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.
The festival's organiser Emily Eavis told the BBC that plans were afoot to pay tribute to Prince, as well as to David Bowie.
The festival’s organiser Emily Eavis told the BBC on Wednesday (May 4th) that a metal sculpture in the shape of a lightning bolt, inspired by the iconic cover art of Bowie’s 1973 album Aladdin Sane, will hang above performers on the Pyramid Stage.
Massive acts such as Adele, Coldplay and Muse are set to grace the main stage as headliners at the three day festival at Worthy Farm, Somerset, in late June.
Continue reading: Glastonbury Plans Prince And David Bowie Tributes
Comedian and actor Arsenio Hall is suing Sinead O'Connor over comments she made about his links to Prince.
The Irish singer, who enjoyed massive chart success with a cover of the late music mogul's Nothing Compares 2 U, stunned fans over the weekend (01May16) when she alleged Prince was a "longtime hard drug user" and suggested Arsenio was his supplier.
Sinead took to Facebook and wrote: "Two words for the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) investigating where (sic) prince got his drugs over the decades... Arsenio Hall (AKA Prince's and Eddie Murphy's b**ch)."
Sources told TMZ the Irish star also reported Arsenio to officials at the Carver County Sheriff's department, who are investigating Prince's death.
Continue reading: Arsenio Hall Sues Sinead O'connor For Defamation
Madonna posted another emotional tribute to Prince on Thursday (05May16).
The Kiss singer/songwriter had grown close to Madonna during the 1980s as they both shot to superstardom, collaborating on two tracks for the Queen of Pop's 1989 release, Like a Prayer.
Following the singer's untimely death in April (16), Madonna shared a touching message on her Instagram, and it appears she's still struggling to come to terms with his passing.
On Thursday, Madonna shared a picture of the singer in his prime, altering the lyrics of Nothing Compares 2 U, the track he wrote for Sinead O'Connor, to mark the time since his death.
Continue reading: Madonna Remembers Prince In Another Emotional Post
Helen Mirren is a "glorious" twerker.
The 70-year-old actress is known for being young at heart, and showed that she's very much in touch with today's youth as she hosted the Stuttering Association for the Young gala with Kelli O'Hara in New York on Monday night (02May16).
When Helen complimented her co-host Kelli on her tap dancing skills, the former decided to instead show off her twerking skills.
"Kelli asked Helen if she knew how to tap," a guest at the event told the New York Post's gossip column Page Six. "Helen responded, ‘No, I twerk’ - and did. They ended up having a ‘twerk-off.’ They both went for it... It was glorious."
Continue reading: Helen Mirren Wins Twerk Off At Charity Gala
U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency officials have officially joined the police investigation into Prince's death.
DEA experts and the U.S. Attorney's Office have been drafted in to help Carver County Sheriffs determine the cause of the Purple Rain singer's death.
"The DEA and U.S. Attorney's Office are able to augment this local investigation with federal resources and expertise about prescription drug diversion," a spokesperson for the US Attorney's Office told Entertainment Tonight. "While this remains an ongoing investigation, we will have no further comment."
A law enforcement source previously told CBS News that prescription drugs were found in Prince's possession at the time of the singer's death.
Continue reading: Drug Enforcement Agency Officials Join Prince Death Investigation
Glastonbury festival bosses are planning major tributes to David Bowie and Prince at this year's (Jun15) event.
Bowie headlined the festival in 2000, but Prince never quite made it to the main stage, despite organisers' efforts to book him.
Glastonbury boss Emily Eavis tells the BBC that Prince's appearance had been "close to happening for three years" before his untimely death last month (Apr15).
Among the many tributes to Bowie, who lost his battle with cancer in January (16), the festival's fabled Pyramid Stage will feature a giant lightning bolt, inspired by the artwork for the late rock icon's Aladdin Sane album.
Continue reading: Prince & David Bowie Tributes Set For Glastonbury
Prince's representatives rang Dr Howard Kornfeld on April 20th, the day before he died, saying the singer was dealing with a "grave medical emergency".
As the mass media continues to speculate as to the cause of Prince’s death, a Californian doctor has claimed that he was scheduled to meet with the legendary artist on April 22nd – the day after he died.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dr Howard Kornfeld, an authority on opioid addiction and its treatment, was contacted by Prince’s representatives on April 20th to help with a “grave medical emergency” because the singer was battling an addiction to painkillers.
Prince had been scheduled to meet with the opioid addiction doctor on April 22, the day after he died
Prince died the day before keeping an appointment with a doctor specialising in drug addiction.
The Purple Rain singer passed away aged 57 on 21 April (16) at his Paisley Park mansion in Minnesota. U.S. authorities are yet to determine a cause of death pending the results of an autopsy.
According to a new report representatives of Prince sought the help of opioid addiction specialist Dr Howard Kornfield the day before the star's death.
William Mauzy, an attorney acting for the family of Dr Howard Kornfield, tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune representatives of the music icon called the doctor on 20 April (16) because the musician, "was dealing with a grave medical emergency."
Continue reading: Prince 'Had Agreed To See Addiction Doctor' - Report
Arsenio Hall has broken his silence following the death of his friend Prince, revealing he's troubled by thoughts of the music icon's final moments, alone in an elevator.
The Purple Rain singer's body was found in a lift at his Paisley Park complex just outside Minneapolis, Minnesota last month (21Apr16), and comedian Hall admits he can't get the image of his pal dying alone out of his head.
"What pained me most is the visual image of where he passed, alone in that elevator," he told Access Hollywood Live. "That bugged me, so I've tried to just remember the positive... I'm really gonna miss him and I'm playing his music every day."
Arsenio admitted he knew of Prince's hip pain, but the two friends never really spoke about their aches and injuries - and the comic never stopped to think that the music legend may have needed his ever-present cane more than he let on.
Continue reading: Arsenio Hall: 'I Can't Dwell On The Image Of Prince Dying Alone'
A representative for Arsenio Hall has blasted Sinead O'Connor for suggesting the comedian/actor had a role to play in Prince's death.
The singer, who scored a massive international hit with her cover of Prince's Nothing Compares 2 U, blamed Arsenio for providing the music icon with drugs that may have killed him in a bizarre post on her Facebook page.
Sinead wrote: "Two words for the DEA investigating where (sic) prince got his drugs over the decades... Arsenio Hall (AKA Prince's and Eddie Murphy's b**ch)."
TMZ reports the Irish star has actually reported Arsenio to officials at the Carver County Sheriff's department, who are investigating Prince's death.
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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