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Prince

Prince is an American singer, songwriter, producer and instrumentalist and one of the best selling artists of all time. He was born Prince Rogers Nelson to musician parents John L. Nelson and Mattie Shaw on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Both Prince and his younger sister Tika were very interested in music, a hobby that was encouraged by their father. His parents separated when he was 10, after which he moved back and forth between living with his mother and father, before eventually moving in with the neighbors. Their son Andre Anderson became his friend, and the two joined a band called Grand Central, which was later renamed Champagne. In 1976, he made a demo tape with the help of a sound engineer named Chris Moon. This tape came to the attention of a Minneapolis businessman named Owen Husney who was so impressed with it that he helped Prince to procure a record deal with Warner Brothers to write, record and produce his own album.

With the record deal under his belt, Prince launched his first album titled “For You” in 1978. It got an unenthusiastic response from audiences and critics. His second album “Prince” released in 1979, got a much better response. It was at the top 3 in the charts and had the No. 1 hit “I Wanna Be Your Lover”. The album went platinum and helped Prince establish his name in the industry. His success continued with his 3rd and 4th albums titled “Dirty Mind” and “1999” respectively. The latter got rave reviews from critics and fans and went platinum thrice. This album got Prince his first American Music Awards and Grammy Award nominations. This success was soon followed by another equally important one; Prince wrote the soundtrack album for his debut movie “Purple Rain”. The album had two No. 1 hits titled “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy” and went platinum 13 times. He received 10 American Award nominations, out of which he won 3, along with 2 Grammy Awards and the Oscar Award for “Best Original Song Score”. He became one of the first African American artists to be

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