This is dedicated to the great American musician Prince
Prince is a popular American singer who has been a major figure in popular music for more than three decades. He is known for his wide vocal range, eclectic work, and great stage presence. He is regarded as the pioneer of Minneapolis sound. His music is a blend of rock, soul, funk, hip hop, R&B, disco, jazz, pop and psychedelia.
Prince developed an interest in music at a very early age. He wrote his first song at the age of seven. He recorded songs with his cousin’s band 94 East. In 1978 he released his debut album ‘For You’. Prince has sold more than 100 million records globally. He is one fo the best-selling artists of all time. He has won several awards including seven Grammy Awards, one Golden Globe and one Academy Award. His name was included into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ in 2004. Rolling Stone has ranked him number 27 on it’s list of ‘100 Greatest Artists of All Time’. His career was a roller coaster ride. He is a firm believer that every parent should help his kid how to learn guitar. Here, we will look into his solo career from 1987 – 1991.
His became famous with his band The Revolution which later disbanded. Before the disbanding of The Revolution, Prince was working on two projects for the band. One was Teh Revolution album ‘Dream Factory’ and the other is solo ‘Camille’. The album ‘Dream Factory’ had great input from the band members. In the ‘Camille’ project Prince created a new persona by singing in a speeded-up, female-sounding voice.
As The Revolution disbanded, Prince combined materials from these two albums along with some new songs and made a three-LP album named ‘Crystal Ball’. Warner Bros., however, asked Prince to shorten his triple album to a double album and titled it as ‘Sign ‘’O’’ the Times’ which was released in 1987. The album became No. 6 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It’s first single, ‘Sign ‘’O’’ the Times’ was No. 3 on the Hot 100 list. The single ‘If I Was Your Girlfriend’ didn’t do well and was at No. 67 on the Hot 100 list. The third single was a duet with Sheena Easton called ‘U Got the Look’ which secured No. 2 position on the Hot 100 list. The single ‘I Could Never Take the Place’ took No. 10 spot on the Hot 100 list. The album sold 3.2 million copies. Prince promoted the album world wide with his world tours. His venture was successful.
His next album to be released was ‘The Black Album’. This was a more instrumental and funk album. In this album, Prince experimented with hip hop music on the songs ‘Dead on It’ and ‘Bob George’. He made the cover of the album monochromatic black with only the catalog number printed. After 500,000 copies were pressed, Prince got a spiritual epiphany that the album was evil and so it’s release was stopped.
The album was later released by Warner Bros. in 1994 as a limited edition album. Prince worked for eight weeks in his studio and recorded the album ‘Lovesexy’. The album was released in 1988 and it was a spiritual opposite to the dark’ The Black Album’. The album reached No. 11 on the Billboard 200. The single ‘Alphabet St.’ was at No.8 spot on the Hot 100 list. The album sold 750,000 copies worldwide. He went to Lovesexy World Tour with some of the members of his band The Revolution. Their shows were popular, but they lost a lot of money due to their expensive sets and props.
Prince appeared on Madonna’s studio album ‘Like a Prayer’ in 1989. He had co-written and sang the duet ‘Love Song’. He also played electric guitar on the songs ‘Keep It Together’, ‘Like a Prayer’, and ‘Act of Contrition’.
He started working on various musical projects like ‘Rave Unto the Joy Fantastic’ and ‘Graffiti Bridge’ film. Both these projects were kept on hold as the Batman director Tim Burton asked Prince to record a number of songs for his upcoming movie.
Prince produced the whole nine-track album ‘Batman’ which was released by Warner Bros. in 1989. It topped the Billboard 200 chart and sold 4.3 million copies worldwide. The single ‘Batdance’ topped the charts too. In 1990, Prince went to his ‘Nude Tour’. His Japanese and European tour was a financial success. During that year, he completed the production of his fourth film ‘Graffitti Bridge’ and the album ‘Graffitti Bridge’ as well. The album reached No. 6 spot on the Billboard chart. The film was a box office flop grossing just $4.2 million.
In 1991, Prince formed his new band ‘New Power Generation’. The album ‘Diamonds and Pearls’ was released in 1991. It reached No. 3 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. The album had four hit singles. During 1990 and 1991, Warner Bros. attempted to release a ‘greatest hits’ compilation. But the project didn’t happen till 1993.
Besides his singing abilities, Prince is one of the most talented multi-instrumentalists. Rumors say that he had played all 27 instruments that on his debut album. As a live performer, he focuses on guitar, bass piano, drums, harmonica and lead vocals. On recordings, he plays keyboards, drums, guitar, saxophone, etc.
