April 21, 2016 at 10:21 am #1201819405
Prince, a dizzylingly prolific multi-instrumentalist and virtuosic performer, was found dead at his recording studio in Minnesota early on Thursday, his publicist Yvette Noel-Schure told The Associated Press. He was 57.
Deputies are on scene at Paisley Park in Chanhassen, authorities told The Hollywood Reporter. The sheriff’s office says they are conducting a death investigation currently and are notifying next of kin before releasing the name of the individual who died.
The artist’s rep has not yet responded to a request for comment. No further information was immediately available.
The performer was born Prince Rogers Nelson June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis, Minn.
He released his debut album, For You, in 1978, followed by Prince (1979), Dirty Mind (1980) and Controversy (1981). All of them traded in his trademark sound — deep synth funk grooves with provocatively sexual lyrics and heart-piercing ballads sung in pure falsetto.
His mainstream breakthrough came with back-to-back albums with his backing band the Recultion: In 1982, 1999 launched several pop and dance floor hits onto the charts, including Little Red Corvette and the title song, a post-apocalyptic party anthem.
Two years later he released the album — a soundtrack, actually, to his movie-starring debut — that would launch him into the same superstar stratosphere of other ‘80s pop titans like Michael Jackson and Madonna.
The soundtrack was 1984’s Purple Rain, a searing musical backdrop to a semi-autobiographical tale of “The Kid,” a Minneapolis rocker from an abusive family. The album launched five singles, two of which — “When Doves Cry” and Let’s Go Crazy” — went to Number 1 on the Billboard chart. The title ballad reached No. 2 and has gone on to become one of the most recognizable rock anthems in history. The soundtrack itself is frequently cited on music critics’ polls as being one of the best of all time.
Subsequent releases grew more experimental in nature, including the pyschedelic Around the World in a Day (1985) and Sign “O” the Times (1987), a double album recorded partly before a live audience in Paris that dispensed with the Revolution and which is widely to considered to have been produced at Prince’s creative peak. (Among the compositions on it are “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker,” “If I was Your Girlfriend,” and “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man.”
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In between he starred in one more film, 1986’s Under the Cherry Moon, in which he stars as a gigolo wooing Kristin Scott Thomas in the south of France. The movie bombed, but produced a successful soundtrack album: Parade, which featured the hits “Kiss” and “Mountains.”
Throughout the 1990s, Prince was later backed by a large band known as The New Power Generation, and his sound moved away from synth and heavy rock guitars and into one of brassier R&B. In 1993, he famously changed his name to that of an unpronounceable glyph that melded the symbols for male and female.
The move was one of protest against his label. Warner Bros., leading him to shave the word “Slave” into his face at one. Between 1994 and 1996 he churned out the five remaining records due on his contract and signed with Arista Records in 1998.
By the 2000s, the glyph was retired and he was once again referring to himself as Prince. In the 15 years since, he’s released an astonishing 15 records and toured tirelessly. His latest tour, dubbed “Piano & a Microphone,” saw him criss-crossing the globe from Melbourne, Aus., to Oakland, Calif., performing an intimate, improvised evening of hits performed solo at a grand piano.
On the night he learned of his collaborator Vanity’s recent death, Prince told the crowd, “I just found out a little while ago that someone dear to us has passed away. So I’m going to dedicate this song to her.”
The song was: Little Red Corvette.”
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Omg I’m shocked. R.I.P Prince #LegendApril 21, 2016 at 11:07 am #1201819431
RIP Prince! The Musical Genius who made one of the best albums of all time Purple Rain is gone too soon.April 21, 2016 at 11:29 am #1201819443
Absolutely in shock and heartbroken at this loss. RIP Prince. 🙁April 21, 2016 at 11:41 am #1201819451
Legends!April 21, 2016 at 12:19 pm #1201819459
This is such devastating news. I am in complete shock. Prince was truly a musical genius. Today is a sad day in music. #Icon
R.I.P.April 21, 2016 at 12:36 pm #1201819465
Was sitting in a taxi (shaking) when the news broke that my hero Prince had died. And then they played Purple Rain.
It is so unfair. Can’t bring myself to listen to my Prince collection.
R.I.P brother. You are forever the Master.April 21, 2016 at 1:09 pm #1201819480
Prince can die but not Trump? Ugh. This is so fucked I swear. R.I.P.April 21, 2016 at 1:44 pm #1201819501
RIP to a true iconic legend! There will never be another Prince.April 21, 2016 at 3:51 pm #1201819536
Truly shocking. Prince Rogers Nelson will be missed.April 21, 2016 at 5:37 pm #1201819553
2016 is as bad as 2009. Words can’t express. These are the end times. 🙁April 21, 2016 at 7:57 pm #1201819572
Cannot believe we lost Bowie and Prince in the same semester. So sad. I loved him. Was listening to So Blue just yesterday out of nowhere – now feeling truly blue.April 22, 2016 at 11:00 am #1201819659
Go here to watch my most favorite singer James Otto sing “Purple Rain” in memory of Prince.
God bless you and Prince’s family and James always!!!
Go here to check out my most favorite singer James Otto!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiU81KIRZ_QApril 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm #1201819720
All of these icons and legends are dropping like flies.
57 years old is way too young, and Prince always seemed like the type to live a long time because he was so outgoing and energetic. But you never know when it’s time for someone to go.
His iTunes and Amazon dominance is AMAZING. I haven’t seen anything like it since 2009 after Michael Jackson passed. That has a lot to do with his music not being available for streaming, but still amazing.
R.I.P. The Purple One.April 23, 2016 at 1:43 am #1201819850
Autopsy was conducted on Friday. Authorities revealed “no trauma or signs of suicide” on his body. Results from the autopsy and toxicology report could take weeks. The body’s been released back to the family. No funeral or memorial arrangements have been made or publicly announced yet.
AMC theaters will replay “Purple Rain” on numerous theaters starting this Saturday through Thursday across the U.S.
“New Girl” will encore the “Prince” episode that aired following the Super Bowl in 2014 on Tuesday.
Many Prince tributes and celebrations are being planned in the coming days and weeks.