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His 1979 album Prince went platinum, and his next three records—Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982)—continued his success, showcasing his prominently explicit lyrics and blending of funk, dance, and rock music.
In 1984, he began referring to his backup band as the Revolution and released Purple Rain, the soundtrack album to his film debut.
The songs on Controversy were published by Controversy Music – ASCAP, a practice he continued until the Emancipation album in 1996.
By 2002, MTV News noted that "[n]ow all of his titles, liner notes and Web postings are written in his own shorthand spelling, as seen on 1999's Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, which featured 'Hot Wit U.'" In 1981, Prince formed a side project band called the Time.
Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and filmmaker.
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince was known for his electric work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant fashion sense and use of makeup, and wide vocal range.
His innovative music integrated a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop.
His parents were both African American and his family ancestry is centered in Louisiana, with all four of his grandparents hailing from that state.Prince has said he was "born epileptic" and had seizures when he was young.He stated, "My mother told me one day I walked in to her and said, 'Mom, I'm not going to be sick anymore,' and she said, 'Why?Prince's "Little Red Corvette" was one of the first two videos by black artists (along with Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean") played in heavy rotation on MTV, which had been perceived as against "black music" until CBS President Walter Yetnikoff threatened to pull all CBS videos.The band consisted of Lisa Coleman and Doctor Fink on keyboards, Bobby Z.
Prince attended Minneapolis' Bryant Junior High and then Central High School, where he played football, basketball, and baseball.