Prince Music Released From The Vaults - All The Gold Post 1995
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:21:02
Through his career, Prince had a well-documented battle with labels and licensing, a battle that left many releases in a famous vault, or in heavily limited circulation. However, material from his legendary music vault will now finally be released. On Thursday, the late singer's estate announced an agreement with Universal Music Group to release his music recorded after 1995, along with material from his vault.
In the mid-1990s Prince had a fight over his contract with longtime label, Warner Bros. — leading him to form his own label, NPG Records. He would later return to Warner Bros. to release Art Official Age. The new deal with Universal includes 25 albums that Prince released on NPG, including Emancipation, Musicology and 3121.
The New York Times first reported details of the new deal between the singer's estate and Universal, indicating that vault material will include outtakes as well as live and demo recordings.
While there remains plenty of mystery and speculation around the contents of Prince's vault, last year Paisley Park employees explained that thousands of hours of unheard live and studio material — including random songs, loose jams, and even entire albums — are housed inside.
Last November, Prince's estate also inked a deal with Universal to become the worldwide publishing administrator for Prince's music.
Last night's GRAMMY's played homage to Prince, with a tribute performance from a purple-clad Bruno Mars who joined Prince's "Minneapolis Music Family", The Time, to sing "Let's Go Crazy" — a performance that underlined the magic of the original, and serving as a reminder as to what the music industry has lost.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff