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Prince

Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince. During the '80s, he emerged as one of the most singular talents of the rock & roll era, capable of seamlessly tying together pop, funk, folk, and rock. Not only did he release a series of groundbreaking albums; he toured frequently, produced albums and wrote songs for many other artists, and recorded hundreds of songs that still lie unreleased in his vaults. With each album he released, Prince has shown remarkable stylistic growth and musical diversity, constantly experimenting with different sounds, textures, and genres. Occasionally, his music can be maddeningly inconsistent because of this eclecticism, but his experiments frequently succeed; no other contemporary artist can blend so many diverse styles into a cohesive whole.

Prince's first two albums were solid, if unremarkable, late-'70s funk-pop. With 1980's Dirty Mind, he recorded his first masterpiece, a one-man tour de force of sex and music; it was hard funk, catchy Beatlesque melodies, sweet soul ballads, and rocking guitar pop, all at once. The follow-up, Controversy, was more of the same, but 1999 was brilliant. The album was a monster hit, selling over three million copies, but it was nothing compared to 1984's Purple Rain.

Purple Rain made Prince a superstar; it eventually sold over ten million copies in the U.S. and spent 24 weeks at number one. Partially recorded with his touring band, the Revolution, the record featured the most pop-oriented music he has ever made. Instead of continuing in this accessible direction, he veered off into the bizarre psycho-psychedelia of Around the World in a Day, which nevertheless sold over two million copies. In 1986, he released the even stranger Parade, which was in its own way as ambitious and intricate as any art rock of the '60s; however, no art rock was ever grounded with a hit as brilliant as the spare funk of "Kiss."

By 1987, Prince's ambitions were growing by leaps and bounds, resulting in the sprawling masterpiece Sign 'O' the Times. Prince was set to release the hard funk of The Black Album by the end of the year, yet he withdrew it just before its release, deciding it was too dark and immoral. Instead, he released the confused Lovesexy in 1988, which was a commercial disaster. With the soundtrack to 1989's Batman he returned to the top of the charts, even if the album was essentially a recap of everything he had done before. The following year he released Graffiti Bridge (the sequel to Purple Rain), which turned out to be a considerable commercial disappointment.

In 1991, Prince formed the New Power Generation, the best and most versatile and talented band he has ever assembled. With their first album, Diamonds and Pearls, Prince reasserted his mastery of contemporary R&B; it was his biggest hit since 1985. The following year, he released his 12th album, which was titled with a cryptic symbol; in 1993, Prince legally changed his name to the symbol. In 1994, after becoming embroiled in contract disagreements with Warner Bros., he independently released the single "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," likely to illustrate what he would be capable of on his own; the song became his biggest hit in years. Later that summer, Warner released the somewhat halfhearted Come under the name of Prince; the record was a moderate success, going gold.

In November 1994, as part of a contractual obligation, Prince agreed to the official release of The Black Album. In early 1995, he immersed himself in another legal battle with Warner, proclaiming himself a slave and refusing to deliver his new record, The Gold Experience, for release. By the end of the summer, a fed-up Warner had negotiated a compromise that guaranteed the album's release, plus one final record for the label. The Gold Experience was issued in the fall; although it received good reviews and was following a smash single, it failed to catch fire commercially. In the summer of 1996, Prince released Chaos & Disorder, which freed him to become an independent artist. Setting up his own label, NPG (which was distributed by EMI), he resurfaced later that same year with the three-disc Emancipation, which was designed as a magnum opus that would spin off singles for several years and be supported with several tours.

However, even his devoted cult following needed considerable time to digest such an enormous compilation of songs. Once it was clear that Emancipation wasn't the commercial blockbuster he hoped it would be, Prince assembled a long-awaited collection of outtakes and unreleased material called Crystal Ball in 1998. With Crystal Ball, Prince discovered that it's much more difficult to get records to an audience than it seems; some fans who pre-ordered their copies through Prince's website (from which a bonus fifth disc was included) didn't receive them until months after the set began appearing in stores. Prince then released a new one-man album, New Power Soul, just three months after Crystal Ball; even though it was his most straightforward album since Diamonds and Pearls, it didn't do well on the charts, partly because many listeners didn't realize it had been released.

A year later, with "1999" predictably an end-of-the-millennium anthem, Prince issued the remix collection 1999 (The New Master). A collection of Warner Bros.-era leftovers, Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale, followed that summer, and in the fall Prince returned on Arista with the all-star Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic. In the fall of 2001 he released the controversial Rainbow Children, a jazz-infused circus of sound trumpeting his conversion to the Jehovah's Witnesses that left many longtime fans out in the cold. He further isolated himself with 2003's N.E.W.S., a four-song set of instrumental jams that sounded a lot more fun to play than to listen to. Prince rebounded in 2003 with the chart-topping Musicology, a return to form that found the artist back in the Top Ten, even garnering a Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 2005.

