Prince Calls New Album His First ‘Cohesive Statement’ in Forever

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 06.23.14 in News

While there’s still no word of when Prince will release his new solo album — the product of a “landmark deal” with Warner Bros. — the idiosyncratic icon shared a few of its songs with the Star Tribune over the weekend. Speaking via speaker phone during a listening session with Prince’s 3rdEyeGirl bandmates, he said, “I’ve finally got something that is a cohesive statement.” Among the standout selections from said statement are “The Gold Standard,” an electro-funk tune that reportedly takes listeners back to classic Prince territory; a “joyful ballad” called “This Could Be Us” that’s loosely based on the “This Could Be Us But You Playing” meme; and a hip-hop track he recently cut with rising pop star Rita Ora. According to the paper, “it’s a rare rap song on which the music was as aggressive and menacing as the rapping,” and if Prince has his way, it’ll be out sooner rather than later because “time is money” when it comes to Ora’s career.

“Every song in the Top 40 is at least six months old,” he explained. “We should be able to make music and put it out now.”

That doesn’t just go for Prince’s own material either; he also has a 3rdEyeGirl album on deck called Plectrum Electrum. Whether that ends up coming out through Warner Bros. as well remains to be seen; in the meantime, we always have this…