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4/21/16-Prince Dead at 57

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PrinceThe legendary musician Prince has died, He was 57. His body was found at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota on Thursday morning.
The singer, born Prince Rogers Nelson, had a medical emergency on April 15 that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois. He performed the following day, however, insisting that he was just battling the flu. He recently cancelled two shows due to health concerns.
The music icon, who has won seven Grammy's and sold more than 100 million records during his career, was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. He won an Oscar for best original song score in 1985 for “Purple Rain.”
Prince was born in Minneapolis and developed an interest in music at an early age, writing his first song at age seven. After recording songs with his cousin's band, 19-year-old Prince recorded several unsuccessful demo tapes before releasing his debut album "For You" in 1978. His 1979 album Prince went platinum due to the success of the single "I Wanna Be Your Lover." His next three records—"Dirty Mind" in 1980, "Controversy" in 1981 and "1999" in 1982—continued his success, showcasing Prince's trademark of prominently sexual lyrics and incorporation of elements of funk, dance, and rock music. In 1984, he began referring to his backup band as The Revolution and released "Purple Rain" which served as the soundtrack to his film debut of the same name. A prolific songwriter, Prince in the 1980s wrote songs for and produced work by many other acts, often under pseudonyms, including The Bangles ("Manic Monday"), Sheena Easton ("Sugar Walls"), Chaka Khan ("I Feel for You"), The Time ("Jungle Love" "Jerk Out" "The Bird"), Sheila E ("Glamorous Life" "Love Bizarre" and "Belle of St. Mark"), Sinead O'Connor ("Nothing Compares 2 U") and Vanity ("Nasty Girls").
After releasing the albums Around the World in a Day (1985) and Parade (1986), The Revolution disbanded and Prince released the critically acclaimed double album "Sign O' The Times" (1987) as a solo artist. He released three more solo albums before debuting The New Power Generation band in 1991. He changed his stage name in 1993 to an unpronounceable symbol (Prince logo.svg), also known as the "Love Symbol". He then began releasing new albums at a faster pace to remove himself from contractual obligations to Warner Brothers he released five records between 1994 and 1996 before signing with Arista again in 1998. In 2000, he began referring to himself as "Prince" again.
Prince has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the biggest selling artists of all-time. He has won 7 Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
He died at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, near Minneapolis, on April 21, 2016, after suffering flu like symptoms for several weeks.

Written by: Barry Scott

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