Prince Through the Decades: Remembering the Musical Legend in Photos
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Prince Through the Decades: Remembering the Musical Legend in Photos


The world lost a musical icon today, with the news of Prince passing away at age 57.

The singer was truly a legend, between his vocals, songwriting skills, and instrumental and acting talents. He was one of the most influential artists in the industry, first gaining popularity at the start of his career in the 1970s.

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Let's remember Prince and his incredible impact on the music world with these photos through the decades.


- Records guitar tracks with band 94 East
- Creates a demo tape with producer Chris Moon
- Minneapolis businessman Owen Husney signs Prince to a management contract at age 17
- Creates a demo that gets interest from Warner Bros. and then signs a contract

- Releases first album, For You, on April 7, 1978
- Creates a band in 1979 and releases album, Prince, same year

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- Refers to band as The Revolution
- Releases the album Dirty Minds in 1980 and Controversy in 1981
- Opens for The Rolling Stones
- Forms a band called Time in 1981 and releases four albums between 1981 and 1990
- 1984 album Purple Rain sells more than 13 million copies in the U.S. with 24 consecutive weeks at number one on Billboard's 200 chart

- The Purple Rain film wins an Academy Award
- Releases album Parade in 1986, which was the soundtrack for his second film, Under the Cherry Moon
- Fires band members and recreates band
- Releases double album Sign "O" the Times on March 31, 1987 and the Sign o' the Times film in 1987

- Releases album Lovesexy as a spiritual opposite to the album he recalled, The Black Album
- Appears on Madonna's album Like a Prayer
- Releases Batman in 1989, peaks at No.1 on the Billboard 200


- Creates new band called New Power Generation in 1991
- Releases 12th album in 1992, Love Symbol Album
- In 1993, changes stage name to a symbol representing both male and female

- Releases last album through Warner Bros., Chaos and Disorder, in 1996, before working with them again in 2014
- Releases Emancipation in 1996 through NPG Records, which featured cover songs as well
- Signs to Arista Records in 1999


- Went back to being called Prince
- Releases first live album One Nite Alone... Live!, in 2000
- Performs with Beyoncé at 2004 Grammy Awards

- Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004
- Releases Musicology in 2004, most successful album since Diamonds and Pearls
- Signs with Universal Records in 2005 and releases 3121 in 2006

- Performs at Super Bowl halftime show in 2007
- Headlines at Coachella 2008
- Makes TIME magazine's annual ranking of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2010
- Resigns with Warner Bros. in 2014 and releases single, "The Breakdown"

- Label announces release of a remastered deluxe edition of 1984 album Purple Rain for 30th anniversary of the album in 2014
- Album HITnRUN Phase One becomes available in 2015
- Presents at the 2015 American Music Awards