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Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince. During the '80s, he emerged as one of the most singular talents of the rock & roll era, capable of seamlessly tying together pop, funk, folk, and rock. Not only did he release a series of groundbreaking albums; he toured frequently, produced albums, and wrote songs for many other artists, and recorded hundreds of songs that still lie unreleased in his vaults. With each album he released, Prince showed remarkable stylistic growth and musical diversity, constantly experimenting with different sounds, textures, and genres. Occasionally, his music was inconsistent, in part because of his eclecticism, but his experiments frequently succeeded; no other contemporary artist blended so many diverse styles into a cohesive whole.

Prince's first two albums were solid, if unremarkable, late-'70s funk-pop. With 1980's Dirty Mind, he recorded his first masterpiece, a one-man tour de force of sex and music; it was hard funk, catchy Beatlesque melodies, sweet soul ballads, and rocking guitar pop, all at once. The follow-up, Controversy, was more of the same, but 1999 was brilliant. The album was a monster hit, selling over three million copies, but it was nothing compared to 1984's Purple Rain.

Purple Rain made Prince a superstar; it eventually sold over ten million copies in the U.S. and spent 24 weeks at number one. Partially recorded with his touring band, the Revolution, the record featured the most pop-oriented music he has ever made. Instead of continuing in this accessible direction, he veered off into the bizarre psycho-psychedelia of Around the World in a Day, which nevertheless sold over two million copies. In 1986, he released the even stranger Parade, which was in its own way as ambitious and intricate as any art rock of the '60s; however, no art rock was ever grounded with a hit as brilliant as the spare funk of "Kiss."

By 1987, Prince's ambitions were growing by leaps and bounds, resulting in the sprawling masterpiece Sign 'O' the Times. Prince was set to release the hard funk of The Black Album by the end of the year, yet he withdrew it just before its release, deciding it was too dark and immoral. Instead, he released the confused Lovesexy in 1988, which was a commercial disaster. With the soundtrack to 1989's Batman he returned to the top of the charts, even if the album was essentially a recap of everything he had done before. The following year he released Graffiti Bridge (the sequel to Purple Rain), which turned out to be a considerable commercial disappointment.

In 1991, Prince formed the New Power Generation, the best and most versatile and talented band he has ever assembled. With their first album, Diamonds and Pearls, Prince reasserted his mastery of contemporary R&B; it was his biggest hit since 1985. The following year, he released his 12th album, which was titled with a cryptic symbol; in 1993, Prince legally changed his name to the symbol. In 1994, after becoming embroiled in contract disagreements with Warner Bros., he independently released the single "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," likely to illustrate what he would be capable of on his own; the song became his biggest hit in years. Later that summer, Warner released the somewhat halfhearted Come under the name of Prince; the record was a moderate success, going gold.

In November 1994, as part of a contractual obligation, Prince agreed to the official release of The Black Album. In early 1995, he immersed himself in another legal battle with Warner, proclaiming himself a slave and refusing to deliver his new record, The Gold Experience, for release. By the end of the summer, a fed-up Warner had negotiated a compromise that guaranteed the album's release, plus one final record for the label. The Gold Experience was issued in the fall; although it received good reviews and was following a smash single, it failed to catch fire commercially. In the summer of 1996, Prince released Chaos & Disorder, which freed him to become an independent artist. Setting up his own label, NPG (which was distributed by EMI), he resurfaced later that same year with the three-disc Emancipation, which was designed as a magnum opus that would spin off singles for several years and be supported with several tours.

However, even his devoted cult following needed considerable time to digest such an enormous compilation of songs. Once it was clear that Emancipation wasn't the commercial blockbuster he hoped it would be, Prince assembled a long-awaited collection of outtakes and unreleased material called Crystal Ball in 1998. With Crystal Ball, Prince discovered that it's much more difficult to get records to an audience than it seems; some fans who pre-ordered their copies through Prince's website (from which a bonus fifth disc was included) didn't receive them until months after the set began appearing in stores. Prince then released a new one-man album, New Power Soul, just three months after Crystal Ball; even though it was his most straightforward album since Diamonds and Pearls, it didn't do well on the charts, partly because many listeners didn't realize it had been released.

A year later, with "1999" predictably an end-of-the-millennium anthem, Prince issued the remix collection 1999 (The New Master). A collection of Warner Bros.-era leftovers, Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale, followed that summer, and in the fall Prince returned on Arista with the all-star Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic. In the fall of 2001 he released the controversial Rainbow Children, a jazz-infused circus of sound trumpeting his conversion to the Jehovah's Witnesses that left many longtime fans out in the cold. He further isolated himself with 2003's N.E.W.S., a four-song set of instrumental jams that sounded a lot more fun to play than to listen to. Prince rebounded in 2003 with the chart-topping Musicology, a return to form that found the artist back in the Top Ten, even garnering a Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 2005.

