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PrincePrince (musician)_header_cell_0_0_0
BornPrince (musician)_header_cell_0_1_0 Prince Rogers Nelson

(1958-06-07)June 7, 1958 Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.Prince (musician)_cell_0_1_1

DiedPrince (musician)_header_cell_0_2_0 April 21, 2016(2016-04-21) (aged 57)

Chanhassen, Minnesota, U.S.Prince (musician)_cell_0_2_1

Resting placePrince (musician)_header_cell_0_3_0 Ashes buried in Paisley Park StudiosPrince (musician)_cell_0_3_1
Other namesPrince (musician)_header_cell_0_4_0 Prince (musician)_cell_0_4_1
OccupationPrince (musician)_header_cell_0_5_0 Prince (musician)_cell_0_5_1
Years activePrince (musician)_header_cell_0_6_0 1975–2016Prince (musician)_cell_0_6_1
Spouse(s)Prince (musician)_header_cell_0_7_0 Mayte Garcia

​ ​(m. 1996; div. 2000)​

Manuela Testolini

​ ​(m. 2001; div. 2006)​Prince (musician)_cell_0_7_1

RelativesPrince (musician)_header_cell_0_8_0 John L. Nelson (father)

Tyka Nelson (sister)Prince (musician)_cell_0_8_1

GenresPrince (musician)_header_cell_0_9_0 Prince (musician)_cell_0_9_1
InstrumentsPrince (musician)_header_cell_0_10_0 Prince (musician)_cell_0_10_1
LabelsPrince (musician)_header_cell_0_11_0 Prince (musician)_cell_0_11_1
Associated actsPrince (musician)_header_cell_0_12_0 Prince (musician)_cell_0_12_1

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, and actor. Prince (musician)_sentence_0

He is widely regarded as one of the greatest musicians of his generation. Prince (musician)_sentence_1

A multi-instrumentalist who was considered a guitar virtuoso, he was well known for his eclectic work across multiple genres, flamboyant and androgynous persona, and wide vocal range which included a far-reaching falsetto and high-pitched screams. Prince (musician)_sentence_2

Prince's innovative music integrated a wide variety of styles, including funk, R&B, Latin, country, rock, new wave, classical, soul, synth-pop, psychedelia, pop, jazz, industrial, and hip hop. Prince (musician)_sentence_3

He pioneered the Minneapolis sound, a funk rock subgenre that emerged in the late 1970s. Prince (musician)_sentence_4

He was also known for his prolific output, releasing 39 albums during his life, with a vast array of unreleased projects left in a vault at his home after his death; it is believed that the vault contains dozens of fully produced albums and over 50 music videos that have never been released, along with various other media. Prince (musician)_sentence_5

He released hundreds of songs both under his own name and multiple pseudonyms during his life, as well as writing songs that were made famous by other musicians, such as "Nothing Compares 2 U" and "Manic Monday". Prince (musician)_sentence_6

Estimates of the complete number of songs written by Prince range anywhere from 500 to well over 1,000. Prince (musician)_sentence_7

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records at the age of 19. Prince (musician)_sentence_8

Prince went on to achieve critical success with the innovative albums Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982). Prince (musician)_sentence_9

Working with his backup band the Revolution, his sixth album Purple Rain (1984), which was the soundtrack to his film acting debut of the same name, spent six consecutive months atop the Billboard 200. Prince (musician)_sentence_10

Prince won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score. Prince (musician)_sentence_11

After disbanding the Revolution, Prince went on to achieve continued critical success with Sign o' the Times (1987). Prince (musician)_sentence_12

In the midst of a contractual dispute with Warner Bros. in 1993, he changed his stage name to the unpronounceable symbol (known to fans as the "Love Symbol"), and was sometimes referred to as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince or simply the Artist. Prince (musician)_sentence_13

He signed with Arista Records in 1998 and began referring to himself by his own name again in 2000. Prince (musician)_sentence_14

After returning to mainstream prominence following a performance at the Grammy Awards ceremony in 2004, he scored six US top ten albums over the following decade. Prince (musician)_sentence_15

Joni Mitchell said of Prince, "He's driven like an artist. Prince (musician)_sentence_16

His motivations are growth and experimentation as opposed to formula and hits." Prince (musician)_sentence_17

He sold over 150 million records worldwide, ranking him among the best-selling music artists of all time. Prince (musician)_sentence_18

His awards included the Grammy President's Merit Award, the American Music Awards for Achievement and of Merit, the Billboard Icon Award, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Prince (musician)_sentence_19

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006, and the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2016. Prince (musician)_sentence_20

In mid-life, Prince reportedly experienced considerable pain from injuries to his body (mainly hips) sustained through his dynamic stage performances (which included leaping off speaker stacks in high heels), and was sometimes seen using a cane. Prince (musician)_sentence_21

In April 2016, at the age of 57, Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park home and recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Prince (musician)_sentence_22

Early life Prince (musician)_section_0

Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 7, 1958, the son of jazz singer Mattie Della (née Shaw) and pianist and songwriter John Lewis Nelson. Prince (musician)_sentence_23

All four of his grandparents hailed from Louisiana. Prince (musician)_sentence_24

Prince was given his father's stage name, Prince Rogers, which his father used while performing with his mother in a jazz group called the Prince Rogers Trio. Prince (musician)_sentence_25

In 1991, Prince's father told A Current Affair that he named his son Prince because he wanted Prince "to do everything I wanted to do". Prince (musician)_sentence_26

Prince was not fond of his name and wanted people to instead call him Skipper, a name which stuck throughout his childhood. Prince (musician)_sentence_27

Prince said he was "born epileptic" and had seizures when he was young. Prince (musician)_sentence_28

He stated, "My mother told me one day I walked in to her and said, 'Mom, I'm not going to be sick anymore,' and she said, 'Why?' Prince (musician)_sentence_29

and I said, 'Because an angel told me so.'" Prince (musician)_sentence_30

Prince's younger sister, Tyka, was born on May 18, 1960. Prince (musician)_sentence_31

Both siblings developed a keen interest in music, which was encouraged by their father. Prince (musician)_sentence_32

His parents were members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, an evangelical denomination. Prince (musician)_sentence_33

When he was in high school, Prince was trained in classical ballet at the Minnesota Dance Theatre through the Urban Arts Program of Minneapolis Public Schools . Prince (musician)_sentence_34

He grew to become an advocate for, and supporter of, dancers. Prince (musician)_sentence_35

In the 1990s he used his wealth to save the ailing Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. Prince (musician)_sentence_36

Prince wrote his first song, "Funk Machine", on his father's piano when he was seven. Prince (musician)_sentence_37

His parents divorced when he was 10. Prince (musician)_sentence_38

His mother remarried to Hayward Baker, with whom she had a son named Omarr; Prince had a fraught relationship with Omarr, to the extent that it caused him to repeatedly switch homes, sometimes living with his father and sometimes with his mother and stepfather. Prince (musician)_sentence_39

Baker took Prince to see James Brown in concert, and he credited Baker with improving the family's finances. Prince (musician)_sentence_40

After a brief period of living with his father, who bought him his first guitar, Prince moved into the basement of his neighbors, the Anderson family, after his father kicked him out. Prince (musician)_sentence_41

He befriended the Andersons' son, Andre, who later collaborated with Prince and became known as André Cymone. Prince (musician)_sentence_42

He attended Minneapolis's Bryant Junior High and then Central High School, where he played football, basketball, and baseball. Prince (musician)_sentence_43

He was a student at the Minnesota Dance Theatre through the Urban Arts Program of Minneapolis Public Schools. Prince (musician)_sentence_44

He played on Central's junior varsity basketball team, and continued to play basketball for fun as an adult. Prince (musician)_sentence_45

Prince met songwriter and producer Jimmy Jam in 1973 and impressed him with his musical talent, early mastery of a wide range of instruments, and work ethic. Prince (musician)_sentence_46

Career Prince (musician)_section_1

1975–1984: Beginnings and breakthrough Prince (musician)_section_2

In 1975, Pepe Willie, the husband of Prince's cousin Shauntel, formed the band 94 East with Marcy Ingvoldstad and Kristie Lazenberry, hiring André Cymone and Prince to record tracks. Prince (musician)_sentence_47

Willie wrote the songs, and Prince contributed guitar tracks, and Prince and Willie co-wrote the 94 East song, "Just Another Sucker". Prince (musician)_sentence_48

The band recorded tracks which later became the album Minneapolis Genius – The Historic 1977 Recordings. Prince (musician)_sentence_49

In 1976, Prince created a demo tape with producer Chris Moon, in Moon's Minneapolis studio. Prince (musician)_sentence_50

Unable to secure a recording contract, Moon brought the tape to Owen Husney, a Minneapolis businessman, who signed Prince, age 19, to a management contract, and helped him create a demo at Sound 80 Studios in Minneapolis (with producer/engineer David Z). Prince (musician)_sentence_51

The demo recording, along with a press kit produced at Husney's ad agency, resulted in interest from several record companies including Warner Bros. Records, A&M Records, and Columbia Records. Prince (musician)_sentence_52

With the help of Husney, Prince signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Prince (musician)_sentence_53

The record company agreed to give Prince creative control for three albums and retain his publishing rights. Prince (musician)_sentence_54

Husney and Prince then left Minneapolis and moved to Sausalito, California, where Prince's first album, For You, was recorded at Record Plant Studios. Prince (musician)_sentence_55

The album was mixed in Los Angeles and released on April 7, 1978. Prince (musician)_sentence_56

According to the For You album notes, Prince wrote, produced, arranged, composed, and played all 27 instruments on the recording, except for the song "Soft and Wet", whose lyrics were co-written by Moon. Prince (musician)_sentence_57

The cost of recording the album was twice Prince's initial advance. Prince (musician)_sentence_58

Prince used the Prince's Music Co. to publish his songs. Prince (musician)_sentence_59

"Soft and Wet" reached No. Prince (musician)_sentence_60

12 on the Hot Soul Singles chart and No. Prince (musician)_sentence_61

92 on the Billboard Hot 100. Prince (musician)_sentence_62

The song "Just as Long as We're Together" reached No. Prince (musician)_sentence_63

91 on the Hot Soul Singles chart. Prince (musician)_sentence_64

In 1979, Prince created a band with André Cymone on bass, Dez Dickerson on guitar, Gayle Chapman and Doctor Fink on keyboards, and Bobby Z. Prince (musician)_sentence_65

on drums. Prince (musician)_sentence_66

Their first show was at the Capri Theater on January 5, 1979. Prince (musician)_sentence_67

Warner Bros. executives attended the show but decided that Prince and the band needed more time to develop his music. Prince (musician)_sentence_68

In October 1979, Prince released the album Prince, which was No. Prince (musician)_sentence_69

4 on the Billboard Top R&B/Black Albums charts and No. Prince (musician)_sentence_70

22 on the Billboard 200, and went platinum. Prince (musician)_sentence_71

It contained two R&B hits: "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?" Prince (musician)_sentence_72

and "I Wanna Be Your Lover", which sold over a million copies, and reached No. Prince (musician)_sentence_73

11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. Prince (musician)_sentence_74

1 for two weeks on the Hot Soul Singles chart. Prince (musician)_sentence_75

Prince performed both these songs on January 26, 1980, on American Bandstand. Prince (musician)_sentence_76

