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Prince: Personal Life

Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to John L. Nelson and Matti Shaw. His father was a songwriter and his mother was a jazz singer.

As a child, Prince was nicknamed Skippy, and he suffered from epilepsy. He had a troubled childhood after his parents separated and he went to live with the family of Andre Cymone, who would later become his bass player.

Prince: Music Career

Prince started out his music career writing lyrics for his friend Pepe Willie's band 94 East.

Prince's first major label solo album came in 1978, and was entitled For You.

Prince had compiled his first backing band by 1979, consisting of Andre Cymone, Dez Dickerson, Gayle Chapman, Bobby Z and Doctor Fink. The intentionally multi-racial line-up was inspired by the band put together by Sly Stone, another of Prince's influences.

The second solo album was simply entitled Prince and he performed 'I Wanna Be Your Lover' and 'Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?' on American Bandstand in January 1980. He went on to open for Rick James's 1980 tour.

Later in 1980, Prince released Dirty Mind. Gayle Coleman disliked the explicit sexual content of the songs and left the band. She was replaced by Lisa Coleman. When he supported The Rolling Stones, he was booed offstage.

In 1981, he released the album Controversy. The same year, he formed a side project known as The Time, thanks to a clause in his contract with Warner Brothers that gave him full artistic control over his work. Morris Day was lead vocalist of The Time.

When 1999 was released in 1982, Prince became part of the first wave of African American artists to appear on MTV, along with Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson. His backing band at the time were known as The Revolution and were credited as such on his next album, Purple Rain, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score. Brown Mark had joined the band on bass.

In 1986, Prince released the album Parade, reaching number three on the Billboard charts. The album was also used as a soundtrack to Prince's second film, Under the Cherry Moon, which also starred Kristin Scott Thomas. That year, he also wrote 'Manic Monday', which would become a hit for The Bangles, though he was credited as 'Christopher'. At the end of the promotional tour for the album, Prince split up The Revolution; he fired Wendy, Lisa and Bobby Z, Brown Mark quit and Prince brought Sheila E. on board, as well as Miko Weaver, Eric Leeds and Atlanta Bliss.

The next album with The Revolution was 1986's Dream Factory. He then recorded a solo album, Camille, which was never released. Warner Brothers then forced Prince to release a double album, which became Sign O' The Times, released in 1987.

Continuing his prolific run, Prince released the hugely successful Lovesexy in 1988. The lead single was 'Alphabet St.' The following year, he made an appearance on Madonna's Like A Prayer album. Tim Burton then asked Prince to record a soundtrack to his upcoming Batman film, which starred Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson.

In 1990, Prince released Graffiti Bridge. The following year, he changed the name of his band to New Power Generation and they recorded and released the 1991 album Diamonds and Pearls.

Prince then released his twelfth studio album. It was untitled, but displayed an unpronounceable symbol on the cover. He later copyrighted the symbol as 'love symbol'. In 1993, he changed his stage name to this and was frequently referred to as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince. His next full-length album, Come, was credited to 'Prince 1958-1993'. The next album, The Gold Experience was released via an independent distributor. Chaos and Disorder (1996) was Prince's final album for Warner Bros.

Emancipation was his first album on his own label NPG Records. The album featured covers of other artists' songs, including Joan Osborne. In 1998, Prince released a five-CD compilation of unreleased material. He returned to calling himself Prince in 2000 and went on to release The Rainbow Children, N.E.W.S. and Xpectation. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and performed a cover of George Harrison's 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'. His next album, Musicology was released in 2004.

After signing to Universal Records, Prince released 3121 in 2006. His summer 2007 tour included 21 nights at London's O2 arena. The tickets, priced ½31.21, included a free copy of his latest album.

Prince: Personal Life

Prince has been romantically linked with a number of high-profile celebrities, including Carmen Electra, Sheena Easton, Stevie Nicks and Kim Basinger.

Prince married his backing singer Mayte Garcia in 1996. They had a son, Boy Gregory in 1996, but he died shortly after birth, as he had Pfeiffer Syndrome. Prince and Garcia divorced in 1999.

In 2001, Prince married Manuela Testolini. They divorced in 2006.

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the brit awards 2014 - performances and ceremony 190214

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The Latest Prince News

Rita Ora Wants 'work Of Art' Album

24th April 2014

Rita Ora wants her new album to be a ''work of art''.The 23-year-old singer, who recently unveiled 'I Will Never...

Prince Signs Major New Record Deal With Warner Bros

21st April 2014

Prince has signed a major new record deal with music label Warner Bros Records. The deal comes nearly 20 years...

Prince Reaches New Deal With Warner Bros. Meaning Unheard Material And A New Album

20th April 2014

After 18 years apart Prince and Warner Bros Records have struck a new deal, meaning that previously unheard material and...

Prince To Release New Album With New Warner Bros. Records Partnership

19th April 2014

Prince and Warner Bros, Records seem to have put their differences aside.It has been 18 years since the 55 year-old...

Prince Re-signs With Warner Bros. And Plans To Re-release Purple Rain Soundtrack

18th April 2014

Prince has resigned with Warner Bros., the label he split from in 1996, after calling himself a "slave" to record...

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Prince Reviews

Prince - Dance 4 Me Single Review

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Prince - 3121 Album Review

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Prince - 3121 Album

23rd March 2006

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Prince Festivals

Open'er Festival

2nd July 2014

Coachella

11th April 2014

Roskilde Festival

29th June 2014

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Prince Footage Film / Movie Reviews

Graffiti Bridge 1990, Review by Christopher Null

Does cinema have a more inspired moment than the one in Graffit Bridge where Morris...

Under the Cherry Moon 1986, Review by Christopher Null

Prince followed up his cult classic Purple Rain by hopping back in front of the...

Purple Rain 1984, Review by Don Willmott

Truth be told, Purple Rain isn't much of a movie, but it's one hell of...

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The Latest Prince Press Releases

Prince Teams Up With L.a. Reid For His Lateset Single 'Fallinlove2nite' Featuring Zooey Deschanel

18th March 2014

The music icon proudly issues his brand new single "FALLINLOVE2NITE" featuring...

Prince And 3rdeyegirl Play Sell Out Gig At Ronnie Scotts To Stars Including Kate Moss And Noel Gallagher

18th February 2014

Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL took over the world’s most famous jazz club, Ronnie Scotts, on the...

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U WERE MY FIRST CONCERT U WERE THE ONETIME HAS GONE BYE AND IT HAS BEEN KIND TO U I SEEN U ON MR. HALL SHOW U KNOW WHAT?? U STILL GOT THAT TWINKLE IN YOUR EYES LOVE LISA SUSAN KURZAWA

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Great review of Prince's show in Lisbon theartsdesk.comalso mentions the aftershow paarty...!

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in my heart Prince is #1love ya like the sky. u know it never stops

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Cool WebPage, I Check It Weekley !!!

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SEEK AND YOU SHALL FINDSincerly,M.Mastella

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Y LOVE IT......NEVER FORGET THE TIME.....PURPEL......PRINCESS CLAUDIA YO

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may we all live to see the dawn,u r the only reson im hereprn (skippy) come back dig if u will 17 day 17 long nights

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Prince! I've been looking for you! I've been to Yahoo Italy, Yahoo Spain, Yahoo France! Where are you? I miss you. xoxoxoxChinadoll58

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