Prince's Estate Announces Massive 35-album Reissue Campaign

Prince's Estate Announces Massive 35-album Reissue Campaign
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Prince's estate and Sony Music have agreed to a distribution deal to re-release 35 of the Purple One's previously released albums.

As Billboard reports, the two parties agreed to the project partnership today. The catalog included in the deal will be distributed through the label's Legacy Recordings imprint.

The first phase of re-releases will include Prince material from 1995 to 2010, with other material following in the years to come. The first batch of reissues will include titles such as 1995's The Gold Experience, 1996's Emancipation, 1999's Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, 2001's The Rainbow Children and 2006's 3121, in addition to 2004's Musicology and 2007's Planet Earth.

It is currently unclear exactly when this initial batch of reissues will be available.

Beginning in 2021, the deal will include Prince titles from 1978 to 1996 for distribution in the United States. Titles featured in the deal's second phase include 1979's Prince, 1980's Dirty Mind, 1981's Controversy, 1982's 1999, 1985's Around the World in a Day, 1987's Sign 'O' the Times, 1988's Lovesexy, 1991's Diamonds and Pearls and 1992's [Love Symbol].

Billboard notes that Prince material from 2014 and 2015 will also be distributed with worldwide rights under the deal in the future. The partnership also includes rights to previously released singles, remixes, non-album tracks, live recordings and music videos recorded before 1995.

A posthumous Prince live album, Piano & a Microphone: 1983, is set to arrive on September 21 via Warner Bros. JAY-Z has also been linked to a forthcoming album of unreleased Prince material set to arrive on his Tidal streaming service in 2019.