Its official, Prince has returned to prolific mode. That was the announcement on Monday, when the Purple One has revealed that he will release two new albums at the end of September.
One album will be released under his own name (Art Official Age), and another will be released under the name of his new band 3rd Eye Girl (Plectrumelectrum). Both of them will also be accompanied by a series of “very special events taking place globally”, and they also happen to be Prince’s return to Warner Bros. Records, the label he signed to in the late 1970s, and where he released his classic albums including Dirty Mind, 1999, Purple Rain and Sign ‘O’ the Times. His tenure with the label also included a long feud, where he changed his name to a symbol, wrote the word “slave” on his cheek, and prolifically released albums to fulfill contractual obligations as quickly as possible. He eventually went back to Prince, after the contract expired in 2000.
In a statement from Warner Bros. Records CEO Cameron Strang, the label is happy and excited to be working with Prince again, and has described him as a “handful of visionary artists, who have truly reshaped and redefined modern music and culture”. Albums Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum will be released on September 30th.
In other music news, Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon in 1980, was denied parole for the eighth time on Friday, according to New York’s Department of Corrections. The decision came by a three-member board, following a hearing on Wednesday. The panel had concluded that the 59-year old “wouldn’t live and remain free without violating the law again” if released. They also said Lennon had displayed kindness, and his actions devastated a family, as well as fans.
On December 8, 1980, Chapman fired five shots outside the Dakota apartments where Lennon lived with Yoko Ono and their son Sean. Lennon was hit four times. Chapman was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison, after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. An attorney for Yoko Ono stated that she had no immediate comment following the decision of parole denial.