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*NSYNC is a five-part pop music vocal group, specifically a boy band, formed in Orlando, Florida, USA. The group members are James Lance Bass, Joshua Scott Chasez (JC), Joseph Anthony Fatone Junior (Joey), Christopher Alan Kirkpatrick (Chris), and Justin Randall Timberlake.
The group formed in 1995 under the funding of Lou Pearlman, who hired Johnny Wright (former manager of New Kids On The Block ) to be their tour manager. Lance Bass, who coincidentally sang bass, was not originally part of the group. The bass part was sung by Jason Watkins, who left the group early on because he did not like the type of music *NSYNC was performing.
The logic behind the name *NSYNC came from Justin's mother, Lynn Harless. It was created from the last letter of each member's name: Justin, Chris, Joey, Jason, and JC. After Lance joined, the group claimed to call him "Lansten" so his name would fit in the *NSYNC acronym.
Shortly after their breakthrough, *NSYNC fought a court battle against their manager citing mismanagement. *NSYNC left Pearlman to be managed by Johnny Wright of Wright Entertainment Group. Their defining album, No Strings Attached, released shortly thereafter, proved that the boys were back in business.
The group produces a blend of pop, dance, and R&B that they call "dirty pop". No Strings Attached was the first album to feature this type of music; they gave the style a name with their latest album Celebrity.
Their debut album, released by BMG, did well in Europe and the US as did the seasonal Home For Christmas. After moving from BMG to Jive Records, home of rival boy band Backstreet Boys, No Strings Attached, released in March 2000, sold 2.4 million copies in its first week of release—the highest record sales in music history (1.1 million of which was attributed to the first day of release).
Their fourth album, Celebrity comes in at number two, with 1.8 million records sold in its first week. Their albums have been boosted by a number of successful single releases, including "Tearin' Up My Heart" from *NSYNC, "Music Of My Heart" recorded with Gloria Estefan for the movie Music of the Heart, "Bye Bye Bye", "It's Gonna Be Me" and "This I Promise You" from No Strings Attached. Recent hits such as "Gone" and "Girlfriend" have expanded the group's influence and fan base into the hip-hop crowd as well.
The group went on hiatus in 2002, as two of its members released solo albums -- Justin Timberlake released Justified on November 4, 2002 and JC Chasez released his solo album, Schizophrenic, on February 24, 2004.
Chris closed his clothing business, Fuman Skeeto. Lance abandoned his plans to be the first celebrity in space. Joey is acting in movies (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and on Broadway (Rent).
Plans to work on their fifth album are being discussed, however details are uncertain. Rumors have circulated that Justin Timberlake quit the group, thus, disbanding NSYNC.
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Rumors have circulated that Justin Timberlake quit the group, thus, disbanding NSYNC. Musicology was certified multiple platinum in February 2005. Plans to work on their fifth album are being discussed, however details are uncertain. Since that deal, Billboard and others revised the policy such that artists must give ticket buyers the option of foregoing the album for a discounted ticket price, in order for the album sales to count on the charts; Prince's deal was grandfathered in. Joey is acting in movies (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and on Broadway (Rent). Prince and Sony negotiated to have each copy given out at concerts count towards his sales totals for the album charts, thus ensuring a long stay in the top 40 while the Musicology Tour continued throughout the year. Lance abandoned his plans to be the first celebrity in space. Concert-goers who bought tickets to his Musicology Tour received a copy of Musicology with the cost forming part of the ticket price.
Chris closed his clothing business, Fuman Skeeto. It was his best-received album critically since Diamonds & Pearls and reached the top 5 of the Billboard 200 album charts upon release. The group went on hiatus in 2002, as two of its members released solo albums -- Justin Timberlake released Justified on November 4, 2002 and JC Chasez released his solo album, Schizophrenic, on February 24, 2004. He released the Musicology album on April 20, 2004. Recent hits such as "Gone" and "Girlfriend" have expanded the group's influence and fan base into the hip-hop crowd as well. He signed a deal with Columbia Records, part of Sony Music, to distribute, but gain no other rights to, future albums through his NPG Records label. Their albums have been boosted by a number of successful single releases, including "Tearin' Up My Heart" from *NSYNC, "Music Of My Heart" recorded with Gloria Estefan for the movie Music of the Heart, "Bye Bye Bye", "It's Gonna Be Me" and "This I Promise You" from No Strings Attached. In 2004, Prince mesmorized audiences with show-stopping performances at his induction ceremony to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (in his first eligible year), the year's Grammy Awards with Beyonce Knowles, and the top-grossing tour of 2004 (http://www.pollstar.com/news/top25.pl), his best tour (http://www.pollstar.com/news/viewnews.pl?NewsID=3746&HL=prince) to date.
Their fourth album, Celebrity comes in at number two, with 1.8 million records sold in its first week. As a consequence, he no longer performs many of his more sexually explicit songs such as "Darling Nikki" in concert. After moving from BMG to Jive Records, home of rival boy band Backstreet Boys, No Strings Attached, released in March 2000, sold 2.4 million copies in its first week of release—the highest record sales in music history (1.1 million of which was attributed to the first day of release). In 2003, Prince's lawyer, Londell Macmillan, confirmed his client had become one of Jehovah's Witnesses and that the star was "very committed" to them. Their debut album, released by BMG, did well in Europe and the US as did the seasonal Home For Christmas. Several hundred to several thousand observers are invited into his studios for tours, interviews, discussions (including with Prince himself), new music listening sessions, and of course numerous performances by Prince, related artists, and invited guests (including Alicia Keys, The Time, Erykah Badu, Nikka Costa, George Clinton and others). No Strings Attached was the first album to feature this type of music; they gave the style a name with their latest album Celebrity. In addition, he has brought in a newfound openness with his fans, connecting with them through the NPG Music Club, at pre-concert soundchecks, and at yearly "celebrations" at Paisley Park.
The group produces a blend of pop, dance, and R&B that they call "dirty pop". He also released two jazz-influenced albums, The Rainbow Children in 2001 and the all-instrumental NEWS in 2003. Their defining album, No Strings Attached, released shortly thereafter, proved that the boys were back in business. For the next three years, Prince primarily released new music through his Internet subscription services, first NPGOnlineLtd.com, and now NPGMusicClub.com (http://www.npgmc.com/). *NSYNC left Pearlman to be managed by Johnny Wright of Wright Entertainment Group. In a press conference stating that he was now free from undesirable relationships associated with the name "Prince", he formally reverted to his original name and opened the door to endless "The Artist Formerly Known As The Artist Formerly Known As Prince" digs. Shortly after their breakthrough, *NSYNC fought a court battle against their manager citing mismanagement. In May 2000, O(+> reclaimed his birth name, Prince, after his publishing contract with Warner Chappell expired.
After Lance joined, the group claimed to call him "Lansten" so his name would fit in the *NSYNC acronym. The greatest success he had during the year was with the single 1999: The New Master, released in time for Prince to collect a small portion of the sales dollars Warner Bros had been seeing for the album and singles of the original 1999. It was created from the last letter of each member's name: Justin, Chris, Joey, Jason, and JC. A few months earlier, Warner Bros had also released The Vault, a collection of material recorded by Prince circa 1991, and Prince's final recording commitment on his contract with Warner Bros. The logic behind the name *NSYNC came from Justin's mother, Lynn Harless. His 1999 album Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic, released through Arista Records, also failed to make much of a commercial impression. The bass part was sung by Jason Watkins, who left the group early on because he did not like the type of music *NSYNC was performing. The New Power Soul album released three months later failed to make much of an impression on the charts, as many fans failed to realise it was out.
Lance Bass, who coincidentally sang bass, was not
originally part of the group. Prince released The
Crystal Ball, a 4-CD collection of unreleased material, in 1998.
The distribution of this album was shambolic with some fans who pre-ordered the album on his website not receiving the album for months after the
record had gone on sale in retail stores. The group formed in 1995 under the funding of Lou Pearlman, who hired Johnny Wright (former manager of New Kids On The Block ) to be their tour manager. While certified Platinum by the
RIAA, it failed to do as well as he had hoped, with critics complaining that the sprawling
3-CD set lacked focus.
*NSYNC is a five-part pop music vocal group, specifically a boy band, formed in Orlando, Florida, USA. When eventually released, The Gold Experience failed to sell well, although it reached the top 10 of the Billboard 200 initially. 2002 "Girlfriend" #5 US, #2 UK. A battle between Warner Bros and Prince ensued, struggling over the artistic and financial control of Prince's output. 2001 "Gone" #11 US, #24 UK. Warner Bros still resisted releasing The Gold Experience, fearing poor sales and citing "market saturation" as a defense. 2001 "Pop" #19 US, #9 UK. The release was very successful, reaching number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 in the UK, but this was not to be a forerunner of what was to come.
