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.
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.
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.
The pop legend gave no reason as to his decision, but his music is still available on Tidal.
Prince has become the latest big-name artist to remove his music from streaming services, in the latest act in his long standing suspicion of the internet. His back catalogue now cannot be played anywhere on the internet, except for the subscription-only service Tidal.
On Thursday (July 2nd), a message appeared on Prince’s Spotify artist page which read that his publisher had “asked all streaming services to remove his catalogue. We have cooperated with the request, and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible.”
Prince has removed all his music from Spotify and other streaming sites
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The White House was opened up to a highly exclusive private party studded with celebs on Saturday, courtesy of the President.
A few more details emerged today about an exclusive private party held by President Obama over the weekend, at which megastars such as Prince are rumoured to have performed. At Monday’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed that the President and the First Lady did indeed host a “private event” on Saturday (June 13th), but he remained tight-lipped as to further details.
However, Page Six was informed by anonymous attendees that not was The Purple One playing, he also brought Stevie flippin’ Wonder on-stage for a duet!
Prince performing at Leeds Arena in 2014
After the release of his new single, Prince joined the citizens of Baltimore for a special tribute night.
Prince has come out of seclusion for Sunday’s Rally 4 Peace in Baltimore. He took the stage in front of a crowd dressed in gray in tribute to Freddie Gray, the man whose death in police custody sparked protests in the city.
Prince asked fans to wear gray in honour of Freddie Gray.
The pop star announced Sunday’s event after weeks of protests. At the concert, Prince debuted a new song he wrote for the city in the wake of Gray’s death, USA Today reports. The track is appropriately titled Baltimore. According to the artist’s website, Prince is in talks with Jay-Z to release the song via the streaming service TIDAL. Prince and the band are in rehearsals for their on-going Hit 'N' Tour, which was mooted by Fox News to extend not only to more US cities but abroad too.
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The singer has organised, and will participate in, a peace rally in the city this weekend in honour of Freddie Gray.
The reclusive singer Prince has announced a surprise live performance. The star will play a short set as part of a peace rally in Baltimore this Sunday (May 10th) in support of those who’ve been affected by the recent rioting.
The singer has already dedicated a track to the residents of the embattled Maryland city, and held a surprise gig at his studio last week to honour the spirit of innocent parties caught up in the violent clashes. But the ‘Purple Rain’ singer is taking it a step further by organising and performing in the ‘Rally 4 Peace’ concert at the Royal Farms Arena this weekend.
Prince will perform at a peace rally in Baltimore this weekend
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Prince is hitting the road again, but he’s not giving away too many details.
Prince and his band 3rdEyeGirl are going on the road again, this time bringing their ‘Hit and Run’ tour to the U.S. for the first time. But as with the singer’s UK run last year, little details are available about the upcoming shows, only that it all kicks off next week in Louisville, KY., where portions of the ticket sales will be donated to various charities in the city.
Where will Prince and 3rdEyeGirl turn up next?
Prince will play an as-yet-unannounced venue in Louisville, KY on Saturday March 15th, with tickets going on sale Monday, March 9 at 10 a.m. local time. The Kentucky city has been chosen as it’s the hometown of 3rdEyeGirl drummer Hannah Welton.
Beyoncé's fans have not taken too kindly to Kid Rock's remarks in a recent interview and have taken to social media to express their outrage.
Kid Rock has angered many of Beyoncé's devoted fans after he criticised the 33-year-old 'Drunk in Love' singer in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. Kid Rock, A.K.A. Robert James Ritchie, said in was "flabbergasted" by Beyoncé's fame and further criticised her physical appearance. His critical comments have not been well received by Beyoncé's fans who have taken to social media to express their outrage.
Kid Rock has criticised Beyonce in a recent interview.
Nick talks favourite artists and songs at the American Music Awards
Nick Jonas stutted his stuff on the AMA red carpet
Look dapper in a smart suit, the 22-year-old musician was without his one-time partners in crime, Kevin and Joe, who had previously won at the awards as the Jonas Brothers in 2008.
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‘SNL’s’ 40th anniversary season just keeps on getting better.
It seems that 'Saturday Night Live' really is pulling out all the stops to celebrate their 40th anniversary season. On November 1st the legendary sketch show will see alumni Chris Rock return for the first time in 18 years, while Prince and his band 3rdEyeGirl will be the musical guests.
