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.
Sharon and Norrine Nelson have claimed that Comerica Bank & Trust have removed the contents of Prince's vault of unreleased material without telling them, and are demanding its return.
Prince’s half-sisters are threatening legal action against the executors of the late pop star’s estate, alleging that valuable material was removed without permission from his legendary vault of unreleased songs.
Sharon and Norrine Nelson are threatening a lawsuit against Comerica Bank & Trust, the company entrusted to oversee Prince’s vast estate and assets following the singer’s sudden death in April 2016. They contend that four trucks arrived at Paisley Park, the sprawling complex that was Prince's home for decades, in early September and removed the contents of the vault, including tapes of unreleased music worth up to $200 million.
Comerica Bank & Trust, in response, argue that the move was undertaken as a security precaution, as moving it from Minnesota to a specialist storage facility in Los Angeles means it will be “safer”.
Prince's favourite colour gets named in his honour.
The world's biggest authority on colour has announced that they are dedicating a gorgeous shade of purple to the late musical icon Prince, with the hue being named as his official symbol which fans refer to as 'Love Symbol #2'. The colour has been created in collaboration with Prince's estate.
Prince performing in 2014
The Pantone Color Institute have labelled their newest dusky dark purple as the 'Purple Rain' singer's unpronounceable name (when he became The Artist Formerly Known As Prince) that is simply known as 'Love Symbol #2'. The company is well known by many businesses for naming and standardising colours so that they can be reproduced for an infinite number of purposes. Its latest colour guide featured no less than 1,867 colours for designers to refer to.
Continue reading: New Shade Of Purple Gets Named After Prince's Famous Glyph
John Blackwell Jr. succumbs to complications over brain tumour recovery.
Just over a year after the untimely death of R&B hero Prince, his long-time drummer John Blackwell Jr. is also announced to have died at the age of just 43 on Independence Day. The death was not an unexpected eventuality, and his family revealed that his passing was 'peaceful'.
Prince performing live
John Blackwell Jr.'s wife Yaritza shared the sad news of her husband's death on his Instagram account yesterday (July 4th 2017), posting a photo of her gloved hand holding his as he apparently lies in a hospital bed.
Continue reading: Prince's Drummer John Blackwell Jr. Dies After Tumour Battle
Shortly after Prince died in April 2016, Irish singer O'Connor claimed that Hall had given drugs to the singer.
Sinead O’Connor has publicly apologised to comedian Arsenio Hall this week, for claiming last year that he had given drugs to the late singer Prince and insinuating that he had had something to do with his death.
Taking to her official Facebook page on Wednesday (February 22nd), the 50 year old singer retracted her accusations and wrote: “I apologize for my Facebook posts about Arsenio Hall to the extent that anyone thought I was accusing him of acting as Prince’s drug dealer and supplying him with illegal hard drugs, or insinuating that Arsenio had something to do with Prince’s death.”
“I sincerely apologize because those statements would be false, and I retract them unequivocally,” her brief post continued.
The late Prince's back catalogue of ''unreleased gems'' is set to be released by Warner Bros.
The late Prince's back catalogue of ''unreleased gems'' is set to be released by Warner Bros.
The 'Raspberry Beret' hitmaker - who tragically died in April last year aged 57 - is set to have the vaults of his Paisley Park mansion opened by Warner Bros in a bid to uncover two full albums, which have yet to be released and remain unheard, as well as a re-mastered version of his 1984 hit single 'Purple Rain'.
Pitchfork has released a statement from the record company to announce the news. It read: ''When we make any of Prince's music available to fans - from the hits to unreleased gems - we are committed to upholding Prince's high creative standards.''
On top of Prince's classic hits and albums appearing across all major streaming services this weekend, Universal has announced a deal to release huge swathes of the late singer's private archive of unreleased tracks.
Universal has announced the conclusion of a deal to release large swathes of the late pop star Prince’s massive archive of unreleased material, known as ‘The Vault’.
Announcing the deal on Thursday evening (February 9th), the Universal Music Group said that the deal gave them exclusive licensing rights to a “highly anticipated trove of unreleased works” recorded by Prince throughout his prolific career. In addition, it has acquired the rights to 25 albums that the star released through his own NPG Records imprint.
The value of the deal was not disclosed in Universal’s statement, but reports emerged back in October 2016 that the unreleased music was being offered for sale for £29 million.
Continue reading: Universal Announces Deal To Release Material From Prince's Vault
A four-day event featuring some of Prince's backing bands and collaborators will take place at Paisley Park from April 20th.
A four-day celebration at Paisley Park has been organised for next April to mark the first anniversary of Prince’s death, it has been announced.
Taking place at the late singer’s home and studio complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota, which has subsequently become a permanent museum to Prince, a number of groups and artists who worked closely with the singer throughout his life will play a series of gigs from April 20th, 2017.
Some of Prince’s backing bands such as The Revolution, The New Power Generation and 3rdEyeGirl, in addition to collaborators like Liv Warfield and Morris Day & The Time, will perform at the event entitled Celebration 2017.
"He gave me my name, he believed in me,” Electra said.
Carmen Electra, a former protege of Prince, has reacted to the tragic death of the 57-year-old musician. Describing him as a ‘musical genius’, Electra, who was re-named by Prince, credited the artist with starting her career and believing in her.
Carmen Electra has paid tribute to her former mentor Prince.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Electra said: "The world has lost a truly incredible spirit and musical genius. What a blessing it is to be one of the chosen ones who had the chance to work so closely with him.”
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
Many of the items come from Prince’s former wife Mayte Garcia, who was married to the singer from 1996 to 2000.
A wide variety of personal Prince items have gone up for sale at Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles, including a vintage guitar, demo cassettes, wedding china and even a pair of handcuffs. The items come from the collection of the singer’s former manager Owen Husney, guitarist Dez Dickerson and his first wife Mayte Garcia.
A number of Prince items have gone up for auction in Los Angeles.
Among the items are an ‘incredibly rare cassette tape from 1978’, which includes three unreleased songs and three unique versions of released tracks. The cassette comes from the collection of guitarist Dez Dickerson and is named ‘Prince Worktape ’78’.
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.
Continue reading: Prince Cancels European Tour Following Paris Attacks
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
Crowds outside The Electric Ballroom in Camden awaiting a secret gig by Prince - Crowds seen gathered outside The Electric Ballroom in Camden, London where it is said that Prince will be playing a secret gig - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 5th February 2014
Date of birth
7th June, 1958
Date of death
21st April, 2016
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