Remembering Prince: One of the Greatest Performers of All Time

Justin Jenkins
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Prince’s women in music all helped create iconic moments. The musician, songwriter, and singer was one of the biggest performers in the world. For decades Prince helped revolutionize music. He is the ultimate performer who has inspired some of our favorite artists today. Throughout his career Prince has been quite the ladies man, while championing for women. The singer has sold over 100 million albums and racked up plenty of awards throughout his career. A career where women were always in his corner.

Prince and Vanity 6

In 1980, Prince released his album Dirty Mind. The album received rave reviews from critics. Dirty Mind was certified gold and his single “Uptown” hit number five on the Billboard Dance chart. During that year Prince met singer Vanity at the American Music Awards. It wasn’t long before Prince became a mentor to the singer. Their relationship led to the formation of Vanity 6, an all girl group known for their hit “Nasty Girl.” The group was similar to Prince and his music style.

The singer’s had an epic love story, although their romantic relationship didn’t last. Unfortunately Vanity died in February of 2016. Prince died two months after.

‘Purple Rain’

Prince’s acting debut in the movie Purple Rain is cemented in cinematic history. It won an Oscar for Best Original Score and grossed over $72 million worldwide. The soundtrack of the same name was Prince’s first album to reach number one on the Billboard charts. The singer became the third artist to have a number one album, single and film in the US all at the same time. Actress Apollonia Kotero played Prince’s love interest. The two dated for a year and developed a friendship after. The actress has praised Prince for helping change her life.

Prince and Sheila E.

Drummer Sheila E. first met Prince in the late ’70s when the two began playing live music together. Sheila E. was a frequent collaborator who also helped Prince write many of his hits. The pair got engaged in 1987 during his Lovesexy tour. The marriage never happened, but the music lovers stayed united. Prince wrote Shelia’s mega hit “The Glamorous Life.”

Prince and Batman

In 1989, director Tim Burton asked Prince to record songs for the live-action Batman film. In classic Prince fashion, he went on to produce and record the entire nine-track album. The album peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 for six weeks and sold 4.3 million copies. The single “Batdance” was at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts. The movie starred Kim Basinger. The two quickly fell in love and she moved to Minneapolis to be with the music man. The two released a 19-minute-long EP that’s rumored to be a recording of them having sex.

Prince Launched Carmen Electra’s Career

You have to be really good if Prince produces an album for you. Carmen Electra was another singer a part of Prince’s women in music. Electra stepped onto the music scene with an album produced by the singer. Prince led her to change her name to Carmen. He signed her to a record deal with Paisley Park Records, the company he started in 1985. Not only did he produce and write her songs, but he also directed her videos and styled her outfits. The pair began a romantic relationship and she was the opening act on his Diamonds and Pearls tour

Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland established a friendship with Prince after dancing in his 2009 music video “Crimson and Clover.” The ballerina began touring with him for four years and credits him for pushing her out of her comfort zone. Now Misty is one of the most successful dancers in the entire world.

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