Pop music legend Prince, best known for hit songs like 'Purple Rain' and 'Kiss' has passed away on thursday at his Paisley Park Estate in Minnesota. The award-winning musician and actor was only 57-years-old. Ayo Ake and Adejare Adejobi, take a look back at his prolific life and career.
The Ice breaks on the Sad news of Pop music legend Prince…
Legendary, innovative and hugely influential Pop music superstar Prince was on Thursday found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis.
His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, with profound sadness confirmed that the legendary iconic performer was found dead at his home Thursday in Chanhassen.
The singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era, drawing upon influences ranging from James Brown to the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix. His hits included “Purple Rain’’, Little Red Corvette,” ”Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry.”
The Minneapolis native broke through in the late 1970s with the hits “Wanna Be Your Lover” and soared over the following decade with such albums as “1999” and “Purple Rain. The title song from “1999” includes one of the most widely quoted refrains of popular culture: “Tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999.”
Prince became a global superstar in the 1980s, with albums such as 1999, Purple Rain and Sign O' the Times.His innovative music spanned rock, funk and jazz. He sold more than 100 million records during his career.
In a statement, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said his deputies responded to a medical call at about 09:43 American local time (14:43 GMT) and later found an unresponsive adult male in an elevator at Paisley Park Studios. First responders tried to revive him with CPR but he was pronounced dead at 10:07.
Prince, whose music combined elements of rock, rhythm and blues, soul and funk, among other genres, was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
Prince seven Grammy Awards, won an Oscar and topped the charts several times….
His debut album was released in 1978. In 1984, his album "Purple Rain" became his first No. 1 record. He released 39 solo studio albums.
Prince won seven Grammy Awards, earning 30 nominations. Five of his singles have topped the charts and 14 other songs hit the Top 10. He won an Oscar for the original song score to the classic film version of "Purple Rain."
The singer's predilection for lavishly kinky story-songs earned him the nickname, His Royal Badness. He is also known as the "Purple One" because of his colorful fashions.
The making of ‘Purple Rain’, the song which catapulted him into fame…
Rolling Stone anointed 1984 as American pop music’s greatest year. It was the year Madonna, Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen released blockbuster albums. The same year British new wave shared MTV space with R&B, rap and hair metal. It was the year David Lee Roth, Cyndi Lauper and Tina Turner all became superstars. But even if none of these things happened, 1984 would still have been the greatest year in American pop because 1984 was the year Prince's Purple Rain was released.
Occasionally in an artist’s career, luck, talent and timing collide in a way that allows them to dominate multiple mediums simultaneously. It happened with The Beatles and A Hard Day’s Night. It happened with Eminem and 8 Mile. And it happened with Prince and Purple Rain.
Where The Beatles and Eminem were protected in their acting debuts by experienced directors, writers and performers, reaction to a Prince movie project was so apathetic that Cavallo was only able to interest the creator of Starsky and Hutch to write the script and recent film school graduate, Albert Magnolia, to direct.
Magnolia was as familiar with Prince and his music as the majority of America. He hated the original script, but won over his tight-lipped star by broaching the question, “If I have the father punch you in the face in the first five minutes of the movie, is that okay? He asked why. I said, Everybody on the planet wants to punch a rock star in the face. He laughed and said, Yep, I understand that. I said, Lets make a movie!”
The film, a heightened biopic chronicling Prince - known as The Kid - and his attempts to gain a toehold in Minneapolis’s competitive music scene, was cast almost entirely with non-actors. Clarence Williams III, of Mod Squad fame played The Kid’s tortured, abusive father and unknown actress and pin-up Patricia Kotero (renamed Apollonia by Prince, after Michael Corleone’s wife’ in The Godfather ) took over the female lead from Prince protege Vanity after their tumultuous personal relationship capsized.
Hours of unreleased music…
Prince was known to have kept hours of unreleased music - as many as 2,000 never-before-heard tracks - in his estate. Susan Rogers, his former sound engineer, has confirmed the legend that the music is kept in a vault. "I started the vault," she told the BBC.
Brent Fischer, a composer who collaborated with Prince for years, says the majority of the music they worked on together was never released. Others close to the artist say there is far more unreleased material on file than ever made it out of the studio.
