Prince Biography

Prince Rogers Nelson (born June 7, 1958), known by his mononym Prince, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. He has produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career. He has written several hundred songs and produces and records his own music for his own music label. In addition, he has promoted the careers of Sheila E., Carmen Electra, the Time and Vanity 6, and his songs have been recorded by these artists and others, including Chaka Khan, Cyndi Lauper, The Bangles, Sinead O'Connor, and Kim Basinger.

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince developed an interest in music at an early age, writing his first song at age seven. After recording songs with his cousin's band 94 East, seventeen-year-old Prince recorded several unsuccessful demo tapes before releasing his debut album, For You, in 1978. His 1979 album, Prince, went platinum due to the success of the singles "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?" and "I Wanna Be Your Lover". His next three records, Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982) continued his success, showcasing Prince's trademark of prominently sexual lyrics and incorporation of elements of funk, dance and rock music. In 1984, he began referring to his backup band as the Revolution and released the album Purple Rain, which served as the soundtrack to his film debut of the same name.

After releasing the albums Around the World in a Day (1985) and Parade (1986), The Revolution disbanded and Prince released the critically acclaimed double album Sign "O" the Times (1987) as a solo artist. He released three more solo albums before debuting The New Power Generation band in 1991. After changing his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol (13px), also known as the "Love Symbol", in 1993, he began releasing new albums at a faster pace to remove himself from contractual obligations to Warner Bros; he released five records between 1994 and 1996 before signing to Arista Records in 1998. In 2000, he began referring to himself as "Prince" once again. He has released thirteen albums since then, including his latest, 20Ten, released in 2010.

Prince has a wide vocal range and is known for his flamboyant stage presence and costumes. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year he was eligible. Rolling Stone has ranked Prince No. 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Prince's music has been influenced by rock, R&B, soul, funk, hip hop, blues, new wave, electronica, disco, psychedelia, folk, jazz, and pop. His artistic influences include Sly & the Family Stone, Parliament-Funkadelic, Joni Mitchell, the Beatles, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Miles Davis, Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, the Isley Brothers, Todd Rundgren Duke Ellington, Curtis Mayfield, and Stevie Wonder. Prince pioneered the "Minneapolis sound", a hybrid mixture of funk, rock, pop, R&B and new wave that has influenced many other musicians.

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Michael Eavis says Prince pulled out of Glastonbury negotiations due to social media rumours

Rumours suggest US singer could still make an appearance at Worthy Farm bash

  • Jun 23, 2014

Prince sitting on two new albums, with track inspired by internet meme and Rita Ora guest spot

New track titles include 'The Gold Standard' and 'This Could Be Us'

  • Jun 23, 2014

Prince plays hits-only set as Hit And Run Part II tour returns to Britain

Singer tells Roundhouse crowd: "Something is going on in here. I don't know about you but I can feel it"

  • Jun 5, 2014

Prince announces two shows in one night at London Roundhouse on June 4

He will be joined by 3rdEyeGirl for the last minute gigs later this week

  • Jun 2, 2014

Prince announces further European tour dates

'Hit & Run' tour to visit France, Germany and Austria in June

  • May 28, 2014

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Just Let Your Body Ride & Roll! (Raw Mixx) Play Video

Just Let Your Body Ride & Roll! (Raw Mixx)

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Lay And Love

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I Am Goodbye

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'Mike's Ballet - the foetal prince'

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Prince Reviews

Prince - 'Dance 4 Me'

Prince - 'Dance 4 Me'

Five minutes of unmistakable Prince

  • Jan 20, 2012

Live Review: Hop Farm Festival

Paddock Wood, Kent, July 1st-3rd

  • Jul 12, 2011

Album Review: Prince, '20Ten' (NPG)

You can only hear this by buying a copy of The Mirror. Don't bother

  • Jul 12, 2010

Coachella 2008

The baking American desert plays host to one mighty cool festival - let's get sweaty. Indio, California (April 25-27)

  • May 8, 2008


London O2 Arena, 01/08/07

  • Aug 14, 2007

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