2000 "This I Promise You" #5 US, #21 UK. As a test case, Warner Bros allowed the single "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" to be released via a small, independent distributor, Bellmark. 2000 "It's Gonna Be Me" #1 US, #9 UK. Prince pushed to have his next album The Gold Experience released simultaneously as "O(+>" material. 2000 "I'll Never Stop" #13 UK. Following that disappointing release, Warner Bros released the final album of "Prince" material, Come, which was moderately successful, selling over 500,000 copies. 2000 "Bye Bye Bye" #4 US, #3 UK. In 1994, The Black Album was released by Warner Bros in an attempt to capitalize on its underground success.
2000 "Music of My Heart" (with Gloria Estefan) #2 US, #34 UK. Prince released a greatest hits package in 1993 which failed to do as well as one would suspect from an artist with his track record. 1999 "Tearin' Up My Heart" (re-release) #9 UK. Performing often at Paisley Park, local and international audiences of 5-2500 people have witnessed rare musical moments produced by a consumate performer who emphasizes musicianship above all else. 1999 "I Want You Back" #13 US, #5 UK. He maintained a strong live following despite spending most of the 1990s and early 2000s in commercial exile. 1998 "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You" #8 US. Throughout the ups and downs of his commercial success and chart performance, Prince has been regarded as one of top live acts in the music business, often performing not only in large arenas, but also late at night in small clubs for a select audience.
1997 "Tearin' Up My Heart" #40 UK. The O(+> symbol is said to be a melding of the symbols for male and female, and its roots can be seen in basic characters found in alchemy. Celebrity (2001, Jive) #1 US, #12 UK. In 1993, he would change his name to the symbol (see above) which marked the start of a decade of declining commercial and critical success. No Strings Attached (2000, Jive) #1 US, #14 UK. It reached the top ten of the US album charts. The Winter Album (1998, BMG). Prince's 12th album bore an indecipherable symbol and was dubbed The Love Symbol album.
Home For Christmas (1998, RCA/BMG) #7 US. Diamonds & Pearls also marked the debut of the New Power Generation featuring rapper Tony M, Rosie Gaines on vocals, Michael Bland on drums, Levi Seacer and Kirk Johnson on guitar, Sonny T on bass, and Tommy Barbarella on keyboards. NSYNC (1998, RCA/BMG) #2 US, #30 UK. The Diamonds & Pearls album in 1991 gave Prince another big hit on the album charts with the song "Cream" giving him his fifth US number one single. It would reach a chart peak of number 6 in the US and number one in the UK. The soundtrack featured Prince on one side and other artists such as Tevin Campbell, Mavis Staples of the Staple Singers, and Morris Day and The Time.
Prince released the film sequel to Purple Rain, titled Graffiti Bridge, which performed poorly at the box office, but provided another outlet for Prince's spiritually-inspired messages. In 1989, Prince would record the soundtrack for Batman, which would return him to the top of the US album charts, with the single and worldwide hit "Batdance" reaching the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The show design, with the front half influenced by "Spooky Electric", Prince's euphemism for the devil, and the second half revitalized by "lovesexy", a feeling of love inspired by and connected with God, was a powerhouse showcase for Prince, his music, and the band. Prince recouped his losses with the European and Japanese legs of the tour, and connected on a spiritual level with audiences across the world.
In turn, Prince toured Europe, where his popularity had reached a fever pitch. Refusing a comercial sponsor for the large, expensive tour, Prince lost money as dates failed to sell out. The Lovesexy Tour in the US also proved to be commercial disappointment. Lovesexy was a relative disappointment in its chart performance, only reaching number 11 on the Billboard 200.
The 1988 album Lovesexy was Prince's positive and spritual answer to the dark message of The Black Album. The album circulated through the bootleg underground music world until it was finally given an official release in 1994. In 1987 Prince also recorded The Black Album, a funk-oriented album whose erotically-charged lyrics were considered so blatant, Prince fell under a (perhaps rare occasion of drug-enduced) crisis of conscience and decided not to officially release it. Situated near his home in Minnesota, Paisley Park has allowed Prince to record at the drop of a hat.
Housing three complete recording studios, and a complete soundstage for perfomances and video production, the studios have been Prince's playground since their opening. Portions were re-recorded and the performances mimed in the soundstage of his newly-opened [Paisley Park Studios (http://www.paisleyparkstudios.com)] complex in Chanhassen, MN. In 1987, a movie was shot of the Sign O' the Times Tour in Rotterdam and Antwerp, Holland. The so-called "Counter-Revolution" retained Matt Fink on keyboards, and added Boni Boyer on keyboards, Sheila E on Drums, Levi Seacer on bass, and Miko Weaver on guitar.
