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TheDailyBeast: Crazy Celebrity Name Changes

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Prince: The Artist Formerly Known as Prince

Prince’s 1993 flip was actually a strategic jump through a legal loophole: The artist changed his name to breach a contract with Warner Brothers that was valid only for “Prince.” The unpronounceable “symbol of love” was the artist’s new alias of choice, forcing the public to refer to him as “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.” “I was born Prince and did not want to adopt another conventional name,” Prince explained. “The only acceptable replacement for my name, and my identity, was the Love Symbol, a symbol with no pronunciation, that is a representation of me and what my music is about.” Once the contract expired, Prince was free to go back to his birth name.

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