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Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson; June 7, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He has produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career. He established his own recording studio and label; writing, self-producing and playing most, or all, of the instruments on his recordings. In addition, he has been a "talent promoter" for the careers of Sheila E., Carmen Electra, The Time and Vanity 6, and his songs have been recorded by these artists and others (including Chaka Khan, The Bangles, Sinéad O'Connor, and even Kim Basinger). He also has several hundred unreleased songs in his "vault". Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince developed an interest in music at an early age, writing his first song at age seven. After recording songs with his cousin's band 94 East, seventeen-year-old Prince recorded several unsuccessful demo tapes before releasing his debut album, For You, in 1978. His 1979 album, Prince, went platinum due to the success of the singles "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?" and "I Wanna Be Your Lover". His next three records, Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982) continued his success, showcasing Prince's trademark

'Foster the People' Singer -- KICKED OUT of Prince Concert

'Foster the People' Singer
KICKED OUT of Prince Concert

Prince DOES NOT mess around when it comes to cell phones at his private shows ... and had the lead singer of Foster the People KICKED OUT last night when he violated the rule. TMZ was shooting… READ MORE >

Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart -- DATE NIGHT ... at the Prince Concert

Rob Pattinson & K-Stew
DATE NIGHT at the Prince Concert

The couple formerly known as Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson ... reunited last night to see the artist formerly known as Prince ... in what appeared to be a real deal date night ... and TMZ… READ MORE >

- 855 days ago
Prince Sues -- Debt Collector Owes ME $116K

Prince Sues
Debt Collector Owes ME $116K

Prince just filed the most awesome lawsuit against a collection agency -- 'cause, for a change, he's going after them to get back more than $100,000 the agency allegedly jacked from his bank… READ MORE >

- 861 days ago
Oprah vs. Prince -- The Old-Fashioned Fro-Down

Oprah vs. Prince
Old-Fashioned 'Fro-Down

Oprah Winfrey and Prince are bringing afros back in style -- which means it's time for the first ever "TMZ 'Fro-down" ... because we weren't around in the '60s. Well, most of us can say that.Check… READ MORE >

- 893 days ago
Prince -- Check Out My New Fro!

Check Out My New Fro!

Dig if you will the picture ... of Prince engaged in an old school afro.With his usual Kris Jenner-ish shag cut nowhere in sight, the 54-year-old purple wonder made a rare TV appearance on "The… READ MORE >

- 894 days ago
Prince's Perfume Deal Costs Him Nearly $4 Mil

Stinky Perfume Deal Could Cost Him Millions

A deal Prince made to promote his own perfume is going to leave the diminutive singer nearly $4 million in the purple red ... after a quasi-judge concluded he should fork over millions of bucks… READ MORE >

- 1274 days ago
Janet Jackson -- Prince of Pop?

Janet Jackson
Prince of Pop?

Here's pop diva Janet Jackson at an amfAR event in Cannes on Thursday -- and music legend Prince at an awards show last year.Unbeweaveable.We're just sayin'. READ MORE >

- 1381 days ago
Prince To Staff: Whitney's Welcome at My Shows!

Prince To Staff:
Whitney's Welcome at My Shows!

Apparently, Prince had no idea Whitney Houston had been blacklisted from his concerts ... and now, The Purple One wants everyone to know "she's always welcome 4 all of eternity."TMZ had confirmed… READ MORE >

- 1388 days ago
Whitney Houston -- Banned From Prince Shows

Whitney Houston -- Banned From Prince Shows

Whitney Houston has lost her Prince privileges ... because sources tell TMZ the Purple One's people became so fed up with her erratic behavior and constant ticket demands ... that she is no longer… READ MORE >

- 1390 days ago
Prince's Ex-Wife Mayte: 'Memba Her?

Prince's Ex-Wife Mayte
'Memba Her?

While she did date Tommy Lee a few years back, singer/dancer Mayte first became famous for being Prince's wife in the '90s. Guess what she looks like now! READ MORE >

- 1539 days ago

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