Prince had a good solo career from 1987 to 1991. He went to a number of world tours and his fan base increased. He became successful financially as well.
Prince is an icon on Billboard’s Hot 100 songs chart. He has recently been awarded with Billboard’s Icon Award due to his impressive array of hits which includes five No. 1s. Here are the five biggest Prince music hits ever.
“When Doves Cry” Prince and the Revolution
This is Prince’s 1984 hit the storyline of which involves a rough parental dynamic and an extremely passionate relationship with a new love. This track is different from the other soundtracks of his film ‘Purple Rain’. This song ruled the Hot 100’s top spot for five weeks. This songs still rules as his No. 1 song that ran for the longest time. The song was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America; it shipped two million units in the USA. The song was written for the film the Purple Rain in which Prince was asked by the director of the film to write a song to match the theme of a particular segment of the film which involved intermingle parental problems and a love affair. This song was said to be inspired by his relationship with ‘Vanity 6’ member Susan Moonsie.
“Kiss” Prince and the Revolution
This hit song is from 1986’s ‘Parade’. In this song, Prince mentions about what is required to rule his world. He tells that wealth and dirty talks are not important, but availability and maturity are vital. He talks about women not girls in this track. This is a smooth and funk-influenced track. The song was on the top of the Hot 100 list for two weeks.
The song started as a short acoustic demo consisting of a single 12-bar blues verse. The song was given to the funk band Mazarati. Mazarati reworked on the song and showed it to Prince. Prince was so impressed by the final version that he decided to keep the song to himself.
“Let’s Go Crazy” Prince and the Revolution
This is a rock song about life released in 1984. He opens the track song with ‘dearly beloved’ and lovely organ chords. Then he blasts into more beautiful guitar riff. This is a song from his album ‘Purple Rain’ and it has been on the number 1 spot for two weeks. This song was the opening track of both the album and the film ‘Purple Rain’. It is one of the favorite songs for all his concert performances.
“Cream” Prince and the N.P.G.
The song is full of fun and naughty lyrics. It includes lines like “You’ve got the horn so why don’t you blow it?” This is a mid-tempo and sexy song from the 1991’s album ‘Diamonds and Pearls’. It was on the top spot of Hot 100 list for two weeks. Prince revealed that he wrote the song while standing in front of a mirror.
“Batdance” (from “Batman”) Prince
This is a 1989 track which was the main song of the blockbuster film ‘Batman’. The song was a little unconventional and had transitions from rock to funk to hip-hop. There were sound snippets from Batman and the Joker that were heard over the beats. This was a brilliant combination which made the song a number one hit. ‘Batdance’ was actually a last-minute replacement for a dark track titled “Dance with the Devil”, which Prince felt was too dark. The track ‘Dance with the Devil’ is still unreleased.
All these songs were extremely popular and had been on the number one spot of top charts for many days. People still love these songs for their distinct lyrics, music and use of instruments.
Prince is one of the greatest solo pop artists in American history. He has an unprecedented skill set. He sings, writes, arranges, dances and performs. He has tatoos on his body, has fantasy and divine devotion. Over the years Prince has managed to attract millions of fans through his music and performance. Not many pop artists have reached to his level of popularity. He has given us dozens of evergreen albums and great soundtracks. When he was at the peak of his career, he was a one-man record industry. Here are the three most successful Prince albums of all times.
Purple Rain (1984)
This is the best Prince album. No matter where you play it or how many times you play it, you will enjoy it every time. This album is simply timeless. This album is more than a soundtrack. The album contained five hit singles with ‘When Doves Cry’, ‘ Let’s Go Crazy’ and ‘Purple Rain’ securing number one and number two positions. Prince’s favorite song in this album was ‘The Beautiful Ones’.
Sign O’ the Times (1987)
This album was released at a time when Prince started to slip from the mainstream’s radar. Every song on this album is brilliant. The songs have a lot of varieties in them. ‘If I Was Your Girlfriend’ was the most popular song in this album.
Graffiti Bridge (1990)
It was both an album and a movie and both were released in 1990. The album was hugely popular. Its song ‘Joy In Repetition’ was a big hit. Many of the songs in this album are either re-recorded versions or unreleased tracks, or songs that were meant for other projects initially.
The success of all these albums is simply the result of many years of hard work, and a strong sense of self-confidence. These albums will remain on the hearts of Prince fans forever.
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