Prince will perform on November 1st's 'SNL'
The official announcement was made by ‘SNL’ on their Twitter page on Tuesday (October 14th). However the show was slightly beaten to the punch by the purple one himself, who had tweeted a picture of Rock impersonating him in the film Grown Ups earlier in the day.
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Prince dropped two albums this week. And they're good, we promise.
Any Prince fans out there? The artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince has just released not one but two albums – his “first official solo album” since 2010, Art Official Age (get it?)and the joint project with his female-driven warmup act, 3rdEyeGirl. The second album is called Plectrum Electrum and works in direct opposite to the futuristic sound of Art Official Age. Plectrum Electrum pays dutiful homage to the vintage sound of the rock trio, with Prince’s meticulous production adding the final layer of polish.
Prince is so down with the business, he's dropping the albums two at a time.
The link between the two albums is complicated and ambiguous, so pay attention. Art Official Age is credited as “recorded with” Chris James, a producer who has made dance music with Deadmau5 and others, and Joshua A.M. Welton, a producer and songwriter from Illinois. Mr. Welton is married to Hannah Ford Welton, the drummer in 3rdEyeGirl, and has played keyboards on their tour.
Art Official Age' and 'Plectrum Electrum' will hit on the same day
Prince is set to drop his 37th LP 'Art Official Age’ on the same day his new band 3rd Eye Girl release first album 'Plectrum Electrum'. The simultaneous release will happen on September 29.
Prince performs at Hop Farms festival
More importantly, the release heralds Prince's return to Warner Bros Records, the label he rancorously split with nearly two decades ago. The break lead to the legendary singer changing his name to The Artist Formerly Known As Prince in an attempt to sabotage his contract.
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We hit the Minnesota music scene in the run-up to Jay-Z's new summer festival.
Budweiser Made In America Press Conference at Los Angeles City Hall on April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California - Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Budweiser
Budweiser Made in America festival is on its way and, to celebrate, the beer brand unveil a series of music documentaries in different States: this week we explore Minnesota!
Being such a huge part of the world, America has always borne a massively diverse music ethos. In almost every part of the country you can come across a different musical culture and it's with this idea in mind that world famous rap star Jay-Z decided to create Budweiser Made in America festival. It's sole purpose is to bring together a choice selection of both up-and-coming and well-established artists spanning all genres including rock, hip hop, R&B, electronic, punk... the list goes on.
It’s time to start saving your pennies, these guys don’t come cheap.
Having your favourite band play at your birthday party or wedding would be a dream come true for any music fan, but sadly it doesn't come cheap. Business Insider has recently worked with booking agency Celebritytalent.net to publish a list detailing just how much various artists will charge to play a show. If you’re a Prince fan, it’s pretty bad news.
Prince, he's a pricey one
Yes if you’re looking for an intimate performance of ‘Purple Rain’, then you’re going to need some pretty deep products. Prince tops the list of the most expensive artists to book, commanding a massive $2million. Asking for slightly less are rock legends Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones as well as rappers Jay-Z and Usher, Arcade Fire and most surprisingly Nickleback. Yes a private show from Chad Kroeger and co will cost you between $1 and $1.5million.
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Rumours continue to circulate after Glasto boss reveals the Purple One’s reason for pulling potential headline slot.
Festival goers could still party like its 1999 this weekend, as rumours that Prince could still appear at Glastonbury continue to surface. As we previously reported, it was revealed this week that negotiations to book the funk legend for a Worthy Park headline slot broke down after the star got cold feet following ‘social media rumours’ about his appearance.
Could Prince still play Glastonbury? [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Ethan Miller]
However, tabloid reports suggest that the ‘Purple Rain’ singer could still appear at this weekend’s event.
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Here's why Prince pulled out of Glastonbury.
Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis has revealed that Prince pulled out of playing this year’s event because of “social media chit-chat”. Prince had agreed to play the historic festival but became angered when the planned performance was seemingly leaked to bookmakers, who slashed the odds of the Purple one headlining.
Prince performing in Leeds
“We wanted him to play and it got to the point where his people were talking to us about him doing it,” Eavis told fashion designer Henry Holland for the Guardian. “But before he confirmed he got really upset because he thought we had advertised that he was playing.” “Rumours get everywhere and one of those rumours was that Prince was coming, so he didn’t want to do it in the end,” he continued. “All the social media chit-chat now about who might be playing really doesn’t help us.”
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