Prince Brief Biography

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21, 2016), known by his mononym Prince, was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor, serving as a major figure in popular music for over three decades. Prince was renowned as an innovator and was widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and wide vocal range. He was widely regarded as the pioneer of Minneapolis sound. His music combined rock, R&B, soul, funk, hip hop, disco, psychedelia, jazz, and pop.

Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and 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, 19-year-old Prince recorded several unsuccessful demo tapes before releasing his debut album For You in 1978, under the guidance of manager Owen Husney. 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 Purple Rain, which served as the soundtrack to his film debut of the same name. A prolific songwriter, Prince in the 1980s wrote songs for and produced work by many other acts, often under pseudonyms.

Prince News

• 'Married at First Sight' recap: Henry claims Christina threatened to expose his alleged gay affair and Amelia admits she married a stranger just for fun
• '90 Day Fiance: The Other Way' recap: Melyza comes clean to Tim, Ariela welcomes son, Yazan worries dating Brittany was a mistake, Deavan and Jihoon begin planning wedding
• '90 Day Fiance' spoilers: Are Brittany and Yazan still together? Has the '90 Day Fiance: The Other Way' couple split up?
• Fla. firefighters treat man who fell ill in heat, finish mowing his lawn

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