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 three bedroom house in Minneapolis was featured in the 1984 movie.
Prince secretly bought the Minneapolis house which featured in his 1984, semi-autobiographical movie Purple Rain, it has been revealed. Prince purchased the property just eight months before his death and is said to have paid $117,000 in cash, just a little over the asking price of $110,000.
Prince purchased the home featured in Purple Rain before his death.
Speaking to The Star Tribune the home’s selling agent, Deborah Larson said that one day last July she got a call from a woman in California who wanted to quickly make an offer “sight unseen” on the house.
Continue reading: Prince "Secretly Bought 'Purple Rain' House" Months Before Death
The Grammy winning singer was said to have been spurred on by Prince’s death in April to seek treatment.
Representatives for singer Chaka Khan have confirmed that the 63-year-old has entered rehab to battle her ‘dependence on prescription pain medications’. Kahn’s decision to seek treatment reportedly came after the passing of her friend Prince in April, who was allegedly addicted to pain medication before his death.
Singer Chaka Khan has entered rehab.
A statement on Kahn’s website reads: “Representatives for Chaka Khan announced today that ten-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist Chaka Khan has entered an addiction rehabilitation and aftercare program which will cause her to postpone all dates scheduled for the month of July.”
Continue reading: Chaka Kahn Enters Rehab For Prescription Drug Addiction
The site provides access to working versions of 12 different websites that Prince launched throughout his career.
A detailed internet archive showcasing many of Prince’s official websites over the years has been launched today.
Called the Prince Online Museum, it was made available on Monday (July 4th) and arrives precisely 10 years after the star closed his pioneering, award-winning digital NPG Music Club. It contains 12 working versions of a dozen of more than 20 different websites Prince launched during his career.
Paying tribute to the late star, who passed away on April 21st from an opioid overdose, and his pioneering use of the internet to connect with his global fanbase during the noughties, it has also been launched with the aim of inspiring new artists to find ways to do the same.
Paisley Park, the late singer's sprawling home and studio complex in Minnesota, could be open for guided tours as part of "monetisation" plans by his estate's overseers.
The company overseeing the distribution and management of Prince’s estate are considering opening Paisley Park, the massive studio complex in Minnesota that the late singer called his home, up to the public for guided tours.
According to newly released probate court filings, disclosed in a court order issued by the judge overseeing the case in favour of Bremer Trust, the company hired to temporarily oversee Prince’s estate. Bremer had sought permission from District Judge Kevin Eide to hire “monetisation” and “entertainment” experts to convert some of Prince’s assets into cash.
The estate is believed to be worth between $150 million and $300 million, according to various experts.
Continue reading: Prince's Paisley Park Estate Could Be Opened Up To Guided Tours
Prince, who died on April 21st, would have been 58 today (June 7).
Tidal are celebrating what would have been Prince’s 58th birthday today by adding 15 more of his albums their catalogue. Prince had been a vocal supporter of Jay Z’s Tidal and he released his final two albums, Hitnrun Phase One and Hitnrun Phase Two exclusively on the streaming service last year.
Tidal have just released 15 Prince albums.
The 15 new albums include his follow up to Sign O' The Times, the Black Album which Prince scrapped a week before its release in 1987. There’s also 1995’s The Gold Experience, 1999: The New Master, The Rainbow Children from 2001 and a collection of live albums.
Continue reading: Tidal Releases 15 Prince Albums To Mark His 58th Birthday
An unnamed law enforcement official, speaking anonymously, says that Prince died from overdosing on prescribed, opioid-based painkillers.
Test results show that Prince died of an opioid overdose, according to an anonymous law enforcement official who has seen the report.
The Associated Press on Thursday (June 2nd) quoted the official, who “spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.” The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet officially released test results, and the most recent statement from them merely said “we have no new information”.
Prince performing at Roskilde Festival 2010
Continue reading: Prince Died From Opioid Overdose, Official Quoted As Saying
The ‘Purple Rain’ singer had previously been rumoured to be topping the bill in 2014.
Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has revealed that Prince was close to performing at this year’s festival, which will now be headlined by Adele, Coldplay and Muse. Speaking to The Sun, Eavis said he was sad to learn of Prince’s passing last month, saying he was a ‘real star’ the festival had never had.
Michael Eavis has said Prince was ‘in talks’ to perform at this year’s Glastonbury.
“I was going to meet his agent, it was all planned but it didn’t happen,” Eavis said. “His death was so sad. That’s a real star that we never had.” Prince had previously been close to headlining the festival in 2014, before Metallica took the spot.
The uniquely shaped instrument was used on songs including ‘Cream’ and ‘Get Off’.
A Beverly Hills auction house is selling a uniquely shaped, bright yellow guitar used by the late Prince, just over a year after the current owner first bought it at auction. Heritage Auctions is selling the ‘yellow cloud’ electric guitar, which was used by the late singer to perform songs such as ‘Cream’ and ‘Get Off’.
One of Prince’s yellow cloud guitars is going up for auction in June.
The auction will begin on June 24 and has an opening bid of $30,000. The current owner Richard Lecce, bought the custom instrument for around $30,000 over a year ago from the same auction house.
Continue reading: Prince's Bright Yellow Guitar To Go Up For Auction
Carlin Q. Williams, a prisoner in Colorado, has requested a DNA test to prove his claim.
A 39 year old man currently imprisoned in Missouri has come forward with a claim that he’s the biological son of the late singer Prince, and has requested a DNA test to prove it, according to sensational new reports.
ABC News claims that Carlin Q. Williams, serving time in a federal prison in Colorado for weapons transport, filed a paternity claim against Prince’s estate in the form of an affidavit on Monday (May 9th) alleging that he is the singer’s “sole surviving heir”.
Williams maintains that his mother, Marsha Henson, had a one-night stand with Prince in July 1976 at a hotel in Kansas City, nine months before his birth on April 8th, 1977.
Continue reading: Man Claiming To Be Prince's Son Requests DNA Test
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
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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