The DΨvil in the dΨtail: Prince will return to Warner Bros. Records for the first time in 18 years. The singer re-joins the label after a split that previously lead him to write the word ‘slave’ on his face and change his name to an unpronounceable symbol in an attempt to disrupt his contract. It is not likely that such a man with apparent personal values would compromise after being able to survive independently this long.
According to a press release, the new deal will provide Prince with the rights to the master recordings of his classic albums in “an exclusive global licensing partnership that covers every album released from 1978 into the ‘90s”. Oh, he has the masters now. What changed? Well, maybe the faces of the record distributors and moguls have changed in 20 years — likely.
“Everyone at Warner Bros. Records is delighted — sure you are — to be working with Prince once again: he is one of the world’s biggest stars and a truly unique talent,” said Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Cameron Strang. “We are also very excited about the release of new
revenue streams and remastered music from one of his greatest masterpieces.”
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