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Prince

Born 7 June 1958.

US singer/songwriter/musician

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A taster of Prince: A Purple Reign

A taster of Prince: A Purple Reign - a documentary showing how Prince revolutionised the perception of black music in the 1980s.

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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, Sinéad 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, 17-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.

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Labels

  • Founded NPG Records

Personal Relationships

BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Planet Earth

    Planet Earth 2007

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    The diminutive one returns to his mid-eighties guitar purple patch. Sort of.
  2. Review of 3121

    3121 2006

    Reviewed by Matt Harvey
    Prince revolutionised popular music 20 years ago, and it's taken that long for the...
  3. Review of Musicology

    Musicology 2004

    As a comeback of sorts Musicology may not set the world on fire but there's more than...
  4. Review of Sign 'O' The Times

    Sign 'O' The Times 1987

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    You realise why Prince was routinely labelled a genius in the late 80s.
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