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Legacy Recordings To Distribute Prince's 1978–2015 Releases
On June 27 Sony Music Entertainment's Legacy Recordings and the Prince Estate announced a comprehensive distribution deal to re-release Prince's 1978–2015 album, in stages, beginning with the great artist's 1995–2010 work. The immense range and quality of Prince's creative output will take years to appreciate and SME Legacy was selected to steward memories that will become renewed listening experiences for millions.
Sony had already distributed Prince's 2004 Musicology and 2007 Planet Earth albums. The "Musicology" title track won Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance at the 47th GRAMMY Awards while the album's "Call My Name" won Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. At the 50th GRAMMY Awards, "Future Baby Mama" from Planet Earth won Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.
Additional albums expected sooner rather than later from Legacy include Prince's GRAMMY-nominated 3121 from 2006 and The Gold Experience from 1995. From 1996-2001, fans are about to re-receive Emancipation, Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic and The Rainbow Children.
Like modern appreciation of David Bowie, the imagination and reinterpretations surrounding Prince's body of work are joining burgeoning academic disciplines such as studies of Beyoncé and Solange. This is the year after all that Kendrick Lamar received rap's first Pulitzer Prize.
"We're looking forward to working with the heirs and Sony on giving fans what they've been waiting for," said Prince Estate adviser Troy Carter, "more great music from Prince." Rolling Stone summarizes some of the material Legacy will begin distributing over the years ahead.
We're also awaiting the Warner Bros. Records release, Piano & A Microphone: 1983, coming in Sept. The material from Prince's vault is a whole different flow many hope will form a river of its own, streaming online.
With this new distribution deal, Prince's legacy continues to grow as he is a major part of our music and cultural history, and his creative works will long be shared and re-remembered.