What Is the Prince Symbol and Meaning?

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For much of the 1990s, pop singer, songwriter and musician Prince changed his name to what he referred to as “an unpronounceable symbol,” according to Entertainment Weekly. The glyph combined elements of astrological symbols for male and female in a form that resembled a scepter.

Prince was frustrated with Warner Bros., his record label at the time, for asking him to release fewer albums to avoid flooding the market. Rolling Stone reports that, frustrated at not being able to get out of his recording contract, Prince retaliated with the name change. When journalists complained about the difficulty of reporting on him, he relented and allowed them to refer to him as “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.” When his contract expired in 2000, he reverted to his former and legal name, Prince.