At the end of the last tour, Prince disbanded The Revolution, parting ways with Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Bobby "Z" Rivkin and "Brown Mark" / Mark Brown. Following the album, Prince launched the Sign O' The Times Tour in Europe. It is perhaps his most critically-acclaimed effort, reaching the top 100 of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/_/id/5938174) list, et al. Sign O' The Times, released in 1987 as a double album, reached the top 10 of the Billboard 200 and is regarded as one of his greatest albums.
The track "The Cross," off Sign O' The Times, is a stronger reference to Prince's Christian beliefs, which have since shifted. "I Would Die 4 U", for instance, can be compared to Gaye's "Sexual Healing", with its not-so-subtle reference to Jesus. Prince is often mentioned in the tradition of Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke in mixing spirituality and sensuality. Following the movie and album, Prince returned to touring with a stripped-down tour-de-force, focusing on the music itself and the talent of The Revolution members.
At the same time, "Manic Monday" by The Bangles reached number 2 on the Hot 100, which Prince had written under the pseudonym "Christopher". The first single, "Kiss," would top the Billboard Hot 100. The Parade album contained tracks from the movie and went to number 3 on the Billboard 200 album chart and number two on the R&B album charts. Prince wrote, directed, and starred in the 1986 film, Under The Cherry Moon; however, it would not do well at the box office.
Prince's momentary ban on videos ended as the album stalled in the charts with a video for "Raspberry Beret" which reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1985, at the pinnacle of super-stardom, after touring the US tirelessly with the Purple Rain Tour, Prince briefly decided to give up live performances and making videos on the release of Around The World In A Day, which went to the top of the US album charts for three weeks. When she overheard her 12 year-old daughter, Karenna, playing "Darling Nikki", Tipper Gore founded the Parents Music Resource Center, which has spurred the use of 'explicit lyric' stickers and imprints on album covers. The album is also a critical favourite again being rated in the top 100 of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/_/id/5938174), released in late 2003.
Simultaneously, Prince held the spot of Number 1 movie, Number 1 single, and Number 1 album in the US. "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy" would both top the US singles charts and be smash hits around the world while the title track would go to number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The album would sell over thirteen million copies in the US alone and spend 24 weeks at the top of the Billboard 200, while the film raked in over US$80 million. The release of Purple Rain along with the film of the same name would establish Prince amongst the top rank of popular musicians in the 1980s.
The album was also a critical smash rated as a career highlight with the All Music Guide rating it as five stars out of five. With "Little Red Corvette" he joined Michael Jackson as part of the first wave of black artists on MTV and "Delirious" also went top ten on the Billboard Hot 100. The title track managed both to make a protest about nuclear proliferation, fill dance floors around the world and become his first top ten hit internationally. In 1983 Prince released the 1999 album which proved to be a breakthrough album both in the US and internationally selling over three million copies.
Prince has also recorded with Ani DiFranco, Madonna, and Gwen Stefani. He also worked on different occasions with famous jazz and funk musicians, such as Miles Davis, Larry Graham and Maceo Parker. He has gained attention for hiring and recording with women considered attractive or sexy, including Sheena Easton amongst others. Prince was backed in the 80s by The Revolution, and in the 90s by The New Power Generation.
He would also write hits for artists such as Sheena Easton and The Bangles and his songs would be covered in hit versions by artists as diverse as Chaka Khan, Tom Jones with The Art of Noise and Sinéad O'Connor. Behind the scenes, Prince often wrote, composed, performed and recorded the material for his protege acts, using them as another outlet for his prolific output. They would be the first of the proteges who Prince would assist in the next decade including Vanity, Apollonia and Sheila E. Prince also wrote, produced, and in some instances performed, the debut album for The Time, containing former members of Flyte Time, including frontman Morris Day.
He recorded the album Controversy, released in 1981, with the single of the same name making international charts for the first time. Prince supported Rick James in a 1980 tour with the label "punk funk" being applied to both artists, although it didn't sit comfortably with Prince, who did not consider his music so narrowly defined. Unfortunately, some critics opted to focus predominantly on the sexual content of the music, rather than on the raw talent and musicianship found on the album. Dirty Mind was particularly notable for its sexually explicit material, such as in the songs "Head" and "Sister".
