Prince albums discography

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Prince albums discography
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Studio albums 39
Live albums 4
Compilation albums 6
Video albums 17
Music videos 136
EPs 13
Singles 104
Remix albums 1

This article includes the albums discography of Prince. See also Prince singles and extended plays, The New Power Generation, Madhouse and 94 East discographies.

Prince is an extremely prolific artist, having released several hundred songs both under his own name and under pseudonyms and/or pen names, as well as writing songs which have been recorded by other artists. Estimates of the actual number of songs written by Prince (released and unreleased) range anywhere from five hundred to well over one thousand. His discography includes thirty-nine studio albums, five soundtrack albums, four live albums, five compilation albums, seventeen video albums, and twelve extended plays. He signed his contract with Warner Bros. Records in 1977 at age 18, releasing his debut album For You one year later in 1978. He followed the release with Prince (1979), Dirty Mind (1980), and Controversy (1981), three albums that were certified platinum and shifted from For You 's disco/soul route and instead blended New Wave, rock, pop, R&B, and funk, building up his success. His 1982 album 1999, credited for being an enormous influence on the next few decades of dance, electro, house, and techno music,[1] sold over six million copies worldwide and became the fifth best-selling album of 1983. His first soundtrack album, Purple Rain, released with his band The Revolution, was released in 1984 and sold over 22 million copies around the world; at one point, Prince had the number-one song, album, and film of the United States. 1985's Around the World in a Day and 1986's Parade, also released with The Revolution, continued Prince's success in the mid-1980s and were both certified multi-platinum while adding new instrumentation and musically diverting from his earlier path, eschewing Purple Rain 's rock and metal elements in favor of Broadway orchestration, French-influenced chanson arrangements, and psychedelic music. 1987's Sign o' the Times, released as an experimental solo record, became one of Prince's most critically successful albums and topped several critic end-of-year polls while garnering a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. Prince closed the 1980s with the pop music influenced albums Lovesexy (his first UK number-one record) in 1988 and the 1989 soundtrack to the massively successful film Batman.

Prince entered the 1990s with the soundtrack to his third movie, Graffiti Bridge; the album performed moderately. His 1991 album Diamonds and Pearls mixed elements of new jack swing, R&B, jazz-soul, and hip-hop and was released with his band The New Power Generation; it became his most successful record since Purple Rain and reached the top five of multiple worldwide charts, while his 1992 follow-up, the Love Symbol Album, went on to sell five million copies. In 1993, Prince changed his name to an unpronouncable symbol and began releasing material faster so as to eject himself from his contract, releasing his first successful compilation The Hits/The B-Sides the same year. He then released several albums in quick succession, including Come and the erotically charged funk effort The Black Album in 1994, the rock-influenced The Gold Experience in 1995, Chaos and Disorder and Emancipation (a 3-LP R&B set) in 1996, a collection of 1980s and 1990s outtakes called Crystal Ball in 1998, and the poppy Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic in 1999 all to varying degrees of success. In 2001, he released the successful compilation The Very Best of Prince as well as his critically successful jazz effort The Rainbow Children. After releasing more lowkey-albums, some only on his website, Prince made a mainstream comeback with his 2004 record Musicology, which garnered him five Grammy nominations and peaked within the Billboard Top 3. He has released several albums since, including the number-one record 3121 (2006), Planet Earth (2007), the live album Indigo Nights (2008), and the 2009 set Lotusflow3r / MPLSound, 20Ten in 2010 and Art Official Age, in 2014 along with protegee act 3rdeyegirl's album Plectrumelectrum. His latest album, HITnRUN Phase One, was first released exclusively on the Tidal streaming service on September 7, 2015[2][3][4] before being released on CD on September 15, 2015 by NPG Records.[5][6][7]

