Prince: The pop singer’s death leaves this generation without royalty


graphic by Sylvia Nelson

by Sylvia Nelson, Reporter

On April 21, the legendary pop singer was pronounced dead at his studio,  Paisley Park.

My family, extreme Prince fan, spent watching Purple Rain all day.  My mom has the DVD, and I’m pretty sure it’s scratched from how many times she has watched the movie.

Prince was born as Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His parents were John Nelson, who was also known as Prince Rogers, and Mattie Shaw, who were in the Prince Rogers Band.

Prince was signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1992. But he became a advocate for artists when he fought for his rights in the music industry against his record company, Warner Brothers.  This is when he changed his name to a symbol and became “The artist formerly known as Prince.”

According to Rolling Stone, when he first started creating music, he influenced  Janet Jackson’s producers and 1980’s dance-pop music, from his keyboard-dominated Minneapolis Sound.

“Real music lovers are actually my favorite kind of people because they like to know, rather than just be told what to think.

— Prince

He influenced the LGBT community by the way he dressed and how he sang. Prince showed that you did not have to be a girl to dress in a halter top and tight pants. He was on stage in high heels at every concert. When Prince sang, he incorporated both male and female sound. By doing this, Prince influenced gay black men to not hide who they are.

On Twitter, after his death was pronounced, Alicia Keys tweeted, “Prince was a gift and a genius. He showed us that we have no limits. His music left me forever changed.”

Katy Perry also tweeted, “And just like that…the world lost a lot of magic. Rest in peace, Prince! Thanks for giving us so much…”

Fans are remembering Prince in different ways.  Some are leaving messages outside Paisley Park. At a store called First Avenue in Minneapolis, fans gathered to remember Prince and listen to his music. Two fans, Harry Awe and Josh Combs, handed out “Purple Rain Pancakes” in Minneapolis. People hosted a candlelight vigil after his death in Los Angles. Read more at USAToday.