By Kevin Rutherford
A new partnership between Prince and Warner Bros. will yield previously unheard music, the pair announced today (April 18).
The relationship, in addition to seeing unreleased music from the singer finally reach the light of day, also gives Prince ownership of the master recordings of some of his biggest hits.
The announcement comes after decades of disagreements between Prince and the label. The artist presently known as Prince recorded multiple albums for Warner Bros. between the late 1970s and mid 1990s. Later in that partnership, he became increasingly disillusioned with the label, around which point he changed his name to the Love Symbol, and later The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.
After rapid-fire releases of his final albums to fulfill contractual obligations, Prince departed Warner Bros. and has been battling to gain control of his music recorded with the label since.
However, ill will seems to finally have been resolved with the new agreement– and to celebrate, a 30th-anniversary deluxe edition of Purple Rain, digitally re-mastered for the first time, will be available soon, with more projects coming down the pipeline.
“A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship,” Prince said in a statement.
“Everyone at Warner Bros Records is delighted to be working with Prince once again: he is one of the world’s biggest stars and a truly unique talent” Cameron Strang, chairman/CEO of Warner Bros., added. “We are also very excited about the release of new and re-mastered music from one of his greatest masterpieces.”
Prince’s more recent releases have been tendered on his own NPG label. The musician is scheduled to release his 33rd album, Plectrum Electrum, sometime this year.