On this album, Prince used Ecnirp Music – BMI. Prince (musician)_sentence_77

In 1980, Prince released the album Dirty Mind, which contained sexually explicit material, including the title song, "Head", and the song "Sister", and was described by Stephen Thomas Erlewine as a "stunning, audacious amalgam of funk, new wave, R&B, and pop, fueled by grinningly salacious sex and the desire to shock." Prince (musician)_sentence_78

Recorded in Prince's own studio, this album was certified gold, and the single "Uptown" reached No. Prince (musician)_sentence_79

5 on the Billboard Dance chart and No. Prince (musician)_sentence_80

5 on the Hot Soul Singles chart. Prince (musician)_sentence_81

Prince was also the opening act for Rick James' 1980 Fire It Up tour. Prince (musician)_sentence_82

In February 1981, Prince made his first appearance on Saturday Night Live, performing "Partyup". Prince (musician)_sentence_83

In October 1981, Prince released the album Controversy. Prince (musician)_sentence_84

He played several dates in support of it, as the first of three opening acts for the Rolling Stones, on their US tour. Prince (musician)_sentence_85

In Los Angeles, Prince, who appeared in a trench coat and black bikini briefs, was forced off the stage after just three songs by audience members throwing trash at him. Prince (musician)_sentence_86

He began 1982 with a small tour of college towns where he was the headlining act. Prince (musician)_sentence_87

The songs on Controversy were published by Controversy Music – ASCAP, a practice he continued until the Emancipation album in 1996. Prince (musician)_sentence_88

By 2002, MTV News noted that "[n]ow all of his titles, liner notes, and Web postings are written in his own shorthand spelling, as seen on 1999's Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, which featured 'Hot Wit U.'" Prince (musician)_sentence_89

In 1981, Prince formed a side project band called The Time. Prince (musician)_sentence_90

The band released four albums between 1981 and 1990, with Prince writing and performing most of the instrumentation and backing vocals (sometimes credited under the pseudonyms "Jamie Starr" or "The Starr Company"), with lead vocals by Morris Day. Prince (musician)_sentence_91

In late 1982, Prince released a double album, 1999, which sold over four million copies. Prince (musician)_sentence_92

The title track was a protest against nuclear proliferation and became Prince's first top 10 hit in countries outside the US. Prince (musician)_sentence_93

Prince's "Little Red Corvette" was one of the first two videos by black artists (along with Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean") played in heavy rotation on MTV, which had been perceived as against "black music" until CBS President Walter Yetnikoff threatened to pull all CBS videos. Prince (musician)_sentence_94

Prince and Jackson had a competitive rivalry, not just on musical success, but also athletically too. Prince (musician)_sentence_95

The song "Delirious" also placed in the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Prince (musician)_sentence_96

"International Lover" earned Prince his first Grammy Award nomination at the 26th Annual Grammy Awards. Prince (musician)_sentence_97

1984–1987: Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day, and Parade Prince (musician)_section_3

During this period Prince referred to his band as the Revolution. Prince (musician)_sentence_98

The band's name was also printed, in reverse, on the cover of 1999 inside the letter "I" of the word "Prince". Prince (musician)_sentence_99

The band consisted of Lisa Coleman and Doctor Fink on keyboards, Bobby Z. on drums, Brown Mark on bass, and Dez Dickerson on guitar. Prince (musician)_sentence_100

Jill Jones, a backing singer, was also part of the lineup for the 1999 album and tour. Prince (musician)_sentence_101

Following the 1999 Tour, Dickerson left the group for religious reasons. Prince (musician)_sentence_102

In the book Possessed: The Rise and Fall of Prince (2003), author Alex Hahn says that Dickerson was reluctant to sign a three-year contract and wanted to pursue other musical ventures. Prince (musician)_sentence_103

Dickerson was replaced by Coleman's friend Wendy Melvoin. Prince (musician)_sentence_104

At first the band was used sparsely in the studio, but this gradually changed during 1983. Prince (musician)_sentence_105

According to his former manager Bob Cavallo, in the early 1980s Prince required his management to obtain a deal for him to star in a major motion picture, despite the fact that his exposure at that point was limited to several pop and R&B hits, music videos and occasional TV performances. Prince (musician)_sentence_106

This resulted in the hit film Purple Rain (1984), which starred Prince and was loosely autobiographical, and the eponymous studio album, which was also the soundtrack to the film. Prince (musician)_sentence_107

The Purple Rain album sold more than 13 million copies in the US and spent 24 consecutive weeks at No. Prince (musician)_sentence_108

1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Prince (musician)_sentence_109

The film won Prince an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score and grossed over $68 million in the US ($167 million in 2019 dollars). Prince (musician)_sentence_110

Songs from the film were hits on pop charts around the world; "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy" reached No. Prince (musician)_sentence_111

1, and the title track reached No. Prince (musician)_sentence_112

2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Prince (musician)_sentence_113

At one point in 1984, Prince simultaneously had the No. Prince (musician)_sentence_114

1 album, single, and film in the US; it was the first time a singer had achieved this feat. Prince (musician)_sentence_115

The Purple Rain album is ranked 72nd in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time; it is also included on the list of Time magazine's All-Time 100 Albums. Prince (musician)_sentence_116

The album also produced two of Prince's first three Grammy Awards earned at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards—Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media. Prince (musician)_sentence_117

In 1984, pop artist Andy Warhol created the painting Orange Prince (1984). Prince (musician)_sentence_118

Andy Warhol was fascinated by Prince, and ultimately created a total of twelve unique paintings of him in different colorways, all of which were kept in Warhol's personal collection. Prince (musician)_sentence_119

Four of these paintings are now in the collection of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Prince (musician)_sentence_120

In November 1984, Vanity Fair published Warhol's portrait to accompany the article Purple Fame by Tristan Fox, and claimed that Warhol's silkscreen image of Prince with its pop colors captured the recording artist "at the height of his powers". Prince (musician)_sentence_121

The Vanity Fair article was one of the first global media pieces written as a critical appreciation of the musician, which coincided with the start of the 98-date Purple Rain Tour. Prince (musician)_sentence_122

After Tipper Gore heard her 11-year-old daughter Karenna listening to Prince's song "Darling Nikki" (which gained wide notoriety for its sexual lyrics and a reference to masturbation), she founded the Parents Music Resource Center. Prince (musician)_sentence_123

The center advocated the mandatory use of a warning label ("Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics") on the covers of records that have been judged to contain language or lyrical content unsuitable for minors. Prince (musician)_sentence_124

The recording industry later voluntarily complied with this request. Prince (musician)_sentence_125

In 1985, Prince announced that he would discontinue live performances and music videos after the release of his next album. Prince (musician)_sentence_126

His subsequent recording, Around the World in a Day (1985), held the No. Prince (musician)_sentence_127

1 spot on the Billboard 200 for three weeks. Prince (musician)_sentence_128

From that album, the single "Raspberry Beret" reached No. Prince (musician)_sentence_129

2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Pop Life" reached No. Prince (musician)_sentence_130

7. Prince (musician)_sentence_131

In 1986, his album Parade reached No. Prince (musician)_sentence_132

3 on the Billboard 200 and No. Prince (musician)_sentence_133

2 on the R&B charts. Prince (musician)_sentence_134

The first single, "Kiss", with the video choreographed by Louis Falco, reached No. Prince (musician)_sentence_135

1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Prince (musician)_sentence_136

(The song was originally written for a side project called Mazarati.) Prince (musician)_sentence_137

In the same year, the song "Manic Monday", written by Prince and recorded by the Bangles, reached No. Prince (musician)_sentence_138

2 on the Hot 100 chart. Prince (musician)_sentence_139

The album Parade served as the soundtrack for Prince's second film, Under the Cherry Moon (1986). Prince (musician)_sentence_140

Prince directed and starred in the movie, which also featured Kristin Scott Thomas. Prince (musician)_sentence_141

Although the Parade album went platinum and sold two million copies, the film Under the Cherry Moon received a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture (tied with Howard the Duck), and Prince received Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Director, Worst Actor, and Worst Original Song (for the song "Love or Money"). Prince (musician)_sentence_142

In 1986, Prince began a series of live performances called the Hit n Run – Parade Tour. Prince (musician)_sentence_143

After the tour Prince disbanded the Revolution and fired Wendy & Lisa. Prince (musician)_sentence_144

Brown Mark quit the band; keyboardist Doctor Fink remained. Prince (musician)_sentence_145

Prince recruited new band members Miko Weaver on guitar, Atlanta Bliss on trumpet, and Eric Leeds on saxophone. Prince (musician)_sentence_146

1987–1991: Sign o' the Times, Lovesexy, Batman, and Graffiti Bridge Prince (musician)_section_4

Prior to the disbanding of the Revolution, Prince was working on two separate projects, the Revolution album Dream Factory and a solo effort, Camille. Prince (musician)_sentence_147

Unlike the three previous band albums, Dream Factory included input from the band members and featured songs with lead vocals by Wendy & Lisa. Prince (musician)_sentence_148

The Camille project saw Prince create a new androgynous persona primarily singing in a sped-up, female-sounding voice. Prince (musician)_sentence_149

With the dismissal of the Revolution, Prince consolidated material from both shelved albums, along with some new songs, into a three-LP album to be titled Crystal Ball. Prince (musician)_sentence_150

Warner Bros. forced Prince to trim the triple album to a double album, and Sign o' the Times was released on March 31, 1987. Prince (musician)_sentence_151

The album peaked at No. Prince (musician)_sentence_152

6 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Prince (musician)_sentence_153

The first single, "Sign o' the Times", charted at No. Prince (musician)_sentence_154

3 on the Hot 100. Prince (musician)_sentence_155

The follow-up single, "If I Was Your Girlfriend", charted at No. Prince (musician)_sentence_156

67 on the Hot 100 but went to No. Prince (musician)_sentence_157

12 on R&B chart. Prince (musician)_sentence_158

The third single, a duet with Sheena Easton, "U Got the Look", charted at No. Prince (musician)_sentence_159

2 on the Hot 100 and No. Prince (musician)_sentence_160

11 on the R&B chart, and the final single, "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man", finished at No. Prince (musician)_sentence_161

10 on Hot 100 and No. Prince (musician)_sentence_162

14 on the R&B chart. Prince (musician)_sentence_163

It was named the top album of the year by the Pazz & Jop critics' poll and sold 3.2 million copies. Prince (musician)_sentence_164

In Europe, it performed well, and Prince promoted the album overseas with a lengthy tour. Prince (musician)_sentence_165

Putting together a new backing band from the remnants of the Revolution, Prince added bassist Levi Seacer Jr., keyboardist Boni Boyer, and dancer/choreographer Cat Glover to go with new drummer Sheila E and holdovers Miko Weaver, Doctor Fink, Eric Leeds, Atlanta Bliss, and the Bodyguards (Jerome, Wally Safford, and Greg Brooks) for the Sign o' the Times Tour. Prince (musician)_sentence_166

The Sign o' the Times tour was a success overseas, and Warner Bros. and Prince's managers wanted to bring it to the US to promote sales of the album; Prince balked at a full US tour, as he was ready to produce a new album. Prince (musician)_sentence_167

As a compromise, the last two nights of the tour were filmed for release in movie theaters. Prince (musician)_sentence_168

The film quality was deemed subpar, and reshoots were performed at Prince's Paisley Park studios. Prince (musician)_sentence_169

