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Inside Why Prince Changed His Name As A Way To Get Ownership Of His Music

A few names will come up in conversations about musical GOATS. From Michael Jackson to Aretha Franklin to Beyoncé, music fans have decades of musical options to tap into. But one could argue that no list is complete without the musical variety of Prince. Prince Rogers Nelson, commonly known as Prince, displayed musical talents at an early age that defined his long career of creativity. Throughout his tenure, he recorded classic hits such as “When Doves Cry,” “1999,” and his biggest chart-topping single and album — “Purple Rain.” It is well documented that the artist was adamant about owning the music he produced. And when he was entrenched in a legal battle relating to ownership, he went to what some might consider extreme measures to get his point across and fight for the creative freedom he desired.

Jul 18, 2023

On The Heels Of Prince's $156M Estate Being Split In Half, A Company's Attempt To Trademark 'Purple Rain' Gets Rejected

If you take a look at Prince’s career, it’s a known fact that the words “Purple Rain” was a pivotal moment in his impact across industries. As previously reported by AfroTech, it’s the name of the music legend’s best-selling album. The phrase “Purple Rain” is also tied to his film debut in 1984, which went on to receive an Academy Award for “Best Original Song Score” and a Grammy for “ Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special .” Prince’s influence is clear, which is why his estate recently won a trademark lawsuit.

Sep 2, 2022