SIGNS WITH UNIVERSAL RECORDS; NEW ALBUM, 3121, SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE
AND SALMA HAYEK'S "TÈ AMO CORAZÓN" VIDEO
DEBUTS TODAY ACROSS ALL OF VH1'S TELEVISION, BROADBAND AND WIRELESS
new musical home, musical superstar Prince has signed an exclusive
recording agreement with Universal Records, it was announced today
by Doug Morris, chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group, Mel
Lewinter, chairman of Universal Motown Records Group, Monte Lipman,
president of Universal Records, and Prince. His first release on
Universal Records, an album entitled 3121, is set to debut in 2006.
Concurrently, VH1 will today shepherd the first audiovisual installment
from his forthcoming album, the Salma Hayek-directed video, "Tè
Amo Corazón" ("I Love You, Sweetheart"), marking
the world's first-ever multiplatform worldwide exclusive premiere
of a music video.
Universal Music Group family is thrilled to have the opportunity
to work with such a visionary and charismatic talent as Prince,"
stated Universal's Doug Morris. "Prince is one of popular music's
greatest architects," added Monte Lipman. "He is the embodiment
of what musical artistry and talent is all about; he continues to
be a major trendsetter whose many talents have always earned him
the highest respect and praise."
premiere "Tè Amo Corazón" today across all
of VH1's platforms: television, broadband and wireless. This unique
event will premiere simultaneously today, at 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT/global),
on VH1, VH1 Classic, VHUNO, Tempo, VH1 Soul as well as VH1.com through
VH1's broadband channel Vspot and through VH1 Mobile through its
partnership with Verizon's VCast service. The gorgeous and decadent
location of Marrakesh, Morroco provided the backdrop for the incredibly
lush ballad and video featuring Prince and Mia Maestro, directed
by Salma Hayek.
honored to present this unprecedented multimedia experience with
a legendary innovator like Prince," commented Tom Calderone,
general manager of VH1.
heard the song and came up with the original concept," Prince
said. "Salma is the most thoughtful, attentive director I have
ever worked with. An absolute joy."
to fame was nothing short of meteoric, from a buzzed-about musician
(with the release of his first album, 1979's For You) to arguably
one of the most acclaimed and influential artist of the 20th century.
USA Today has hailed him as "one of the most daring and brilliant
artists," just one of the many accolades bestowed on Prince
by both critics and peers throughout his career. In fact, a chorus
of acclaim literally exploded with the release of the Minnesota
native's world-changing, 1984 dual phenomenon of Purple Rain (the
movie broke box office records, the Grammy-nominated album sold
more than 11 million copies and spent 24 weeks at #1), making Prince
one of the few triple-threats in history to simultaneously land
the #1 single, album and movie. His plaintively brilliant single,
"When Doves Cry," the first of many Top Tens, exemplified
the kind of transformational musical current that only Prince could
deliver. To top it off, he won the "Best Original Score"
Academy Award for Purple Rain. A series of seminal albums - from
1985's Around The World In A Day to 1987's prophetic Sign o' the
Times, to 1989's Batman soundtrack to 1991's Diamonds And Pearls,
indelibly cemented his reputation as a 21st century impresario,
and a fearless pursuer of the musical stratosphere.
With more than
60 million records sold, Prince launched his web-centric NPG Music
Club, a groundbreaking, completely autonomous Prince-authorized
nexus, emphasizing direct sales and value-added content for Prince
fans and subscribers, a virtual template of the kind of online,
artist-driven entrepreneurial models artists and internet gurus
would be gravitating towards the close of the decade. More groundbreaking
albums followed, with Prince himself stewarding their marketing
and promotion. A varied array of label distribution deals were interspersed
throughout, with major imprints such as EMI, Arista and Columbia,
forming temporary but fruitful relationships with the evocative
Last year saw
the cultural icon command the mainstream music radar with a vengeance,
releasing the critically and commercially acclaimed Musicology (the
disc snagged two Grammys), being inducted to the Rock n' Roll Hall
Of Fame, and rolling out one of the most successful, talked about
tours in music history, (Pollstar Magazine crowned him a top concert
draw for the year) coinciding with the two-decade anniversary of
his masterpiece Purple Rain. Prince also won an NAACP Image award
in 2004 and was most recently inspired to write two songs to benefit
Hurricane Katrina victims, "S.S.T." and "Brand New
Orleans," both of which are available on NPGMusicClub.com.