The film Sign o' the Times was released on November 20, 1987. Prince (musician)_sentence_170

The film got better reviews than Under the Cherry Moon, but its box-office receipts were minimal, and it quickly left theaters. Prince (musician)_sentence_171

The next album intended for release was The Black Album. Prince (musician)_sentence_172

More instrumental and funk- and R&B-themed than recent releases, The Black Album also saw Prince experiment with hip hop on the songs "Bob George" and "Dead on It". Prince (musician)_sentence_173

Prince was set to release the album with a monochromatic black cover with only the catalog number printed, but after 500,000 copies had been pressed, Prince had a spiritual epiphany that the album was evil and had it recalled. Prince (musician)_sentence_174

It was later released by Warner Bros. as a limited edition album in 1994. Prince (musician)_sentence_175

Prince went back in the studio for eight weeks and recorded Lovesexy. Prince (musician)_sentence_176

Released on May 10, 1988, Lovesexy serves as a spiritual opposite to the dark The Black Album. Prince (musician)_sentence_177

Every song is a solo effort by Prince, except "Eye No", which was recorded with his backing band at the time. Prince (musician)_sentence_178

Lovesexy reached No. Prince (musician)_sentence_179

11 on the Billboard 200 and No. Prince (musician)_sentence_180

5 on the R&B albums chart. Prince (musician)_sentence_181

The lead single, "Alphabet St.", peaked at No. Prince (musician)_sentence_182

8 on the Hot 100 and No. Prince (musician)_sentence_183

3 on the R&B chart; it sold 750,000 copies. Prince (musician)_sentence_184

Prince again took his post-Revolution backing band (minus the Bodyguards) on a three-leg, 84-show Lovesexy World Tour; although the shows were well-received by huge crowds, they failed to make a net profit due to the expensive sets and props. Prince (musician)_sentence_185

In 1989, Prince appeared on Madonna's studio album Like a Prayer, co-writing and singing the duet "Love Song" and playing electric guitar (uncredited) on the songs "Like a Prayer", "Keep It Together", and "Act of Contrition". Prince (musician)_sentence_186

He also began work on several musical projects, including Rave Unto the Joy Fantastic and early drafts of his Graffiti Bridge film, but both were put on hold when he was asked by Batman (1989) director Tim Burton to record several songs for the upcoming live-action adaptation. Prince (musician)_sentence_187

Prince went into the studio and produced an entire nine-track album that Warner Bros. released on June 20, 1989. Prince (musician)_sentence_188

Batman peaked at No. Prince (musician)_sentence_189

1 on the Billboard 200, selling 4.3 million copies. Prince (musician)_sentence_190

The single "Batdance" topped the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts. Prince (musician)_sentence_191

The single "The Arms of Orion", with Sheena Easton, charted at No. Prince (musician)_sentence_192

36, and "Partyman" (also featuring the vocals of Prince's then-girlfriend, nicknamed Anna Fantastic) charted at No. Prince (musician)_sentence_193

18 on the Hot 100 and at No. Prince (musician)_sentence_194

5 on the R&B chart, while the love ballad "Scandalous!" Prince (musician)_sentence_195

went to No. Prince (musician)_sentence_196

5 on the R&B chart. Prince (musician)_sentence_197

Prince had to sign away all publishing rights to the songs on the album to Warner Bros. as part of the deal to do the soundtrack. Prince (musician)_sentence_198

In 1990, Prince went back on tour with a revamped band for his back-to-basics Nude Tour. Prince (musician)_sentence_199

With the departures of Boni Boyer, Sheila E., the horns, and Cat, Prince brought in keyboardist Rosie Gaines, drummer Michael Bland, and dancing trio the Game Boyz (Tony M., Kirky J., and Damon Dickson). Prince (musician)_sentence_200

The European and Japanese tour was a financial success with a short, greatest hits setlist. Prince (musician)_sentence_201

As the year progressed, Prince finished production on his fourth film, Graffiti Bridge (1990), and the 1990 album of the same name. Prince (musician)_sentence_202

Initially, Warner Bros. was reluctant to fund the film, but with Prince's assurances it would be a sequel to Purple Rain as well as the involvement of the original members of the Time, the studio greenlit the project. Prince (musician)_sentence_203

Released on August 20, 1990, the album reached No. Prince (musician)_sentence_204

6 on the Billboard 200 and R&B albums chart. Prince (musician)_sentence_205

The single "Thieves in the Temple" reached No. Prince (musician)_sentence_206

6 on the Hot 100 and No. Prince (musician)_sentence_207

1 on the R&B chart; "Round and Round" placed at No. Prince (musician)_sentence_208

12 on the US charts and No. Prince (musician)_sentence_209

2 on the R&B charts. Prince (musician)_sentence_210

The song featured the teenage Tevin Campbell (who also had a role in the film) on lead vocals. Prince (musician)_sentence_211

The film, released on November 20, 1990, was a box-office flop, grossing $4.2 million. Prince (musician)_sentence_212

After the release of the film and album, the last remaining members of the Revolution, Miko Weaver, and Doctor Fink, left Prince's band. Prince (musician)_sentence_213

1991–1996: Name change, Diamonds and Pearls, and Chaos and Disorder Prince (musician)_section_5

1991 began with a performance in Rock in Rio II and marked the debut of Prince's new band, the New Power Generation. Prince (musician)_sentence_214

With guitarist Miko Weaver and long-time keyboardist Doctor Fink gone, Prince added bass player Sonny T., Tommy Barbarella on keyboards, and a brass section known as the Hornheads to go along with Levi Seacer (taking over on guitar), Rosie Gaines, Michael Bland, and the Game Boyz. Prince (musician)_sentence_215

With significant input from his band members, Diamonds and Pearls was released on October 1, 1991. Prince (musician)_sentence_216

Reaching No. Prince (musician)_sentence_217

3 on the Billboard 200 album chart, Diamonds and Pearls saw four hit singles released in the United States. Prince (musician)_sentence_218

"Gett Off" peaked at No. Prince (musician)_sentence_219

21 on the Hot 100 and No. Prince (musician)_sentence_220

6 on the R&B charts, followed by "Cream", which gave Prince his fifth US No. Prince (musician)_sentence_221

1 single. Prince (musician)_sentence_222

The title track "Diamonds and Pearls" became the album's third single, reaching No. Prince (musician)_sentence_223

3 on the Hot 100 and the top spot on the R&B charts. Prince (musician)_sentence_224

"Money Don't Matter 2 Night" peaked at No. Prince (musician)_sentence_225

23 and No. Prince (musician)_sentence_226

14 on the Hot 100 and R&B charts respectively. Prince (musician)_sentence_227

In 1992, Prince and the New Power Generation released his 12 album, bearing only an unpronounceable symbol on the cover (later copyrighted as "Love Symbol #2") as its title. Prince (musician)_sentence_228

The symbol was explained as being a combination of the symbols for male (♂) and female (♀). Prince (musician)_sentence_229

Warner Bros. wanted "7" to be the first single, but Prince fought to release "My Name Is Prince", as he believed its "hip-hoppery" would appeal to the audience that had purchased his previous album. Prince (musician)_sentence_230

Prince got his way, but "My Name Is Prince" reached No. Prince (musician)_sentence_231

36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. Prince (musician)_sentence_232

23 on the R&B chart. Prince (musician)_sentence_233

The follow-up single, "Sexy MF", charted at No. Prince (musician)_sentence_234

66 on the Hot 100 and No. Prince (musician)_sentence_235

76 on the R&B chart. Prince (musician)_sentence_236

"7" reached No. Prince (musician)_sentence_237

7. Prince (musician)_sentence_238

The album, later referred to as Love Symbol, peaked at No. Prince (musician)_sentence_239

5 on the Billboard 200 and went on to sell 2.8 million copies worldwide. Prince (musician)_sentence_240

After failed attempts in 1990 and 1991, Warner Bros. released a greatest hits compilation with the three-disc The Hits/The B-Sides in 1993. Prince (musician)_sentence_241

The first two discs were also sold separately as The Hits 1 and The Hits 2. Prince (musician)_sentence_242

The collection features the majority of Prince's hit singles (with the exception of "Batdance" and other songs that appeared on the Batman soundtrack), and several previously hard-to-find recordings, including B-sides from across Prince's career and previously unreleased tracks such as the Revolution-recorded "Power Fantastic" and a live recording of "Nothing Compares 2 U" with Rosie Gaines. Prince (musician)_sentence_243

Two new songs, "Pink Cashmere" and "Peach", were chosen as promotional singles. Prince (musician)_sentence_244

In 1993, in rebellion against Warner Bros., which refused to release Prince's enormous backlog of music at a steady pace, Prince formally adopted the "Love Symbol" as his stage name. Prince (musician)_sentence_245

To use the symbol in print media, Warner Bros. organized a mass mailing of floppy disks with a custom font. Prince (musician)_sentence_246

At this time, Prince was referred to as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince or the Artist. Prince (musician)_sentence_247

In 1994, Prince began to release albums in quick succession as a means of releasing himself from his contractual obligations to Warner Bros. Prince (musician)_sentence_248

He also began appearing with the word "slave" written on his face. Prince (musician)_sentence_249

He believed Warner Bros. was intent on limiting his artistic freedom by insisting he release albums more sporadically. Prince (musician)_sentence_250

He also blamed Warner Bros. for the poor commercial performance of Love Symbol, claiming they had marketed it insufficiently. Prince (musician)_sentence_251

It was out of these developments that the aborted The Black Album was officially released, seven years after its initial recording. Prince (musician)_sentence_252

The "new" release was already in wide circulation as a bootleg. Prince (musician)_sentence_253

Warner Bros. then succumbed to Prince's wishes to release an album of new material, Come. Prince (musician)_sentence_254

Prince pushed to have his next album The Gold Experience released simultaneously with Love Symbol-era material. Prince (musician)_sentence_255

Warner Bros. allowed the single "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" to be released via a small, independent distributor, Bellmark Records, in February 1994. Prince (musician)_sentence_256

The release reached No. Prince (musician)_sentence_257

3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No. Prince (musician)_sentence_258

1 in many other countries, but it did not prove to be a model for subsequent releases. Prince (musician)_sentence_259

Warner Bros. still resisted releasing The Gold Experience, fearing poor sales and citing "market saturation" as a defense. Prince (musician)_sentence_260

When released in September 1995, The Gold Experience reached the top 10 of the Billboard 200 initially. Prince (musician)_sentence_261

The album is not currently in print due to an ongoing plagiarism case relating to "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" outlined below, with digital distributors excluding the song in question from the album. Prince (musician)_sentence_262

An Italian court ruled in 2003 that "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" plagiarised the song "Takin’ Me to Paradise" by Bruno Bergonzi and Michele Vicino. Prince (musician)_sentence_263

Bergonzi and Vicino won on appeal in 2007. Prince (musician)_sentence_264

The third and final sentence, by the Court of Cassation of Rome was dated May 2015, although the international case is ongoing. Prince (musician)_sentence_265

Italian collecting society SIAE recognizes Bergonzi and Vicino as the authors of the music for "The Most Most Beautiful Girl in the World". Prince (musician)_sentence_266

Chaos and Disorder, released in 1996, was Prince's final album of new material for Warner Bros., as well as one of his least commercially successful releases. Prince (musician)_sentence_267

