The world was left in shock when the news broke about the death of the musical icon, Prince on April 21, 2016. The legendary musician who gave the world countless hits like ‘Purple Rain’ and ‘When Doves Cry’ has passed away.
On Thursday morning, Prince‘s publicist Yvette Noel-Schure gave an official statement saying, “It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57.”
Earlier this week, it was reported that the 57-year old musician was treated for the flu when his plane made an emergency landing. According to TMZ, he was treated at a hospital and was released three hours later.
Prince was born as Prince Rogers Nelson (after the Prince Rogers Trio) on June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The man was called one the icons in the music industry who had changed the definition of music. In 1978, Prince released his debut album, ‘For You’ followed by ‘Dirty Mind’ in 1980 and ‘Controversy’ in 1981.
Prince came into limelight with his 1982 album, ‘1999’ that went platinum. In 1984, Prince starred in rock musical drama ‘Purple Rain’ a film for which he created the soundtrack and original score. It was the only film he did not direct and it became a cult classic. He won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for the movie. The legendary artist had always been a dominating force on the American Top 40 charts. Between 1980 and 1997, Prince had 33 Top 40 hits and had nine No. 1 songs, which is the third most for any male solo artist. He falls behind Elvis Presley (18) and Michael Jackson (11).
Today, we remember Prince through his music. May your soul rest in peace. You will always be remembered as a legend.
Here are some of the hits:
- When Doves Cry:
2. Let’s Go Crazy:
3. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?
4. I Wanna Be Your Lover:
5. Purple Rain: