The Evolution of Prince

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1999

In late 1982, The Purple One released his amazing double album 1999, which sold over 3 million copies and was boosted by purple classics like "Little Red Corvette" and the title track, which, along with Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean," was one of the first videos by a black artist to break through into rotation on MTV. Prince was ascending to his throne.

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