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 African American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, actor, and director.

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince was known for his electric work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant fashion sense and use of makeup, and wide vocal range. 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 records—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

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 I Would Die 4 U Prince and The Revolution 2
1984 Let’s Go Crazy Prince and The Revolution 5 5
1984 Purple Rain Prince and The Revolution 4
1984 When Doves Cry / 17 Days Prince and The Revolution 3
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 Anotherloverholenyohead Prince and The Revolution 1
1986 Kiss Prince and The Revolution 5
1986 Mountains Prince and The Revolution 1
1987 If I Was Your Girlfriend Prince 5 2
1987 I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man Prince 1
1987 Sign “☮” the Times Prince 2
1987 U Got the Look Prince 5 1
1988 Alphabet St. Prince 4
1988 Glam Slam Prince 1
1988 I Wish U Heaven Prince 1
1989 Scandalous Sex Suite Prince 5 2
1989 Batdance Prince 5 1
1989 Erotic City / I Would Die 4 U Prince 1
1989 Partyman Prince 5 2
1989 The Arms of Orion Prince 5 1
1989 The Future Prince 5 1
1989 When Doves Cry Prince 2
1990 Kiss Prince 1
1990 New Power Generation Prince & The New Power Generation 5 6
1990 Royal Mix Prince 1
1990 Thieves in the Temple Prince 5 4
1991 Diamonds and Pearls Prince & The New Power Generation 1
1991 Cream Prince & The New Power Generation 3
1991 Gett Off Prince and The New Power Generation 4
1992 Money Don't Matter 2 Night Prince & The New Power Generation 1
1992 7 Prince & The New Power Generation 4
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 Controversy Prince 5 1
1993 Nothing Compares 2 U Prince 1
1993 Peach Prince 5 3
1993 Pink Cashmere Prince 1
1993 The Morning Papers Prince and The New Power Generation 1
1994 The Most Beautiful Girl in the World Prince 5 5
1994 Letitgo Prince 5 4
1994 Space Prince 5 2
1995 I Hate U Prince 5 4
1995 Gold Prince 5 4
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 4
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
2006 The Song of the Heart 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
2014 CLOUDS Prince 1
2014 U KNOW Prince 1
2014 Whitecaps Prince & 3rdEyeGirl 1
2014 FUNKNROLL Prince 1
2015 Baltimore Prince feat. Eryn Allen Kane 1
2015 Hardrocklover Prince 1
2015 Stare Prince 1
2015 Free Urself Prince 1
2015 If Eye Could Get Ur Attention Prince 1
2018 Nothing Compares 2 U Prince 1
CyberSingle Prince 5 1
Love Sign Nona Gaye feat. Prince 1
Pink Cashmere Prince 0
Te Amo Corazón Prince 5 1
The War Prince 1
U Make My Sun Shine Prince 5 1

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 2004 Grammys (live) Prince 1
2016 Joy in Repetition (SOH live) Prince 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 The Greatest Romance Ever Sold (Neptunes remix) Prince 1
2012 Rock and Roll Love Affair Prince 2

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 The Scandalous Sex Suite 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
2009 I’ll Do Anything Prince 1
2013 The Breakfast Experience Prince 1
2017 Deliverance Prince 1
94 East Prince 1
My Name Is Prince Prince 5 1

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