Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson) is one of the most original and beloved musical artists of the last thirty years. Hailing from Minneapolis, the singer’s first records were issued in the late 1970s and the singer original had a reputation for filty/dirty songs. With his 1999 album, Prince broke through onto the mainstream pop charts with two hit singles, “Little Red Corvette” and “1999″. Soon, comparisons between Prince and the then-massive Michael Jackson soon became popular.

As the follow-up to 1999, Prince recorded the music and starred in the film Purple Rain. The movie is loosely based on Prince’s own life, and he costarred with many of his musical friends including Morris Day and The Time and Apollonia. The film was a big hit, despite the R rating and the soundtrack was wildly popular as well. It contains many of Prince’s best-known songs, including “Let’s Go Crazy”, “When Doves Cry”, “I Would Die 4 U”, and the controversial “Darling Nikki”. ┬áThe album was number one from early August 1984 all the way to mid-January 1985, eventually selling over 13 million copies in the U.S. The album’s music was on Oscar for Song Score in 1985.

Purple Rain” was a ballad that combined elements of pop and gospel, with a great rock guitar solo by Prince as well. This song illustrates Prince’s versatility and was itself a top charting hit song as well.

Prince continued successfully for many years, including the very popular Batman soundtrack in 1989. In 1993, Prince changed his name to an unpronouncable symbol in a dispute with his record company. Thereafter he would be billed as “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince”. In 2000, he changed his name back to the familiar Prince. He continues to record top-selling albums, and has performed at Super Bowls and in Las Vegas.