In early 2006 he was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, performing two songs with a new protégée, R&B singer Tamar. A four-song appearance at the Brit Awards with Wendy, Lisa, and Sheila E. followed. Both appearances previewed tracks from 3121, which hit number one on the album charts soon after its release in March 2006. Planet Earth followed in 2007, featuring contributions from Wendy and Lisa. In the U.K., copies were cover-mounted on the July 15 edition of The Mail on Sunday, provoking Columbia -- the worldwide distributor for the release -- to refuse distribution throughout the U.K. In the U.S., the album was issued on July 24.

LotusFlow3r, a three-disc set, came in 2009, featuring a trio of distinct albums: LotusFlow3r itself (a guitar showcase), MPLSound (a throwback to his '80s funk output), and Elixer (a smooth contemporary R&B album featuring the breathy vocals of Bria Valente). Despite only being available online and through one big-box retailer, the set debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. A year later, another throwback-flavored effort, 20Ten, became his second U.K. newspaper giveaway. No official online edition of the album was made available. From mid-2010 through the end of 2012, Prince toured throughout Europe, America, Europe again, Canada, and Australia.

During 2013, Prince released several singles, starting with "Screwdriver" and continuing with "Breakfast Can Wait" in the summer of that year. Early in 2014, he made a cameo appearance on the Zooey Deschanel sitcom The New Girl, appearing in the episode that aired following the Super Bowl. All this activity was prelude to the spring announcement that he had re-signed to Warner Bros. Records, the label he had feuded with 20 years prior. As part of the deal, he wound up receiving the ownership of his master recordings and the label planned a reissue campaign that would begin with an expanded reissue of Purple Rain roughly timed to celebrate its 30th anniversary. First came two new albums: Art Official Age and PlectrumElectrum, the latter credited to 3rdEyeGirl, the all-female power trio that was his new-millennial backing band. Both records came out on the same September day in 2014. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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NOT A SINGLE PRINCE SONG? THAT'S THE LAST STRAW
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SUX ROYALY
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He is the sexiest man in high heels and an artistic genius! Love me some Prince!!
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101 consecutive thumbs down and not a single Prince song.
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I've been turned into the "Prince" station and the. "I would die for you " station for days and have nit heard "One" songe by. "Prince" whats goimg on?
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Is this a Jackson family station or Prince?
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What.s up with this ? Where's my dog Prince?no music at all no erotic city no America no favorites at all dis is some bull
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Anybody out there remember PRINCES' jazz album....... . . . . E I G H T ? (Boy is a musical genius!)
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yes, I'm wondering what is going on as well. I made a Prince station and haven't heard a single Prince song in the past 2 weeks at least. Everybody BUT Prince. I understand new music being released through TIDAL, but the vintage stuff shouldn't be pulled off Pandora, should it? This is frustrating to have this happening with no explanation!
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I wanted to listen to Prince and I've heard is other R&B artists! This sucks!
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The new album from Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL, HITNRUN, will be released exclusively on TIDAL on Sept. 7.
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I'm trying to look online for the same reason. I named it Prince radio & all of his protégés are playing. (Sheena Easton, Vanity 6...) but several days & not one Prince song. Why is he so difficult? Lol
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teewhyell
Was Prince's music pulled from Pandora? I have a station based around his music and not a single song of his has played on it since 07/31/15.
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I got Micheal Jackson you rock my world
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I always love his work, one my favorites Sexy Dancer.
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I remember when this song came out I couldn't wait until it was 1999
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I fell in love with Prince in 1979 first single Soft & Wet, i was in junior high now known as middle school, lol.
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I love his music
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I love his songs.
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This is Jennifer M. Brown, from Lake Providence, La. I been crazy bout Prince music. I'm 31 now, I can remember when I was before 7 yrs. old, my momma get in the morning playing Diamonds and Pearls. And that song amp me up and I get up that morning and finish listening to that song with my momma. It made chill bumps rise on me and make the hair stand up on my body. I LUV U PRINCE!!!!!! ! ! ! ! U are beautiful all over.
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BAMF....
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Prince is the ish!
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floralovesca t s
Yay
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This is when music was music E W
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Not the best, but very satisfying listening to that saxophone in the background.
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neejiah
Sing to me Prince I'm gonna act my age not my shoe size I just want your KISS!
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The best of Prince
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Been a fan since 1979 in high school back the day! A creative genius and One who creates trends and doesnt follow them.
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Prince love u daddy
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Omg he rocks his guitar and he hot !!! I love him so much in the movie purple rain!!!
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Old but still "BAD"
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Great song writer and talent, Too bad he is so racist Stick to singing Prince, I don't want to hear anything else from you.
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07grandchero k e e
OMG! This man rocks with the guitar!
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sandkandp
'Hgghh������
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Love this man
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Happy birthday Princes
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Are you like purple rain this all I like about you
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Bad. A**. Prince
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Awesome
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Prince your the best thanks for all your songs
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Oooh its me again lets get it
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tbrooks.cvs
The record player and the record kinda go together
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tbrooks.cvs
I love FREE ....... 3 things on the island. Prince's first album, guitar acoustic and a lighter and a record player.
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I love u prince I'm 8 years old and I'm a HUGE HUGE FAN!! Xoxo rosa
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I love prince music
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I am a true prince fan,every I was six years old,what a very intelligent human ��������
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