publication date: Monday, October 30, 2000 (part of Round XI)

category: Music

clue: This former "slave" is now once again pop music royalty.

explanation: Prince was a pop music star who famously feuded with Warner Brothers, his label. He changed his performing name to an unpronounceable symbol, then changed it back when his contract with WB ended. (The phrase "now once again pop music royalty" refers to the switch back to his real name.) He also scraweled "slave" in black ink on his face every day for years while trapped under his WB contract. more…

solved by: Denise Sawicki, Dave Mitzman, Aaron Fischer, Anna Gregoline, and Kelly Hardie

trivia: Though Prince considered himself a professional musician, he was better known as a singer, and thus that word came first in his notoriety.

Similar Goos


This royal Minnesotan's purple reign over the music business has lasted well beyond the 1999 party that he predicted. Go »


pop/rock royalty Go »

Ronnie James Dio

This soulful singer saved black music in the 1970s by turning Satanic influence on its head. Go »

Gregg Allman

His guardian angel gave him a new liver despite him being no angel himself. Go »


This Swede is known for laughing out loud when singing every morning, which is a bad time to call him. Go »


The rap lyrics of this Detroit prodigy melt in his mouth, not in his hand. Go »