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Prince

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 has shown remarkable stylistic growth and musical diversity, constantly experimenting with different sounds, textures, and genres. Occasionally, his music can be maddeningly inconsistent because of this eclecticism, but his experiments frequently succeed; no other contemporary artist can blend 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, came 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, Prince 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 he 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 September day in 2014. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Comments

He is the reason my children are mixed !!! Love me some prince
dirty mind was his best record-his claim to fame tight underwear and thigh stockings.wo r s t thing to happedned to him are his fans-who are nothing more than human foreclosures .
I swear just by hearing and seeing pictures...h e was gay...I SWEAR!!!
Great musician can play anything but his music sucks.
Song. Garet
An artist that was ahead of his time. On the same level a mj
eri_kat3
Love this song !!! ��������:)
demetrialsmi t h
Great music with meaning!!
He's one of the creepiest, greasiest people in music. How did he get on my station ?
You all want some pancakes
Prince 4 e va,,,
under the cherry moon!!!
I love Prince!
Baddest artist out there, can't no1 touch this man!!!! :-)
One of the best talents ever
Say iphone 5 times
Say a color
Post on two other songs
Look under your pillow
This song gives me a bone! .....so cold
Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
Post this on 5 other songs
Look under your pillow
elisa_gurr
Prince you are an awesome music creator, love maker and person..aloh a always in my heart u will be..
Adore you
ksteele9698
Legend!
19sandy62
The beautiful ones. .....
YES, NICE. :-)
suggiebear11
Love prince regardless what the critic's say. I wish he would tour more on the east coast.
A creative genius! Sheena Easton SANG her a** off! Prince embodies perfection, class and sexiness.
The best of all time!!!!!
Love
pooh_bear333
When Doves Cry
Msn
Old school music is ehat im talkin about.
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pvc3434
My favorite song from Prince is Kiss! I also love the song Alphbet Street! My mom and I are huge fans of Prince! In fact both my mom and older sister got to see him live! I was soooo jealous, but I was in college at the time so I couldn't go. Next time he is in concert we are going for sure. All three of us.
workinlady
Love this song he one of my favor sing right alone with Michael Jackson so on.
p.greer22
You are AWESOME :)!!!!! This song, album, reminds me of high school, and my friends that i miss! Love ya!!!!!
Quite simply one of the musical geniuses of the past 100 years, right there with Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder.
yuckadee2000
Yuckadee2000 , Prince you are truly incredible! Outstanding version. Long Live Prince and his music.
jimenez4614
One of my heroes I love how passionate he his with his music he's my inspiration from the start❤️
I wish him (heaven) well. What a great talent. Thanks for sharing your gift to the world.
the greastest artist ever .hands down !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Loved him from the moment I first heard i wanna be your lover'. Still number one in my book.
The most talented musician I've ever heard it blows your mind to think how badd he is .
Love this song
This dude Prince is a BAD MAN!!! True ROYALTY!!!!! ! And that's ALL I HAVE TO SAY!!!!!!
Diffenently a very sexual man that has no problem voicing it weather saying or singing it. I love it and him.
m109brutha
Whatcha puttin in your nose....is that where all your money goes.. Price is the man...
Beautiful album art,prince doesn't visually age at all.
I luv. Both but only 12
B**ch
Why were prince a Michael Jackson enemy's?#CRA Y C R A Y
I LOVE the movie PURPEL RAIN enemy though I'm 9
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