Prince has sold over 100 million records worldwide,[8] including 48.9 million certified units in the United States, and over 10 million records in the United Kingdom. Prince has been ranked as the 21st most successful act of all time,[9] the 26th most successful chart artist worldwide,[10] including 27 overall number-one entries,[11] and being the most successful chart act of the 1980s,[12] and tenth most successful chart act of the 1990s.[13]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[14]
AUS
[15][16]
AUT
[17]
CAN
[18]
GER
[19]
NLD
[20]
NOR
[21]
NZ
[22]
SWE
[23]
SWI
[24]
UK
[25]
1978 For You 163
1979 Prince
  • Released: October 19, 1979
  • Label: Warner Bros.
22 UK: Silver[26]
US: Platinum[27]
1980 Dirty Mind
  • Released: October 8, 1980
  • Label: Warner Bros.
45 US: Gold[27]
1981 Controversy
  • Released: October 14, 1981
  • Label: Warner Bros.
21 55 50 UK: Silver[26]
US: Platinum[27]
1982 1999
  • Released: October 27, 1982
  • Label: Warner Bros.
9 35 23
[28]
45 6 30 CAN: Platinum[29]
UK: Platinum[26]
US: 4× Platinum[27]
1984 Purple Rain [A]
  • Released: June 25, 1984
  • Label: Warner Bros.
1 1 8 1
[30]
5 1 4 2 3 7 7 CAN: 6× Platinum[29]
UK: 2× Platinum[26]
US: 13× Platinum[27]
1985 Around the World in a Day [A]
  • Released: April 22, 1985
  • Label: Paisley Park, Warner Bros.
1 12 7 16
[31]
10 1 10 16 1 8 5 UK: Gold[26]
US: 2× Platinum[27]
1986 Parade [A]
  • Released: March 31, 1986
  • Label: Paisley Park, Warner Bros.
3 8 7 11
[32]
6 1 10 7 5 2 4 UK: Platinum[26]
US: Platinum[27]
1987 Sign o' the Times
  • Released: March 30, 1987
  • Label: Paisley Park, Warner Bros.
6 20 2 27
[33]
11 2 3 6 6 1 4 CAN: 4× Platinum[29]
UK: Platinum[26]
US: Platinum[27]
1988 Lovesexy
  • Released: May 10, 1988
  • Label: Paisley Park, Warner Bros.
11 13 3 7
[34]
4 1 2 1 1 1 1 UK: Platinum[26]
US: Gold[27]
1989 Batman
  • Released: June 20, 1989
  • Label: Warner Bros.
1 4 3 1 3 1 2 4 2 1 1 CAN: 3× Platinum[29]
UK: Platinum[26]
US: 2× Platinum[27]
1990 Graffiti Bridge
  • Released: August 20, 1990
  • Label: Paisley Park, Warner Bros.
6 10 8 22
[35]
4 4 2 3 7 2 1 CAN: Gold[29]
UK: Gold[26]
US: Gold[27]
1991 Diamonds and Pearls [B]
  • Released: October 1, 1991
  • Label: Paisley Park, Warner Bros.
3 1 4 8
[36]
8 6 5 5 8 3 2 CAN: 2× Platinum[29]
UK: 3× Platinum[26]
US: 2× Platinum[27]
1992 Love Symbol Album [37] [B]
  • Released: October 13, 1992
  • Label: Paisley Park, Warner Bros.
5 1 1 16
[38]
5 6 10 4 10 4 1 UK: Platinum[26]
US: Platinum[27]
1994 Come
  • Released: August 16, 1994
  • Label: Warner Bros.
15 2 4 34
[39]
9 4 7 16 7 4 1 UK: Gold[26]
US: Gold[27]
The Black Album
  • Released: November 22, 1994
  • Label: Warner Bros.
47 15 7 48
[40]
51 35 8 36
1995 The Gold Experience
  • Released: September 26, 1995
  • Label: NPG, Warner Bros.
6 13 28 35
[41]
24 3 12 11 7 4 UK: Gold[26]
US: Gold<[27]
1996 Chaos and Disorder
  • Released: July 9, 1996
  • Label: Warner Bros.
26 54 17 43
[42]
42 8 15 32 21 14
Emancipation
  • Released: November 19, 1996
  • Label: NPG, EMI
11 8 13 24
[43]
21 13 27 22 22 1 18 CAN: Platinum[29]
US: 2× Platinum[27]
1998 Crystal Ball / The Truth
  • Released: March 3, 1998
  • Label: NPG
62 91
1999 The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale
  • Released: August 24, 1999
  • Label: Warner Bros.
85 40 44 15 21 47
Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic
  • Released: November 9, 1999
  • Label: NPG, Arista
18 82 44 5
[44]
53 17 37 49 19 145 US: Gold[27]
2001 The Rainbow Children
  • Released: November 20, 2001
  • Label: NPG, Redline Entertainment
109 74
2002 One Nite Alone...
  • Released: May 14, 2002
  • Label: NPG
2003 Xpectation
  • Released: January 1, 2003
  • Label: NPG
N.E.W.S
  • Released: July 29, 2003
  • Label: NPG, MP Media
93 83
2004 Musicology
  • Released: March 29, 2004
  • Label: NPG, Columbia
3 19 4 11 4 3 2 25 6 2 3 CAN: Gold[29]
UK: Gold[26]
US: 2× Platinum[27]
The Chocolate Invasion
  • Released: March 29, 2004
  • Label: NPG
The Slaughterhouse
  • Released: March 29, 2004
  • Label: NPG
2006 3121
  • Released: March 21, 2006
  • Label: NPG, Universal
1 18 15 9 4 3 5 18 1 9 UK: Silver[26]
US: Gold[27]
2007 Planet Earth
  • Released: July 24, 2007
  • Label: NPG, Columbia
3 38 11 17 7 3 9 35 1
2009 Lotusflow3r / MPLSound (released as a 3-CD set together with Elixer by Bria Valente)
  • Released: March 29, 2009
  • Label: NPG
2 23 US: Gold[27]
2010 20Ten
  • Released: July 10, 2010
  • Label: NPG
2014 Plectrumelectrum [C]
  • Released: September 30, 2014
  • Label: NPG, Warner Bros.
8 33 10 31 9 8 31 50 8 11
Art Official Age
  • Released: September 30, 2014
  • Label: NPG, Warner Bros.
5 15 8 21 18 4 2 17 9 4 8
2015 HITnRUN Phase One
  • Released: September 7, 2015
  • Label: NPG
70 50 73 95 12 31 50
HITnRUN Phase Two
  • Released: December 12, 2015
  • Label: NPG
A^ With The Revolution
B^ With The New Power Generation
C^ With 3rdeyegirl

