MAJOR DEVELOPMENT FOR PRINCE!

After eight years without a label, the diminutive one is back on a major...

PRINCE has announced a new record deal with SONY, the first since his split from WARNER MUSIC in 1996.

The star is expected to release a new album and single, both called ‘Musicology’ through Columbia, with the LP coming out on April 19. Details of the single’s release date are yet to be confirmed.

“I am really an artist and musician at heart, that’s what I do,” Prince said. “”Musicology’ has no boundaries or formats. It is long overdue to return to the art and craft of music – that’s what this album is about. School’s in session.”

President of Sony Music US, Don Ienner, said: “Prince is a true genius. Over the course of his extraordinary career he’s continually taken on new artistic challenges, and in the process he has repeatedly set new standards of excellence in popular music.”

He added: “The songs contained on ‘Musicology’ have tremendous depth, power, and range. Making the album an important addition to the Prince legend, and a must-have for his fans around the globe. I look forward to working closely with Prince as we bring ‘Musicology’ to audiences across the country and throughout the world.”

Prince is expected to launch the ‘Musicology’ tour following his triumphant performance at the 46th Grammy Awards earlier this year with Beyonce.

The singer was also one of this year’s inductees into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.