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Prince Doesn’t Like ‘Given’ Name

November 7, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ The artist formerly known as Prince doesn’t like to be called that.

The singer, probably best known for his ’80s hits ``Purple Rain″ and ``Raspberry Beret,″ tells Time magazine in its current editions that his name is simply the unpronounceable symbol that appears on his album covers. The latest, ``Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic,″ is being released by Arista.

``I’ve made choices, and people can respect them or they can not respect them,″ says the singer, who changed his name from Prince to the symbol in 1993.

When his wife, Mayte, wants to talk to him at home, she says, ``I just stand in front of him and get his attention. But if you need to say what I call him, you can say I call him ’honey.‴

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