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Thread started 04/18/14 6:17am

revox

IT'S FINALLY HAPPENING: Prince and Warners undertaking reissue/remaster series

First up: a 30th anniversary deluxe reissue of "Purple Rain" including "unreleased, unheard material."

This is from a joint press release out this morning.


PRINCE AND WARNER BROS. RECORDS UNVEIL NEW PARTNERSHIP


April 18, 2014 - Prince and Warner Bros. Records today announced a new agreement that will see the release of long-awaited, previously unheard material, while giving the artist ownership of the master recordings of his classic, global hits. At the same time, the deal extends Prince's relationship with Warner Bros. Records, through an exclusive global licensing partnership that covers every album released from 1978 into the nineties. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.


For Prince fans worldwide, the new partnership will open a veritable gold mine. The surprise announcement comes just in time for this summer's 30th Anniversary celebrations of the artist's breakthrough album and film, Purple Rain, which were released in 1984. For the first time, Prince will be releasing a digitally re-mastered, deluxe version of this classic album. Other planned projects will follow.


Prince said, "A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship."


"Everyone at Warner Bros Records is delighted to be working with Prince once again: he is one of the world's biggest stars and a truly unique talent" said Cameron Strang, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. Records. "We are also very excited about the release of new and re-mastered music from one of his greatest masterpieces."

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Reply #1 posted 04/18/14 6:21am

thedance

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Please..... pretty please........................ let this be real, --- don't let this be a joke.. pray pray

Ps) do you have a link to this story...?

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Reply #2 posted 04/18/14 6:22am

revox

thedance said:

Please..... pretty please........................ let this be real, --- don't let this be a joke.. pray pray

Ps) do you have a link to this story...?

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No story. Just a press release (actually two; one from Prince's people, one from Warners) in my inbox. There will most assuredly be lots of stories posting today. It's very very real.

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Reply #3 posted 04/18/14 6:30am

naffi

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WOW eek would love to know the details of this agreement!!!!
So exciting though, hope we see something sooner rather than later!! Congrats to Prince on getting those masters back!! clapping clapping clapping excited
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Reply #4 posted 04/18/14 6:33am

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thedance said:

Please..... pretty please........................ let this be real, --- don't let this be a joke.. pray pray

Ps) do you have a link to this story...?

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It's just been posted by USA Today - http://www.usatoday.com/s...s/7862473/.

Also, Consequence of Sound - http://consequenceofsound...ard-music/.

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Reply #5 posted 04/18/14 6:34am

thedance

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Best Prince-news in 20 years.... eyepop eyepop


well since.............. he left......... eeeh.... " prince " left...... Warner Bros. --- back in 1995. lol



woot! woot! woot! woot! woot!

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Reply #6 posted 04/18/14 6:40am

DareNight

Just as I was thinking of getting another copy of Purple Rain...looks like I'll wait a while to get the next edition. This sounds very exciting.

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Reply #7 posted 04/18/14 6:46am

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my brain is about to explode, seriously, it feels like i want to laugh and cry and orgasm at the same time biggrin

and true love lives on lollipops and crisps
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Reply #8 posted 04/18/14 7:00am

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Hopefully we won't have to wait long

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Reply #9 posted 04/18/14 7:03am

datdude

Wow, this is huge! Should be a homepage sticky for starters. But sooo many thots in my head. PR Outtakes, bsides, full movie soundtrack?! Exciting! Will he go ALL OUT on the new stuff now? What does this mean for PE & 3EG? Kobalt/Epic, one offs? What to remaster nxt? Man, I normally hate speculating ad nauseum but i cant turn my brain off!! I think im going to Essence now
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Reply #10 posted 04/18/14 7:05am

livewire

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Unbelieveable!! Abso-freakin-lutely unbelieveable!! I am so excited that you would be embarrassed for me if you could see me right now. smile Bring on the remasters!! AND, now that all these time consuming negotiations are out of the way and Prince can focus his attention, bring on Plectrum Electrum!! Wow, it's like Christmas for me right now!! UNBELIEVEABLE!!

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Reply #11 posted 04/18/14 7:06am

ConqueringLion

Great news, thanks for sharing, I just hope they won't screw it up in any way.

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Reply #12 posted 04/18/14 7:07am

MIRvmn

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excited The best news in very long time biggrin
We are living in Orwell's 1984
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Reply #13 posted 04/18/14 7:08am

NoVideo

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I'll believe it when it actually happens... i.e. product actually in stores. Don't mean to be cynical, but..well, after wishing for something for so long, and to think it might actually happen?

Prince probably realized how much $$$ he was leaving on the table w/ the 30th anniversary coming up if he did nothing.

Hopefully this will come to fruition and tons of great unreleased material will see the light of day.

