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.
Prince was due to begin his Piano & A Microphone tour at the end of the month.
Prince has cancelled his upcoming Piano & A Microphone European tour, in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday. Prince’s announcement follows the news that Foo Fighters have also cancelled their European tour, which was due to visit Paris on Monday (November 16th).
Prince has cancelled his upcoming Piano & A Microphone European tour.
The tour was due to stop in 16 European cities beginning at the end of the month, with six UK dates scheduled. Prince was also due to visit Denmark, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Spain and Belgium.
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The legendary pop-star is reportedly bringing his stripped down show to the UK later this year.
Prince is reportedly getting set to play the UK as part of an upcoming solo tour. According to reports, the legendary musician will be putting down his guitar to embark on the 'Piano and a Microphone Tour', which will visit Europe later this year.
Prince is expected to play the U.K. later this year.
The tour is said to be kicking off in Austria on November 21st, and ending in Belgium on December 22nd. It will also reportedly stop at four venues in the UK, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool and London.
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‘The Voice’ audience doesn't seem to get Boy George’s sense of humour yet.
A rep for BBC talent series ‘The Voice’ has said that judge Boy George was just joking when he claimed he had slept with Prince during a live taping of the show. George’s comments have been making headlines worldwide with many taking them pretty seriously, but it seems some people just aren’t getting the singer’s sense of humour yet.
Boy George was just joking when he claimed he’d slept with Prince.
Speaking to People, a rep for ‘The Voice’ said the whole thing was just "a joke" by the Culture Club frontman which has been taking out of context. "He just went, 'Oh darling, I've slept with him,'" the spokesperson said. "He went on to say that he had Prince posters on his wall as a kid. He was never being serious.”
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He made the claim while shooting the new series of 'The Voice', which sent the audience "wild" and caused producers to temporarily stop filming.
The ‘80s pop star and Culture Club singer is reported to have sent BBC production staff into such a frenzy that the shoot, in front of a studio audience, had to be temporarily shut down in the wake of the jaw-dropping claim, according to The Sun.
A source told the paper that the 54 year old singer’s revelation “sent the audience absolutely wild and forced producers to stop filming”.
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The Purple One has only been a member for three days and he’s already notched up 88 posts.
The famously social-media-shy Prince has just taken a giant leap into the 21st century, by setting up an Instagram account. The verified account called ‘Princestagram’, popped up just three days ago and is already one of the most bizarre and entering Instagrams we’ve seen in a while.
To celebrate Tidal hitting 1million subscribers, Jay-Z is hosting a star-studded party in Brooklyn.
Jay-Z has just announced a huge concert titled Tidal X: 10/20, which will feature headline performances from the man himself as well as Prince and Beyonce. The gig is to celebrate Tidal hitting 1 million subscribers and will take place on October 20th at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
Jay-Z has announced a major Tidal X 10:20 concert to take place in Brooklyn.
Also announced so far are Usher, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, T.I., Damien Marley, Fabulous, Thomas Rhett, Indochina, DJ Cipha Sounds and DJ Reflex. The show will also feature Tidal Rising acts including Benjamin Booker, Hit-Boy, Bas, Jidenna, Justine Skye and Raury.
The legend is said to have made the comments as part of a wider warning to young artists.
Prince has once again aired his grievances against the music industry by comparing recording contracts to “slavery”. Just two days after he revealed that his new album will only be available through Tidal, he spoke about his reasons for making this decision.
“Record contracts are just like — I'm gonna say the word – slavery,” the star said. “I would tell any young artist... don't sign.” He claimed that the way that labels use their artists’ music and profit from it online has effectively turned artists into “indentured servitude”.
Prince has reportedly compared record industry contracts to "slavery"
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The Purple One has jumped on Jay-Z’s Tidal bandwagon for the release of his latest album.
Prince has announced that his new album, HitNRun, will be coming our way next month exclusively on Jay-Z’s Tidal streaming service. Dropping on September 7th, the record is the first part of an exclusive partnership between Tidal and the singer. Last year Prince surprised fans by releasing two albums, Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum with his band 3rd Eye Girl.
Prince has revealed his next album will be a Tidal exclusive.
Prince first announced the existence of HitNRun. during a BBC interview in late July. The album has been co-produced by Joshua Welton, who worked on Art Official Age and will include previously released first single ‘Hardrocklover’.
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The band closed the three day festival last month, having last performed there in 2007.
A blog post on the official website of legendary rockers The Who has claimed the band’s Glastonbury set was ‘sabotaged’ and that they were drafted in to headline the festival as a last minute replacement for Prince. The entry is thought to have been written by a member of the band’s road crew who worked behind the scenes during the band’s headling set.
The Who have claimed their Glastonbury set was ‘sabotaged’.
Giving a full account of the band’s Glastonbury performance, the writer reveals that the headliners were actually a ‘last-months addition to the show, replacing Prince who decided not to come this year’. The band closed out the festival on the Sunday evening, following sets from Patti Smith, Paul Weller and Lionel Ritchie.
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.
Date of birth
7th June, 1958