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LA times: prince to release 3 albums 2009

http://latimesblogs.latim...ith-p.html

Tuesday morning, I received the Golden Ticket of journalistic invitations: a summons to Prince's mansion, high atop Mulholland Drive, to hear the new music he'll be releasing sometime after the holidays. At 8 p.m. that evening, I drove my dirty Mazda past the fountain in his courtyard, parked by the limo in the back, and entered his manse. The man himself greeted me in a candelit study, where he was laboring over a laptop with his Web designers, Anthony Malzone and Scott Addison Clay.

The next five hours took me from that room to a car Prince referred to as "Miles Davis," where we listened to one set of songs; into a back room furnished with a round bed, faux-fur carpeting and a plexiglass Rhodes piano, where he played cuts by his new protege, the comely Bria Valente; and into that white limo, where the entirety of "Lotus Flower," the album previewed earlier this month on Indie 103.1, boomed through the speakers as we drove through Hollywood.

Needless to say, it was an amazing experience. After the jump, a few tidbits, including Prince's promise of three albums in 2009 and his thoughts on Proposition 8.

Prince will release not one, but three albums in the new year. He's in final negotiations with "a major retailer" to distribute the music in physical form, and a highly interactive website will also provide an opportunity to buy. He's not working with a record label. "The gatekeepers have to change," he said several times throughout the evening.

He's found his way back to the sound of "When Doves Cry." The first disc, tentatively titled "MPLSOUND," is an electro-flavored solo effort recorded at Paisley Park Studios. Prince experimented with Pro Tools and "new ways of recording" on these trippy, experimental pop songs. One features a Q-Tip rap; another calls a "Funky Congregation" to worship and may become a live set piece.

He's ready to revive the Quiet Storm. "We got sick of waiting for Sade to make a new album," he said, introducing Valente's new album, "Elixir." The tracks are chill, with Valente's buttery voice melding with beats by Morris Hayes and Prince's guitar lines. Some are explicitly sexual. "This music is nasty, but it's not dirty," Prince said, explaining how sensual music fits in with his much-discussed faith -- he's a Jehovah's Witness. "There's no profanity. It isn't promoting promiscuity. She's singing about her lover, who could be her partner for life."

He loves his guitar. As the tracks played on Indie 103.1 indicated, "Lotus Flower" is rooted in the instrument. Prince said he refocused on his playing while performing live dates with the singer Tamar Davis in 2006; with the spotlight trained on someone else, he could fall back in love with solos and riffs. "Lotus Flower" is a varied album, featuring cuts recorded over the course of two years, but standout tracks include some heavy rockers -- especially the apocalyptic "Dreamer," which Prince said was partly inspired by the radical black comedian Dick Gregory.

He did not vote for Proposition 8. In fact, he didn't vote at all. "I didn't vote for Obama either," he explained. "Jehovah's Witnesses haven't voted for their whole inception." The controversy over a recent New Yorker "Talk of the Town" item, which Prince feels implied he supported the gay-marriage ban, has upset him. It's the first thing he wanted to discuss when the Web geeks had gone and we were alone. "I have friends that are gay and we study the Bible together," he said. He added that two sides fighting "only benefit the third person" who instigated the fight.
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Reply #1 posted 12/31/08 3:17pm

bluestar2006

cool cant wait thanx for the info
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Reply #2 posted 12/31/08 3:21pm

punkofthemonth

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excited pray
life's a bitch, but god forbid the bitch divorce me...

- nas
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Reply #3 posted 12/31/08 3:31pm

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INCREDIBLE eek
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Reply #4 posted 12/31/08 3:34pm

Nothinbutjoy

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Okay so there will be

#1 "The first disc, tentatively titled "MPLSOUND" "

#2 "Valente's new album, "Elixir." "

#3 "Lotus Flower"


Am I reading that correctly?

