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Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, philanthropist, dancer, filmmaker and record producer. He was a musical innovator who was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, an American Music Award, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for the film Purple Rain.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, his first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of 100 Greatest Artists, "the most influential artists of the rock & roll era".

Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and developed an interest in music as a young child. He signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. at the age of 18, and released his debut album For You in 1978. His 1979 album Prince went platinum, and his next three records—Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982)—continued his success, showcasing Prince's prominently sexual lyrics and blending of funk, dance, and rock music. In 1984, he began referring to his backup band as the Revolution and released Purple Rain, the soundtrack album to his eponymous 1984 film debut. It quickly became his most critically and commercially successful release, spending 24 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200 and selling over 20 million units worldwide. After releasing the albums Around the World in a Day (1985) and Parade (1986), The Revolution disbanded, and Prince released the double album Sign o' the Times (1987) as a solo artist. He released three more solo albums before debuting the New Power Generation band in 1991.

In 1993, while in a contractual dispute with Warner Bros., he changed his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol also known as the "Love Symbol", and began releasing new albums at a faster pace to remove himself from contractual obligations. He released five records between 1994 and 1996 before signing with Arista Records in 1998. In 2000, he began referring to himself as "Prince" again. He released 16 albums after that, including the platinum-selling Musicology (2004). His final album, Hit n Run Phase Two, was first released on the Tidal streaming service on December 12, 2015. Prince died from an accidental fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 21, 2016, at the age of 57.

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Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, philanthropist, dancer, filmmaker and record producer. He was a musical innovator who was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, an American Music Award, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for the film Purple Rain.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, his first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of 100 Greatest Artists, "the most influential artists of the rock & roll era".

Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and developed an interest in music as a young child. He signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. at the age of 18, and released his debut album For You in 1978. His 1979 album Prince went platinum, and his next three records—Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982)—continued his success, showcasing Prince's prominently sexual lyrics and blending of funk, dance, and rock music. In 1984, he began referring to his backup band as the Revolution and released Purple Rain, the soundtrack album to his eponymous 1984 film debut. It quickly became his most critically and commercially successful release, spending 24 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200 and selling over 20 million units worldwide. After releasing the albums Around the World in a Day (1985) and Parade (1986), The Revolution disbanded, and Prince released the double album Sign o' the Times (1987) as a solo artist. He released three more solo albums before debuting the New Power Generation band in 1991.

In 1993, while in a contractual dispute with Warner Bros., he changed his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol also known as the "Love Symbol", and began releasing new albums at a faster pace to remove himself from contractual obligations. He released five records between 1994 and 1996 before signing with Arista Records in 1998. In 2000, he began referring to himself as "Prince" again. He released 16 albums after that, including the platinum-selling Musicology (2004). His final album, Hit n Run Phase Two, was first released on the Tidal streaming service on December 12, 2015. Prince died from an accidental fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 21, 2016, at the age of 57.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 60

Birthday 1958-06-07

Day of Death 2016-04-21

Place of Birth Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Prince Rogers Nelson
  • Paisley Park
  • The Artist
  • The Artist Formerly Known As Prince
  • Alexander Nevermind
  • Camille
  • Christopher Tracy
  • Jamie Starr
  • Joey Coco
  • Love Symbol
  • Madhouse
  • The Starr Company
  • Prince Nelson
  • TAFKAP

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2017 The Prince Story: Icon, Genius... Slave as Himself (archive footage)
2015 Mavis! as Himself (archive footage)
2014 Slave Trade: How Prince Remade the Music Business as Himself (archive footage)
2013 Prince - 3 Nights, 3 Shows
2011 Prince: A Purple Reign as Himself (archive footage)
2011 New Girl(1 episode) as Himself
2011 Prince: Budapest
2010 Prince : Welcome 2 America - MSG New York
2009 Prince: Montreux Like Jazz
2009 Prince: Montreux Jazz Festival (Late Show)
2009 Prince: Montreux Jazz Festival (Early Show)
2009 Prince: Club Nokia
2008 Prince: 21 Nights in London
2004 Life O The Party: On the Road with Prince and the New Power Generation
2004 Prince: Musicology (Live In Los Angeles)
2003 Prince: Live at the Aladdin Las Vegas
2002 American Idol(1 episode)
2000 Prince: Rave un2 the Year 2000
1998 Prince: Beautiful Strange
1996 Muppets Tonight(2 episodes)
1996 Prince: Love 4 One Another
1995 The Harald Schmidt Show(1 episode)
1994 Prince: The Sacrifice Of Victor
1994 Prince: The Beautiful Experience
1994 Prince and the N.P.G. Present... 3 Chains o' Gold
1993 Prince: The Hits Collection
1993 Late Show with David Letterman(1 episode)
1993 Prince: The Undertaker
1992 Prince: The Ryde Dyvine
1992 Prince and the N.P.G.: Diamonds and Pearls Video Collection
1992 Prince: Unauthorized as Himself (archive footage)
1992 Prince and the New Power Generation: Sexy MF
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno(10 episodes)
1991 Prince and the New Power Generation: Gett Off
1990 Graffiti Bridge as The Kid
1990 Prince in Japan '90
1989 Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary
1989 The Arsenio Hall Show(3 episodes)
1988 Prince: Lovesexy Live
1987 Sign 'o' the Times
1987 Prince: 4 Those Of U On Valium
1986 Under the Cherry Moon as Christopher Tracy
1986 Prince and the Revolution: Parade LIVE
1986 Sheila E.: Live Romance 1600
1985 Prince and the Revolution LIVE!
1985 Prince and the Revolution: Live in Atlanta
1984 MTV Video Music Awards(1 episode)
1984 Purple Rain as The Kid
1983 Prince and the Revolution: The Makings Of Rain
1983 Prince and the Revolution: The Homecoming
1982 Prince: Capitol Theatre
1980 Solid Gold(2 episodes)
1975 Saturday Night Live(1 episode)
1974 American Music Awards(3 episodes)
1973 The Midnight Special(1 episode)
1971 Soul Train(1 episode)
1959 The Grammys(3 episodes)
1953 The Academy Awards(2 episodes)
1952 American Bandstand(1 episode)
1952 Today(8 episodes)

Directing

1996 Prince: Love 4 One AnotherDirector
1994 Prince: The Beautiful ExperienceDirector
1994 Prince and the N.P.G. Present... 3 Chains o' GoldDirector
1992 Prince and the New Power Generation: Sexy MFDirector
1991 Prince and the New Power Generation: Gett OffDirector
1990 Graffiti BridgeDirector
1987 Sign 'o' the TimesDirector
1986 Under the Cherry MoonDirector

Production

2008 Prince: 21 Nights in LondonExecutive Producer
1994 Prince and the N.P.G. Present... 3 Chains o' GoldProducer
1992 Prince: The Ryde DyvineProducer

Sound

1984 Purple RainSongs

Writing

1990 Graffiti BridgeScreenplay

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