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Prince to release new album in September



By MESFIN FEKADU

NEW YORK (AP) - Prince is releasing a new album on Sept. 30.

The pop icon announced Monday that he would release "Art Official Age" on Warner Bros. Records, the label Prince was signed to from 1978 to the mid-1990s, but later battled for the rights to his music.

He reached a deal with Warner in April, earning the rights to the music he recorded on the label.

Prince will also release the album "PlectrumElectrum" with his all-female band 3RDEYEGIRL on Sept. 30. Both albums are available for pre-order.

"Art Official Age" was described in a news release as a mix "of soul, R&B and funk." It's his first album since 2010's "20Ten."

Prince released key projects like "Purple Rain," ''1999," ''Diamonds and Pearls" and "Around the World in a Day" on Warner. The agreement with the label comes years after his relationship with Warner soured as he failed to gain possession of the music he recorded for the label. Prince changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol and wrote the word "slave" on his cheek. He also vowed to rerecord the 17 albums he released on the label and sell them on his own.

After Warner, Prince began releasing music in 1996 over the Internet, and struck deals with Arista Records and Columbia Records, where he saw a comeback with the Grammy-winning "Musicology" in 2004.

His second upcoming album, "PlectrumElectrum," will feature 3RDEYEGIRL, the band that includes guitarist Donna Grantis, drummer Hannah Ford Welton and bassist Ida Nielsen.

Prince and the trio performed in Europe this year during their "Hit & Run" tour.

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R August 25 2014 at 1:14 PM

Prince is no longer relevant.

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lisasin7 August 25 2014 at 1:23 PM

Sir....where were you last night at the 2014 VMA's ? They needed you...it was a disaster.

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dapalmlv lisasin7 August 25 2014 at 7:48 PM

I feel the same as you but all the reports are what a great show it was. I guess don't realize that we have recording devices! LOL They tell us don't belive your lying eyes believe what we tell you that you saw! Beyonce and JayZ were the worst almost made me puke with that phoney crap! Let's see music blaring, woman in almost no clothes, I thought I was at a strip joint! This entire generation is a disgrace to music, there is no more music, its all image, and teen girls shaking their butts and no talent boy bands back once again! Ok I will meet you half way its CORPORATE POP! Sell sell sell sell

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rb9866 dapalmlv August 25 2014 at 8:58 PM

Amen! Tell it like it is!

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bl0ndi0 dapalmlv August 25 2014 at 9:23 PM

Excellent analogy

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James Green August 25 2014 at 3:13 PM

To all you haters out there, Prince is the among the best and finest musicians alive today!!! Period!! If any of you out there had an ounce of talent that Prince has, then you might be able to say something. No musician then or now can touch him. He can play any musical instrument, write his own material and perform it just as well. On his first album,he was the voices and the band, he did it all!! People can be so fickle, and in the entertainment business this is very true. It's a trip how people's memories are so limited. Prince yesterday, now and forever!!

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ram4131 August 25 2014 at 1:49 PM

First saw him at the Paradise in Boston around 1980 I think. His group was called the Revolution back then. This guy put on a GREAT performance.

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Kate ram4131 August 25 2014 at 11:25 PM

I saw him too around that time, in NYC. Incredible show-- I'd never seen so much energy, and it wasn't just theatrics-- he's GOOD.

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dennis warner August 25 2014 at 1:20 PM

SO VERY YESTERDAY. ZZZZZZZ

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jo12992 August 25 2014 at 1:11 PM

LONG LIVE PRINCE

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myroguisheyes jo12992 August 25 2014 at 2:12 PM

Why?

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songbirdgray jo12992 August 25 2014 at 4:40 PM

SERIOUSLY?

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Pope John August 25 2014 at 1:29 PM

Oh I am so glad I haven't already killed myself.

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paperman300 Pope John August 25 2014 at 2:12 PM

Is there a bridge or tall building near by.Do the world a favor and JUMP.

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normandyv paperman300 August 25 2014 at 2:16 PM

You first, a**hole.

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Joe Meacham Pope John August 25 2014 at 8:38 PM

You know, it is never too late.

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zonasteve11 August 25 2014 at 1:42 PM

at least he's not on welfare

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Dick Hardagain August 25 2014 at 1:47 PM

Why didn't he just call his band Browneye girl.. And NO, I didn't mean Brown EYED Girl. The name sounds perverted, like he has a fetish for bung hole, which REALLY doesn't surprise me . I've always wondered when he was going to come out of the closet

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jo12992 August 25 2014 at 1:11 PM

YES

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