Prince By the Numbers: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of the Purple One

However you break it down, one thing is clear: the man was a legend.

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Prince Rogers Nelson, known more commonly by his first name only, was a rare musician, a virtuoso who also possessed the creative vision to produce a soundtrack for the far future. Forever recording and producing, Prince's creative output is difficult to boil down to raw data—a problem complicated by his messy relationship with the recording industry—but in the wake of his death on April 21, the task becomes one worth undertaking as we seek to amplify his legacy for future generations. Though an untold number of his songs remain unreleased, and a handful of his albums never received their deserved commercial recognition, the numbers we do have ably complement the qualitative analysis of Prince's career. However you look at it, one thing is clear: the man was a legend. R.I.P. Prince. All good things, they say, never last, but we're certain that your legacy will live on for years to come.

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