Goodnight, Sweet Prince

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Prince, the world renowned multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and genre-defying iconic pop star, has died at Paisley Park, his home and studio complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

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He was 57 years-old.

Born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958, Prince shot to international acclaim with his 1984 soundtrack to the film Purple Rain, which sold over 13 million copies in the US and spent 24 weeks on top of the Billboard 200 chart. The songs “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy” from the album reached Number One on the charts as well.

Other Top Ten Prince hits include the songs “Raspberry Beret”, “Kiss”, “Cream”, and “Diamonds and Peals”. He is credited with selling over 100 million records, winning seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award, and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

Prince released 29 studio albums as a leader during his career and also wrote numerous chart-topping hits for other artists, including “I Feel For You” (recorded by Chaka Khan), “Nothing Compares 2 U” (recorded by Sinead O’Connor), and “Manic Monday” (recorded by the Bangles).

Selected New Bay Media Prince-related content:
Electronic Musician: QUICK LICKS: Prince's "Computer Blue"

Keyboard: Onstage With Morris Hayes of the NPG

Mix: Classic Tracks: Prince and the Revolution's "Purple Rain"
Engineers David Z and David Leonard discuss the recording of Prince’s 1984 Number One hit “Purple Rain”