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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, or simply The Artist), is a popular American musician. He had 1984’s biggest hit song in the US with “When Doves Cry” and is best known for his album and movie “Purple Rain”.

During the 1980s Prince was comparable with the “mega-superstars” of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston & Madonna in terms of star power and sales. However, his popularity has waned since the mid 90s. None could match the formidable breadth of his talents, which included not just singing and dancing but also composing, producing, and playing instruments (not to mention directing videos and movies). In fact, Prince played nearly all the instruments on his first five albums, and has produced himself since signing with Warner Bros. at age 15 (Rolling Stone).

His music has spanned myriad styles; from his early material, rooted in funk and soul, he has constantly expanded his musical palette throughout his career, absorbing many other genres including new wave, pop, rock, blues, jazz and hip hop. Born in Minneapolis, he has based his entire career in Minnesota. He now resides in Los Angeles.

The distinctive characteristics of the early-to-mid 1980s work that raised him to super-stardom - which includes industrial sounding drum machine arrangements, the use of synthesizer riffs to serve the role of horn riffs traditionally used in earlier R&B, funk and soul music - became known as “the Minneapolis sound”.


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  • SimonePerrota

    It's crazy to think that, on average, he managed exactly one studio album every year from 1978-1999.

    20 Jan 8:19pm Reply
  • MsDiplodocusss

    girl u need pussy control

    7 Jan 9:11pm Reply
  • DarkRivitHead

    Good and I don't care, I like "Batdance".

    6 Jan 6:35am Reply
  • corpsetastic


    2 Jan 5:35am Reply
  • funkysat

    Funkysat Award for Album of the Year : Prince - Art Official Age

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Darkestf

    i think Jehova is very proud of him :DD i wanna be ya lova!!!!

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • leocupertino

    Breakfast Can Wait. HIT

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • wheresyourblues


    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Fabio001

    Top 35 albums of 2014 -

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • WickedProphet

    He needs a new main... The first couple pics <<

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • AndrewRox0rz

    The events are wrong-it's not *the* Prince, but some band from Texas called Prince. Wonder how long it'll take for the purple one to sue them

    7 Nov 2014 Reply
  • kamil_fan Please vote :). He needs a new main pic.

    4 Nov 2014 Reply

    Anotherlove from PELECTRUMELECTRUM is classic Prince

    3 Nov 2014 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    AOA, flawed though it is, is the better record. PE has some straight up weak tunes (and songwriting), despite showcasing a welcomingly straightforward, natural sound; natural in the sense that it's less forced and largely heedless of trends. It's a shame it can be such a rigid, painstakingly formulaic listen at times. I know PE's intentionally less adventurous than AOA and more about short, punchy jams but still... it's simply not as fun and loose as it should be!

    1 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Sir_LePaul

    Really enjoying art official age. I will check out the other album soon!

    26 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ManDirky

    Sign 'O' the times is soo good!

    24 Oct 2014 Reply
  • danmarzella24


    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • AntBeeMomofuku

    Will someone at Last.FM fix the events calendar for Prince? The band playing those events listed with Lumeria is PrinceofAustin, not THE Prince. It's ridiculous that something like this is allowed to be published on this site, as it gives people false information, even false hope. Besides, Prince would not be second billing, EVER!

    17 Oct 2014 Reply
  • anais_nin

    PLECTRUMELECTRUM is BRILLLIANT! Can't believe there are no shouts in there.

    16 Oct 2014 Reply
  • tfaaon

    art official age is cool. did anybody try Plectrum Electrum ?

    15 Oct 2014 Reply
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