Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to John L. Nelson and Matti Shaw in June of 1958. His father was a songwriter and his mother was a jazz singer.
He sadly passed away on 21st April 2016.
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.
In 2008 Prince performed at the legendary Coachella festival where it was reported that he was paid more than $5 million for his performance. Also in this year he released a live album entitled Indigo Nights and 21 Nights as an accompanying book of poems, lyrics and photos.
In 2010 Prince embarked on his 20Ten Tour that started in Abu Dhabi and was also introduced in to the Grammy Hall of Fame on 7th December.
In January 2013 he released a lyric video for a new song called Screwdriver and later that year he announced a West Coast tour with his band 3rdeyegirl.
In 2014 he performed at various concerts in the UK on his Hit and Run Tour which saw him performing once again with 3rdeyegirl. After an 18 year break from record label Warner Bro's they announced that a special deluxe edition of his 1984 album Purple Rain would be released too celebrate the 30th anniversary of the breakthrough album.
In 2015 Prince released his penultimate album Hit n Run Phase One on 14th September.
Image/ style: Prince was known for his flamboyant style and was likened to having the same kind of influence as other iconic stars such as David Bowie. One of his most memorable styles consisted of wearing makeup and frilled garments during his performances on stage. He was also praised for having females appear in his bands and supporting women's rights in the music industry.
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.
Prince was a Jehovah's Witness and as a result did not speak publicly about his charitable endeavors though has been credited with creating a number of social projects.
On 21st April 2016 Prince was found unresponsive in his lift and passed away when CPR attempts failed to make a difference. It was reported that he had been suffering from influenza in the lead up to his death but the exact cause of his death has not been established.
Madonna is hitting back at bosses at Black Entertainment Television (BET) for criticising her tribute to Prince at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.
The Material Girl singer began her performance to her former flame, who died last month (21Apr16), with a touching rendition of his Nothing Compares 2 U, which became a huge global hit for Sinead O'Connor. Madonna, wearing a lavender suit and ruffled shirt like the ones Prince often performed in, was then joined by Stevie Wonder for a take on the tragic star's Purple Rain anthem.
Critics were quick to take a swipe at the 57-year-old, including a spokesperson for the U.S. cable network, who posted a video on Twitter.com promoting the BET Awards in June (16) and writing, "Yeah we saw that. Don't worry. We got you (sic)."
The remarks, which have since been deleted, were posted immediately after Madonna's performance at the Billboard Music Awards on 22 May (16).
Prince's death has hit British singer/songwriter Richard Ashcroft so hard, he's using the tragedy to become a greater man.
Tributes have been pouring out from the world's biggest music stars since the icon's untimely death on 21 April (16), and the former The Verve star hopes his death will inspire his peers to challenge themselves in the studio.
"When you lose great artists like that, it gives someone like me - and it should give us all - more of a sense of urgency because that guy can't go in his studio today and put down another great tune or an idea, whereas I can," Ashcroft told Absolute Radio.
"It really wakes you up to as what the gift of music is."
Continue reading: Richard Ashcroft: 'Prince's Death Should Push Us All To Do More'
Cyndi Lauper has become the latest musician to pay tribute to Prince onstage after performing the track she covered for her She's So Unusual album on Wednesday night (25May16).
Following Madonna's Billboard Music Awards tribute on Sunday (22May16), and previous Prince nods from Bruce Springsteen, Mariah Carey and Beyonce, among others, Lauper paid her respects at the Beacon Theatre in New York with a moving performance of When You Were Mine.
She covered the song from Prince's Dirty Mind album on her debut release in 1983.
Prince died on 21 April (16).
Prince's longtime keyboard player Matt Fink has weighed in on Madonna's tribute to his old boss at the Billboard Music Awards, scolding her for not making more of the moment.
The former Revolution regular was quite excited by the idea of Madonna saluting Prince at the awards show on Sunday night (22May16), but admits he was left more than a little disappointed by the Material Girl's performance.
"I'm a huge Madonna fan, always have been, and I know her heart was in all of it," Fink tells Billboard. "My own personal opinion was I wish she'd done more of a medley, maybe, not just Nothing Compares (2 U) and go right into Purple Rain with Stevie Wonder.
"I thought there should have been more thought put into it as a real tribute - give the fans more than two songs. Maybe she should've done three or four."
Continue reading: Prince Pal Underwhelmed By Madonna's Billboard Music Awards Tribute
Thousands of Beyonce fans were evacuated from a concert in Minnesota on Monday night (23May16) due to a severe weather warning.
Around 35,000 fans were waiting for Beyonce to begin her Formation World Tour show at the open-air TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis when they were instructed to evacuate to the stadium concourse or nearby shelters due to a forecast of thunder and lightning.
The concert was delayed a number of times while officials assessed the weather, and the devotees were ushered back into the stadium around 9.30pm local time, 90 minutes after the scheduled start.
