After spending most of the past year supporting — and sometimes fronting — the band 3RDEYEGIRL, Prince has finally hammered out some of the details for his next solo album and an extensive reissue campaign set to start with the thirtieth anniversary of Purple Rain. As part of what Billboard is calling a “landmark deal”, the singer will retain the rights to his back catalog and return to the record label he publicly slammed after a nasty split in 1996.
“A brand new studio album is on the way,” Prince said in a press release, “and both Warner Bros. Records and Eye [sic] are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship.”
One of the reasons for the move is the Copyright Revision Act of 1976, which nullifies master recording copyrights after 35 years. The details of Prince’s deal have not been disclosed, but Warner Bros. CEO Cameron Strang shared this puffy pull quote: “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. We are also very excited about the release of new and re-mastered music from one of his greatest masterpieces.”
Here’s a clip from Prince’s recent hey-I-can-be-fun-too-guys appearance on New Girl…