1996–2000: Emancipation, Crystal Ball, and Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic Prince (musician)_section_6

Free of any further contractual obligations to Warner Bros., Prince attempted a major comeback later that year with the release of Emancipation, a 36-song, 3-CD set (each disc was exactly 60 minutes long). Prince (musician)_sentence_268

The album was released via his own NPG Records with distribution through EMI. Prince (musician)_sentence_269

To publish his songs on Emancipation, Prince did not use Controversy Music – ASCAP, which he had used for all his records since 1981, but rather used Emancipated Music Inc. – ASCAP. Prince (musician)_sentence_270

Certified Platinum by the RIAA, Emancipation is the first record featuring covers by Prince of songs of other artists: Joan Osborne's top ten hit song of 1995 "One of Us"; "Betcha by Golly Wow!" Prince (musician)_sentence_271

(written by Thom Bell and Linda Creed); "I Can't Make You Love Me" (written by James Allen Shamblin II and Michael Barry Reid); and "La-La (Means I Love You)" (written by Thom Bell and William Hart). Prince (musician)_sentence_272

Prince released Crystal Ball, a five-CD collection of unreleased material, in 1998. Prince (musician)_sentence_273

The distribution of this album was disorderly, with some fans pre-ordering the album on his website up to a year before it was shipped; these pre-orders were delivered months after the record had gone on sale in retail stores. Prince (musician)_sentence_274

The retail edition has only four discs, as it is missing the Kamasutra disc. Prince (musician)_sentence_275

There are also two different packaging editions for retail; one is a four-disc sized jewel case with a white cover and the Love Symbol in a colored circle while the other contains all four discs in a round translucent snap jewel case. Prince (musician)_sentence_276

The discs are the same, as is the CD jacket. Prince (musician)_sentence_277

The Newpower Soul album was released three months later. Prince (musician)_sentence_278

His collaborations on Chaka Khan's Come 2 My House and Larry Graham's GCS2000, both released on the NPG Records label around the same time as Newpower Soul, were promoted by live appearances on Vibe with Sinbad and the NBC Today show's Summer Concert Series. Prince (musician)_sentence_279

In 1999, Prince once again signed with a major label, Arista Records, to release a new record, Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic. Prince (musician)_sentence_280

A few months earlier, Warner Bros. had also released The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale, a collection of unreleased material recorded by Prince throughout his career. Prince (musician)_sentence_281

The pay-per-view concert, Rave Un2 the Year 2000, was broadcast on December 31, 1999, and consisted of footage from the December 17 and 18 concerts of his 1999 tour. Prince (musician)_sentence_282

The concert featured appearances by guest musicians including Lenny Kravitz, George Clinton, Jimmy Russell, and The Time. Prince (musician)_sentence_283

It was released to home video the following year. Prince (musician)_sentence_284

2000–2007: Musicology and 3121 Prince (musician)_section_7

On May 16, 2000, Prince stopped using the Love Symbol moniker as his name, after his publishing contract with Warner/Chappell expired. Prince (musician)_sentence_285

In a press conference, he stated that after being freed from undesirable relationships associated with the name "Prince", he would revert to using his real name. Prince (musician)_sentence_286

Prince continued to use the symbol as a logo and on album artwork and to play a Love Symbol-shaped guitar. Prince (musician)_sentence_287

For several years following the release of Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, Prince primarily released new music through his Internet subscription service, NPGOnlineLtd.com which later became the NPGMusicClub.com. Prince (musician)_sentence_288

Albums from this period are Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic (2001), The Rainbow Children (2001), One Nite Alone... (2002), Xpectation (2003), C-Note (2004), The Chocolate Invasion (2004) and The Slaughterhouse (2004). Prince (musician)_sentence_289

In 2001, Warner Bros. released a second compilation album The Very Best of Prince containing most of his commercially successful singles from the eighties. Prince (musician)_sentence_290

In 2002, Prince released his first live album, One Nite Alone... Prince (musician)_sentence_291 Live! Prince (musician)_sentence_292 , which features performances from the One Nite Alone...Tour. Prince (musician)_sentence_293

The 3-CD box set also includes a disc of "aftershow" music entitled It Ain't Over!. Prince (musician)_sentence_294

During this time, Prince sought to engage more effectively with his fan base via the NPG Music Club, pre-concert sound checks, and at yearly "celebrations" at Paisley Park, his music studios. Prince (musician)_sentence_295

Fans were invited into the studio for tours, interviews, discussions and music-listening sessions. Prince (musician)_sentence_296

Some of these fan discussions were filmed for an unreleased documentary, directed by Kevin Smith. Prince (musician)_sentence_297

On February 8, 2004, Prince appeared at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards with Beyoncé. Prince (musician)_sentence_298

In a performance that opened the show, they performed a medley of "Purple Rain", "Let's Go Crazy", "Baby I'm a Star", and Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love". Prince (musician)_sentence_299

The following month, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Prince (musician)_sentence_300

The award was presented to him by Alicia Keys along with Big Boi and André 3000 of OutKast. Prince (musician)_sentence_301

As well as performing a trio of his own hits during the ceremony, Prince also participated in a tribute to fellow inductee George Harrison in a rendering of Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", playing a two-minute guitar solo that ended the song. Prince (musician)_sentence_302

He also performed the song "Red House" as "Purple House" on the album Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Prince (musician)_sentence_303

In April 2004, Prince released Musicology through a one-album agreement with Columbia Records. Prince (musician)_sentence_304

The album rose as high as the top five on some international charts (including the US, UK, Germany, and Australia). Prince (musician)_sentence_305

The US chart success was assisted by the CDs being included as part of the concert ticket purchase, thereby qualifying each CD (as chart rules then stood) to count toward US chart placement. Prince (musician)_sentence_306

Three months later, Spin named him the greatest frontman of all time. Prince (musician)_sentence_307

That same year, Rolling Stone magazine named Prince as the highest-earning musician in the world, with an annual income of $56.5 million, largely due to his Musicology Tour, which Pollstar named as the top concert draw among musicians in the US. Prince (musician)_sentence_308

He played 96 concerts; the average ticket price for a show was US$61 (equivalent to $83 in 2019). Prince (musician)_sentence_309

Musicology went on to receive two Grammy wins, for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Call My Name" and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for the title track. Prince (musician)_sentence_310

Musicology was also nominated for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Album, and "Cinnamon Girl" was nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Prince (musician)_sentence_311

Rolling Stone ranked Prince No. Prince (musician)_sentence_312

27 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Prince (musician)_sentence_313

In April 2005, Prince played guitar (along with En Vogue singing backing vocals) on Stevie Wonder's single "So What the Fuss", Wonder's first since 1999. Prince (musician)_sentence_314

In late 2005, Prince signed with Universal Music to release his album, 3121, on March 21, 2006. Prince (musician)_sentence_315

The first single was "Te Amo Corazón", the video for which was directed by actress Salma Hayek and filmed in Marrakech, Morocco, featuring Argentine actress and singer Mía Maestro. Prince (musician)_sentence_316

The video for the second single, "Black Sweat", was nominated at the MTV VMAs for Best Cinematography. Prince (musician)_sentence_317

The immediate success of 3121 gave Prince his first No. Prince (musician)_sentence_318

1 debut on the Billboard 200 with the album. Prince (musician)_sentence_319

To promote the new album, Prince was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on February 4, 2006, 17 years after his last SNL appearance on the 15th anniversary special, and nearly 25 years since his first appearance on a regular episode in 1981. Prince (musician)_sentence_320

At the 2006 Webby Awards on June 12, Prince received a Webby Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his "visionary use of the Internet to distribute music and connect with audiences", exemplified by his decision to release his album Crystal Ball (1998) exclusively online. Prince (musician)_sentence_321

In July 2006, weeks after winning a Webby Award, Prince shut down his NPG Music Club website, after more than five years of operation. Prince (musician)_sentence_322

On the day of the music club's shutdown, a lawsuit was filed against Prince by the British company HM Publishing (owners of the Nature Publishing Group, also NPG). Prince (musician)_sentence_323

Despite these events occurring on the same day, Prince's attorney stated that the site did not close due to the trademark dispute. Prince (musician)_sentence_324

Prince appeared at multiple award ceremonies in 2006: on February 15, he performed at the 2006 Brit Awards, along with Wendy & Lisa and Sheila E., and on June 27, Prince appeared at the 2006 BET Awards, where he was awarded Best Male R&B Artist. Prince (musician)_sentence_325

Prince performed a medley of Chaka Khan songs for Khan's BET Lifetime Achievement Award. Prince (musician)_sentence_326

In 2006, he was invited to dub the Prince XII cat in the film Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties , but gave up for unknown reasons and was replaced by the actor Tim Curry. Prince (musician)_sentence_327

In November 2006, Prince was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame; he appeared to collect his award but did not perform. Prince (musician)_sentence_328

Also in November 2006, Prince opened a nightclub called 3121, in Las Vegas at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino. Prince (musician)_sentence_329

He performed weekly on Friday and Saturday nights until April 2007, when his contract with the Rio ended. Prince (musician)_sentence_330

On August 22, 2006, Prince released Ultimate Prince. Prince (musician)_sentence_331

The double-disc set contains one CD of previous hits, and another of extended versions and mixes of material that had largely only previously been available on vinyl record B-sides. Prince (musician)_sentence_332

That same year, Prince wrote and performed a song for the hit animated film Happy Feet (2006). Prince (musician)_sentence_333

The song, "The Song of the Heart", appears on the film's soundtrack, which also features a cover of Prince's earlier hit "Kiss", sung by Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. Prince (musician)_sentence_334

In January 2007, "The Song of the Heart" won a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Prince (musician)_sentence_335

2007–2010: Super Bowl XLI show, Planet Earth, and Lotusflower Prince (musician)_section_8

On February 2, 2007, Prince played at the Super Bowl XLI press conference, and the Super Bowl XLI halftime show in Miami, Florida, on February 4, 2007, on a large stage shaped like his symbol. Prince (musician)_sentence_336

The event was carried to 140 million television viewers, his biggest ever audience. Prince (musician)_sentence_337

In 2015, Billboard.com ranked the performance as the greatest Super Bowl performance ever. Prince (musician)_sentence_338

Prince played 21 concerts in London during mid-2007. Prince (musician)_sentence_339

The Earth Tour included 21 nights at the 20,000 capacity O2 Arena, with Maceo Parker in his band. Prince (musician)_sentence_340

Tickets for the O2 Arena were capped by Prince at £31.21 ($48.66). Prince (musician)_sentence_341

The residency at the O2 Arena was increased to 15 nights after all 140,000 tickets for the original seven sold out in 20 minutes. Prince (musician)_sentence_342

It was then further extended to 21 nights. Prince (musician)_sentence_343

Prince performed with Sheila E. at the 2007 ALMA Awards. Prince (musician)_sentence_344

On June 28, 2007, the Mail on Sunday stated that it had made a deal to give Prince's new album, Planet Earth, away for free with the paper, making it the first place in the world to get the album. Prince (musician)_sentence_345

This move sparked controversy among music distributors and also led the UK arm of Prince's distributor, Sony BMG, to withdraw from distributing the album in UK stores. Prince (musician)_sentence_346

The UK's largest high street music retailer, HMV, stocked the paper on release day due to the giveaway. Prince (musician)_sentence_347

