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Prince was born into a musical family; his father was a pianist and songwriter, his mother a jazz singer. Prince was playing guitar, piano and drums in different bands from his early teens, impressing audiences with his versatility and virtuosity. He was 17-years-old when Warner signed him, releasing his first album 'For You' in 1978.

Despite controversy surrounding his sexually explicit lyrics and provocative stage shows, he achieved a major breakthrough in 1982 with the double album '1999', which went on to sell three million copies and included the hit 'Little Red Corvette'. With a dramatic sense of theatre and extrovert dress sense, Prince was one of the first black acts featured on MTV and had even greater success with his music for the semi-biographical film 'Purple Rain'. Subsequent hits included 'When Doves Cry', 'Kiss' and 'Sign O' the Times'.

After postponing two concerts in April 2016 and his private jet making an emergency landing, a statement was released saying that Prince was suffering from influenza. On 21st April, Prince was found dead in his home in Minnesota, the cause of death given as an accidental overdose.

Shortly after his death, he was posthumously inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame, with a greatest hits album titled '4Ever' released later in 2016. The following year saw a re-release of 'Purple Rain' along with a series of previously unreleased tracks from Prince's archive. In 2018 compilation album 'Anthology: 1995-2010' arrived followed by 'Piano and a Microphone 1983' which also included unreleased archive recordings. In 2019, a book of Prince's memoirs titled 'The Beautiful Ones' was released.

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