Faces & Names: Prince signs with his old record label
In a surprise move, Prince announced Friday he has signed a new deal with his first record label, Warner Bros., that will see his most-famous work remastered, reissued and augmented by unheard material from his vaults.
In a deal Billboard has already called “landmark,” Warner Bros. will give Prince the rights to the masters of his back catalog with the label, which stretches from his 1978 debut album “For You” through 1996’s “Chaos and Disorder” and includes all of his best-known works, including “1999,” “Purple Rain,” “Sign ‘o’ the Times” and “Diamonds and Pearls.” Warner Bros. will continue to manufacture and distribute the albums.
Warner Bros. signed Prince when he was still a teenager and helped usher him into worldwide stardom. But by the beginning of the ’90s, Prince had grown unhappy with the label and kicked off a very public campaign that included changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol, scrawling the word “slave” across his cheek and claiming Warner Bros. was limiting his artistic freedom.
Friday’s news release also said Warner Bros. will release new music from Prince, but it didn’t specify whether it would involve his current band, 3rdEyeGirl.
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