Prince will release not one, but two new albums. The first is the expected PLECTRUMELECTRUM with his band 3rdEyeGirl which has been discussed and teased since January.
The second is a solo album, Art Official Age. Both will come out on September 30 (September 29 in the U.K.).
Both are being released under his new contract with Warner Brothers, the label he left in the 90′s in the dispute that led to him changing his name to the unpronounceable symbol. Cameron Strang, Chairman and CEO of Warner Brothers, said “Prince is one of just a handful of visionary artists who have truly reshaped and redefined modern music and culture. For the past 35 years, he has never stopped evolving, challenging himself, reinventing his sound, and pushing boundaries. In true Prince fashion, he has just given us not one, but two extraordinary albums that express the incredible range and depth of his talent. All of us at WBR are immensely proud to be working with Prince to bring this brilliant new music to his legions of fans around the world, and needless to say we are thrilled to be working in partnership with him again.”
The descriptions of the albums from Warner Brothers:
ART OFFICIAL AGE is a classic Prince album, produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince and Joshua Welton (@joshuaworld). Sonically the record is a contemporary concoction of soul, R&B and funk. The melodies are immediate and prominent as ever and Prince’s vocals are rich and solid, taking full advantage of his vocal range with decidedly, seductive lyrics.PLECTRUMELECTRUM is a classic band record, with 3RDEYEGIRL which include Prince, Donna Grantis (guitar), Hannah Ford Welton (drums) and Ida Nielsen (bass). Recorded live and in analog the album is an electrifying funk-rock statement. Many of the tracks from PLECTRUMELECTRUM were performed live on the ‘Hit & Run’ tours of the UK earlier this year — incendiary performances in a series of historic venues — which led The Guardian to declare “These are performances by one of the greatest funk-rock bands ever.” The group was showered in 5-star reviews from all major reviewing media.
The track list for PLECTRUMELECTRUM:
The track list for Art Official Age:
ART OFFICIAL AGE
THE GOLD STANDARD
BREAKFAST CAN WAIT
THIS COULD BE US
WHAT IT FEELS LIKE
affirmation I & II
WAY BACK HOME
Prince took to the stage in Hollywood on Friday for one of his longest shows ever featuring encores that lasted longer than a complete Pharrell Williams performance.
The Hollywood Palladium was only about half full on Saturday night when Prince took the stage in the second of two surprise shows at the venue, but that didn’t phase Prince by Liv Warfield set for Friday evening but various sources started tweeting throughout Friday that something bigger was happening. Warfield ended up playing until 11:30 PM followed, at 12:15 AM on Saturday morning, by Prince who did a short seven song set.
The fact that there would be a second show on Saturday night was announced by Prince during the Friday night event and, without any real promotion, only about 1,600 tickets were sold at $100 each while the venue has a capacity of about 3,700. Still, those that attended received a truly epic show.
The evening started with a DJ set that ran from 8:00 until Prince hit the stage at 10:20. 55 songs (some in shortened versions & not including snippets placed in the middle of songs), five encores and 3 hours and 40 minutes later, the show was finally over.
Included in the set were six of the nine songs from the soundtrack of Purple Rain along with six of the sixteen tracks from the double album Sign O’ the Times. Along with tracks from his own album, Prince touched on four songs from the repertoire of The Time, two each from Sheila E. and The Family, covers and unreleased material.
The following is a tentative set list as published at princevault.com. We will update as more information becomes available.
