Prince created a new sound by fusing black American musical styles with white rock, and deeply influenced the current generation of artists, music experts said. The US music icon was found dead, aged 57, at his studio complex outside his home city of Minneapolis on Thursday. Philip Priestley, who made a 2008 documentary comparing the careers of Prince and Michael Jackson, said that growing up in Minneapolis forced Prince to create a new sound, as the Minnesota city was simply "not on the map" for black music.
NEW YORK (AP) — Prince didn't introduce sexuality to music — unless you think the term rock 'n' roll is about a quarry — but his explicit playfulness and gender-bending winks took the intersection to a new level.
Beyond his far-reaching influence on the pop landscape, Prince leaves a lasting legacy as the first star to take on the music industry in a fight for creative -- and financial -- freedom. "Record contracts are just like -- I'm gonna say the word -- slavery," Prince, who died at the age of 57 on Thursday, told US public radio NPR in an interview. It's with Warner that Prince's crossing of swords was most acrimonious, even driving him to renounce his own stage name for several years in the 1990s.
By Piya Sinha-Roy and Jill Serjeant (Reuters) - An autopsy on U.S. music superstar Prince on Friday sought to determine why the innovative performer died, but authorities cautioned it could take weeks before the results are made public. The intensely private musician, whose hits included “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry,” was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis on Thursday at the age of 57, shocking millions of fans around the world and prompting glowing tributes by fellow musicians. The local Carver County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the circumstances of his death, and Sheriff Jim Olson was due to hold a news conference at 3 p.m. (4 p.m. ET, 2000 GMT).
LOS ANGELES (AP) — His Royal Badness didn't think much of the Internet — or iPhones, for that matter. And his once iconoclastic attitude toward the modern music industry helped inspire other artists to resist technological innovators such as Spotify.