Story: Jack Foley
HOT off the back of his comeback performance at the Grammy's
earlier this year, Prince has announced details of a new record
deal - almost eight years after his much-publicised split with
The artist formerly known as several things has decided to return
to his original guise and play the studio game, ahead of the release
of his new single, Musicology.
Hence, Sony Music were delighted to announce last week that Prince
had signed to the giant's Columbia Records.
The single will be taken from the album of the same name, which
is due to be released in America on April 20, and rumoured to
be hitting UK shops on April 19.
A full US tour is also expected, with dates to be confirmed in
the UK as well.
Announcing the deal, Prince said: "I am really an artist
and musician at heart, that's what I do.
"Musicology has no boundaries or formats. It is long
overdue to return to the art and craft of music - that's what
this album is about."
Don Ienner, President of Sony Music US, was equally as delighted
to have captured one of the music industry's most elusive signatures,
hailing the artist as 'a true genius'.
He commented: "Over the course of his extraordinary career,
he's continually taken on new artistic challenges, and in the
process he has repeatedly set new standards of excellence in popular
"The songs contained on Musicology have tremendous
depth, power, and range, making the album an important addition
to the Prince legend, and a must-have for his fans around the
"I look forward to working closely with Prince as we bring
Musicology to audiences across the country and throughout the
Prince has been responsible for some of the great records of
the past, including Purple Rain, Let's Go Crazy, When
Doves Cry, 1999, Sign 'O The Times and Get Off.
Yet since splitting with Warner, in 1996, he has opted to release
most of his music himself, via his own online music club. The
result has seen him drop out of the limelight, as he dabbled with
Now, though, the buzz surrounding him is building once again
and, according to Xfm online, the new album is a cracker.