On July 7, 2007, Prince returned to Minneapolis to perform three shows. Prince (musician)_sentence_348

He performed concerts at the Macy's Auditorium (to promote his new perfume "3121") on Nicollet Mall, the Target Center arena, and First Avenue. Prince (musician)_sentence_349

It was the first time he had played at First Avenue (the club appeared in the film Purple Rain) since 1987. Prince (musician)_sentence_350

From 2008, Prince was managed by UK-based Kiran Sharma. Prince (musician)_sentence_351

On April 25, 2008, Prince performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where he debuted a new song, "Turn Me Loose". Prince (musician)_sentence_352

Days after, he headlined the 2008 Coachella Festival. Prince (musician)_sentence_353

Prince was paid more than $5 million for his performance at Coachella, according to Reuters. Prince (musician)_sentence_354

Prince canceled a concert, planned at Dublin's Croke Park on June 16, 2008, at 10 days' notice. Prince (musician)_sentence_355

In October 2009 promoters MCD Productions went to court to sue him for €1.6 million to refund 55,126 tickets. Prince (musician)_sentence_356

Prince settled the case out of court in February 2010 for $2.95 million. Prince (musician)_sentence_357

During the trial, it was said that Prince had been offered $22 million for seven concerts as part of a proposed 2008 European tour. Prince (musician)_sentence_358

In October 2008, Prince released a live album entitled Indigo Nights, a collection of songs performed live at aftershows in the IndigO2. Prince (musician)_sentence_359

On December 18, 2008, Prince premiered four songs from his new album on LA's Indie rock radio station Indie 103.1. Prince (musician)_sentence_360

The radio station's programmers Max Tolkoff and Mark Sovel had been invited to Prince's home to hear the new rock-oriented music. Prince (musician)_sentence_361

Prince gave them a CD with four songs to premiere on their radio station. Prince (musician)_sentence_362

The music debuted the next day on Jonesy's Jukebox, hosted by former Sex Pistol Steve Jones. Prince (musician)_sentence_363

On January 3, 2009, the new website LotusFlow3r.com was launched, streaming and selling some of the recently aired material and concert tickets. Prince (musician)_sentence_364

On January 31, Prince released two more songs on LotusFlow3r.com: "Disco Jellyfish", and "Another Boy". Prince (musician)_sentence_365

"Chocolate Box", "Colonized Mind", and "All This Love" were later released on the website. Prince (musician)_sentence_366

Prince released a triple album set containing Lotusflower, MPLSoUND, and an album credited to Bria Valente, called Elixer, on March 24, 2009, followed by a physical release on March 29. Prince (musician)_sentence_367

On July 18, 2009, Prince performed two shows at the Montreux Jazz Festival, backed by the New Power Generation including Rhonda Smith, Renato Neto and John Blackwell. Prince (musician)_sentence_368

On October 11, 2009, he gave two surprise concerts at the Grand Palais. Prince (musician)_sentence_369

On October 12, he gave another surprise performance at La Cigale. Prince (musician)_sentence_370

On October 24, Prince played a concert at Paisley Park. Prince (musician)_sentence_371

2010–2016: Final albums Prince (musician)_section_9

In January 2010, Prince wrote a new song, "Purple and Gold", inspired by his visit to a Minnesota Vikings football game against the Dallas Cowboys. Prince (musician)_sentence_372

The following month, he let Minneapolis-area public radio station 89.3 The Current premiere his new song "Cause and Effect" as a gesture in support of independent radio. Prince (musician)_sentence_373

In 2010, Prince was listed in Time's annual ranking of the "100 Most Influential People in the World". Prince (musician)_sentence_374

He released a new single on Minneapolis radio station 89.3 The Current called "Hot Summer" on June 7, his 52nd birthday. Prince (musician)_sentence_375

The same month, Prince appeared on the cover of the July 2010 issue of Ebony, and he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 BET Awards. Prince (musician)_sentence_376

Prince released his album 20Ten in July 2010 as a free covermount with publications in the UK, Belgium, Germany, and France. Prince (musician)_sentence_377

He refused album access to digital download services and closed LotusFlow3r.com. Prince (musician)_sentence_378

On July 4, 2010, Prince began his 20Ten Tour, a concert tour in two legs, with shows in Europe. Prince (musician)_sentence_379

The second leg began on October 15 and ended with a concert following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 14. Prince (musician)_sentence_380

The second half of the tour had a new band, John Blackwell, Ida Kristine Nielsen, and Sheila E. Prince let Europe 1 debut the snippet of his new song "Rich Friends" from the new album 20Ten Deluxe on October 8, 2010. Prince (musician)_sentence_381

He embarked on the Welcome 2 Tour on December 15, 2010. Prince (musician)_sentence_382

Prince was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame on December 7, 2010. Prince (musician)_sentence_383

On February 12, 2011, Prince presented Barbra Streisand with an award and donated $1.5 million to charities. Prince (musician)_sentence_384

On the same day, it was reported that he had not authorized the television show Glee to cover his hit "Kiss", in an episode that had already been filmed. Prince (musician)_sentence_385

Prince headlined the Hop Farm Festival on July 3, 2011, marking his first UK show since 2007 and his first-ever UK festival appearance. Prince (musician)_sentence_386

Despite having previously rejected the Internet for music distribution, on November 24, 2011, he released a reworked version of the previously unreleased song "Extraloveable" through both iTunes and Spotify. Prince (musician)_sentence_387

Purple Music, a Switzerland-based record label, released a CD single "Dance 4 Me" on December 12, 2011, as part of a club remixes package including the Bria Valente CD single "2 Nite" released on February 23, 2012. Prince (musician)_sentence_388

The CD features club remixes by Jamie Lewis and David Alexander, produced by Prince. Prince (musician)_sentence_389

In January 2013, Prince released a lyric video for a new song called "Screwdriver". Prince (musician)_sentence_390

In April 2013, Prince announced a West Coast tour titled Live Out Loud Tour with 3rdeyegirl as his backing band. Prince (musician)_sentence_391

The final two dates of the first leg of the tour were in Minneapolis where former Revolution drummer Bobby Z. Prince (musician)_sentence_392

sat in as guest drummer on both shows. Prince (musician)_sentence_393

In May, Prince announced a deal with Kobalt Music to market and distribute his music. Prince (musician)_sentence_394

On August 14, 2013, Prince released a new solo single for download through the 3rdeyegirl.com website. Prince (musician)_sentence_395

The single "Breakfast Can Wait" had cover art featuring comedian Dave Chappelle's impersonation of him, from a 2004 second-season Chappelle's Show comedy sketch on Comedy Central. Prince (musician)_sentence_396

In February 2014, he performed concerts with 3rdeyegirl in London titled the Hit and Run Tour. Prince (musician)_sentence_397

Beginning with intimate shows, the first was held at the London home of singer Lianne La Havas, followed by two performances of what Prince described as a "sound check" at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, and another at Shepherd's Bush Empire. Prince (musician)_sentence_398

On April 18, 2014, Prince released a new single entitled "The Breakdown". Prince (musician)_sentence_399

He re-signed with his former label, Warner Bros. Records after an 18-year split. Prince (musician)_sentence_400

Warner announced that Prince would release a remastered deluxe edition of his 1984 album Purple Rain in 2014 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album. Prince (musician)_sentence_401

In return, Warner gave Prince ownership of the master recordings of his recordings with the company. Prince (musician)_sentence_402

In February 2014 Prince began what was billed as his 'Hit N Run Part One' tour. Prince (musician)_sentence_403

This involved Prince's Twitter followers keeping an avid eye on second-by-second information as to the whereabouts of his shows. Prince (musician)_sentence_404

Many of these shows would only be announced on the day of the concert, and many of these concerts involved two performances: a and an evening show. Prince (musician)_sentence_405

These shows began at Camden's Electric Ballroom, billed as 'Soundchecks', and spread throughout the UK capital to KoKo Club, in Camden, Shepherd's Bush Empire and various other small venues. Prince (musician)_sentence_406

After his London dates, he moved on to other European cities. Prince (musician)_sentence_407

In May 2014 Prince began his 'Hit N Run Part Two' shows, which followed a more normal style of purchasing tickets online and being held in music arenas. Prince (musician)_sentence_408

In Spring 2014, he launched NPG Publishing, a music company to administer his own music and that of other artists without the restrictions of mainstream record companies. Prince (musician)_sentence_409

In May 2015, following the death of Freddie Gray and the subsequent riots, Prince released a song, "Baltimore", in tribute to Gray and in support of the protesters in that city. Prince (musician)_sentence_410

He also held a tribute concert for Gray at his Paisley Park estate called "Dance Rally 4 Peace" in which he encouraged fans to wear the color gray in honor of Freddie Gray. Prince (musician)_sentence_411

On May 10, he performed a special concert at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore called "Rally 4 Peace," that featured a special appearance by Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, and one set performed by Prince alone at a keyboard. Prince (musician)_sentence_412

Prince's penultimate album, Hit n Run Phase One, was first made available on September 7, 2015, on the music streaming service Tidal before being released on CD and for download on September 14. Prince (musician)_sentence_413

His final album, Hit n Run Phase Two, was meant as a continuation of this, and was released on Tidal for streaming and download on December 12, 2015. Prince (musician)_sentence_414

In February 2016, Prince embarked on the Piano & A Microphone Tour, a tour that saw his show stripped back to only him and a custom piano on stage. Prince (musician)_sentence_415

He performed a series of warm-up shows at Paisley Park in late January 2016 and the tour commenced in Melbourne, Australia, on February 16, 2016, to critical acclaim. Prince (musician)_sentence_416

The Australian and New Zealand legs of the tour were played in small capacity venues including the Sydney Opera House. Prince (musician)_sentence_417

Hit n Run Phase Two CDs were distributed to every attendee after each performance. Prince (musician)_sentence_418

The tour continued to the United States but was cut abruptly short by illness in April 2016. Prince (musician)_sentence_419

Illness and death Prince (musician)_section_10

Prince saw Michael T. Schulenberg, a Twin Cities specialist in family medicine, in Excelsior on April 7, 2016, and again on April 20. Prince (musician)_sentence_420

On April 7, he postponed two performances at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta from his Piano & A Microphone Tour; the venue released a statement saying he had influenza. Prince (musician)_sentence_421

He rescheduled and performed what was to be his final show on April 14, despite still not feeling well. Prince (musician)_sentence_422

While flying back to Minneapolis early the next morning, he became unresponsive, and his private jet made an emergency landing at Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois, where he was hospitalized and received Narcan, a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially following an overdose. Prince (musician)_sentence_423

Once he became conscious, he left against medical advice. Prince (musician)_sentence_424

Representatives said he suffered from dehydration and had influenza for several weeks. Prince (musician)_sentence_425

Prince was seen bicycling the next day in his hometown of Chanhassen. Prince (musician)_sentence_426

He shopped that evening at the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis for Record Store Day and made a brief appearance at an impromptu dance party at his Paisley Park recording studio complex, stating that he was feeling fine. Prince (musician)_sentence_427

On April 19, he attended a performance by singer Lizz Wright at the Dakota Jazz Club. Prince (musician)_sentence_428

On April 20, 2016, Prince's representatives called Howard Kornfeld, a California specialist in addiction medicine and pain management, seeking medical help for the star. Prince (musician)_sentence_429

