Friday, 22 April 2016
Legendary musician Prince died at his house. He was 57.
The unique and infinitely creative artist Prince has expired at his Paisley Park home aged 57, leaving behind him a gaping hole in musical genres as varied as . R&B, rock, funk and pop
The departure was announced by his publicist Yvette Noel-Schure after cops had been called to the premises which double as his music studio. Though last week he was rushed to hospital seemingly recuperating from a bout of influenza that had compelled his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois no details were immediately given for the cause of death.
The musician's publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, said he perished in Chanhassen, Minnesota at his Paisley Park residence. Earlier reports had indicated the music icon, full name Prince Rogers Nelson, was ill with the flu earlier this month and was even rushed to a hospital after his plane made an emergency landing. No cause of Prince death was immediately announced.
Prince sold tens of millions of records worldwide in a career that spanned several decades. The artist rose to celebrity status with the release of his landmark album "Purple Rain." That album sold countless copies and spent 24 consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard 200, in part because of tunes "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy."
Some reports have suggested that Prince had unreleased music that his estate could issue an album per year after his death.
The artist notoriously turned out records in quick successions during the 1990s as a way of getting out of his contract with Warner Bros., with which he had differences over both music and cash.
He even appeared with the word "slave" written on his face in reference to his contractual obligations with the firm. Because he said Warner owned the name, Prince Prince went so far as to switch his public name to an unpronounceable symbol.
"It was a difficult struggle, he gave up his name ... There have always been artists fighting the label system, and he likely did it in the most high-profile manner that anyone has ever done it before," Alex Gale, Billboard Magazine senior editor, told CNBC. "Artists have a lot more power now, and I believe they can thank Prince for that."
Prince was also involved in copyright disputes in the 2000s, threatening to sue YouTube and eBay .
"YouTube ... are undoubtedly competent (to) filter porn and pedophile material but appear to choose not to filter out the unauthorized music and film content which is core to their business success," a statement released on his behalf said.
He announced on stage in New York City which he was writing his memoir, ever astonishing. "The Beautiful Ones" was expected to be released in the autumn of 2017 by publishing house Spiegel & Grau.
The publishing house has not yet commented on the status of the book, but a press release about the memoir says: "Prince will take readers on an unusual and poetic journey through his life and creative work." It says the book includes stories about Prince's music and "the family that shaped him and the people, places, and ideas that fired his creative imagination."
In 2004, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame, which hailed him as a musical and social trailblazer.
"He rewrote the rulebook, forging a synthesis of black funk and white rock that served as a pattern for cutting edge music in the Eighties," reads the Hall's dedication. "Prince made dance music that rocked and rock music that had a bristling, fantastic anchor. From the start, Prince and his music were androgynous, sly, sexy and provocative."
A little group of fanatics instantly gathered Thursday outside his music studio, a white building surrounded by a fence about 20 miles southwest of Minneapolis, Paisley Park. A Carver County sheriff's squad car was parking in the studio lot.
As of about 2 p.m. ET "The Very Best of Prince" topped Apple's iTunes album chart — with "Purple Rain" in the third position.
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