The artist formerly known as the artist formerly known as Prince, has revealed that he will be releasing two new albums in September. Prince, who is one of music’s most influential acts, released his debut album, For You, in 1978 however the album did not achieve major success; failing to enter Billboard’s Top 100. Prince’s second album – the self titled, Prince, spawned his first hit single, “I Wanna Be Your Lover”, which sold over one million copies and opened the door for Prince’s tenure as musically royalty. Prince’s fame continued to grow throughout the 80s and in 1984 he released Purple Rain, an album that has widely become known as one of the best albums in music history; however, since the mid 90s Prince has released several far less successful bodies of work.
Even with a few misses at bat, Prince still boasts a track record of musical success and a sound that has always set up him apart – his announcement of two new albums is very exciting. Prince’s new albums, PlectrumElectrum and Art Official Age, will be his first albums since 2010’s 20Ten which received very mixed reviews. PlectrumElectrum was recorded with Prince’s band, ThirdEyeGirl, and has been in the works since the beginning of this year after Prince performed several shows in London. PlectrumElectrum is described as a “classic band album” while Art Official Age was not recorded with the band and has been labeled as “classic Prince” due to the fact that it was produced, composed, arranged, and performed by the multi-talented artist.
The release of these two new albums also signify Prince’s return to Warner Bros – the label he split from in the 90s. Warner Bros CEO Cameron Strang released a statement saying that Prince is one of just a handful of visionary artists who have truly reshaped and redefined modern music and culture.” While many would agree with Strang’s statement, there are many people who believe that while Prince is a musical legend – he no longer has the juice to release commercially successful projects. Hopefully, with the release of these two albums, Prince can silence the doubters and resume his purple reign.
Both of Prince’s albums will be released on September 30 and can be pre-ordered on his website ArtOfficialAge.com.
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