Kornfeld scheduled to meet with him on April 22, and he contacted a local physician who cleared his schedule for a physical exam on April 21. Prince (musician)_sentence_430

On April 21, at 9:43 am, the Carver County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call requesting an ambulance be sent to Prince's home at Paisley Park. Prince (musician)_sentence_431

The caller initially told the dispatcher that an unidentified person at the home was unconscious, then moments later said he was dead, and finally identified the person as Prince. Prince (musician)_sentence_432

The caller was Kornfeld's son, who had flown in with buprenorphine that morning to devise a treatment plan for opioid addiction. Prince (musician)_sentence_433

Emergency responders found Prince unresponsive in an elevator and performed CPR, but a paramedic said he had been dead for at least six hours, and they were unable to revive him. Prince (musician)_sentence_434

They pronounced him dead at 10:07 am, 19 minutes after their arrival. Prince (musician)_sentence_435

There were no signs of suicide or foul play. Prince (musician)_sentence_436

A press release from the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Anoka County on June 2 stated that the musician had died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, at the age of 57. Prince (musician)_sentence_437

The fentanyl that led to his overdose was contained in counterfeit pills made to look like a generic version of the painkiller Vicodin. Prince (musician)_sentence_438

The question of how and from what source Prince obtained the drug that led to his death has been the subject of investigations by several law enforcement agencies. Prince (musician)_sentence_439

A sealed search warrant was issued for his estate, and another, unsealed, search warrant was issued for the local Walgreens pharmacy. Prince (musician)_sentence_440

On April 19, 2018, the Carver County Attorney announced that the multi-agency investigation related to the circumstances of the star's death had ended with no criminal charges filed. Prince (musician)_sentence_441

Following an autopsy performed by Dr. A. Quinn Strobl, a protege of Janis Amatuzio, his remains were cremated. Prince (musician)_sentence_442

On April 26, 2016, Prince's sister and only full sibling Tyka Nelson filed court documents in Carver County, to open a probate case, stating that no will had been found. Prince (musician)_sentence_443

As of his death, the twice-divorced Prince was neither married nor known to have fathered any surviving children. Prince (musician)_sentence_444

Under Minnesota law, in the absence of a will, this meant that, in addition to his full sister, Prince's five half-siblings also had a claim to an estate totaling millions of dollars, and including real estate, stocks, and cars. Prince (musician)_sentence_445

Within three weeks of his death, 700 people claimed to be half-siblings or descendants. Prince (musician)_sentence_446

Bremer Trust was given temporary control of his estate, had his vault drilled open, and was authorized to obtain a blood sample for DNA profiling from the coroner who had performed the autopsy. Prince (musician)_sentence_447

Prince's ashes were placed into a custom, 3D printed urn shaped like the Paisley Park estate. Prince (musician)_sentence_448

The urn was placed on display in the atrium of the Paisley Park complex in October 2016. Prince (musician)_sentence_449

As of April 2019, no additional estate claimants were recognized by the courts besides Prince's full sister and five half-siblings. Prince (musician)_sentence_450

However, his estate remained unsettled. Prince (musician)_sentence_451

Remembrances Prince (musician)_section_11

Numerous musicians and cultural figures reacted to Prince's death. Prince (musician)_sentence_452

President Obama mourned him, and the United States Senate passed a resolution praising his achievements "as a musician, composer, innovator, and cultural icon". Prince (musician)_sentence_453

Cities across the U.S. held tributes and vigils, and lit buildings, bridges, and other structures in purple. Prince (musician)_sentence_454

In the first five hours after the media reported his death, "Prince" was the top trending (most used) term on Twitter, and Facebook had 61 million Prince-related interactions. Prince (musician)_sentence_455

MTV interrupted its programming to air a marathon of Prince music videos and Purple Rain. Prince (musician)_sentence_456

AMC Theatres and Carmike Cinemas screened Purple Rain in select theaters over the following week. Prince (musician)_sentence_457

Saturday Night Live aired an episode in his honor titled "Goodnight, Sweet Prince", featuring his performances from the show. Prince (musician)_sentence_458

Nielsen Music reported an initial sales spike of 42,000 percent of his material. Prince (musician)_sentence_459

The artist's catalog sold 4.41 million albums and songs from April 21 to 28, with five albums simultaneously in the top ten of the Billboard 200, a first in the chart's history. Prince (musician)_sentence_460

At the 59th Grammy Awards, Morris Day with the Time and Bruno Mars performed a tribute. Prince (musician)_sentence_461

The May 2, 2016 cover of The New Yorker featured an illustration of purple rain. Prince (musician)_sentence_462

In June 2016 Vanity Fair/Condé Nast, released a special edition commemorative magazine, The Genius of Prince. Prince (musician)_sentence_463

It celebrated the star's life and achievements, with new photography and archive articles, including the original Vanity Fair article from November 1984, written in the wake of the singer-songwriter's breakout success, with other content from the magazine, The New Yorker, Wired, and Pitchfork. Prince (musician)_sentence_464

The cover of The Genius of Prince featured a portrait by Andy Warhol, Orange Prince (1984). Prince (musician)_sentence_465

Casts of the musicals The Color Purple and Hamilton paid tribute to the star during their curtain calls with "Purple Rain" and "Let's Go Crazy" respectively. Prince (musician)_sentence_466

In 2016, Minnesota representative Joe Atkins introduced a bill in the state legislature to memorialize Prince with a statue in the National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol, in recognition of his contributions to music and the state of Minnesota. Prince (musician)_sentence_467

As of 2020, the bill has not had a second reading. Prince (musician)_sentence_468

Posthumous projects Prince (musician)_section_12

2016 Prince (musician)_section_13

On August 21, 2016, Prince was posthumously inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame. Prince (musician)_sentence_469

The first album released following his death was a greatest hits album, 4Ever, released on November 22, 2016. Prince (musician)_sentence_470

It contains one previously unreleased song: "Moonbeam Levels", recorded in 1982 during the 1999 sessions. Prince (musician)_sentence_471

2017 Prince (musician)_section_14

On February 9, 2017, Prince's estate signed a distribution deal with Universal Music Group, which includes the post-1995 recordings on his NPG Records label and unreleased tracks from his vault. Prince (musician)_sentence_472

On June 27, Comerica (acting on behalf of the estate) requested that Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide cancel the estate's deal with Universal, as UMG's contract would interfere with a contract with Warner Music Group that Prince signed in 2014. Prince (musician)_sentence_473

After Universal's attorneys were granted access to the Warner contract, the attorneys also offered to cancel the deal. Prince (musician)_sentence_474

On July 13, the court voided Universal's deal with Prince's estate, though Universal will continue to administer Prince's songwriting credits and create merchandise. Prince (musician)_sentence_475

On April 19, an EP featuring six unreleased Prince recordings, Deliverance, was announced with an expected release date for later that week. Prince (musician)_sentence_476

The next day, Prince's estate was granted a temporary restraining order against George Ian Boxill, an engineer who co-produced the tracks and was in possession of the master tapes, and halted the release of the EP. Prince (musician)_sentence_477

On June 23, Purple Rain was re-released in Deluxe and Deluxe Expanded editions. Prince (musician)_sentence_478

It is the first Prince album to be remastered and reissued. Prince (musician)_sentence_479

The Deluxe edition consists of two discs, the first being a remaster of the original album made in 2015 overseen by Prince himself and a bonus disc of previously unreleased songs, called From the Vault & Previously Unreleased. Prince (musician)_sentence_480

The Deluxe Expanded edition consists of two more discs, a disc with all the single edits, maxi-single edits, and B-sides from the Purple Rain era, and a DVD with a concert from the Purple Rain Tour filmed in Syracuse on March 30, 1985, previously released on home video in 1985. Prince (musician)_sentence_481

The album debuted at No. Prince (musician)_sentence_482

4 on the Billboard 200 and at No. Prince (musician)_sentence_483

1 on both the Billboard R&B Albums and Vinyl Albums charts. Prince (musician)_sentence_484

2018 Prince (musician)_section_15

On April 19, 2018, the previously unreleased original recording of "Nothing Compares 2 U" from 1984 was released as a single by Warner Bros. Records in conjunction with Prince's estate. Prince (musician)_sentence_485

In addition, the Prince version was given its own music video, released in conjunction with the single; the video consists of edited rehearsal footage for the Purple Rain tour, shot in the summer of 1984. Prince (musician)_sentence_486

Troy Carter, adviser for Prince's estate, later announced in an interview with Variety that a full-length album was planned for release on September 28. Prince (musician)_sentence_487

In June, the Prince estate signed a distribution deal with Sony Music Entertainment, which includes the rights to all of Prince's studio albums, plus unreleased music, remixes, live recordings, music videos and B-sides from before 1995. Prince (musician)_sentence_488

The deal will immediately include Prince's albums from 1995 to 2010. Prince (musician)_sentence_489

Beginning in 2021, Prince's Warner Bros. albums from 1978–1996 will become distributed by Sony/Legacy Recordings in the United States, with Warner Music Group still controlling the international rights. Prince (musician)_sentence_490

On July 11, Heritage Auctions announced the auction of Prince's personal possessions to be conducted in Dallas, Texas, on July 21, 2018. Prince (musician)_sentence_491

A total of 27 items was announced to be put in the auction, including Prince's bible, stage worn clothing, and some personal documents. Prince (musician)_sentence_492

On August 17, NPG Records released all 23 post-Warner Bros. albums by Prince digitally on streaming platforms, together with a new compilation album Anthology: 1995–2010, containing 37 tracks. Prince (musician)_sentence_493

On September 21, Piano and a Microphone 1983 was released on CD, vinyl, and digital formats. Prince (musician)_sentence_494

It is the first album released by the Prince estate with material from his archive, the Vault. Prince (musician)_sentence_495

2019 Prince (musician)_section_16

The Sony/Legacy reissues began in February 2019. Prince (musician)_sentence_496

The first three releases were Musicology, 3121, and Planet Earth on limited edition purple vinyl and standard CD formats. Prince (musician)_sentence_497

Later that month, the Prince Estate announced reissues of the albums Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic and Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic on purple vinyl as well as Ultimate Rave, a 2 CD and 1 DVD set which includes Prince In Concert: Rave Un2 the Year 2000. Prince (musician)_sentence_498

On April 13 (Record Store Day), the cassette The Versace Experience - Prelude 2 Gold, originally issued in 1995 and given as a gift to attendees to the Versace collection at that year's Paris Fashion Week, was reissued in a limited edition. Prince (musician)_sentence_499

On June 7, Warner released a new Prince album Originals exclusively through TIDAL. Prince (musician)_sentence_500

The album contains Prince's original versions of 15 songs he offered to other artists in the past. Prince (musician)_sentence_501

A wide release on CD and vinyl followed on June 20. Prince (musician)_sentence_502

On September 13, The Versace Experience - Prelude 2 Gold was reissued on purple vinyl and CD as well as on digital formats, together with reissues of Chaos and Disorder and Emancipation. Prince (musician)_sentence_503

On October 18, a single with his acoustic demo of "I Feel for You" was released digitally, alongside a limited edition 7" purple vinyl in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Prince album release. Prince (musician)_sentence_504

On November 27, 1999 was reissued in Remastered, Deluxe, and Super Deluxe editions, the latter including 35 previously unreleased songs and two live concerts. Prince (musician)_sentence_505

