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Prince performs at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, in 2013. (File / MCT)

From ‘Purple Rain’ to pop icon: How 1984 made Prince a superstar

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Prince opened the year 1984 poised for stardom.

Signed to Warner Bros. when he was still a teen, the Minneapolis native’s first four albums established him as a sex- and religion-obsessed musical genius who wrote, performed and produced all his own music, sometimes while wearing women’s panties.
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