Big City (Unreleased)
Superconductor (from Andy Allo’s album Superconductor, 2012)
1999 (from the album 1999, 1982)
Musicology (from the album Musicology, 2004)
Extralovable (single, 2011)
Let’s Work (from Controversy, 1981)
Love Machine (from Graffiti Bridge, 1990)
U Got the Look (from Sign O’ the Times, 1987)
Nothing Compares 2 You (The Family’s The Family, 1985 / The Hits 1, 1993)
Take Me With U (from Purple Rain, 1984)
Raspberry Beret (from Around the World in a Day, 1985)
Cool (from The Time’s The Time, 1981)
The Sweeter She Is (unreleased)
Purple Rain (from Purple Rain, 1984)
Mutiny (from The Family’s The Family, 1985)
Old Friends 4 Sale (from The Vault…Old Friends 4 Sale, 1999)
People Pleaser (single, 2012)
Ain’t Gonna Miss You When U’re Gone (released on 3rdEyeGirl.com, 2013)
F.U.N.K. (single, 2007)
Dark (from Come, 1994)
Something in the Water (Does Not Compute) (from the album 1999, 1982)
We’re a Winner (Impressions cover)
I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) (Aretha Franklin cover)
Satisfied (from 3121, 2006)
I Don’t Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open the Door, I’ll Get It Myself) (James Brown cover)
Housequake (from Sign O’ the Times, 1987)
The Jam (Graham Central Station cover)
The Bird (from The Time’s Ice Cream Castle, 1984)
Jungle Love (from The Time’s Ice Cream Castle, 1984)
The Glamorous Life (from Sheila E’s The Glamorous Life, 1984)
Lost & Found (from Lianne La Havas’ Lost & Found, 2011)
Hot Thing (shortened version) (from Sign O’ the Times, 1987)
If I Was Your Girlfriend (shortened version) (from Sign O’ the Times, 1987)
Forever In My Life (from Sign O’ the Times, 1987)
When Doves Cry (shortened version) (from Purple Rain, 1984)
Nasty City (from Vanity 6′s Vanity 6, 1982) / 777-9311 (from The Time’s What Time Is It?, 1982)
Sign O’ the Times (shortened version) (from Sign O’ the Times, 1987)
I Would Die 4 You (shortened version) (from Purple Rain, 1984)
Pop Life (shortened version) (from Around the World in a Day, 1985)
Alphabet St. (shortened version) (from Lovesexy, 1988)
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World (sample) (single, 1984 / from The Gold Experience, 1995)
A Love Bizarre (from Sheila E.’s Romance 1600, 1985)
Days of Wild (from Crystal Ball, 1998)
How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore (b-side of single 1999, 1982)
The Beautiful Ones (from Purple Rain, 1984)
Diamonds and Pearls (from Diamonds and Pearls, 1991)
Sometimes It Snows in April (from Parade, 1986)
Act of God (from 20TEN, 2010)
What Have You Done For Me Lately (Janet Jackson cover)
Northside (NPG Music Club download, 2001)
(Theme Song From) Which Way is Up? (Stargard cover)
Partyman (from Batman, 1989)
Let’s Go Crazy (from Purple Rain, 1984)
Underlining that no two performances on the ‘Hit and Run’ tour have been the same, Prince and the band changed gears from their midweek fusion jazz set at the legendary Ronnie Scotts to send the Manchester audience wild last weekend with an explosive set of heavy rock and funk that included brand new tracks from the forthcoming 3RDEYEGIRL album ‘PLECTRUMELECTRUM’ as well as the hits.
The show was the latest in Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL’s spontaneous ‘Hit and Run’ tour following history making performances at the Electric Ballroom, Shepherds Bush Empire, Kings Place, Koko and Ronnie Scotts.
The group has been showered in 5-star reviews from all major reviewing media.
Watch a video of the band performing Something In The Water:
The highly anticipated video was directed by 18-year old Danielle Curiel, who also stars in the video alongside a crew of seasoned dancers. Prince granted Curiel complete artistic and directorial freedom after one reading of the treatment she submitted for the song.
Breakfast Can Wait was the #2 most added single at Urban radio last week and generated significant online coverage when it was initially released last month. Prince debuted the single’s satirical artwork, featuring Dave Chappelle dressed up as the music icon, along with a teaser clip for the video through his @3RDEYEGIRL Twitter account.
The multi-platinum hit maker, who has been electively absent from social media until recently, has taken to Twitter, YouTube and Livestream through recent months, posting photos, interacting directly with fans and streaming exclusive performance snippets from various locations around the world.
Along with his 21-piece supergroup, The New Power Generation, he unveiled a special showcase for fans last weekend (Oct 5th) at his legendary Paisley Park recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The event marked his first publicly announced performance at Paisley since 2009. Prince posted a thank you video to fans shortly after the show.
The Minneapolis based superstar has been recording highly anticipated new music with the New Power Generation and his rock band 3RDEYEGIRL, featuring guitarist Donna Grantis, bassist Ida Nielsen and drummer Hannah Ford. Although release dates have yet to be set, the tentative title of Plectrum Electrum has been announced for 3RDEYEGIRL’s debut album expected early 2014.
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PRINCE delivers his official new music video, his first in 3 years… Rock And Roll Love Affair.
This bloke just keeps bringing groove back.
This bloke just keeps bringing groove back.