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[14]
AUS
[15]
AUT
[17]
CAN
[18]
GER
[19]
NLD
[20]
NOR
[21]
NZ
[22]
SWE
[23]
SWI
[24]
UK
[25]
2002 One Nite Alone... Live! / One Nite Alone... The Aftershow: It Ain't Over!
  • Released: December 17, 2002
  • Label: NPG, MP Media
2004 C-Note
  • Released: March 29, 2004
  • Label: NPG
2008 Indigo Nights
  • Released: September 30, 2008
  • Label: NPG

Remix albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[14]
AUS
[15]
AUT
[17]
CAN
[18]
GER
[19]
NLD
[20]
NOR
[21]
NZ
[22]
SWE
[23]
SWI
[24]
UK
[25]
2001 Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic
  • Released: April 29, 2001[45]
  • Label: NPG

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[14]
AUS
[15]
AUT
[17]
CAN
[18]
GER
[19]
NLD
[20]
NOR
[21]
NZ
[22]
SWE
[23]
SWI
[24]
UK
[25]
1993 The Hits 1
  • Released: September 14, 1993
  • Label: Warner Bros.
46 19 7 34 20 14 15 12 10 22 5 UK: Platinum[26]
US: Platinum[27]
The Hits 2
  • Released: September 14, 1993
  • Label: Warner Bros.
54 20 9 36 19 15 14 8 6 10 5 UK: Platinum[26]
US: Platinum[27]
The Hits/The B-Sides
  • Released: September 14, 1993
  • Label: Warner Bros.
19 5 67
[46]
58 10 11 15 19 9 4 UK: Gold[26]
US: Platinum[27]
1996 Girl 6
  • Released: March 19, 1996
  • Label: Warner Bros.
75 83
2001 The Very Best of Prince
  • Released: July 31, 2001
  • Label: Warner Bros.
66 40 13 22 6 3 16 28 17 2 CAN: Gold[29]
UK: Platinum[26]
US: Platinum[27]
2006 Ultimate Prince
  • Released: August 22, 2006
  • Label: Warner Bros.
61 46 39 3 18 6 UK: Gold[26]

