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Minneapolis, United States (1976 – present)

Prince Rogers Nelson (born June 7, 1958), known from 1993 to 2000 as an unpronounceable symbol (or, informally, ‘The Artist Formerly Known as Prince’, ‘Tafkap’, ‘The Artist’, etc), is a popular American musician. He had 1984’s biggest hit song in the U.S. with “When Doves Cry”, and he’s arguably best known for his album ‘Purple Rain’ and his movie of the same name. During the , Prince had comparable success with other ‘mega-superstars’ such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Madonna in terms of star power and sales. Both individually and with his backing groups ‘The Revolution’ and ‘The New Power Generation’, Prince has remained one of the world’s most bestselling artists, even as his popularity has waned since the mid-,

Few other musicians have matched the formidable breadth of his talents as a multi-instrumentalist performer, with his skills including not just singing and dancing but also composing, producing, and playing multiple instruments while directing videos and movies. In fact, Prince played nearly all the instruments on his first five albums, and he has produced himself since signing with Warner Bros. as a mere teenager. In terms of style, Prince’s music has spanned myriad genres and showed a debt to numerous past artists. From his early material, rooted in and , he has constantly expanded his musical palette throughout his career, absorbing many other genres such as , , , and .

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