Prince To Release Two New Studio Albums… Next Month

Published: Monday 25th Aug 2014 by David

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‘Uptown‘ performer Prince is to release two brand new studio albums in the month of September, it has emerged today.

Want exciting details on the icon’s latest project?

Pop open the lid below!

A press release for ‘Art Official Age’ and ‘Plectrumelectrum’ reads:

 

 

Music icon PRINCE today announces not one, but two, brand new studio albums to be released globally via Warner Bros. Records. The much-anticipated albums are ‘ART OFFICIAL AGE’ and ‘PLECTRUMELECTRUM’, set to release on September 30th 2014 in the US.  ‘ART OFFICIAL AGE’ is a solo album and ‘PLECTRUMELECTRUM’ is by Prince’s new band 3RDEYEGIRL.Both albums, which are sold separately, are now available for pre-order via digital retailers and from http://www.artofficialage.com. Early buyers will be able to unlock ‘instant grat’ tracks from each record.  The album releases will also be marked by a series of very special events taking place globally, to be confirmed shortly.

 

2014 has been one of the most exciting years yet for the prodigious musical talent. Together with 3RDEYEGIRL, he rocked UK and European audiences into a frenzy with his sell-out ‘Hit & Run’ tours, generating some of the most significant critical acclaim of his career so far. In April, NPG Music Publishing was launched, marking the first time Prince’s vast publishing catalog has been independently controlled and administered in over twenty years. All of this in addition to headlining and curating the Essence Festival on July 4th in New Orleans and a much talked about appearance on hit TV show ‘New Girl’. 2014 has underlined that Prince continues to innovate and surprise, thrilling his fans and welcoming a whole new audience in the process.

 

The brand new studio albums mark a historic return to Warner Bros. Records, Prince’s original label home. The renewed partnership came after the announcement that Warner Bros. Records returned to Prince the master recordings of his pioneering ’80s albums, including Dirty Mind1999Purple Rain and Sign ‘O’ the Times.

 

Prince is one of just a handful of visionary artists who have truly reshaped and redefined modern music and culture,” said Warner Bros. Records Chairman & CEO Cameron Strang. “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.”

 

In releasing two albums on the same day fans get the chance to savor the many different aspects of Prince’s musical talents with ‘ART OFFICIAL AGE’ and ‘PLECTRUMELECTRUM’ offering two very distinct listening experiences.

 

‘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.

More live dates will be confirmed shortly.

 

The track-listings for ‘ART OFFICIAL AGE and ‘PLECTRUMELECTRUM’ are as follows:

 

ART OFFICIAL AGE

ART OFFICIAL CAGE

CLOUDS

BREAKDOWN

THE GOLD STANDARD

U KNOW

BREAKFAST CAN WAIT

THIS COULD BE US

WHAT IT FEELS LIKE

affirmation I & II

WAY BACK HOME

FUNKNROLL

TIME

affirmation III

 

PLECTRUMELECTRUM

WOW

PRETZELBODYLOGIC

AINTTURNINROUND

PLECTRUMELECTRUM

WHITECAPS

FIXURLIFEUP

BOYTROUBLE

STOPTHISTRAIN

ANOTHERLOVE

TICTACTOE

MARZ

FUNKNROLL

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  1. Keshas Crazy Kid August 25, 2014

    They’ll both flop #NoShade

    • CATFISH CAREY August 25, 2014

      OUR GENERATION HAS NO EAR FOR GOOD MUSIC

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  2. Stephy. August 25, 2014

    Prince has not had a hit or a hit album in over 20 years. But, he still a legend & musical genius

  3. Beysus August 25, 2014

    Mmm interesting…

  4. FutureCIARA August 25, 2014

    The Icons are coming out to play!!

    Now all I need is for Janet to officially announce her comeback!

  5. CATFISH CAREY August 25, 2014

    WE ARE IN FOR A MUSICAL TREAT

  6. Suicide Blonde August 25, 2014

    All the people i love are releasing this year, ha!

  7. Dem Lessors August 25, 2014

    …and the world kept on spinning.

  8. Dossome August 25, 2014

    The greatest musician EVER
    The greatest performer ALIVE
    i love this man,this is an ARTIST right there.

    I’m in for a treat

    • Suicide Blonde August 25, 2014

      Ok, i love him and all but Greatest musician ever, no, well, at least you didn’t say Michael Jackson 🙂

      • Stephy. August 25, 2014

        It surly isn’t The Beatles or Elvis Presley. Cuase, Stevie Wonder & Elton John knocks them out the park!

      • Brian310 August 25, 2014

        @Stephy OK!!!!…He people try to call MJ overrated but cling to Elvis when he is definitely overrated. Stevie Wonder doesn’t get the credit he deserves.

  9. Anne August 25, 2014

    Can’t wait! And I agree that Prince is the best ever! The most talented all around since he wrote and produced most of his albums all by himself and can play countless instruments and he is an electrifying stage performance with so much presence. He has also written many hit songs for other acts and kick started many careers. No one is more unique or more talented.

  10. Matthew Charlery-Smith August 26, 2014

    I feel Prince gets too much credit. We all know he’s very talented but for all the songs he’s written and produced how many are actually memorable? How many of his music videos or live performances are classed in the legendary category? Michael Jackson managed to eclipse Prince with only 5 solo albums, Prince has probably had about 20 and only about 4 had significant impact.

    Where he fell off was his refusal to work with more skilled musicians. I heard Maurice White was meant to work with him at the start of his career but he declined. MJ would’ve had no real impact without Quincy, he was humble enough to recognise this. Prince threw music out with no quality control and as a result his music sounds extraordinarily dated.

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