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Prince gears up for Essence Festival by releasing new song 'The Breakdown'

Prince to Headline Essence Festival in New Orleans
Prince to Headline Essence Festival in New Orleans
Essence Festival

Prince has released a new song that takes us back to the Purple Rain-era called "The Breakdown". The Purple One has resigned with his noted Warner Brothers record label and gearing up to release a new full length studio album before taking the stage in New Orleans this July 4 for the 2014 Essence Festival.

Listen to Prince's new hit "The Breakdown" here!

For its 20th anniversary festival over the July 4 weekend in New Orleans, it was announced today, the Essence Festival will expand its annual program of daytime seminars and workshops dedicated to spiritual, economic, physical and romantic improvement.

Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Charlie Wilson, Erykah Badu and Ledisi have joined the previously announced Prince on the main stage roster of the 2014 Essence Festival in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The 20th anniversary Essence Fest is July 3-6, 2014 in the city of New Orleans.