On stage, Lisa Coleman replaced Chapman in the band, who felt the sexually explicit lyrics and stage antics of Prince's concerts conflicted with her religious holdings. Recorded mostly as a solo effort and released using the original demos, the album served to establish Prince as a critical favourite. In 1980, Prince dropped Dirty Mind. In his early years, he liked to dress in a suspender belt and lacy women's lingerie.
He first attracted attention with his spacey soulful sound topped with screaming guitar, not to mention the colorful clothes he put on his 5 ft 2 inch frame. Ambitious, talented, and hardworking, if sometimes overstretched, Prince tried to bring modern ideas and attitudes into pop music. He recorded his second, self-titled album still mostly on his own, which made the Billboard 200 and contained two R&B hits in "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?" and "I Wanna Be Your Lover". By 1979, Prince had recruited his first backing band with Cymone on bass, Gayle Chapman and Matt Fink on keyboards, Bobby Z on drums and Dez Dickerson on guitar.
He spent twice his initial advance recording the first album, which sold modestly, making the bottom reaches of the Billboard 200, while the single "Soft And Wet" performed well on the R&B charts. The majority of the album was written and performed by Prince, spawning the now ubiquitous phrase on Prince albums: "Written, composed, performed, and recorded by Prince". Prince's first album for Warner Bros, released in 1978, was titled For You. In 1995, the original recordings with Prince and Cymone were released by Willie as 94 East featuring Prince, Symbolic Beginning.
Willie enlisted the talents of Prince and Andre Cymone as session musicians for their studio recordings, and in 1986 released the re-recorded tracks (except for Prince and Cymone's parts) from 1975-1977 as Minneapolis Genius. In 1977, Willie formed 94 East, a band with Marcy Ingvoldstad and Kristie Lazenberry. Willie acted as mentor and manager, along with Husney, for Prince in the Grand Central days, and employed Prince in the studio for his own recordings. Pepe Willie (http://www.pepemusic.com/Web2002/history02.htm), husband of Prince's cousin, was an influential presence in Prince's early career.
Husney started contacting major labels and ran a clever campaign promoting Prince as a star of the future, resulting in a bidding war eventually won by Warner Bros., who offered him a long-term contract. He also had the patronage of Owen Husney who Moon introduced him to allowing him to produce an excellent quality demo. In 1976, he started working on a demo with producer Chris Moon in a Minneapolis studio. Prince became a central figure of "Uptown," a 1970s underground funk scene in Minneapolis which also included Flyte Time, Jellybean Johnson, Terry Lewis and Alexander O'Neal.
By the time Prince had entered high school, Grand Central evolved into Champagne and started playing original music already drawing on a range of influences including Sun Ra, Sly Stone, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana and Joni Mitchell. Prince and Anderson joined Prince's cousin Charles Smith in a band called Grand Central, formed in junior high school. Later, Prince moved in with a neighborhood family, the Andersons, and became friends with their son, Andre Anderson (later called Andre Cymone). He lived briefly with his father, who bought him his first guitar.
Prince's parents separated and he had a troubled relationship with his stepfather causing him to run away from home. However, both Prince's parents are African-American, and, like many African-Americans, their lineage is an amalgam of ethnicities. The most pervasive is that he is the child of a black father and white mother, a myth later bolstered by the cult film Purple Rain starring Prince, Morris Day of The Time, and pop singer Apollonia. There are a number of myths regarding Prince's ethnicity, some spread by Prince himself.
Nelson and Mattie Shaw, both jazz musicians.
Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson June 7, 1958) is a popular musician. Girl 6 (1996): composer (songs). Graffiti Bridge (1990): actor, composer, writer, director. Batman (1989): composer (songs).
Sign o' the Times (1987): performer, director. Under the Cherry Moon (1986): actor, composer, director. Purple Rain (1984): actor, composer. "1999" (re-issue) (1999) #40 US; #10 UK.
"The Holy River" (1997) #19 UK. "Betcha By Golly Wow" (1996) #11 UK. "Dinner with Delores" (1996) #36 UK. "Purple Medley" (1995) #33 UK.
"Gold" (1995) #10 UK. "Eye Hate U" (1995) #12 US; #20 UK. "The Beautiful Experience" (1994) #18 UK. "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" (1994) #3 US; #1 UK.
"Letitgo" (1994) #31 US; #30 UK. "Controversy" (1993) #5 UK. "Peach" (1993) #14 UK. "7" (1992) #7 US; #27 UK.