Beyonce thanked her fans for their patience, telling the crowd, "I am so honoured to be here tonight. Thanks for riding with me through the storm."
Continue reading: Beyonce Concert Evacuated Due To Severe Weather
Madonna has defended herself amid growing criticism surrounding her tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (22May16).
The Material Girl singer began her performance to her former flame, who died last month (21Apr16), with a touching rendition of his Nothing Compares 2 U, which became a huge global hit for Sinead O'Connor.
Critics were quick to take a swipe at the 57-year-old, with many feeling someone from today's generation of pop stars should have been given the honour. But on Monday (23May16) the star took to her Instagram account to hit back at her haters.
Continue reading: Madonna Hits Back At Prince Tribute Criticism
Celine Dion didn't feel "in control" of her emotions during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.
The 48-year-old singer performed Queen's The Show Must Go On at the annual event on Sunday night (22May16), where she was also honoured with the Billboard Icon Award. It was a bittersweet occasion for Celine, who lost her husband Rene in January (16) before her brother Daniel died just days after, and she became overwhelmed when her son Rene-Charles presented her with the accolade.
"Normally I feel pretty much in control," she explained to E! News. "I don't necessarily like surprises. I like to be prepared; I thought I was. From a mom who was prepared with her children at the funerals, to tell them that it's fine, to be strong and all that, so for me I was like, 'OK, I'm going to sing my favourite song,' and they want to give me that award? Oh, my God. It's not the reason why I'm doing that. It's not the reason why I'm here.
"But they're giving me a very, very important... iconic award... for my children when I'm gone, these are the moments that will stay. These are the moments that will be remembered, I think. For my husband, The Show Must Go On, his favourite song that I do every night, (was why) I said 'OK, I'll go and it's going to work.'"
Continue reading: Celine Dion: 'I Thought I Was Prepared For Billboard Music Awards'
Madonna describes her tribute to Prince with Stevie Wonder as "epic".
The queen of pop took to the stage at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards (22May16) to honour the late singer, who died in April (16) aged 57. Wearing a Prince-esque purple metallic suit with white ruffled sleeves, Madonna looked in her element as she belted out his hit track for Sinead O'connor, Nothing Compares 2 U, before bringing Stevie up for a duet of Purple Rain.
Madonna briefly dated Prince in 1985 and the pair collaborated on Love Song, and while they had their differences over the years the songstress was clearly emotional as she performed.
"An Epic Moment for Me to sing in honor of Prince with Stevie Wonder. #luckiestgirlintheworld," she wrote on Instagram alongside a snap of her and the Superstition star. "Such an AmaaaaaaaaaaIng (sic) Moment for Me! Thanks to all who made it happen!!!
Continue reading: Madonna's 'Epic' Tribute To Prince At Billboard Music Awards
The Weeknd kicked off the 2016 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (22May16) by dedicating his first win to late superstar Prince.
The R&B hitmaker headed into the Las Vegas prizegiving with 19 nominations in 16 categories, and he started the celebrations early by claiming the first trophy of the night, for Top Hot 100 Artist.
The Weeknd, who beat Justin Bieber, Drake, Fetty Wap, and Taylor Swift to the award, then delivered a touching acceptance speech in memory of his idol, who was found dead at his Minnesota home on 21 April (16).
"I wanna dedicate this award to the late great Prince, rest in peace," he told the audience.
Continue reading: The Weeknd Honours Prince At Billboard Music Awards
A new Minnesota law proposed to stop the exploitation of Prince has been pulled from the legislature's slate for this year (16).
The Purple Rain star, who was found dead at his Paisley Park home on 21 April (16), passed away in one of the few American states which does not have an explicit law punishing commercial exploitation of an individual's likeness without consent.
Representative Joe Hoppe was inspired to do something about it, and introduced the Personal Rights in Names Can Endure Act, or Prince Act. He hoped the legislation would give extended publicity control to Prince's estate trustees, limiting the use of his voice, name, signature and photographs for at least 50 years.
The bill, which was set to apply retroactively and thus cover Prince's case, was presented to the state's Senate and House of Representatives by Hoppe on 9 May (16), just two weeks before its current session closed for the summer (16).
Continue reading: Prince Bill Set Aside From Minnesota Legislature
Prince - February 4, 2007; Prince the Halftime Show for Super Bowl XLI. December 25, 2008; Prince having a good time at the LA Lakers game. - Los Angeles And South Flordia, California, United States - Sunday 4th February 2007
Prince - February 4, 2007; Prince the Halftime Show for Super Bowl XLI. December 25, 2008; Prince having a good time at the LA Lakers game. - Los Angeles And South Flordia, California, United States - Thursday 25th December 2008
Prince, Prince Rogers Nelson and 3rd Eye Girl - Prince performs at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on the last night of the UK leg of his Hit & Run Part II Tour - Leeds, United Kingdom - Saturday 24th May 2014
Date of birth
7th June, 1958
Date of death
21st April, 2016
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