Tribute to Prince – Prince Rogers Nelson.
Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958, Minneapolis) is a multi-instrumentalist, musician and dancer. His music blends various genres such as funk, R & B, soul, new wave, jazz, psychedelic rock, pop and hip-hop.
Prince has the ability to merge elements of all these musical styles making use of synthesizers and drum machine since the beginning of his career in the late ’70s, making known the sound of Minneapolis, which influence many artists today. It has sold over 100 million albums worldwide.
Prince has a reputation as a workaholic, is working on producing their music or other artists to the point of leaving much unreleased material in the drawer. Considered a perfectionist, Prince has the image of a difficult person to work with and for being highly protective of his music. He writes, composes and produces all his songs. Also plays every instrument on his albums. Many critics praise his work for his versatility in composing, playing, singing and dancing, making his performance on stage, something extraordinary.
Prince Rogers Nelson is the son of John L. Nelson and Mattie Shaw. His father played in a jazz trio called the Prince Rogers Trio, hence the inspiration for its name. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine in 1985, Prince said that his father is a descendant of African-American and his mother is white, a mixture of various ethnicities. After the birth of his sister, Tika Evene in 1960, Prince’s parents grew apart until they separate.
In 1976, Prince started working as an apprentice in the studio, Chris Moon, who introduces him to Owen Husney. Husney realize the potential of Prince and invests in their career along with Pepe Willie. Prince’s first album comes out on Warner Brothers. In 1978 and is called For You All songs on this album were written and performed by Prince, except Soft and Wet. The album had modest selling, not entering or between any of the Billboard 200, and Soft and Wet by the hit single that was executed well on the charts R & B.
However, it is in 1984 that Prince gave the final showdown to become a superstar. Purple Rain is released alongside the movie of the same name. The album sold over 20 million copies and stayed 24 weeks in a row in stopping the Billboard 200. The film critic Joe Queena defined as “sexist, juvenile and idiot,” earned the U.S. alone, 80 million dollars in ticket sales. Purple Rain that Prince was a proven success, a superstar. Two tracks from Purple Rain, “When Doves Cry and Let’s Go Crazy” reached both the singles top the U.S. and became international hits, while the title track reached number 2 in Billboard Hot 100. Simultaneously, Prince appeared as a movie star, single and album No. 1 U.S. Prince also won the award for best original song Academy for Purple Rain as well as best movie soundtrack, and the album was chosen by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 greatest albums of all time.