack Remixes 1995 Prince 1
The Unreleased Mixes Prince 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Purple Rain Prince and The Revolution 4.2 21
1986 Parade: Music From the Motion Picture Under the Cherry Moon Prince and The Revolution 5 11
1989 Batman: Motion Picture Soundtrack Prince 2.35 5
1990 Graffiti Bridge Prince 3 5
1996 Girl 6 Prince 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 I Wanna Be Your Lover Prince 3
1980 Uptown Prince 1
1981 Let’s Work / Gotta Stop (Messin’ About) Prince 5 1
1982 1999 Prince 5 6
1982 Delirious Prince 5 2
1982 Let's Pretend We're Married / Irresistable Bitch Prince 5 1
1982 Little Red Corvette Prince 5 2
1983 Little Red Corvette / 1999 Prince 2
1984 Another Lonely Christmas Prince And The Revolution 1
1984 I Would Die 4 U Prince and The Revolution 2
1984 Let’s Go Crazy Prince and The Revolution 5 3
1984 Purple Rain Prince and The Revolution 2
1984 When Doves Cry / 17 Days Prince and The Revolution 2
1985 Take Me With You Prince and The Revolution 1
1985 America / Girl Prince & The Revolution 1
1985 Paisley Park Prince & The Revolution 1
1985 Pop Life Prince & The Revolution 2
1985 Raspberry Beret Prince & The Revolution 1
1986 Kiss Prince and The Revolution 5

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