2009 is 12 months long....hopefully some of this will happen in EARLY 2009 beg


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Reply #5 posted 12/31/08 3:40pm

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It is always nice 2 have more music by Prince in my selection...
I'm looking 4ward 2 hearing them.
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight...
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Reply #6 posted 12/31/08 3:45pm

Rosalita

excited excited
Go Princey!
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Reply #7 posted 12/31/08 3:47pm

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OKAY! Officially excited!! excited
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Reply #8 posted 12/31/08 3:48pm

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Wow!
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Reply #9 posted 12/31/08 3:50pm

TrueFunkSoldie
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prince fans spoiled for 09 huh?
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Reply #10 posted 12/31/08 3:54pm

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eek and excited cool thumbs up! party dancing jig
Edmonton, AB - canada
Mod Goddess of the SNIP & BAN Making Moves - OF4S
Ohh purple joy oh purple bliss oh purple rapture!
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Reply #11 posted 12/31/08 3:58pm

Vendetta1

i am happy for you guys' enthusiasm but I will believe it when I see it.
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Reply #12 posted 12/31/08 3:59pm

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Front Paged and Stickyfied! I'm so excited for the next year... Now announce another American tour and I'll just fucking cum right here. eek
[PRINCE 4EVER!]

[June7, "ModGod"]
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Reply #13 posted 12/31/08 4:00pm

kimrachell

omfg

omg

shocked

music

headbang

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excited
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Reply #14 posted 12/31/08 4:00pm

kimrachell

June7 said:

Front Paged and Stickyfied! I'm so excited for the next year... Now announce another American tour and I'll just fucking cum right here. eek



lol
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Reply #15 posted 12/31/08 4:02pm

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Vendetta1 said:

i am happy for you guys' enthusiasm but I will believe it when I see it.


nod Me too.
RIP, Prince. A legend has left us, and you will be forever missed. cry

"She probably found her vagina". lol
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Reply #16 posted 12/31/08 4:07pm

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3 new albums huh? and will that mean if he tours..this material will b featured instead of the boring hits? pray
man, he has such an amazing body of music that it's sad to see him constrict it down to the basics. he's too talented for the lineup he's doing. estelle 81
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Reply #17 posted 12/31/08 4:08pm

emesem

OK MPLSOUND has me interested. Lotus Flower is great name for an album, I just hope the 4 tracks we've heard arent the four best tracks.

Who or what is Valente?
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Reply #18 posted 12/31/08 4:09pm

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June7 said:

Front Paged and Stickyfied! I'm so excited for the next year... Now announce another American tour and I'll just fucking cum right here. eek


J*** In My Pants
"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway
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Reply #19 posted 12/31/08 4:09pm

cherrymoongirl

Is there a doctor in the house!??? Cuz I think I'm having a spaz attack!!!!! excited
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Reply #20 posted 12/31/08 4:13pm

emesem

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Reply #21 posted 12/31/08 4:14pm

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punkofthemonth said:

excited pray


yes excited excited
Forever in my life...
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Reply #22 posted 12/31/08 4:16pm

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woot! Yay! 3 albums...woo hoo! I like the name "Lotus Flower" , it sounds pretty, reminds me of nature and peace. Can't wait to hear the "Dreamer" track the author mentions either. I'm so happy we may be able to purchase it online according to the article,
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Reply #23 posted 12/31/08 4:20pm

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Vendetta1 said:

i am happy for you guys' enthusiasm but I will believe it when I see it.


So...he promises three albums. If we get one good album and at least a few dates - I will be thuh-rilled!
We don’t mourn artists because we knew them. We mourn them because they helped us know ourselves.
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Reply #24 posted 12/31/08 4:23pm

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TrueFunkSoldier2 said:

prince fans spoiled for 09 huh?



Very! woot!
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Reply #25 posted 12/31/08 4:23pm

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great .....

Like I said before...

I WONT beleive it until I SEE it nod
Smurf theme song-seriously how many fucking "La Las" can u fit into a dam song wall
Proud Wendy and Lisa Fancy Lesbian asskisser thumbs up!
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Reply #26 posted 12/31/08 4:24pm

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toots said:

great .....

Like I said before...

I WONT beleive it until I SEE it nod


I'm with ya on that.
RIP, Prince. A legend has left us, and you will be forever missed. cry

"She probably found her vagina". lol
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Reply #27 posted 12/31/08 4:26pm

Astasheiks

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3 Albums....JAMMED!!!!!
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Reply #28 posted 12/31/08 4:26pm

asg

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psychodelicide said:

toots said:

great .....

Like I said before...

I WONT beleive it until I SEE it nod


I'm with ya on that.


But this is not MJ who promises and never delivers
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Reply #29 posted 12/31/08 4:26pm

setyrmindphree

YEEEEESSSS!!!

One observation. A song inspired by Dick Gregory, Really?

A little different inspirational source than the TRC ideas. lol
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