Albums credited to The New Power Generation[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[14]
AUS
[15][16]
AUT
[17]
CAN
[18]
GER
[19]
NLD
[20]
NOR
[21]
NZ
[22]
SWE
[23]
SWI
[24]
UK
[25]
1993 Goldnigga
  • Released: August 31, 1993
  • Label: NPG
1995 Exodus
  • Released: March 27, 1995
  • Label: NPG
11
1998 Newpower Soul
  • Released: June 30, 1998
  • Label: NPG
22 38 500,000 worldwide

Albums credited to The NPG Orchestra[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[14]
AUS
[15][16]
AUT
[17]
CAN
[18]
GER
[19]
NLD
[20]
NOR
[21]
NZ
[22]
SWE
[23]
SWI
[24]
UK
[25]
1997 Kamasutra (limited edition cassette)
  • Released: February 14, 1997[47]
  • Label: NPG
1998 Crystal Ball / The Truth / Kamasutra
(limited edition includes CD version of Kamasutra)
  • Released: January 29, 1998
  • Label: NPG

Albums credited to Madhouse[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[14]
AUS
[15][16]
AUT
[17]
CAN
[18]
GER
[19]
NLD
[20]
NOR
[21]
NZ
[22]
SWE
[23]
SWI
[24]
UK
[25]
1987 8
  • Released: January 21, 1987
  • Label: Paisley Park
107
1987 16
  • Released: November 18, 1987
  • Label: Paisley Park

Internet albums[edit]

In this section albums are listed that only have been made available for download on the internet.

Year Album details Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2000 NPG Music Club Vol. 1–12
  • Released: 2000–2002
  • Label: NPG
2009 Lotusflow3r
(download version including "The Morning After")
  • Released: March 24, 2009
  • Label: NPG

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/artists/prince/biography
  2. ^ "Prince premieres new single “Stare”". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Prince to Release New Record, ‘The Hit & Run Album’". Spin. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Prince Announces The Hit & Run Album". Pitchfork. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Hit n'Run: Prince: Amazon.fr: Musique". 
  6. ^ "HITNRUN Phase One". Fnac.com. 29 August 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Hit n'Run: Prince: Amazon.fr: Musique". 
  8. ^ Prince, Worldwide sales
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  34. ^ "Lovesexy - Canadian Album Chart". RPM. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
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  36. ^ "Diamonds and Pearls - Canadian Album Chart". RPM. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  37. ^ Due to copyright issues regarding Prince and the copyrighted symbol, Wikipedia can not show the exact name of this album, outside of it being displayed on the cover art. The title provided is widely recognized as an alternate.
  38. ^ "Love Symbol - Canadian Album Chart". RPM. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  39. ^ "Come - Canadian Album Chart". RPM. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  40. ^ "The Black Album - Canadian Album Chart". RPM. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  41. ^ "The Gold Experience - Canadian Album Chart". RPM. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  42. ^ "Chaos and Disorder - Canadian Album Chart". RPM. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  43. ^ "Emancipation - Canadian Album Chart". RPM. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  44. ^ "Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic - Canadian Album Chart". RPM. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  45. ^ Uptown, 2004, p.263
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  47. ^ Uptown, 2004, p. 203
  • Nilsen, Per; Joozt Mattheij (2004). The Vault – The Definitive Guide to the Musical World of Prince. Uptown. ISBN 91-631-5482-X. 

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