Prince Returns To “Slave” Label, Set To Release Two Albums In September
After the MTV 2014 VMAs aired last night, the iconic artist Prince announced he will be releasing two albums at the end of next month. The first album to be released, ART OFFICIAL AGE, will be reminiscent of Prince’s classic musical style. Debuting on September 30, the album will feature the single “Breakfast Can Wait” and will be Prince’s 33rd studio album. The second album, “PLECTRUMELECTRUM,” will have the same release date and will be a collaborative effort with his funk band, 3rdEyeGirl.
Surprisingly, both of the albums will be released by Warner Bros. Records. Prince was signed to the label in 1976, but 20 years later their relationship soured after Prince released his 1996 album “Chaos and Disorder.” Prince had a dispute with the label over artistic control. As Warner Bros. Records and Prince continued their feud, Prince changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol and at public appearances, Prince would arrive with the world “slave” written across his cheek. Prince officially ended his relationship with Warner Bros. Records with the release of his 1996 three-hour album, “Emancipation.”
According to TIME, Prince and Warner Bros. Records reconciled once the label returned the master recording of Prince’s albums: “Dirty Mind,” 1999, “Purple Rain” and “Sign ‘O’ the Times” to the artists. Currently, Prince’s NPG Music Publishing controls most of his publishing catalog. To promote “ART OFFICIAL AGE” and “PLECTRUMELECTRUM,” Prince will have several live performances in the upcoming weeks.
To pre-order Prince’s new albums, click here. Below is the video for Breakfast Can Wait.