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You can always tell whether the groove is working or not

The year 2016 was a notorious one for the large number of unexpected celebrity deaths. Among them, the news that Prince, one of the biggest, most original and outstanding music acts in the world had died of an overdose at the age of 57, was a big shock for many.

A master of countless musical instruments, Prince pioneered a distinctive sound and produced countless hits, including 1999, The Most Beautiful Girl In The World, Cream, Purple Rain and When Doves Cry. He sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the most successful recording artists of all time.

Flamboyant and sometimes surprising, he famously replaced his own name with an unpronounceable symbol, after falling out with a record label. The best people could do was refer to him as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, until he later reverted back to his given name.

On another occasion, he did a full TV interview while refusing to talk or show his face, nodding or shaking his head when required throughout. “I like to say I live in the world, but I’m not of it,” he once said.

Born Prince Nelson Rogers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince built his famous studio and home, Paisley Park in Chanhassen, only a short distance away from where he grew up.

The star would often throw open the doors to host impromptu music nights. Paisley Park is now open to the public and fans from all over the world can pay their respects and glimpse into Prince’s extraordinary world.