In early 2006 he was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, performing two songs with a new protégée, R&B singer Tamar. A four-song appearance at the Brit Awards with Wendy, Lisa, and Sheila E. followed. Both appearances previewed tracks from 3121, which hit number one on the album charts soon after its release in March 2006. Planet Earth followed in 2007, featuring contributions from Wendy and Lisa. In the U.K., copies were cover-mounted on the July 15 edition of The Mail on Sunday, provoking Columbia -- the worldwide distributor for the release -- to refuse distribution throughout the U.K. In the U.S., the album was issued on July 24.

LotusFlow3r, a three-disc set, arrived in 2009, featuring a trio of distinct albums: LotusFlow3r itself (a guitar showcase), MPLSound (a throwback to his '80s funk output), and Elixer (a smooth contemporary R&B album featuring the breathy vocals of Bria Valente). Despite only being available online and through one big-box retailer, the set debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. A year later, another throwback-flavored effort, 20Ten, became his second U.K. newspaper giveaway. No official online edition of the album was made available.

From mid-2010 through the end of 2012, Prince toured throughout Europe, America, Europe again, Canada, and Australia. During 2013, he released several singles, starting with "Screwdriver" and continuing with "Breakfast Can Wait" in the summer of that year. Early in 2014, he made a cameo appearance on the Zooey Deschanel sitcom The New Girl, appearing in the episode that aired following the Super Bowl. All this activity was prelude to the spring announcement that Prince had re-signed to Warner Bros. Records, the label he had feuded with 20 years prior. As part of the deal, he wound up receiving the ownership of his master recordings, and the label planned a reissue campaign that would begin with an expanded reissue of Purple Rain roughly timed to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

First came two new albums: Art Official Age and PlectrumElectrum, the latter credited to 3rdEyeGirl, the all-female power trio that was his new-millennial backing band. Both records came out on the same day in September 2014. (Two years later, the Prince reissue program and the expanded edition of Purple Rain had yet to appear.) Almost a year to the day, he released HITnRUN: Phase One, with contributions from Lianne La Havas, Judith Hill, and Rita Ora. A sequel, HITnRUN: Phase Two, was released online in December 2015, with a physical release following in January 2016. In early 2016, Prince set out on a rare solo tour, a run of shows he called "Piano and a Microphone." The tour was cut short in April due to sickness, however, and Prince flew home to Minneapolis. On April 21, 2016, police were called to Paisley Park, where they found Prince unresponsive; he died that day at the age of 57. His early death and incredible achievement prompted an outpouring of emotion from fans, friends, influences, and professional associates. On the following week's Billboard charts, he occupied four of the top ten album positions and four of the top singles positions. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography











9. Affirmation I & II



12. TIME

13. Affirmation III


Track List: S.S.T.


Track List: N.E.W.S.


Track List: The Very Best of Prince

1. I Wanna Be Your Lover

2. 1999

3. Little Red Corvette

4. When Doves Cry

5. Let's Go Crazy

6. Purple Rain

7. I Would Die 4 U

8. Raspberry Beret

9. Kiss

10. Sign 'O' The Times

11. U Got The Look

12. Alphabet St.

13. Thieves In The Temple

14. Gett Off

15. Cream

16. Diamonds And Pearls

17. Money Don't Matter 2 Night


Track List: The Vault - Old Friends For Sale

1. The Rest Of My Life

2. It's About That Walk

3. She Spoke 2 Me

4. 5 Women

5. When The Lights Go Down

6. My Little Pill

7. There Is Lonely

8. Old Friends 4 Sale

9. Sarah

10. Extraordinary


Track List: Come: 1958 - 1993 (Explicit)

2. Space

3. Pheremone

4. Loose

5. Papa

6. Race

7. Dark

8. Solo

10. Orgasm


Track List: The Hits 1

1. When Doves Cry

3. Soft And Wet

4. I Feel For You

5. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad

6. When You Were Mine

7. Uptown

9. 1999

10. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man

12. Adore

13. Pink Cashmere

14. Alphabet St.

15. Sign 'O' The Times

16. Thieves In The Temple


Track List: The Hits 2

1. Controversy

2. Dirty Mind

3. I Wanna Be Your Lover

4. Head

5. Do Me, Baby

6. Delirious

7. Little Red Corvette

10. If I Was Your Girlfriend

12. Peach

13. U Got The Look

17. Pope


Track List: Batman (Motion Picture Soundtrack)

1. The Future

2. Electric Chair

3. The Arms Of Orion

4. Partyman

5. Vicki Waiting

6. Trust

7. Lemon Crush

8. Scandalous

9. Batdance


Track List: Sign Of The Times

Disc 1

1. Sign O' The TImes

2. Play In The Sunshine

3. Housequake

4. The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker

5. It

6. Starfish And Coffee

7. Slow Love

8. Hot Thing

9. Forever In My Life

Disc 2

1. U Got The Look

2. If I Was Your Girlfriend

3. Strange Relationship

4. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man

5. The Cross

6. It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night (Live)

7. Adore


Track List: Around The World In A Day

1. Around The World In One Day

2. Paisley Park

3. Condition Of The Heart

4. Raspberry Beret

5. Tamborine

6. America

7. Pop Life

8. The Ladder

9. Temptation


Track List: 1999

1. 1999

2. Little Red Corvette

3. Delirious

4. Let's Pretend We're Married

5. D.M.S.R.

6. Automatic

7. Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)

