Genre: R&B, Pop, Funk
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Albums: For You (1978); Prince (1979); Dirty Mind (1980); Controversy (1981); 1999 (1982); Purple Rain (1984); Around the World in a Day (1985); Parade (1986); Sign o' the Times (1987); Lovesexy (1988); Batman (1989); Graffiti Bridge (1990); Diamonds and Pearls (1991); O(+> (1992); Come (1994); The Black Album (1994); The Gold Experience (1995); Chaos and Disorder (1996); Emancipation (1996); Crystal Ball (1998); The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale (1999); Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic (1999); Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic (2000); The Rainbow Children (2001); One Nite Alone... (2002); Xpectation (2003); C-Note (2003); N.E.W.S (2003); Musicology (2004); The Chocolate Invasion (2004); The Slaughterhouse (2004); 3121 (2006); Planet Earth (2007); Lotusflow3r / MPLSound (2009); 20Ten (2010)
Awards: 7 Grammy Awards
Hits: "Little Red Corvette," "When Doves Cry," "Let's Go Crazy," "Purple Rain," "Kiss," "Sign "?" the Times," "U Got the Look," "Batdance," "Cream," "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World,"
Other: Produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career so far.
Known for his immense talent and enigmatic personality, Prince has been one of the best selling artists of the last 30 years. Though he has gone through a name change and has a somewhat flamboyant persona, there can be no denying that Prince is considered by many to be royalty among other artists in rock and roll history.
Born Prince Rogers Nelson, he got his start in music in the mid-70s, and released his debut album, For You, when he was just 20-years-old. The record was a modest success and did not even break into the top 150 on U.S. pop charts. However, it did lay the groundwork for what would be a largely successful decade for Prince.
He released his self-titled follow-up album in 1979, which performed much better on the charts than his previous record. The album peaked at number 22 on the Billboard 200, and the track "I Wanna Be Your Lover" reached number 11. The 1980s proved to be Prince's coming out party, as he dropped three popular albums in the first three years of the decade, culminating in 1982's 1999. While the record's title track is largely considered to be his most widely known hit, "Little Red Corvette" became his first single to enter the top 10 and was one of the first music videos to earn consistent airplay on the newly formed MTV.
In 1984, Prince released Purple Rain, which surpassed 1999 in terms of critical reception and commercial success. The record received almost unanimous praise and is believed to be one of the best albums in rock and roll history. With numerous iconic tunes such as "Purple Rain," "When Doves Cry" and "Darling Nikki," the record has sold more than 13,000,000 copies to date and has been certified platinum 13 times.
Prince continued his tear through the music industry throughout much of the '80s, and in 1993 he caused waves when he replaced his name with an unpronounceable symbol. The '90s saw Prince turn out albums much like he was doing in the early '80s, and despite returning to his original moniker in 2000, Prince did not slow down.
He has continued to produce albums at a prolific rate, and performed at the halftime show of Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears. His most recent record, 2010's 20Ten, was released to positive reviews, and with seven Grammy Awards and an Oscar to his name, it appears as though Prince has no intention of stepping down from his throne.