Prince Signs New Deal With Warner Bros. Records
Prince protested his contract with Warner Bros. Records two decades ago, eventually leaving to release Emancipation on Capitol and then to put out material on his own for the past 10 years. But now it appears that he’s looking toward returning to a major label and inked another deal with Warner as a result.
According to a report from Rolling Stone, the contract involves putting out a digitally re-mastered version of Purple Rain for its 30th anniversary and previously unheard material. As well, a new album is part of the deal. A statement read: "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 has both been in and out of the spotlight recently. On one hand, he collaborated with Zooey Deschanel, including appearing in an episode of New Girl, and has music in the works with Rita Ora. On the other, very little has been heard of album PlectrumElectrum: A few singles and then a live appearance in New York with band 3rd Eye Girl.
News of PlectrumElectrum was announced close to a year ago, when Prince did a tour of the West Coast. There’s no word if this’ll be the album Warner releases or yet another one Prince puts out independently.
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