2020 Prince (musician)_section_17

On September 25, The Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson released three editions of Prince's Sign o' the Times Super Deluxe. Prince (musician)_sentence_506

The Remastered edition contains a remaster of the original album (discs one and two). Prince (musician)_sentence_507

The Deluxe edition contains the remaster and a third disc with all the single and maxi-single mixes as well as the B-sides. Prince (musician)_sentence_508

The Super Deluxe edition contains six additional discs: Three of them contain 45 previously unissued studio tracks, two discs contain the live audio concert recordings of the Sign o' the Times Tour at stadium Galgenwaard in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and the last disc is a DVD with the live video concert recordings of the New Year's Eve show at Paisley Park, that has been bootlegged prior to this release. Prince (musician)_sentence_509

The albums were also be issued on vinyl in a 2 LP, 2 LP peach vinyl, 4 LP and 13 LP + DVD set and are available on all digital download and streaming services. Prince (musician)_sentence_510

The video content is exclusive to the physical DVD and does not appear on digital download or streaming versions of the Super Deluxe Edition set. Prince (musician)_sentence_511

Released on October 2, 2020, Pitchfork rated the Super Deluxe version a 10 out of 10 and named it Best New Reissue. Prince (musician)_sentence_512

Artistry and legacy Prince (musician)_section_18

Music and image Prince (musician)_section_19

Prince is widely regarded as one of the greatest musicians of his generation. Prince (musician)_sentence_513

A multi-instrumentalist who was considered a guitar virtuoso, he was well known for his eclectic work across multiple genres, flamboyant and androgynous persona, and wide vocal range which included a far-reaching falsetto and high-pitched screams. Prince (musician)_sentence_514

Rolling Stone ranked Prince at No. Prince (musician)_sentence_515

27 on its list of 100 Greatest Artists, "the most influential artists of the rock & roll era". Prince (musician)_sentence_516

According to Acclaimed Music, he is the 9th most celebrated artist in popular music history. Prince (musician)_sentence_517

The Los Angeles Times called Prince "our first post-everything pop star, defying easy categories of race, genre and commercial appeal." Prince (musician)_sentence_518

Jon Pareles of The New York Times described him as "a master architect of funk, rock, R&B and pop", and highlighted his ability to defy labels. Prince (musician)_sentence_519

Los Angeles Times writer Randall Roberts called Prince "among the most versatile and restlessly experimental pop artists of our time," writing that his "early work connected disco and synthetic funk [while his] fruitful mid-period merged rock, soul, R&B and synth-pop." Prince (musician)_sentence_520

Simon Reynolds called him a "pop polymath, flitting between , acid rock, deep soul, —often within the same song". Prince (musician)_sentence_521

AllMusic wrote that, "With each album he released, Prince showed remarkable stylistic growth and musical diversity, constantly experimenting with different sounds, textures, and genres [...] no other contemporary artist blended so many diverse styles into a cohesive whole." Prince (musician)_sentence_522

As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant style and showmanship. Prince (musician)_sentence_523

He came to be regarded as a sex symbol for his androgynous, amorphous sexuality, play with signifiers of gender, and defiance of racial stereotypes. Prince (musician)_sentence_524

His "audacious, idiosyncratic" fashion sense made use of "ubiquitous purple, alluring makeup and frilled garments." Prince (musician)_sentence_525

His androgynous look has been compared to that of Little Richard and David Bowie. Prince (musician)_sentence_526

In 2016, Reynolds described it as "Prince's '80s evasion of conventional gender definitions speaks to us now in this trans-aware moment. Prince (musician)_sentence_527

But it also harks backwards in time to the origins of rock 'n' roll in racial mixture and sexual blurring". Prince (musician)_sentence_528

Prince was known for the strong female presence in his bands and his support for women in the music industry throughout his career. Prince (musician)_sentence_529

Slate said he worked with an "astounding range of female stars" and "promised a world where men and women looked and acted like each other." Prince (musician)_sentence_530

Prince also wore high-heeled shoes and boots both on- and off-stage. Prince (musician)_sentence_531

Many artists have cited Prince as an influence and inspiration, including Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Usher, Janelle Monáe, The Weeknd, Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz, Andre 3000, Frank Ocean and Beck. Prince (musician)_sentence_532

Beyoncé expressed her admiration for Prince in the book Prince: A Private View, calling him “my mentor” and she also praised his independence: “He dared to fight for what was rightfully his: his freedom, wrapped up in words and music he created.” Prince (musician)_sentence_533

In August 2017, Pantone Inc. introduced a new shade of purple in their color system in honor of Prince. Prince (musician)_sentence_534

The shade is called Love Symbol #2 and is defined as Pantone color number 19-3528, web palette #4F3D63 or RGB 79,61,99. Prince (musician)_sentence_535

Influences and musicianship Prince (musician)_section_20

Prince's music synthesized a wide variety of influences, and drew inspiration from a range of musicians, including James Brown, George Clinton, Joni Mitchell, Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, Chuck Berry, David Bowie, Earth, Wind & Fire, Mick Jagger, Rick James, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Curtis Mayfield, Elvis Presley, Todd Rundgren, Carlos Santana, Sly Stone, Jackie Wilson, and Stevie Wonder. Prince (musician)_sentence_536

Prince has been compared with jazz great Miles Davis in regard to the artistic changes throughout his career. Prince (musician)_sentence_537

Davis said he regarded Prince as an otherworldly blend of James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Sly Stone, Little Richard, Duke Ellington, and Charlie Chaplin. Prince (musician)_sentence_538

Prince and Miles Davis performed together for a Charity Event at Paisley Park. Prince (musician)_sentence_539

This performance was viewed as the pinnacle of their on-again, off-again partnership. Prince (musician)_sentence_540

Journalist Nik Cohn described him as "rock's greatest ever natural talent". Prince (musician)_sentence_541

His singing abilities encompassed a wide range from falsetto to baritone and rapid, seemingly effortless shifts of register. Prince (musician)_sentence_542

Despite that, Prince was a natural tenor. Prince (musician)_sentence_543

Prince was also renowned as a multi-instrumentalist. Prince (musician)_sentence_544

He is considered a guitar virtuoso and a master of drums, percussion, bass, keyboards, and synthesizer. Prince (musician)_sentence_545

On his first five albums, he played nearly all the instruments, including 27 instruments on his debut album, among them various types of bass, keyboards and synthesizers. Prince (musician)_sentence_546

Prince was also quick to embrace technology in his music, making pioneering use of drum machines like the Linn LM-1 on his early '80s albums and employing a wide range of studio effects. Prince (musician)_sentence_547

The LA Times also noted his "harnessing [of] new-generation synthesizer sounds in service of the groove," laying the foundations for post-'70s funk music. Prince (musician)_sentence_548

Prince was also known for his prolific and virtuosic tendencies, which resulted in him recording large amounts of unreleased material. Prince (musician)_sentence_549

Prince also wrote songs for other artists, and some songs of his were covered by musicians, such as the hit songs "Manic Monday” (performed by The Bangles), "I Feel For You", originally on Prince's self-titled second album from 1979, covered by Chaka Khan, and "Nothing Compares 2 U", written for Prince's side project the Family, and covered very successfully by Sinead O'Connor. Prince (musician)_sentence_550

Prince co-wrote "Love... Thy Will Be Done" with singer Martika, for her second album Martika's Kitchen, and also gifted Celine Dion a song for her second album, Celine Dion, titled "With This Tear"; a song Prince had written specifically for her. Prince (musician)_sentence_551

Prince also wrote "U" for Paula Abdul, appearing on her 1991 release Spellbound. Prince (musician)_sentence_552

Equipment Prince (musician)_section_21

As a guitar virtuoso, Prince was also known to have a very stylish and flamboyant custom guitar collection, which consisted of 121 guitars. Prince (musician)_sentence_553

One notable series is his Cloud Guitars, which were commissioned and released in colored versions of white, yellow, and purple. Prince (musician)_sentence_554

The white version is prominently shown in the Purple Rain film and the "Raspberry Beret" video. Prince (musician)_sentence_555

Other notable guitars are The Love Symbol guitars, which were designed in the separate colors of gold and purple. Prince (musician)_sentence_556

The guitar that was used for the majority of Prince's music career was the H.S. Prince (musician)_sentence_557

Anderson Madcat guitar – a Telecaster copy created by Hohner. Prince (musician)_sentence_558

Several versions of the guitar were used throughout his career – due to one being donated for charitable reasons, while one or more were stolen. Prince (musician)_sentence_559

Two other noteworthy guitars are the G1 Purple Special, and the black-and-gold Gus G3 Prince bass, which would become the last two guitars to ever be made for him. Prince (musician)_sentence_560

Legal issues Prince (musician)_section_22

Pseudonyms Prince (musician)_section_23

In 1993, during negotiations regarding the release of The Gold Experience, a legal battle ensued between Warner Bros. and Prince over the artistic and financial control of his musical output. Prince (musician)_sentence_561

During the lawsuit, Prince appeared in public with the word "slave" written on his cheek. Prince (musician)_sentence_562

He explained that he had changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol to emancipate himself from his contract with Warner Bros., and that he had done it out of frustration because he felt his own name now belonged to the company. Prince (musician)_sentence_563

Prince sometimes used pseudonyms to separate himself from the music he had written, produced, or recorded, and at one point stated that his ownership and achievement were strengthened by the act of giving away ideas. Prince (musician)_sentence_564

Pseudonyms he adopted, at various times, include: Jamie Starr and The Starr Company (for the songs he wrote for the Time and many other artists from 1981 to 1984), Joey Coco (for many unreleased Prince songs in the late 1980s, as well as songs written for Sheena Easton and Kenny Rogers), Alexander Nevermind (for writing the song "Sugar Walls" (1984) by Sheena Easton), and Christopher (used for his songwriting credit of "Manic Monday" (1986) for the Bangles). Prince (musician)_sentence_565

Copyright issues Prince (musician)_section_24

On September 14, 2007, Prince announced that he was going to sue YouTube and eBay, because they hosted his copyrighted material, and he hired the international Internet policing company Web Sheriff. Prince (musician)_sentence_566

In October, Stephanie Lenz filed a lawsuit against Universal Music Publishing Group claiming that they were abusing copyright law after the music publisher had YouTube take down Lenz's home movie in which the Prince song "Let's Go Crazy" played faintly in the background. Prince (musician)_sentence_567

On November 5, several Prince fan sites formed "Prince Fans United" to fight back against legal requests which, they claim, Prince made to prevent all use of photographs, images, lyrics, album covers, and anything linked to his likeness. Prince (musician)_sentence_568

Prince's lawyers claimed that this constituted copyright infringement; the Prince Fans United said that the legal actions were "attempts to stifle all critical commentary about Prince". Prince (musician)_sentence_569

Prince's promoter AEG stated that the only offending items on the three fansites were live shots from Prince's 21 nights in London at the O2 Arena earlier in the year. Prince (musician)_sentence_570

On November 8, Prince Fans United received a song named "PFUnk", providing a kind of "unofficial answer" to their movement. Prince (musician)_sentence_571

The song originally debuted on the PFU main site, was retitled "F.U.N.K. Prince (musician)_sentence_572 ", but this is not one of the selected songs available on the iTunes Store. Prince (musician)_sentence_573

