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Purple Rain is a song by Prince and The Revolution. It is the title track from the 1984 album of the same name, which in turn is the soundtrack album for the 1984 film of the same name, and was released as the third single from that album. The song is a combination of rock, pop, gospel, and orchestral music. It reached number 2 in the U.S. for two weeks, behind “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham!, and it is widely considered one of Prince’s signature songs. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, shipping 1 million units in the United States.
Rolling Stone ranked it number 143 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time while Q magazine placed it at number 40 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks, and Pitchfork Media named it the best song of the 1980s. Prince won an Oscar for the now defunct category Best Original Song Score for “Purple Rain”.
Following Prince’s death, the song rose to number one on the US and UK iTunes Charts, allowing “Purple Rain” re-enter the Billboard Hot 100 at number 17.
Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016), was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was a musical innovator and known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, soul, psychedelia, and pop. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Born in Minneapolis, he developed an interest in music as a young child. He secured a recording contract with Warner Bros. at the age of 18, and released his album For You in 1978. His 1979 self titled album went platinum, and his next three records – Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982) – continued his success, showcasing Prince’s trademark of prominently sexual lyrics and blending of funk, dance, and rock music. In 1984, he began referring to his backup band as The Revolution and released Purple Rain, which served as the soundtrack to his film debut of the same name and was met with widespread acclaim. After releasing the albumsAround the World in a Day (1985) and Parade (1986), The Revolution disbanded and Prince released the critically -acclaimed double album Sign o’ the Times (1987) as a solo artist. He released three more solo albums before debuting The New Power Generation band in 1991.