"My Name is Prince" (1992) #36 US; #7 UK. "Sexy MF/Strollin'" (1992) #4 UK. "Thunder" (1992) #28 UK. "Money Don't Matter 2 Night" (1992) #23 US; #19 UK.
"Diamonds and Pearls" (1991) #3 US; #25 UK. "Cream" (1991) #1 US; #15 UK. "Gett Off" (1991) #21 US; #4 UK. "New Power Generation" (1990) #26 UK.
"Thieves in the Temple" (1990) #6 US; #7 UK. "The Arms of Orion" (with Sheena Easton) (1989) #36 US; #27 UK. "Partyman" (1989) #18 US; #14 UK. "Batdance" (1989) #1 US; #2 UK.
"I Wish U Heaven" (1988) #24 UK. "Glam Slam" (1988) #29 UK. "Alphabet Street" (1988) #8 US; #9 UK. "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" (1987) #10 US; #29 UK.
"U Got the Look" (1987) #2 US; #11 UK. "If I Was Your Girlfriend" (1987) #20 UK. "Sign 'O the Times" (1987) #3 US; #10 UK. "Anotherloverholenyohead" (1986) #36 UK.
"Girls and Boys" (1986) #11 UK. "Mountains" (1986) #23 US. "Kiss" (1986) #1 US; #6 UK. "Take Me with U" (1985) #25 US.
"Raspberry Beret" (1985) #2 US; #25 UK. "Paisley Park" (1985) #18 UK. "Pop Life" (1985) #7 US. "Let's Go Crazy/Take Me with You" (1985) #1 US; #7 UK.
"1999/Little Red Corvette" (re-issue) (1985) #2 UK. "I Would Die 4 U" (1984) #8 US. "When Doves Cry" (1984) #1 US; #4 UK. "Purple Rain" (1984) #2 US; #4 UK.
"Little Red Corvette" (1983) #6 US. "Delirious" (1983) #8 US. "1999" (1983) #12 US; #25 UK. "I Wanna Be Your Lover" (1980) #11 US.
C-Note (2004 NPG Music Club). The Slaughterhouse (2004 NPG Music Club). The Chocolate Invasion (2004 NPG Music Club). Musicology (2004) #3 US, #3 UK, US sales: 2,000,000.
N.E.W.S. (2003). Xpectation (2003 NPG Music Club). One Nite Alone...Live! (2002). One Nite Alone (2002 NPG Music Club).
The Rainbow Children (2001) #109 US. The Very Best Of Prince (2001) #66 US, #2 UK, US sales: 500,000. Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic (1999 NPG Music Club). Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (1999) #18 US, US sales: 500,000.
The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale (1999). New Power Soul (1998) #22 US. Kamasutra (1997). The Truth (1997).
Crystal Ball (1997) #62 US. Emancipation (1996) #11 US, #18 UK, US sales: 2,000,000. Chaos & Disorder (1996) #26 US, #14 UK. Exodus (1995).
The Gold Experience (1995) #6 US, #4 UK, US sales: 500,000. The Black Album (1994 - recorded 1987-1988) #47 US, #36 UK. Come (1994) #15 US, #1 UK. Goldnigga (1993).
The Hits 2 (1993) #54 US, #5 UK, US sales: 1,000,000. The Hits 1 (1993) #46 US, #5 UK, US sales: 1,000,000. The Hits/The B-Sides (1993) #19 US, #4 UK, US sales: 1,000,000. The Love Symbol Album (1992) #5 US, #1 UK, US sales: 1,000,000.
Diamonds and Pearls (1991) #3 US, #2 UK, US sales: 2,000,000. Graffiti Bridge (1990) #6 US, #1 UK, US sales: 500,000. Batman (1989) #1 US, #1 UK, US sales: 2,000,000. Lovesexy (1988) #11 US, #1 UK, US sales: 500,000.
Sign O' The Times (1987) #6 US, #4 UK, US sales: 1,000,000. Parade (1986) #3 US, #4 UK, US sales: 1,000,000. Around The World In A Day (1985) #1 US, #5 UK, US sales: 2,000,000. Purple Rain (1984) #1 US, #7 UK, US sales: 13,000,000.
1999 (1982) #9 US, #30 UK (1984 release), US sales: 4,000,000. Controversy (1981) #21 US, US sales: 1,000,000. Dirty Mind (1980) #45 US, US sales: 500,000. Prince (1979) #22 US, US sales: 1,000,000.
For You (1978) #163 US.