Prince In-depth Biography
Prince (Prince Roger Nelson) as he is known to his fans today; was born in 1958 in the U.S.A. He is predominately known for his singing and song-writing and musical mastership, but has also appeared in several films.
His songs have been sung by rock and pop veterans Chaka Chan, The Bangles and Sinéad O’ Conner and he has been a “platform” for discovering musical talent including Carmen Electra, Sheila E and The Time. His infusion of rock, pop, jazz, soul, R&B, disco, and electro have made him famous worldwide and winning him numerous Grammys, a Golden Globe and reaching 27th in the top 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
In the early stages of his life Prince developed his musical style and had his first major success with his self-titled album “Prince” in 1979 which went in at number 4 on the Billboard Top R&B/Black Albums and No.22 on the Billboard 200 which went platinum. The album contained the hits “Why You Wanna Treat me So Bad and “I Wanna Be Your Lover”.
In the early ‘80s, Prince released the album “Controversy” which was highly successful and had a hit with the single “Uptown” which reached 5 on the Billboard chart. He toured with Rolling Stones as a support act and in 1982 he released the double album “1999” which sold over three million copies.
Prince and his band The Revolution had a major success in 1984 with the worldwide hit “Purple Rain” which sold more than 13 million copies and stayed at number 1 in the Billboard 200 Chart for 24 weeks. The film Purple Rain had hit singles “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy”.
The next album “Parade” in 1986 was used in Prince’s second film “Under the Cherry Moon” where he received a Golden Raspberry Award for his efforts. He dispersed the band after his Hit n Run –Parade Tour and several band members were replaced or left.
In the late ‘80s and beginning of the ‘90s, Prince produced as a solo artist and worked on some of his previous material he had started with his former band. Though not performing as highly as his previous albums, Prince stormed back to conquer the charts with a triple album “Sign o’ the Times” which reached number 6 in the Billboard top 200 and the single of the same title reaching number 3 in the Hot 100 chart.
In 1989 Prince went on the massive Lovesexy World Tour and also appeared in Madonna’s album “Like a Prayer”. Other film music accreditations include: “The Batdance” which topped the Billboard and R&B Charts.
The early ‘90s saw a change, with Prince forming a new band The New Power Generation. They went onto have varying success up until 1994 where Prince’s style and direction had changed and he produced the pop hit “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" which reached number 3 in the US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 in many countries. He also changed his stage name to the Love Symbol in 1993 but reverted back to his original name in 2000 onwards.