Friday, 22 April 2016
In Memory of Prince (1958-2016)
Dearest movie bloggers and music lovers, I deeply regret to inform you that the legendary pop musician Prince whose full name as Prince Rogers Nelson is dead on April 21st 2016 at the age of 57 in his Paisley Park recording studio. His death has highly affected us that the legacy of his music will live on as long as it continues to be listened on the radio and his albums among fanatics of the Purple Badness. He was notable for his famous movie and best-selling soundtrack 'Purple Rain' and his albums of '1999' and "Sign o' the Times' and songs like the two aforementioned title tracks, "Little Red Corvette" "Delirious" "Kiss" "When Doves Cry" and "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World".
From his humble beginnings at his birthplace in Minnesota to his career transition as a musician, Prince joined a band of 94 East formed by the husband of his cousin before signing a contract with Warner Bros. Records in 1978. Staring with his early vinyl album of 'For You' it was then followed by his self-titled album 'Prince' that later generated a few hit singles and went platinum after reaching the Billboard magazine in charts like the 200 at No. 4. Prince was not yet a well-known musical celebrity and changed his sound of funk in the sexually-explicit 'Dirty Mind' and earned his way at the top with the double album '1999' which over a three million copies were purchased and released three hit singles. It was that this era, that Prince would start forming his own band of The Revolution and began his filming for his own movie of 'Purple Rain' which is accompanied by its soundtrack. The songs around the movie were created and mostly performed by himself would not be in its official until 1984 when both the album went into the pop charts and the feature itself is released in theatres and became the year's top grosser. He would soon later get an Academy Award of Best Original Song Score for that successful movie. Prince had more albums recorded which a few served as soundtracks to his underwhelming features that he would later direct and star in both such as 'Under the Cherry Moon' and 'Graffiti Bridge'. He made a concert tour feature of one of his albums 'Sign o' the Times' which was also a box office flop and produced several songs for Tim Burton's 1989 movie interpretation of 'Batman' and went to have its own album in June 20th 1989. It peaked on the Billboard 200 at No. 1 and 4.3 million copies were sold. Prince has also written songs that were performed by other artists such as "Manic Monday" for The Bangles and "Nothin' Compares 2 U" for Sinbad O'Connor.
In 1993, Prince began to adrift from his name and changed his identity to a symbol and thus became known as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince. Despite the name changed that lasted until 2000 when he changed his name back into Prince, he continued to write, produce and perform his own music until his death. In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his noted contributions in the music business.