* * *

Prince's Classic Finally Expanded
The Deluxe 'Purple Rain' Reissue

http://www.popmatters.com...n-reissue/
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Reply #14 posted 04/18/14 7:08am

IstenSzek

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datdude said:

Wow, this is huge! Should be a homepage sticky for starters. But sooo many thots in my head. PR Outtakes, bsides, full movie soundtrack?! Exciting! Will he go ALL OUT on the new stuff now? What does this mean for PE & 3EG? Kobalt/Epic, one offs? What to remaster nxt? Man, I normally hate speculating ad nauseum but i cant turn my brain off!! I think im going to Essence now

i'm listening to Electric Intercourse all the way up on 25

screaming along and making wishful tracklists already falloff

and true love lives on lollipops and crisps
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Reply #15 posted 04/18/14 7:09am

hsh

Interessting... What about the kobalt deal and the epic deal... ???
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Reply #16 posted 04/18/14 7:09am

IstenSzek

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NoVideo said:

I'll believe it when it actually happens... i.e. product actually in stores. Don't mean to be cynical, but..well, after wishing for something for so long, and to think it might actually happen?

Prince probably realized how much $$$ he was leaving on the table w/ the 30th anniversary coming up if he did nothing.

Hopefully this will come to fruition and tons of great unreleased material will see the light of day.

the thing that gives me good hope is that the press release mentions that

prince will get back his masters for all his warners album through this new

agreement, so that gives him extra incentive to go through with it.

and true love lives on lollipops and crisps
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Reply #17 posted 04/18/14 7:11am

jgreco7

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Wow, this is really great newz 4 all us Purple Headz yes
got Prince?
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Reply #18 posted 04/18/14 7:11am

NoVideo

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IstenSzek said:

NoVideo said:

I'll believe it when it actually happens... i.e. product actually in stores. Don't mean to be cynical, but..well, after wishing for something for so long, and to think it might actually happen?

Prince probably realized how much $$$ he was leaving on the table w/ the 30th anniversary coming up if he did nothing.

Hopefully this will come to fruition and tons of great unreleased material will see the light of day.

the thing that gives me good hope is that the press release mentions that

prince will get back his masters for all his warners album through this new

agreement, so that gives him extra incentive to go through with it.

I hope you're right. Will be interesting to see, for sure.

* * *

Prince's Classic Finally Expanded
The Deluxe 'Purple Rain' Reissue

http://www.popmatters.com...n-reissue/
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Reply #19 posted 04/18/14 7:12am

jgreco7

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Wow, this is really great newz 4 all us Purple Headz yes
got Prince?
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Reply #20 posted 04/18/14 7:12am

Milty

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You mean to tell me that Prince has come to an agreement with Warner Bros (his arch enemy for over 20 years now) to:

1. Re-release Purple Rain, remastered and expanded

2. This agreement covers all the albums up til the 90s...so I guess it will go up to Chaos & Disorder

3. and does this cover the new 2014 album?

4. He now owns his master recordings?

Can I get clarity on that please because, other than the Revolution reuniting with Prince, this is probably the ultimate/mega Prince news that EVERYONE has been waiting for. Including Prince.

[Edited 4/18/14 7:46am]

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Reply #21 posted 04/18/14 7:16am

KCOOLMUZIQ

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God gave prince a golden ticket to salvation in the form of Moline, and he turned it down...REST IN PEACE PRINCE.
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Reply #22 posted 04/18/14 7:17am

jgreco7

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IstenSzek said:

my brain is about to explode, seriously, it feels like i want to laugh and cry and orgasm at the same time biggrin




That's some funny shit right there falloff
got Prince?
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Reply #23 posted 04/18/14 7:17am

Chas

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I'll believe it when I have it in my grubby little fingers. I've been down this road too many times.

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Reply #24 posted 04/18/14 7:18am

IstenSzek

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jgreco7 said:

IstenSzek said:

my brain is about to explode, seriously, it feels like i want to laugh and cry and orgasm at the same time biggrin

That's some funny shit right there falloff

you shoulda seen the face i made eek

and true love lives on lollipops and crisps
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Reply #25 posted 04/18/14 7:19am

David1974

Please don't let him re-record new lyrics...

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Reply #26 posted 04/18/14 7:19am

Aristotle

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Just saw 3rdEyeGirl post this on Twitter. Great news indeed.
© prince
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Reply #27 posted 04/18/14 7:19am

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jgreco7 said:

Wow, this is really great newz 4 all us Purple Headz yes

nod Got my fingers & toes crossed!

[Edited 4/18/14 7:20am]

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Reply #28 posted 04/18/14 7:20am

NoVideo

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It really does make sense. WB and Prince have been sitting on a goldmine. If this is handled properly, it could be huge for both of them AND the fans.

Let's hope!! Exciting development, for sure.

* * *

Prince's Classic Finally Expanded
The Deluxe 'Purple Rain' Reissue

http://www.popmatters.com...n-reissue/
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Reply #29 posted 04/18/14 7:22am

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This is amazing news! Very very excited to see all this finally come to fruition.

Me and the WB! smile
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