On November 14, the satirical website b3ta.com pulled their "image challenge of the week" devoted to Prince after legal threats from the star under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Prince (musician)_sentence_574

At the 2008 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival ("Coachella Festival"), Prince performed a cover of Radiohead's "Creep", but immediately afterward he forced YouTube and other sites to remove footage that fans had taken of the performance, despite Radiohead's request to leave it on the website. Prince (musician)_sentence_575

Days later, YouTube reinstated the videos, as Radiohead said: "It's our song, let people hear it." Prince (musician)_sentence_576

In 2009, Prince put the video of the Coachella performance on his official website. Prince (musician)_sentence_577

In 2010, he declared "the internet is completely over", elaborating five years later that "the internet was over for anyone who wants to get paid, tell me a musician who's got rich off digital sales". Prince (musician)_sentence_578

In 2013, the Electronic Frontier Foundation granted to Prince the inaugural "Raspberry Beret Lifetime Aggrievement Award" for what they said was abuse of the DMCA takedown process. Prince (musician)_sentence_579

In January 2014, Prince filed a lawsuit titled Prince v. Chodera against 22 online users for direct copyright infringement, unauthorized fixation, contributory copyright infringement, and bootlegging. Prince (musician)_sentence_580

Several of the users were fans who had shared links to bootlegged versions of Prince concerts through social media websites like Facebook. Prince (musician)_sentence_581

In the same month, he dismissed the entire action without prejudice. Prince (musician)_sentence_582

Prince was one of a small handful of musicians to deny "Weird Al" Yankovic permission to parody his music. Prince (musician)_sentence_583

By Yankovic's account, he'd done so "about a half-dozen times" and has been the sole artist not to give any explanation for his rejection beyond a flat "no". Prince (musician)_sentence_584

Personal life Prince (musician)_section_25

Prince was romantically linked with many women over the years, including Kim Basinger, Madonna, Vanity, Sheila E., Carmen Electra, Susannah Melvoin and Sherilyn Fenn. Prince (musician)_sentence_585

Susannah Melvoin recalled how, around the time of "Sign "O" the Times", "Wendy [Melvoin, her twin sister] and Lisa [Coleman] and I lived together and we would have [Prince] stay at our place. Prince (musician)_sentence_586

We became really close. Prince (musician)_sentence_587

He got to be in a family of three women, and we got to have our Prince. Prince (musician)_sentence_588

Not many people had that kind of relationship with him." Prince (musician)_sentence_589

In 1990, he saw 16-year-old dancer Mayte García standing outside his tour bus, and referred to her as his "future wife" when pointing her out to bandmate Rosie Gaines. Prince (musician)_sentence_590

García began working as one of his backup singers and dancers after graduating from high school. Prince (musician)_sentence_591

They were married on February 14, 1996, when he was 37 and she was 22. Prince (musician)_sentence_592

They had a son named Amiir (born October 16, 1996), who died a week after being born due to Pfeiffer syndrome. Prince (musician)_sentence_593

The distress of losing a child and García's subsequent miscarriage took a toll on the marriage, and the couple divorced in 2000. Prince (musician)_sentence_594

Prince married Manuela Testolini, a Canadian businesswoman of Italian and Egyptian descent, in a private ceremony in 2001; she hails from Toronto, which led the couple to live there part-time. Prince (musician)_sentence_595

They separated in 2005 and divorced in May 2006. Prince (musician)_sentence_596

Prince was an animal rights activist who followed a vegan diet for part of his life, but later described himself as vegetarian. Prince (musician)_sentence_597

The liner notes for his album Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic (1999) featured a message about the cruelty involved in wool production. Prince (musician)_sentence_598

He became a Jehovah's Witness in 2001, following a two-year debate with bassist Larry Graham, who became his mentor and a close friend at this time. Prince (musician)_sentence_599

He did not consider it a conversion but a "realization", comparing it to Morpheus and Neo in The Matrix. Prince (musician)_sentence_600

He attended meetings at a local Kingdom Hall and occasionally knocked on people's doors to discuss his faith. Prince (musician)_sentence_601

Prince had needed double hip replacement surgery since 2005. Prince (musician)_sentence_602

An unverified rumor was spread by tabloids that he would not undergo the operation because of his religious beliefs, which included a refusal to have blood transfusions. Prince (musician)_sentence_603

The Star Tribune reported that Graham "denied claims that Prince couldn't have hip surgery because his faith prohibited blood transfusions", stating that "medical technology offers alternatives". Prince (musician)_sentence_604

Longtime collaborator Jimmy Jam, said that "If he didn’t, he was in pain, like, unbelievable (pain), because that’s the way Morris felt too", referring to the lead singer of The Time who had hip surgery in 2008, though Jam still could not "believe the stories suggesting Prince may have been dependent on pain pills". Prince (musician)_sentence_605

While many patients can undergo hip transplant without transfusion, the need for blood is highly individual. Prince (musician)_sentence_606

Prince did not speak publicly about his charitable endeavors; the extent of his activism, philanthropy, and charity was publicized after his death. Prince (musician)_sentence_607

In 2001, he anonymously donated $12,000 to the Louisville Free Public Library system to keep the historic Western Branch Library (the first full-service library for African-Americans in the country) from closure. Prince (musician)_sentence_608

That same year, he anonymously paid off the medical bills of drummer Clyde Stubblefield, who was undergoing cancer treatment. Prince (musician)_sentence_609

In 2015, he conceived and launched YesWeCode, paying for many hackathons outright and performing musical acts at some of them. Prince (musician)_sentence_610

He also helped fund the Green for All initiative. Prince (musician)_sentence_611

In late March 2016, Prince told an audience he was writing a memoir titled The Beautiful Ones, although its publication seemed unlikely with his death only a few weeks later. Prince (musician)_sentence_612

His cowriter, Dan Piepenbring, continued work on the memoir and The Beautiful Ones was published in October 2019. Prince (musician)_sentence_613

Achievements Prince (musician)_section_26

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Prince Prince (musician)_sentence_614

Prince sold over 150 million records worldwide, ranking him among the best-selling music artists of all time. Prince (musician)_sentence_615

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006, and the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2016. Prince (musician)_sentence_616

In 2016, he was posthumously honored with a Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of Minnesota. Prince (musician)_sentence_617

He won seven Grammy Awards, seven Brit Awards, six American Music Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, an Academy Award (for Best Original Song Score for the film Purple Rain), and a Golden Globe Award. Prince (musician)_sentence_618

Two of his albums, Purple Rain (1984) and Sign o' the Times (1987), received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year nominations. Prince (musician)_sentence_619

1999 (1982), Purple Rain and Sign o' the Times have all been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Prince (musician)_sentence_620

At the 28th Grammy Awards, Prince was awarded the President's Merit Award. Prince (musician)_sentence_621

Prince was also honored with the American Music Award for Achievement and American Music Award of Merit at the American Music Awards of 1990 and American Music Awards of 1995 respectively. Prince (musician)_sentence_622

At the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, he was honored with the Billboard Icon Award. Prince (musician)_sentence_623

In 2019, the 1984 film Purple Rain was added by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Prince (musician)_sentence_624

Prince has been honored with a star on the outside mural of the Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue, recognizing performers that have played sold-out shows or have otherwise demonstrated a major contribution to the culture at the iconic venue. Prince (musician)_sentence_625

Receiving a star "might be the most prestigious public honor an artist can receive in Minneapolis," according to journalist Steve Marsh. Prince (musician)_sentence_626

Prince's backing band The Revolution also has a star on the mural, to the immediate right of Prince's. Prince (musician)_sentence_627

Originally painted silver like the other stars on the mural, Prince's star was repainted in gold leaf during the night of May 4, 2016, about two weeks after Prince's death. Prince (musician)_sentence_628

Originally anonymous, the artist was revealed a few months later to be graphic designer and graffiti artist Peyton Russell, who had worked for Prince at his club Glam Slam in the 1990s and wanted to pay tribute. Prince (musician)_sentence_629

Discography Prince (musician)_section_27

Main articles: Prince albums discography, Prince singles discography, The New Power Generation, and Madhouse (band) Prince (musician)_sentence_630

In his life, Prince released 39 studio albums: Prince (musician)_sentence_631

Posthumous releases: Prince (musician)_sentence_632

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He also released two albums credited to Madhouse, three albums credited to the New Power Generation and one credited to the NPG Orchestra: Prince (musician)_sentence_633

Madhouse: Prince (musician)_sentence_634

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  • 8 (1987)Prince (musician)_item_1_2
  • 16 (1987)Prince (musician)_item_1_3

The New Power Generation: Prince (musician)_sentence_635

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NPG Orchestra: Prince (musician)_sentence_636

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Filmography Prince (musician)_section_28

Main article: Prince videography Prince (musician)_sentence_637

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FilmPrince (musician)_table_caption_1
YearPrince (musician)_header_cell_1_0_0 FilmPrince (musician)_header_cell_1_0_1 RolePrince (musician)_header_cell_1_0_2 DirectorPrince (musician)_header_cell_1_0_3
1984Prince (musician)_cell_1_1_0 Purple RainPrince (musician)_cell_1_1_1 The KidPrince (musician)_cell_1_1_2 Albert MagnoliPrince (musician)_cell_1_1_3
1986Prince (musician)_cell_1_2_0 Under the Cherry MoonPrince (musician)_cell_1_2_1 Christopher TracyPrince (musician)_cell_1_2_2 PrincePrince (musician)_cell_1_2_3
1987Prince (musician)_cell_1_3_0 Sign o' the TimesPrince (musician)_cell_1_3_1 HimselfPrince (musician)_cell_1_3_2 PrincePrince (musician)_cell_1_3_3
1990Prince (musician)_cell_1_4_0 Graffiti BridgePrince (musician)_cell_1_4_1 The KidPrince (musician)_cell_1_4_2 PrincePrince (musician)_cell_1_4_3
1994Prince (musician)_cell_1_5_0 3 Chains o' GoldPrince (musician)_cell_1_5_1 HimselfPrince (musician)_cell_1_5_2 PrincePrince (musician)_cell_1_5_3

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TelevisionPrince (musician)_table_caption_2
YearPrince (musician)_header_cell_2_0_0 ShowPrince (musician)_header_cell_2_0_1 RolePrince (musician)_header_cell_2_0_2 NotesPrince (musician)_header_cell_2_0_3
1997Prince (musician)_cell_2_1_0 Muppets TonightPrince (musician)_cell_2_1_1 HimselfPrince (musician)_cell_2_1_2 Episode 11Prince (musician)_cell_2_1_3
2014Prince (musician)_cell_2_2_0 New GirlPrince (musician)_cell_2_2_1 HimselfPrince (musician)_cell_2_2_2 Episode: "Prince"Prince (musician)_cell_2_2_3
2020Prince (musician)_cell_2_3_0 Let's Go Crazy: Grammy Salute To PrincePrince (musician)_cell_2_3_1 Himself (archive footage)Prince (musician)_cell_2_3_2 Prince (musician)_cell_2_3_3

Tours Prince (musician)_section_29

Books Prince (musician)_section_30

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  • Prince; Piepenbring, Dan (2019). The Beautiful Ones. New York: Spiegel & Grau. ISBN 9780399589652. OCLC .Prince (musician)_item_4_8

See also Prince (musician)_section_31

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