Biography

Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis in 1958 to a black father and white mother. The boy was deeply interested in music, both writing and performing. That was why the whole material of his debut solo album was written, arranged, produced and performed by Prince himself. He felt free to transform the classic R&B sound adding widely synthesizer and simplifying the structures of the songs. Experts noticed this revolutionary approach after the release of the singer’s second album, Prince, in 1979. Although Prince raised some interest among critics, he failed to reach a wide audience with his first two albums. He succeeded after producing Dirty Mind in 1980. The singer was again the only author of all the songs and aroused attention to his figure predominantly with his audacious lyrics. The indecent texts were supported by an extravagant image he made up. It included high heeled shoes to make up for his height and elements of female clothing raising suspicions about his sexuality. By that time, Prince had already revealed his ability to mix the genres packing his albums with soul ballads and catchy rock tunes at once.

In 1981, Prince formed The Time band to back him up during the concerts. 1982 became the year of a big breakthrough to the large audiences abroad. This was achieved after releasing a monster hit, the album 1999. The record was a sensational bestseller with three million copies distributed. However, it was just preparation before the delivery of the most prominent work by Prince in his career. Purple Rain was released in 1984 along with the same titled movie. In the States alone it sold ten million CDs and remained on the top for 24 weeks. The success could be explained by the simple fact that it was the most pop-oriented record that Prince ever made. The Time was renamed to The Revolution and helped him significantly to produce this long player. As a world new superstar, Prince understood that he had no risk making experiments because the public was ready to buy anything he would offer. The rest of the eighties were the period of playing with the psychedelic music featured on the albums Around the World in a Day (1985) and Parade (1986). After the commercial disaster of Lovesexy in 1988, Prince returned to the charts top with the soundtrack to Batman in 1989.

Prince entered the nineties with the new band and image. He formed The New Power Generation, the strongest group he ever had to produce a powerful album called Diamonds and Pearls in 1991. In 1993 he released another album titled as a symbol. Later, Prince went through a legal procedure to change his name into this symbol. The public was evidently not ready and glad to see the artist transformed. It resulted in catastrophic commercial failures of his records. This was accompanied a big process between Prince and his label Warner Brothers. Bound by the contract, he was obliged to release two more albums with Warner. These were The Gold Experience (1995) and Chaos & Disorder (1996). After the cooperation with Warner, Prince released three CDs with songs written long ago and covers. They included only one big hit, The Most Beautiful Girl in the World. In the new century, Prince has not repeated his earlier success. Nevertheless, his 2004 album Musicology became a big event in the USA and had huge sales. In 2005, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With his most glorious years far behind, he remains one of the biggest figures in R&B and a trademark guaranteeing perfect quality of any album whenever it is made. In 2006 the singer released his album 3121, and in 2007 another record titled Planet Earth was issued. That album got the very strong and new sound. After 2 years Prince made his fans happy by releasing two albums: MplSound and LotusFlow3r. They are parts of the trilogy, third element of which is Prince’s protйgй Bria Valente’s record Elixir. The singer’s another long play 20Ten saw the light in 2010. There is absolutely no doubt that this traditionally strong work, created in Prince’s easy recognizable style, will be enjoyed both by the musician’s old fans and by those, who are just going to get acquainted with his creativity.