Hillary Clinton shocked by death of Prince, an "American original"…
Here is Hillary Clinton in a radio interview on thursday night explaining how she learned of Prince's death: "I came out of an event in Hartford Connecticut and people told me, and I was so stunned. You think of him as being almost eternal, you know? He was a bigger than life personality, he was not only a songwriter and a singer but literally a one man band. He was such a great showman. I was so sad and I just want everybody to spend some time reflecting on this American original. He was so extraordinary."
'A visionary' – Madonna….
Born in 1958, Prince was a prolific writer and performer from a young age - reportedly writing his first song when he was seven.
A singer, songwriter, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, Prince recorded more than 30 albums. His best known hits include Let's Go Crazy and When Doves Cry. He had a mercurial relationship with technology. In 2000, he released singles via the pioneering music-sharing service Napster, but he later declared the internet "completely over" and refused to allow his music on major streaming platforms.
Prince's latest album, HITnRUN Phase Two, was released last year and he had been touring as recently as last week.
On 15 April he was taken to hospital after his private plane made an emergency landing in Illinois. It happened just hours after he had performed on stage in Georgia. He was treated and released after a few hours.
When the world turns purple…..
The sudden death of iconic pop legend Prince at 57 shook the entertainment world on thursday and led to an outpour of reactions from stars across the globe. Within hours of Prince's death, fans and friends across the world and musical spectrum paid tribute to the star in countless creative ways. Here are some of the most heartfelt tributes:
- Hundreds of fans gathered outside Paisley Park. US President Barack Obama said the world had lost a "creative icon".
- Madonna, who dated Prince briefly, described him as a "visionary who changed the world"
- Chic guitarist Nile Rogers said there were "tears and love on our tour bus"
- Singer Justin Timberlake: "Numb. Stunned. This can't be real"
- Guitarist Slash said Prince was "one of the greatest musical talents of my lifetime. Maybe of the 20th century"
- Boy George: "Today is the worst day ever. Prince RIP I am crying!"
- "I can't believe it, I'm in total shock. So many wonderful memories," wrote Lionel Richie
- Musician and actor Wyclef Jean: "RIP to the King Prince thank you for inspiring me to be a Musician First and using this tool to heal people"
- Mick Jagger said Prince's talent was "limitless", calling him a "revolutionary artist, a great musician, a wonderful lyricist"
- "It's such a blow. It's really surreal. It's just kind of unbelievable,". "He was definitely an original and a one of a kind. Truly there was only one Prince." Aretha Franklin
- Engineer Peter Ivanov, 24, said: "Prince is the most iconic Minnesotan idol of our time to be honest’’
Carmen Electra, who once dated Prince, mourns his death…
Carmen Electra - whose name was given to her by Prince shortly after they met - has paid tribute to her "mentor" on Instagram.
Prince fans dance all night at First Avenue..
Thousands of fans packed into downtown Minneapolis last night to celebrate Prince's life with an all-night party at the club where he filmed Purple Rain. A line snaked around the block outside the First Avenue club, as the sound of Prince hits throbbed out of the venue and a slide show of the superstar's life played on a giant screen.
Thank you for the music': Fans hold vigil outside Prince's home…
Fans have been gathering in their hundreds outside Paisley Park, the $10 million, 55,000 sq ft windowless white complex where Prince lived and died. A 30-yard section of perimeter fence was festooned with purple balloons, purple flowers, and depictions of the symbol the musician once used as his name. As darkness fell, lovers of his music - many of whom were not born when Purple Rain was released - held an impromptu vigil.
Autopsy: Post-mortem began yesterday, as 911 audio released
The medical examiner's office responsible for performing Prince's autopsy began an enquiry into the musician’s death. No cause of death has been stated. A post-mortem investigation took place on Friday.
The post-mortem examination took place on the body of Prince, after the pioneering musician died at his home aged 57 amid reports that he was treated for a drug overdose just days before his death.
An audio recording of the emergency call revealed a police dispatcher requesting an update on a “male down not breathing" at Paisley Park. She then says "CPR started 9:49", indicating that an attempt was made to revive the musician.