8. Free

9. Lady Cab Driver

10. All The Critics Love U In New York

11. International Lover


Track List: Controversy

1. Controversy

2. Sexuality

3. Do Me, Baby

4. Private Joy

5. Ronnie, Talk To Russia

6. Let's Work

7. Annie Christian

8. Jack U Off


Track List: Dirty Mind

1. Dirty Mind

2. When You Were Mine

3. Do It All Night

4. Gotta Broken Heart Again

5. Uptown

6. Head

7. Sister

8. Party Up


Track List: Prince

1. I Wanna Be Your Lover

2. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?

3. Sexy Dancer

4. When We're Dancing Close And Slow

5. With You

6. Bambi

7. Still Waiting

8. I Feel For You

9. It's Gonna Be Lonely


Track List: For You

1. For You

2. In Love

3. Soft And Wet

4. Crazy You

5. Just As Long As We're Together

6. Baby

7. My Love Is Forever

8. So Blue

9. I'm Yours


Track List: Baltimore (Single)

1. Baltimore (Feat. Eryn Allen Kane)


Track List: Extraloveable (Single)


Track List: F.U.N.K. (Radio Single)


Track List: FALLINLOVE2NITE (Single)



Track List: Parade

1. Christopher Tracy's Parade

2. New Position

3. I Wonder U

4. Under The Cherry Moon

6. Life Can Be So Nice

7. Venus De Milo

8. Mountains

9. Do U Lie?

11. Anotherloverholenyohead

12. Sometimes It Snows In April


Track List: Screwdriver (Single)

1. Screwdriver


Track List: U Make My Sun Shine (Single)

1. U Make My Sun Shine (Feat. Angie Stone)


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I don't think you can get it together with prince
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Even though I Love all of Prince's music, my 2 Fav songs of his are 'If I Was Your Girlfriend' and 'The Most Beautiful Girl In World'! LOVE Prince forever!!!.. . I just WISH Pandora would actually play his music on his station : /
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Can anyone tell me where I can find a Michael Jackson bobble head doll?
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Funny how many rich successful performers go out from pills and alcohol. Must be from stress or from boredom. Who knows.
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Rest in peace prince...
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RIP - the world is a sadder place without him.
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Love you Prince
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He pulled his music off of streaming
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It's so sad:(
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He didn't allow his music on here before he died.
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I have yet to hear one Prince song on the Prince station ����
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Why is there a Prince radio station when there are none of his songs on here? Y'all just using his identity which is very wrong. Shame on you!!! Must be related to the illuminati. This is the only radio station I have ever listened to, but gonna search for another. Cya
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Want to hear iconic purple rain
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Lol man the industry is funny... this is what happens when you're as big as Prince and you die without a will.
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I don't understand how Prince radio plays everything but Prince?! Stupid!
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Hello ppl...prince does not allow his music to be downloaded 4 free...if u knew anything abt him u should know@least that much! U want u gatta $$4it..
U can dwnld it to ur cart if u payO|+<
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Funny how I have been listening to this station for months now and have NEVER ONCE heard an actual Prince song on this station.... SMH this is disappointin g .
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Rest in peace prince
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Everything but prince songs! Wtf. Play some prince songs!
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That NO OTHER MAN, in this whole ENTIRE WORLD--Could ever Come CLOSE...To ''


--LINDA :-)(-:
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yo No Prince songs??????? ?
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Have been through about 50 songs on Prince Radio, not ONE Prince song! Is a little Purple Rain too much to ask?
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You all really need to put prince on here because he is one of the greatest all time singers of the 80s 90s and he will live on forever in my book so let's hear from purple rain
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Pandora I will report you if you don't play any Prince songs OK
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No Prince at all!!! Really Pandora?!?!
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where is prince music not on this station everything but prince really sucks
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WTF PRINCE RADIO Haven't heard one of Prince songs
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I love this song
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Wtf why is only earth wind amd fire being played on here that's hella weird
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Win ticket's 2 watch a screening of Purple Rain at the Carolina Theatre (All Purpled Out in Rain)!!!!!! We had a Ball remembering the PRINCE. RIP.¥
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You left us a wonderful legacy, your music. You will be missed Prince. R.I.P
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We miss you friend. Luv You much
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You died
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R.I.P he was a good man love
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Because he didn't like his music all over the internet, for free. He was a stickler for piracy!
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why is there no prince music on prince radio???
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Where is the prince music? I haven't heard a single prince song on here
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wendytolbert 4 0
play more Prince
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Purple rain is a movie love it rip ������������
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Loved u my whole life��������
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Not sure just how to be here without you Prince...lif e will never be so regal.
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God Bless R.I.P. a true Prince
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We will miss you
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Looking forward to the resurrection .
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I love so much Prince so sad that u died this year, RIP
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