He released five records between 19 before signing with Arista Records in 1998.In 2000, he began referring to himself as "Prince" again.I found myself inside a prison cell with a convict enduring withdrawal, only to jump to his apartment, where he lies dying.As I move through it, it loops and fractures, and I'm back in prison, walking down an endless hallway.In 1984, he began referring to his backup band as the Revolution and released Purple Rain, the soundtrack album to his film debut.
My voice comes out frail, disappointed, all age and regret.
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 1979 album Prince went platinum, and his next three albums—Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982)—continued his success, showcasing his prominently explicit lyrics and blending of funk, dance, and rock music.
He released three more solo albums before debuting The New Power Generation band in 1991.
In 1993, while in a contractual dispute with Warner Bros., he changed his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol (), also known as the "Love Symbol", and began releasing new albums at a faster rate to remove himself from contractual obligations.