Prince is once again in the spotlight, as his new album release is fast approaching. Based upon inspiration given to him by Dionne Warwick’s “In Between the Heartaches,” Prince is working on his latest creation full throttle.
Prince is definitely “in the groove” once again, listening to the oldies but the goodies such as James Brown to the relatively new U.K. singer, FKA Twigs to get his heart thumping and his music genius into action after years of “dead air.”
If you don’t try, how will you get another insatiable? The quality of the music, everyone would agree, is not the gold standard.
Tuesday will be the release date of his first album in a little over four years. But Prince isn’t the only one debuting his album on Tuesday, September 30. 3rdEyeGirl is releasing her album as Prince’s latest protégé. The latter album is titled “Plectrumelectrum”. Prince’s album is titled “Art Official Age.”
Prince says of his protégé:
I’m completely surrounded by equal talent. To me it feels like heaven.
Once feeling like a “slave” to his label, Warner Bros., Prince will release his latest album under his own terms and conditions.
What’s happening now is the position that I’ve always wanted to be in. I was just trying to get here.
The 56-year-old artist found what he had been searching for after many long years. He left Warner Bros. with the understanding that the record label owned the legal rights to all of his music because of a contract he signed as a new artist.
After some deliberation and crafty legalities, Prince now owns the rights to all of his old collections, including some tunes that fans have been wanting to hear for years. Prince also garnered control of the publishing rights to his past and future songs and his performance rights. His destiny is in his own hands from here on out, meaning he will be free to express his genius in ways that we’ve never before witnessed from Prince.
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, his attorney, feels it is a change for the industry.
Prince feels extremely passionate about his fight for justice and the rights to his own talents. He wishes all performers the same opportunities and to be able to get out from under “shady” recording label deals where the label makes most of the money. Prince believes the traditional contracts and publishing terms gives most of the control and profit to others, not the creator of the music.
Spring saw a new venture for the artist. He founded NPG Publishing, where his own music and others can create music and sell under the label, without contracts. He states he has no artists signed.
We don’t do record deals. I don’t want anything from anybody.
Prince is not looking for another 1984 mega-super-hit streak. He claims he’s not looking for another gold record nor does he care about getting his songs on the chart at number one.
You don’t quantify success by numbers.
A re-release of “Purple Rain” album is in the works. The new album is set to celebrate the 30th anniversary, although Prince claims he is not really excited about the work.
Same album, just state-of-the-art sound. It’s nice that it sounds better for fans but I live in the now. I don’t have to go backwards to celebrate.
Prince states he doesn’t hesitate to work with Warner Bros. now or ever.
I don’t deal in history nor should they. It’s not the entity that’s the problem.
Prince doesn’t plan on just releasing the two new albums and the redo of “Purple Rain”. The NFL network is using his song, “Funknroll” and there’s so much more to come. His new music will be released on iTunes and Spotify.
It’s about the deal. Anything I’m doing now it’s equitable. I’m happy. I just thank God that I’m here now.