Prince Returns to Warner, Releases Surprise New Single 'The Breakdown'

The singer reunites with the label after 17 years to re-release "Purple Rain," promises new album.

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Prince has has re-signed with Warner Bros. after 17 years apart, according to Billboard (via NME).

The Minneapolis singer has signed a deal which will see him regain ownership of his back catalogue, while his albums "Dirty Mind," "Controversy" and "1999" will continue to be licensed through the label as part of a new global agreement.

The deal also means "Purple Rain" will be remastered as a deluxe, remastered edition to coincide with the 30th anniversary in June. Warner Bros. have also stated they will release a new album from Prince, with "other projects set to follow."

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

Prince rejoining Warner Bros follows the two parties split in 1996 when he singer said he was a slave to the label, slating the major label system.

The singer also released a surprise new single "The Brealkdown." As Rolling Stones notes (via NME), the song was released on April 18 and is available to download on iTunes now. You can listen to the song below.

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    Kylianvb
    Love me some BreaLkdowns.:/ Have to say though, him going back to Warner after all that... Surprises me.
    Scorpyin
    Cocaine's a hell of a drug...
    Mr_izzy
    Then stop takin' that shit, bro. Prince is the coolest. Nobody else could do stuff he does. He's created some of the best albums ever AND - he's a pretty good guitar player.
    bobmarley_fan
    Also, I remember when he was having it out with Warner Brothers and appeared on one of Jay Leno's first shows for the tonight show. He came out to play with a chain veil over his face with the word slave wrote on his cheek. Midway through his performance he took out a Warner Brothers contract, threw it on the ground, pulled out a bottle of lighter fluid, used the bottle like he was pissing on the contract and then lit it....Freaking Awesome!
    Mr_izzy
    I can't wait to get my hands on that Purple Rain anniversary edition - it's gonna be full of unreleased vault songs, finally in EX+ quality. I just hope Prince won't do any editing due to his JW beliefs.
    RichieJovie
    The finest musician this planet has left.
    TheTeacher
    erm.... bonamassa, jimmy page, petrucci, vai, malmsteen, satriani, clapton, van halen, angus young... i guess you're kidding right?
    RichieJovie
    You are comparing guitarists to a multi instrumental singer songwriter who has shifted over 80 million records on his own. I like those other just as much but they really don't have the body of work that the Purple one does.
    RichieJovie
    You are comparing guitarists to a multi instrumental singer songwriter who has shifted over 80 million records on his own. I like those other just as much but they really don't have the body of work that the Purple one does.
    RichieJovie
    You are comparing guitarists to a multi instrumental singer songwriter who has shifted over 80 million records on his own. I like those other just as much but they really don't have the body of work that the Purple one does.
    morbidguitar
    Cheese Sells. There are a LOT much worse bands that have sold way more albums then that and cant play the guitar or write songs. What does that tell you?
    Lugas
    You completely missed the point. What does that tell you?
    Mr_izzy
    Bonamassa - not even in the same league as Prince Jimmy Page - yes Petrucci - meh Vai - actually, Vai admires Prince, just like Satriani Malmsteen - is this a joke? Clapton - no Van Halen - no Angus - no
    wasnevercool
    You're naming a bunch of guitarists who, not counting Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton, honestly make pretty uninteresting music that may be technically advanced but lacks creativity. Prince may not be a rock guitarist, but he's a brilliant singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and has arguably shaped the course of music itself.
    benjixoath
    it's pretty good. love a bit of prince! wanted to see him in manchester recently but 70 quid a ticket is a little steep
    Mr_izzy
    Are you sure it was 70 quids? From what I know, the tickets were going for 10 at the entrance.. something to prevent the non-fans going there.
    benjixoath
    i thought on the manchester academy website it said 70 but i could be wrong
    Mr_izzy
    I paid 135 € to see him in Vienna... then he did this mini tour with 3rdEyeGirl in UK and th tickets were really 10 pounds each :|
    Insanity ninja
    Adv. tickets were £70, that was for his first show of that night, the academy then cleared the room and prepped for a show after where only tickets OTD were available I think.
    NoiseCookie
    Hey Ultimate-Guitar, I just wanted to let you know that to completely copy someone else's work is considered plagiarism and against the law. You can't say "(via NME)" with an embedded link and call this a re-blog. This article literally copies NME word for word. If you would like to see an example of how to properly re-blog, simply look at the BillBoard article NME got their information from and then compare the two. Here is another example of re-blog our site, NoiseCookie.com has done using your site as a reference: http://www.noisecookie.com/daily-news/20... Here is the original article, which Ultimate-Guitar.com completely stole from NME: http://www.noisecookie.com/daily-news/20...
    rockstarbear
    The real question is if fans will get remastered albums or doctored versions. Prince has changed "Sexuality" to "Spirituality" in the live shows, and doesn't play his exciting sexy songs from early in his career. This news is pointless unless we can get all the original albums and side projects like The Time and Vanity intact.
    JD Close
    Yeah, I've been waiting for Prince to show up at my door and hand me a Watchtower pamphlet for years, but I don't think it'll ever happen.
    the_bi99man
    "Brealkdown"? "Remastered as a deluxe, remastered edition.."? Seriously UG, get better writers, or send the ones you have back to school. Literally every article is riddled with spelling, punctuation and grammar errors which smart people haven't made since elementary school.
    shwilly
    Awsum Now that Whose Line has been revived Wayne Brady will have a good excuse to do his Prince impersonation again :p
    Zaqq
    Is it wrong that I have no idea who this guy is?