Known as The Purple One for his 1984 breakthrough album, Purple Rain, and at one time an unpronounceable symbol, Prince has often been cited as one of the best artists of the last several decades. Keep your eyes out for Prince tickets in 2016!
|Current Tour:||Hit & Run|
|First Album:||For You (1978)|
The pioneer of the Minneapolis Sound, Prince has pleased audiences with his unique fusion of funk, rock, pop, synthpop, and new wave styles since 1976. Born Prince Roger Nelson, Prince got his start with the band 94 East, contributing guitar tracks to songs produced by the group. He released his first solo album, For You, in 1978.
However, it would not be until the sophomore album, Prince (1979) that Prince started gaining significant notice. He would continue to build a fan base and gain media attention, especially with the critically acclaimed Dirty Mind (1980), and the celebrated and very commercially successful Purple Rain (1984). The latter two albums featured a completely different sound than his earlier work, one which he would use in his albums going forth. This period also featured his backing band, The Revolution.
The early to mid-1980s would prove to be Prince's most successful era, with albums like Around the World in a Day (1985) also performing very well in sales. Moving into the late-'80s and early-'90s, Prince saw success with the soundtrack for the film Batman (1989) and his next album, Diamonds and Pearls (1991). However, the decade would prove to be a low period of commercial success for him. Additionally, he was embroiled in an acrimonious relationship with Warner Bros. Records, the contract with which he got out by increasing his output. The 1990s also saw him change his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol called "The Love Symbol."
Prince, by this point with new backing band The New Power Generation, resumed used of his real name in 2000. In 2004, he released his best-selling album since 1991, Musicology. Aside from recording, Prince is highly sought after on tour and typically hosts many concerts per year.