Music icon PRINCE recently announced 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 in the US. ‘ART OFFICIAL AGE’ is a solo album and ‘PLECTRUMELECTRUM’ is by Prince’s new band 3RDEYEGIRL.
HIS LATEST TOURS AND APPEARANCES
It 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. 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 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.
HE IS BACK!
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 Mind, 1999, Purple Rain and Sign ‘O’ the Times.
FOR HIS FANS
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. 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.
CLOSE UP ON PRINCE
FULL NAME: Prince Rogers Nelson
Origins: Minnesota, U.S.
Talents: multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, actor, film director.
His Firsts: His first time to write a song was at age 7, His first time to record songs was in his cousins band 94 East, His first successful album was For You at age 20.
Awards: He won seven Grammy awards, Four MTV video music awards, and one Academy Award.
3rd eye girL: The new band was assembled in 2012 by prince, the prince first recruited Hannah Ford as a drummer after finding her videos online. A while after the prince asked for a female guitarist to perform in his live tours, Ford then brought Donna Grantis who was also found online with her remarkable guitar playing. The last member Ida Nielsen was already playing in tours for the Prince, and the only member in the band which had more experience in live tours.