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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, 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, but 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 had 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 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. On June 2, 2016, his death was ruled by the Anoka County's Midwest Medical Examiner's Office to be the result of an accidental overdose of fentanyl. 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. As the particulars of his estate were sorted out by the courts -- the singer didn't leave a will, which complicated matters -- his Paisley Park complex opened to the public in the autumn of 2016. That holiday season, NPG and Warner released 4Ever, a double-disc hits collection that contained the unreleased 1982 outtake "Moonbeam Levels." Upon its November 22, 2016 release, it debuted at 35 on Billboard's Top 200. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Track List: 4Ever

1. 1999 (Edit)

2. Little Red Corvette

3. When Doves Cry

4. Let's Go Crazy

5. Raspberry Beret

6. I Wanna Be Your Lover (Single Version)

7. Soft And Wet

8. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?

9. Uptown (Single Version)

10. When You Were Mine

11. Head

12. Gotta Stop (Messin' About)

13. Controversy (Single Version)

14. Let's Work

15. Delirious (Edit)

16. I Would Die 4 U

17. Take Me With U

18. Paisley Park

19. Pop Life

20. Purple Rain

21. Kiss

22. Sign 'O' The Times (Single Version)

23. Alphabet St.

24. Batdance

25. Thieves In The Temple

26. Cream

27. Mountains

28. Girls & Boys

29. If I Was Your Girlfriend

30. U Got The Look

31. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man

32. Glam Slam

33. Moonbeam Levels

34. Diamonds And Pearls (Edit)

35. Gett Off

36. Sexy M.F.

37. My Name Is Prince (Single Version)

38. 7

39. Peach

40. Nothing Compares 2 U (Edit)



1. WOW










11. MARZ












9. Affirmation I & II



12. TIME

13. Affirmation III


Track List: FUNKNROLL (Single)



Track List: U Know (Single)

5. U Know


Track List: CLOUDS (Single)



Track List: THE BREAKDOWN (Single)



Track List: Extraloveable (Single)


Track List: Te Amo Corazon


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: U Make My Sun Shine (Single)

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


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)

1. Come

2. Space

3. Pheremone

4. Loose

5. Papa

6. Race

7. Dark

8. Solo

9. Let It Go

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: Lovesexy

1. "Eye" No, Alphabet St., Glam Slam, Anna Stesia, Dance On, Lovesexy, When 2R In Love, I Wish U Heaven, Positivity


Track List: Sign 'O' 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: Parade - Music From The Motion Picture "Under The Cherry Moon"

1. Christopher Tracy's Parade

2. New Position

3. I Wonder U

4. Under The Cherry Moon

5. Girls & Boys

6. Life Can Be So Nice

7. Venus De Milo

8. Mountains

9. Do U Lie?

10. Kiss

11. Anotherloverholenyohead

12. Sometimes It Snows In April


Track List: Kiss / Love Or Money [Digital 45]


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: Breakfast Can Wait (Single)

1. Breakfast Can Wait


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


Track List: FALLINLOVE2NITE (Single)



Track List: Screwdriver (Single)

1. Screwdriver


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RIP,......Th e Legendary, Prince
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RIP ya big peacock. Well all miss ya
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Seems that when an artist dies, we all like their work a lot more
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Love him RIP prince
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I will always love the original Prince! I love the Prince, Vanity & Apollonia times together. That was my era. I thought I'd marry him. That's the Prince that will always be my sweetheart. I love you forever Prince!
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I can't stop dancing! PRINCE*
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Prince rip you was one of the best thank you for sharing you Talent with us
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Great artist
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The GREATEST of GREATEST Artist = Prince = R.I.P....
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Foo fighters stupid auto correct
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Please put food fighters version of darling Nicki on it is the best cover song ever
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I miss him so much!! But I'm jamming right now listening to his music Thanks Pandora!! ��
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Best concert I have ever been to, was the Prince Concert. RIP Prince, you are missed by so many... esp my 5 year old who idolizes your music.
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The Man. Missed so much.
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Love ya purple one !
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Will forever be missed but your legacy will live on...RIP��
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I love Michael Jackson no offense not a fan of prince
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my only regret in life, NOT SEEING PRINCE IN CONCERT
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Great song, thanks Prince for your music. RIP
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I love this song, one of my favorites from my favorite singer. He left us way too soon. Also too bad it wasn't released as a single back in the day.
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My grampa used to sing 'little red Yvette' to my mom . She loves this song .
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I love this one
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Prince was unique, I saw him 2x in Fresno. Bruno Mars, respect to him at the 2017 Grammys, but he can't hold a candle to Prince.
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I have not been truly happy since last April, this kinda helps.
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This is great! No, not would Prince wanted, there's no question about that. What do you do? Enjoy the music, and the memories. I'm waiting to hear things from the first two albums, and "Dirty Mind"… Great stuff!!
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This is not what he wanted but glad to be able to hear my favorite artist
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This is one of the best, thanks prince and pandora
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Excited to see a Prince song playing on Pandora!!!
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Busy doing something close to nothin but different than the day before ..favorite lyric ever Brother Prince Rodgers
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I've loved Prince since the first time I saw him on American Bandstand. Virtual unknown singing I wanna be your lover. Then came Purple Rain, the soundtrack of my 20's. just wish I could have seen him in concert.
RIP Prince ����
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Thank you Pandora and the powers that control Prince's estate, he was the only thing missing from Pandora. You have made a fan still mourning his death, VERY happy.
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My favorite song by prince!!
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Wild finally AUTOMATIC! Remember that one...RIP
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dragonlady60 8 8
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I'll just leave a little Cream on top
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I miss him so much!! Just to know we breathed the same air in Minneapolis, walked the same streets; just in different times......b e a u t i f u l man
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Finally...I thought they'd never have prince on here!!!!!!!! R.i.H
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Nothing better than this!
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I love purple rain? What a great love love song
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Finally, the last piece of the puzzle.....b e i n g able to listen to PRINCE on Pandora!!! YES!!! I am in heaven!!! ♥♥♥♥♥
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One of kind artist. Missed badly
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Loved his music he is missed fly high my Prince taken too soon from us gone but never forgotten
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I have listened to him since I was 10. Such an awesome artist. He is truly missed. His music will live on!!!!!!!
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What an angel he must be right now!
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