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Prince Rogers Nelson was born into a musical family and wrote his first song at his father's piano at age seven. He signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. when he was 19 and went onto release 39 studio albums in 37 years.

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The self-titled album was Prince's second and the one that launched him from the middle of the soul charts to the Top 40. "I Wanna Be Your Lover" was his first single to reach the Billboard Hot 100. It peaked at No. 11 and helped solidify Prince as a mainstay in popular music.

Prince died at his Paisley Park estate on April 21, 2016 following an accidental overdose. Medical examiners found the singer had taken counterfeit pills — made to look like a generic version of the painkiller Vicodin — that were laced with fentanyl.