Prince Biography & News
2014 has been charming for Prince
It's been a pretty good year so far for Prince.
Back on April 18, 2014 the musical icon released a brand new single entitled, "The Breakdown." The surprise was the cap on a whirlwind 24 hours in which Prince also announced a new studio album and a new partnership with Warner Bros. Records. How's that for crossing things off your daily to-do list?
In an interview with Arsenio Hall, Prince said "The Breakdown" is his current favorite song to play live. The power ballad that begins with echoing keyboard rides like a wave into Prince's falsetto, and is a string-orchestrated cut also punctuated by various sound effects. It is the first release following the announcement of Prince's reunion with his old record label.
As part of the new partnership (which will be a global licensing deal), Warner Bros. has agreed to release previously unheard material from Prince, as well as a digitally remastered, deluxe 30th anniversary edition to the 1984 soundtrack album, "Purple Rain."
And as for that brand new LP? "A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship," Prince said in a news release. It will be his 33rd studio album overall and first in four years.
Lately, Prince has been playing with an all-female trio called 3RDEYEGIRL. He occasionally posts YouTube videos of their music, and releases tracks through the group's website.
A pioneer of the Minneapolis Sound (Updated April 25, 2013)
He is a singer, composer, producer and pioneer of the Minneapolis Sound, which has influenced a generation of musicians. Known to many only as Prince, he was born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958 and named after a jazz band in which his father was a pianist.
Prince developed an interest in music at an early age and signed to Warner Brothers records when he was just a teenager. He released his debut album, "For You," in 1978. Subsequent albums over the next four years included the self-titled "Prince," "Dirty Mind," "Controversy," and "1999." The later two created a buzz for mixing religious and overly sexual themes, and included elements of dance, funk, pop and rock.
A self-described perfectionist who writes, composes and produces most of his own music, Prince's popularity exploded when he released the album "Purple Rain" in 1984, which also served as the soundtrack to his film debut of the same name. Two more albums followed before Prince's band disbanded, and he recorded as a solo artist before debuting the "New Power Generation" band in 1991 and changing his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol he called "The Love Symbol."
Due to a label dispute with Warner Bros, Prince would release five records in two years before jumping to Arista Records in 1998. At the turn of the century he went back to referring to himself as "Prince." He has released 13 albums since then, including his latest, "20Ten."
Prince is well known for his on-stage persona and flamboyant costumes. He has toured endlessly since 1979-1980. "Welcome 2" is the common name of his 21st concert tour, which recently played over 80 shows in North America, Europe and Australia.
On January 23, 2013, a lyric video for Prince's new song "Screwdriver" was leaked online. In February, the website 3rdeyegirl.com was announced via YouTube, offering four new songs for online purchase.
|Album name||Release date|
|The 1994 Radio Promo DAT||2010|
|Abu Dhabi 20ten||2010|
|Sign "☮" the Times||2009|
|2004-02-15: The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA, USA||2004|
|The Chocolate Invasion||2004|
|One Nite Alone Live in Japan||2003|
|One Man Jam||2002|
|One Nite Alone...||2002|
|Days of Wild||2002|
|The Rainbow Children||2001|
|The Very Best of Prince||2001|
|12" Archive 2.0||2001|
|The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale||1999|
|1999 (The New Master)||1999|
|Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic||1999|
|The Greatest Romance Ever Sold||1999|
|The Holy River||1997|
|Dinner With Delores||1996|
|Betcha by Golly Wow! / Right Back Here in My Arms||1996|
|Chaos and Disorder||1996|
|Now's the Time||1996|
|The Gold Experience||1995|
|I Hate You||1995|
|1993-04-12: What's Hip: DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA, USA||1994|
|The Beautiful Experience||1994|
|The Most Beautiful Girl in the World||1994|
|The Jewel Box II||1993|
|Peach (disc 1)||1993|
|The Hits 1||1993|
|The Hits/The B-Sides||1993|
|The Hits 2||1993|
|This Is My Night||1993|
|Oh Oh Ohhh||1993|
|Little Red Corvette||1990|
|New Power Generation||1990|
|Thieves in the Temple||1990|
|The Scandalous Sex Suite (feat. Kim Basinger)||1989|
|Let's Go Crazy||1989|
|Scandalous Sex Suite||1989|
|1989-02-07: Nagoya, Japan||1989|
|The Arms of Orion||1989|
|Trojan Horse Aftershow '88||1988|
|Live & Alive||1987|
|Miles 2 Nowhere (disc 1)||1987|
|U Got the Look||1987|
|If I Was Your Girlfriend||1987|
|Sign "☮" the Times||1987|
|1987-03-21: 4 Those of U on Valium||1987|
|1985-01-04: City Lights: Atlanta '85: The Omni, Atlanta, GA, USA||1985|
|1999 / How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore||1982|
|Delirious / Horny Toad||1982|
|Let's Pretend We're Married / Irresistable Bitch||1982|
|Let's Work / Gotta Stop (Messin' About)||1981|
|Studio Nights: The Rebels||1979|
Top 10 Prince Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|1||When Doves Cry||83,775||37,641|
|2||Little Red Corvette||67,713||30,410|
|6||I Would Die 4 U||40,466||17,821|
|7||I Wanna Be Your Lover||37,960||16,957|
|8||Let's Go Crazy||29,094||13,977|
|9||U Got The Look||23,109||11,886|
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date city state venue 12/22/2014 Richmond VA Strange Matter 12/21/2014 Philadelphia PA Boot & Saddle 12/20/2014 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Night Bazaar 12/18/2014 Rochester NY The Bug Jar 12/16/2014 Pittsburgh PA The Smiling Moose 12/15/2014 Lakewood OH Mahall's 20 Lanes 12/14/2014 Indianapolis IN Hoosier Dome 12/12/2014 Chicago IL Beat Kitchen 07/04/2014 New Orleans LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome 07/04/2014 New Orleans LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome 06/04/2014 London London Roundhouse 06/04/2014 London London Roundhouse 06/03/2014 Berlin Berlin Tempodrom 06/01/2014 Paris Ile Zenith de Paris 05/27/2014 Merksem Van Antwerps Sportpaleis 05/25/2014 Amsterdam A Ziggo Dome 05/23/2014 Leeds W York First Direct Arena 05/22/2014 Glasgow Glg The SSE Hydro 05/19/2014 Birmingham Warwickshire Genting Arena 05/17/2014 Manchester Lancashire Manchester Arena 05/16/2014 Manchester Lancashire Manchester Arena 05/15/2014 Birmingham Warwickshire Genting Arena 03/15/2014 Oakland CA Fox Theater 02/22/2014 Manchester Lancashire Manchester Academy 02/21/2014 Manchester Lancashire Manchester Academy
Prince Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/29/2013 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 12/28/2013 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 12/27/2013 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 08/31/2013 Willemstad WI World Trade Center - Piscadera Bay 08/07/2013 Skanderborg 070 Dyrehaven 7B 08/04/2013 Stockholm Skeppsholmen 07/15/2013 Montreux Vaud Auditorium Stravinski 07/04/2013 Montreux Vaud Auditorium Stravinski 05/19/2013 Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 05/13/2013 Denver CO Ogden Theatre 05/13/2013 Denver CO Ogden Theatre 05/12/2013 Denver CO Ogden Theatre 05/12/2013 Denver CO Ogden Theatre 05/08/2013 Anaheim CA City National Grove of Anaheim 05/08/2013 Anaheim CA City National Grove of Anaheim 05/07/2013 Anaheim CA City National Grove of Anaheim 05/07/2013 Anaheim CA City National Grove of Anaheim 05/04/2013 San Diego CA