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Prince

An R&B vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and actor

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A Quick Tip by KristiSauer

  • Dec 4, 2010
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I have seen Prince in concert many, many times. One of my all-time favorites, The best shows are the intimate ones I have seen him play at Paisley Park.
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Quick Tip by . August 17, 2011
There are very few modern musical geniuses in my opinion. Prince is one of those few.
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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 ...

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Filmography (Director): Under the Cherry Moon
Birth Date: June 7, 1958
Movie Writing Credits: Purple Rain (1984 movie)
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