Studio Albums

Prince, HITnRUN Phase One mp3HITnRUN Phase One
2015
  • Funk
  • Pop Rock
Prince, HITnRUN Phase Two mp3HITnRUN Phase Two
2015
  • Funk
  • Soul
Prince, Art Official Age mp3Art Official Age
2014
  • Synth Funk
  • Pop Rock
Prince, 20ten mp320ten
Although Prince has remained faithful to his own original traditions and keeps on making unexpected statements, it is clear from the very first sounds of the album 20ten that the second breath has finally opened in his music
2010
  • Contemporary R&B
  • Pop/Rock
  • Synth Funk
  • Neo-Soul
  • Funk
Prince, Controversy mp3Controversy
2009
  • Funk
  • New Wave
  • Pop
  • Pop/Rock
  • Synth Funk
Prince, LotusFlow3r mp3LotusFlow3r
One of the most prolific and influential artists of nowadays, known as Prince, goes on to create wonderful long-plays. This year, he recorded the album LotusFlow3r, combining pop rock and psychedelia
2009
    Prince, MPLSound mp3MPLSound
    2009
    • Contemporary R&B
    • Funk
    • Synth Funk
    • Neo-Soul
    • Dance-Pop
    • Pop Rock
    Prince, Planet Earth mp3Planet Earth
    Prince’s 24th studio album Planet Earth can hardly compete with Purple Rain by the standards of Prince himself it turned out to be a pretty strong disk. The material sounds very streamlined and unobtrusive while the sound strikes with its energy
    2007
    • Dance-Pop
    • Funk
    • Pop/Rock
    Prince, 3121 mp33121
    A new Prince album is always an event. His first release on Universal Records is an album entitled 3121. This hour-long collection of pop, rock, Latin and funk tunes proves miniature maestro is back to the highs of Purple Rain and 1999
    2006
    • Contemporary R&B
    • Dance-Pop
    • Funk
    • Neo-Soul
    • Pop
    • Pop/Rock
    Prince, The Chocolate Invasion mp3The Chocolate Invasion
    2004
    • Funk
    • Pop Rock
    Prince, The Slaughterhouse mp3The Slaughterhouse
    2004
    • Contemporary R&B
    • Funk
    • Pop Rock
    Prince, N.E.W.S. mp3N.E.W.S.
    2002
    • Jazz Fusion
    • Jazz-Funk
    • Jazz-Funk
    • Smooth Jazz
    Prince, The Rainbow Children mp3The Rainbow Children
    2001
    • Jazz-Funk
    • Jazz-Funk
    • Jazz-Funk
    • Jazz-Funk
    Prince, Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic mp3Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic
    2000
    • Contemporary R&B
    • Funk
    • Soul
    • Dance-Pop
    • Pop Rock
    Prince, Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic mp3Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic
    1999
    • Dance-Pop
    • Funk
    • Pop/Rock
    Prince, The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale mp3The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale
    1999
    • Jazz-Funk
    • Jazz-Funk
    • Soul
    • Jazz-Funk
    • Jazz-Funk
    Prince, Crystal Ball mp3Crystal Ball
    1998
    • Contemporary R&B
    • Funk
    • Synth Funk
    • Soul
    • Dance-Pop
    • Pop Rock
    Prince, The NPG Orchestra - Kamasutra mp3The NPG Orchestra - Kamasutra
    1997
    • Modern Classical
    Prince, Chaos and Disorder mp3Chaos and Disorder
    1996
    • Pop/Rock
    Prince, Emancipation mp3Emancipation
    1996
    • Pop Rock
    • Funk
    • Contemporary R&B
    Prince, The Gold Experience mp3The Gold Experience
    1995
    • Contemporary R&B
    • Dance-Pop
    • Funk
    • New Jack Swing
    • Pop Soul
    • Pop/Rock
    Prince, Black Album mp3Black Album
    1994
    • Funk
    • New Jack Swing
    • Pop/Rock
    • Synth Funk
    Prince, Come mp3Come
    1994
    • New Jack Swing
    • Funk
    Prince, Diamonds And Pearls mp3Diamonds And Pearls
    1991
    • Contemporary R&B
    • Dance-Pop
    • Pop Soul
    Prince, Batman mp3Batman
    1989
    • Contemporary R&B
    • Dance-Pop
    • Funk
    • Pop/Rock
    Prince, Parade mp3Parade
    1986
    • Synth Funk
    • Pop Rock
    Prince, Purple Rain mp3Purple Rain
    1984
    • Pop Rock
    Prince, 1999 mp31999
    1982
    • Contemporary R&B
    • Dance-Pop
    • Funk
    • New Wave
    • Pop
    • Pop/Rock
    • Synth Funk
    Prince, Dirty Mind mp3Dirty Mind
    1980
    • Dance-Pop
    • Disco
    • Electro
    • Funk
    • Pop/Rock
    • Synth Funk
    Prince, Prince mp3Prince
    1979
    • Contemporary R&B
    • Dance-Pop
    • Disco
    • Funk
    • Pop
    • Pop Soul
    • Pop/Rock
    • Synth Funk
    Prince, For You mp3For You
    1978
    • Disco
    • Funk
    • Smooth Soul
    • Synth Funk

    Singles

    Prince, S.S.T. mp3S.S.T.
    2005
    • Jazz-Funk
    • Jazz-Funk
    • Soul
    • Jazz-Funk
    • Jazz-Funk
    Prince, Days of Wild (Live In Montreal) mp3Days of Wild (Live In Montreal)
    2002
    • Pop Rock
    • Synth Funk
    Prince, U Make My Sun Shine mp3U Make My Sun Shine
    2002
    • Contemporary R&B
    • Synth Funk
    Prince, The Greatest Romance Ever Told mp3The Greatest Romance Ever Told
    1999
    • Pop Soul
    • Funk
    • Contemporary R&B
    Prince, Space mp3Space
    1994
    • Soul
    • Funk

    EP

    Prince, My Name Is Prince mp3My Name Is Prince
    1992
    • Pop Rock
    • Synth Funk
    Prince, Gett Off Remix EP mp3Gett Off Remix EP
    1991
    • Synth Funk
    • Pop Rock
    Prince, New Power Generation (Funky Weapon remix) mp3New Power Generation (Funky Weapon remix)
    1991
    • Contemporary R&B
    • Smooth Soul
    Prince, The Scandalous Sex Suite mp3The Scandalous Sex Suite
    1989
    • Contemporary R&B
    • Smooth Soul

    Compilation albums

    Prince, 4Ever mp34Ever
    2016
    • Contemporary R&B
    • Synth Funk
    • Pop Rock
    Prince, The Very Best of Prince mp3The Very Best of Prince
    2001
    • Dance-Pop
    • Funk
    • Neo-Psychedelia
    • Pop
    • Pop/Rock
    • Synth Funk
    Prince, The Hits 2 mp3The Hits 2
    1993
    • Funk
    • Neo-Psychedelia
    • Pop/Rock
    • Synth Funk

    Lives

    Prince, Indigo Nights (from the '21 Nights' book) mp3Indigo Nights (from the '21 Nights' book)
    2008
    • Contemporary R&B
    • Funk
    • Pop Rock
    Prince, C-Note mp3C-Note
    2003
    • Contemporary R&B
    • Jazz-Funk
    • Jazz-Funk
    • Jazz-Funk
    • Jazz-Funk
    Prince, One Nite Alone... mp3One Nite Alone...
    2002
    • Adult Contemporary
    • Contemporary R&B
    • Funk
    • Pop/Rock
    Prince, One Nite Alone... Solo Piano and Voice by Prince mp3One Nite Alone... Solo Piano and Voice by Prince
    2002
    • Contemporary R&B
    • Soul
    • Smooth Soul
    • Pop Rock

    Remixes

    Prince, 1999 (The New Master) mp31999 (The New Master)
    1999
    • Contemporary R&B
    • Synth Funk

    Soundtracks

    Prince, Girl 6 mp3Girl 6
    1996
    • Funk