Prince sitting on two new albums, with track inspired by internet meme and Rita Ora guest spot
New track titles include 'The Gold Standard' and 'This Could Be Us'
According to Star Tribune, the performer has one album with his group 3rdEyeGirl, the previously announced 'Plectrum Electrum', and another new album under his own name, made with engineer/producer Joshua Welton.
New music played to the paper's reporter at the star's Paisley Park estate included a track titled 'The Gold Standard' and an untitled "complex electronic discourse". There's also a ballad titled 'This Could Be Us', reportedly inspired by an internet meme of Prince and Apollonia riding a motorbike in the 1984 film 'Purple Rain', and a remix of the 3rdEyeGirl track 'Funk ‘n’ Roll'. The reporter was also played a collaboration with British singer Rita Ora, in which Prince raps.
Speaking to Star Tribune, Prince said: "I’ve finally got something that is a cohesive statement."
Prince also told the paper that he was having trouble getting hold of top executives at his new label, Warner Music, and said he was frustrated at the pace that the music industry moves at, saying: “Every Number 1 song, every Top 10 song, every song in the Top 40 is at least six months old. We should be able to make music and put it out now."
Prince reportedly explained that the matter is particularly pressing with the song featuring Ora, because as a celebrity with lots of endorsements, she makes money walking out of the house wearing a certain kind of makeup or sunglasses.
No release date was specified for either album.