Prince

Born on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, United States, son of Mattie Della and John Lewis Nelson, both African Americans. His sister Tika Evene was born in 1960. His father was a pianist and composer and his mother was a jazz singer. He was named Prince after his father’s stage name: Prince Rogers, who had a jazz group called the Prince Rogers Trio.he was born epileptic and used to have convulsions when he was young. Prince wrote his first song, “Funk Machine,” on his father’s piano when he was seven. When he was ten years old, his parents separated and he constantly changed homes, living with his father and sometimes with his mother and stepfather. As a child he formed a group with three friends. He became famous during the ’80s being recognized as a talent and addressing all genres and styles.1980 he records “Dirty Mind”, a funk record with catchy melodies. A year later “Controversy” was released and sold more than three million copies. In 1984 he made the soundtrack for the movie Purple Rain and sold more than 13 million copies worldwide and won the Oscar for Best Song and a Grammy Award for the album, which included songs such as “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy”, which became world hits. His next album, “Around The World In A Day” (1985), sold two million. In 1986 he released “Parade” and in 1987 he released “Sign O’ the Times”, followed by “Lovesexy”, and in 1989 he achieved another bestseller with the single of the film band “Batman”. With “Graffiti Bridge” suffers a commercial failure and in 1991 at the head of the band “The New Power Generation”, got gold singles with “7”, “Cream”, and “Get Off” from the album “Diamonds And Pearls” In 1992 had problems with his record label, Warner, which exercised the rights to use his name and leaving the company had to be named with an unpronounceable sign. In 1994, he released “Come Under The Name of Prince” and in 1995 “Black Album” appears. Then he released a final album for Warner entitled “Chaos and Disorder”. Since 1996 he has his own company NPG, the album “Emancipation” is love, sex and freedom, so he defined it. In 1998 “New Power Soul” is released, and a collection of unpublished material entitled “Crystal Ball”. In 1999 he released a collection of remixes “1999,The New Master” and “Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic”. In 2000, he managed to recover his name when his contract with the Warner label expired.2007 saw the release of his album Planet Earth and there was controversy when he gave the album away with the Sunday edition of a British newspaper and to those attending the concerts of his “Planet Earth” tour before it went on sale.80 million albums have been sold worldwide, and he has been associated with celebrities such as Kim Basinger, Madonna, Carmen Electra and Apollonia among others. He became engaged to Susannah Melvoin in 1985, although he married her chorus girl and dancer, Mayte García, on February 14, 1996, Valentine’s Day. They had a son, Boy Gregory, on October 16, 1996, who was born with Pfeiffer syndrome and died a week later. After a divorce in 1999, in 2001, he married Manuela Testolini in a private ceremony. His wife filed for divorce in May 2006. He became a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2001 influenced by his friend, musician Larry Graham. Prince died on April 21, 2016 at his ranch in Paesley Park, Minneapolis, at age 57. On April 15, he was rushed in after his plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois. Hours later, his representative said he had been struggling with a severe case of the flu.

Discography

1978 For You
1979 Prince
1980 Dirty Mind
1981 Controversy
1983 1999
1984 Purple Rain
1985 Around the World in a Day
1986 Parade (Music from the Motion Picture “Under…
1987 Sign o’ the Times
1987 The Black Album
1988 Lovesexy
1989 Batman
1990 Graffiti Bridge
1991 Diamonds and Pearls
1992 The Love Symbol Album
1994 Come
1995 Gold Experience
1996 Chaos & Disorder
1996 Emancipation
1996 Emancipation
1998 New Power Soul
1999 Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic
2001 The Beautiful Experience
2001 The Rainbow Children
2002 One Nite Alone… Live!
2003 C-Note
2003 Xpectation
2003 N.E.W.S.
2004 Musicology
2006 3121
2007 Planet Earth
2009 Lotusflow3r
2010 20Ten
2014 Plectrumelectrum
2014 Art Official Age
2015 HITnRUN Phase One
2015 HITnRUN Phase Two