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One man against the music industry Why Prince Will Be Missing


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Your entire timeline mourns Prince, but that doesn't really affect you personally? Equal already.

From: Dominic Holzer

Status: 04/22/2016 | archive

The whole world, at least the entire Internet, mourns Prince, who died last night. Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean, and it feels like all of your social media friends are pretty sentimental right now.

If this somehow doesn't really affect you, let me tell you: you are not alone. For many, Prince is the music of their parents or older siblings. But: There is now a really big missing in the music business - even if he was vehemently at war with him. Why? Here are a few facts.

Since 1978 Prince has recorded 39 studio albums with an incredible number of hits on them. Probably the biggest one that everyone knows was "Purple Rain". But he also wrote music history with "Kiss", "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World", "1999", "When Doves Cry", "Let's Go Crazy" and so on. This is music we've all heard on the radio since we were very young. Songs that may seem dead to us, but which once meant a lot to other young people. Otherwise they would not have lasted that long.

Prince has also written hits like these for others. "Manic Monday" for the Bangles, "Pray" for MC Hammer and of course "Nothing Compares 2 U" for Sinéad O’Connor. Surrounding yourself with great, talented musicians was one of Prince's strengths in the first place. Mainly female musicians, admittedly. Prince actually sponsored some of them at the beginning of her career. He was really fat recently with Janelle Monaé and Lianne La Havas, to name just the best known. And: Almost all of his companions rave about Prince's incredible charisma.

One man against industry

If you just want to listen to Prince's music for a sad occasion and turn on your streaming service: Forget it. There is exactly one song on Spotify and 3 newer albums on Apple Music. Prince thought streaming sucks. He wanted full control over his own music. If that meant simply giving away CDs of his albums, then that's what he did. For example his album "20Ten". It was given for free with an issue of the German "Rolling Stone" magazine. There are also no official Prince videos on YouTube & Co. It's amazing how Prince was able to become and remain so successful despite or because of his guerrilla war with the music industry.

If we summarize it again briefly, it is pretty impressive: Lots of hits written, always surrounded by exciting people, never bended and a whole generation socialized musically. This is Prince and that is what makes him special.