Messages left by fans outside Prince's Paisley Park residential compound, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 21, 2016.
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On Prince's 1981 album "Controversy," released days after he opened for the Rolling Stones dressed in bikini underwear and got booed off stage, the singer quipped that he was asked constantly if he was black or white, straight or gay.Rock music and sex have always been bedfellows but Prince took lasciviousness to heights that would make even some listeners with contemporary sensibilities blush.Prince set off the row with the most impact with his tune "Darling Nikki," on 1984's "Purple Rain," a song that starts with a girl masturbating in a hotel lobby.Prince detested labels, yet it became clear to many his androgyny had little to do with sexual orientation.Prince refused to let reporters record interviews and his entourage played down his reported remarks, while the singer later steered clear of the issue.
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