Hard Rock Hotel 05/04/2013 San Diego CA Hard Rock Hotel 05/03/2013 San Diego CA Hard Rock Hotel 05/03/2013 San Diego CA Hard Rock Hotel 05/01/2013 Tempe AZ Marquee Theatre 05/01/2013 Tempe AZ Marquee Theatre 04/30/2013 Tempe AZ Marquee Theatre 04/30/2013 Tempe AZ Marquee Theatre 04/27/2013 Las Vegas NV Hard Rock Hotel And Casino- The Joint 04/27/2013 Las Vegas NV Hard Rock Hotel And Casino- The Joint 04/26/2013 Las Vegas NV Hard Rock Hotel And Casino- The Joint 04/26/2013 Las Vegas NV Hard Rock Hotel And Casino- The Joint 04/24/2013 San Francisco CA DNA Lounge 04/24/2013 San Francisco CA DNA Lounge 04/23/2013 San Francisco CA DNA Lounge 04/23/2013 San Francisco CA DNA Lounge 04/21/2013 Portland OR Roseland Theater 04/21/2013 Portland OR Roseland Theater 04/19/2013 Seattle WA The Showbox 04/19/2013 Seattle WA The Showbox 04/18/2013 Seattle WA The Showbox 04/18/2013 Seattle WA The Showbox 04/16/2013 Vancouver BC Vogue Theatre 04/16/2013 Vancouver BC Vogue Theatre 04/15/2013 Vancouver BC Vogue Theatre 04/15/2013 Vancouver BC Vogue Theatre 01/18/2013 Minneapolis MN Dakota Jazz Club 01/17/2013 Minneapolis MN Dakota Jazz Club
Prince Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 11/30/2012 Phoenix AZ Bar Smith 11/16/2012 Phoenix AZ Bar Smith 09/26/2012 Chicago IL United Center 09/26/2012 Chicago IL House of Blues 09/25/2012 Chicago IL United Center 09/25/2012 Chicago IL House of Blues 09/24/2012 Chicago IL United Center 09/24/2012 Chicago IL House of Blues 09/24/2012 Chicago IL House of Blues
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date city state venue 12/19/2011 Tacoma WA Tacoma Dome 12/17/2011 Victoria BC Save On Foods Memorial Centre 12/16/2011 Vancouver BC Rogers Arena 12/14/2011 Calgary AB Scotiabank Saddledome 12/13/2011 Edmonton AB Rexall Place 12/11/2011 Saskatoon SK SaskTel Centre 12/08/2011 Winnipeg MB MTS Centre 12/05/2011 London ON Budweiser Gardens 12/03/2011 Kanata ON Scotiabank Place 12/02/2011 Montreal QC Bell Centre 11/30/2011 Halifax NS Scotiabank Centre 11/26/2011 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 11/25/2011 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 06/25/2011 Montreal QC Metropolis 06/24/2011 Montreal QC Metropolis 05/29/2011 Inglewood CA The Forum 05/28/2011 Inglewood CA The Forum 05/27/2011 Inglewood CA The Forum 05/25/2011 West Hollywood CA House of Blues Sunset Strip 05/25/2011 West Hollywood CA House of Blues Sunset Strip 05/21/2011 San Jose CA SAP Center 05/20/2011 San Jose CA SAP Center 05/19/2011 San Jose CA SAP Center 05/18/2011 Fresno CA Save Mart Center 05/14/2011 Inglewood CA The Forum 05/13/2011 Inglewood CA The Forum 05/12/2011 Inglewood CA The Forum 05/07/2011 Inglewood CA The Forum 05/06/2011 Inglewood CA The Forum 05/05/2011 Inglewood CA The Forum 04/30/2011 Inglewood CA The Forum 04/29/2011 Inglewood CA The Forum 04/28/2011 Inglewood CA The Forum 04/23/2011 Inglewood CA The Forum 04/22/2011 Inglewood CA The Forum 04/21/2011 Inglewood CA The Forum 04/14/2011 Inglewood CA The Forum 03/30/2011 North Charleston SC North Charleston Coliseum 03/28/2011 Greenville SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena 03/26/2011 Greensboro NC Greensboro Coliseum 03/24/2011 Charlotte NC Time Warner Cable Arena 03/23/2011 Raleigh NC PNC Arena 03/21/2011 Columbia SC Colonial Life Arena 02/24/2011 Oakland CA Oracle Arena 02/24/2011 Oakland CA Oracle Arena 02/23/2011 Oakland CA Oracle Arena 02/21/2011 Oakland CA Oracle Arena 02/07/2011 New York NY Madison Square Garden 01/18/2011 New York NY Madison Square Garden
Prince Tour Dates 2010
date city state venue 12/29/2010 New York NY Madison Square Garden 12/18/2010 New York NY Madison Square Garden 12/17/2010 East Rutherford NJ Izod Center 12/15/2010 East Rutherford NJ Izod Center 09/28/2010 Chicago IL Ronnys Bar 09/28/2010 Chicago IL Ronnys Bar 08/21/2010 Rosemont IL Allstate Arena