His innovative music integrated a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop.He sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Records at the age of 17, and released his debut album For You in 1978.
His father was a pianist and songwriter, and his mother was a jazz singer.
Prince was given his father's stage name, Prince Rogers, which his father used while performing with his mother in a jazz group called the Prince Rogers Trio.
The cost of recording the album was twice Prince's initial advance. He played several dates in support of it, at first as one of the opening acts for the Rolling Stones, on their US tour.
He began 1982 with a small tour of college towns where he was the headlining act.
His final album, Hit n Run Phase Two, was first released on the Tidal streaming service on December 2015.
Five months later, at the age of 57, Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
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His 1979 album Prince went platinum, and his next three records—Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982)—continued his success, showcasing his prominently explicit lyrics and blending of funk, dance, and rock music.