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, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, actor, and director. He was known for his electric work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and 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 was born in Minneapolis and developed an interest in music as a young child. 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 Prince's 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 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 2015. Five months later, Prince died of a fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, at the age of 57.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 I Love 80s Various Artists 1
2001 Les Enfants du rock Various Artists 1
2001 Music of the Millennium II Various Artists 4
2001 Party Hits Various Artists 1
2001 Passion: Songs for Lovers Various Artists 1
2001 Platinum: The Best Hits Selection Various Artists 1
2001 Top 40 Hitdossier 1983-1984 Various Artists 1
2001 Top 40 Hitdossier 1991-1992 Various Artists 1
2002 Mega Funk Various Artists 1
2002 Ö3 Greatest Hits, Volume 17 Various Artists 1
2002 Absolute Disco Classics Various Artists 1
2002 Drivin' with Johnnie Walker Various Artists 1
2002 While My Guitar Gently Weeps Various Artists 1
2002 Pure Genius, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2002 Absolument 80 : Les plus grands tubes internationaux Various Artists 1
2002 All Time Classic Tearjerkers Various Artists 2
2002 Don't Stop the 80's, Volume 3: The Ballads Various Artists 1
2002 Songs 3: Best of Singer/Songwriters Various Artists 1
2002 While My Guitar Gently Weeps Various Artists 1
2002 School Disco.com: End of Term Party Various Artists 1
2002 Absolute Love Classics Various Artists 1
2002 80s Verantwoord Powered by Rob Stenders Various Artists 1
2002 Deck Safari, Part One Air 1
2002 Deck Safari, Part Two Air 1
2002 Greatest Hits of the 80's Various Artists 1
2002 Platinum 80s Various Artists 2
2002 Simian Mobile Disco Various Artists 1
2002 The Infamous Queensbridge Collection (25 original Songs Sampled by Mobb Deep) Various Artists 1
2002 The Wedding Mixer Various Artists 2
2002 TM Century: GoldDisc 126 Various Artists 1
2002 TM Century: GoldDisc 127 Various Artists 1
2002 Verrukkelijke Popclassics Various Artists 1
2002 Wonder Wrote It, Part 2 Bobbito aka DJ Cucumber Slice & DJ Spinna 1
2003 The Power of Love Various Artists 1
2003 Nachtschicht, Volume 9 Various Artists 1
2003 Echt Kultig: Die Internationale (2003, blue cover) Various Artists 1
2003 Body Combat 15 Various Artists 1
2003 The Ultimate Smoochy Album Various Artists 1
2003 Absolute 80s Various Artists 1
2003 The Very Best of Drive Time: 40 Driving Classics and Feel Good Anthems Various Artists 1
2003 Drivin' Various Artists 1
2003 Hot City Nights Various Artists 1
2003 Hairbrush Divas Various Artists 1
2003 Absolute Party Collection Various Artists 1
2003 The Very Best of Pure R&B: The Winter Collection The Firin' Squad 1
2003 The Best Air Guitar Album in the World… III Various Artists 1
2003 The Ultimate Chick Flick Love Songs Various Artists 1
2003 Absolute Love Classics 2 Various Artists 1
2003 80’s Replay Various Artists 1
2003 All That Dance Various Artists 1
2003 Chill Two: Sensual Lounge Various Artists 1
2003 Lovers Rock Various Artists 1
2003 Power Ballads Various Artists 1
2003 Simply the Best 80s Various Artists 1
2003 Simply the Best Guitar Album Various Artists 1
2003 Take 40 Australia: The Number Ones Volume One 1984-1993 Various Artists 1
2003 The Best Summer Album 2003 Various Artists 1
2003 The Quiet Storm Various Artists 1
2004 Guitar of the Millennium Various Artists 2
2004 Absolute Rock Ballads Classics 2 Various Artists 1
2004 Love Bites and School Nites: Smooching Classics From Behind the Bike Sheds Various Artists 1
2004 Back to the Movies: Hits From the Flix Various Artists 1
2004 Love Hurts: 40 of the Most Moving Songs of All Time Various Artists 1
2004 Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix Various Artists 2
2004 Monday Mixtape Various Artists 1
2004 Rock Ballads Various Artists 1
2004 DJ Only DJO 64 Various Artists 1
2004 Bigger Better Power Ballads II Various Artists 1
2004 Disco Fever Best Various Artists 1
2004 Fetenhits: The Real Classics, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
2004 Kuschelrock 18 Various Artists 1
2004 Die ultimative Chart Show: Die erfolgreichsten Sängerinnen & die erfolgreichsten Sänger Various Artists 1
2004 Rnb Superclub: Late Night Edition Various Artists 1
2004 Perfect Love Various Artists 1
2004 Steve Wright in the Afternoon: The Oldies Various Artists 1
2004 The World’s Greatest Various Artists 1
2004 The Ultimate All Time Classic Tearjerkers Various Artists 1
2004 UK Music Hall of Fame Various Artists 1
2004 Best of Formel Eins: Die Kulthits, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2004 Chick Flick Diaries Various Artists 1
2004 Thomas Gottschalk präsentiert: 50 Jahre Rock! Love Songs Various Artists 2
2004 Best Of Party Hits Various Artists 1
2004 Duets U2 1
2004 Eighties Temptation Various Artists 1
2004 Electro Chic Various Artists 1
2004 Hairbrush Divas 2 Various Artists 1
2004 Mark Ronson & Samantha Ronson Present: Get R - The C. Ronson Mixtape Various Artists 1
2004 RTL Christmas Fever Various Artists 1
2004 Soul Ballads Various Artists 1
2005 Absolute Movie Classics Various Artists 1
2005 That Loving Feeling Various Artists 1
2005 2005 GRAMMY Nominees Various Artists 1
2005 Absolute Movie Hits Various Artists 1
2005 Die Hit-Giganten: Hugos Hits Various Artists 1
2005 Driving Rock Ballads Various Artists 1
2005 How Late Do U Have 2BB4UR Absent? George Clinton Presents the P-Funk All Stars 1
2005 80’s 12 Inch Special Various Artists 1
2005 Dance 'til You Drop 2 Various Artists 1
2005 Hairbrush Divas Party! Various Artists 1
2005 Body & Soul Various Artists 1

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