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