Prince returns to Warner Bros to re-release ‘Purple Rain’, promises new album on the way

The Minneapolis singer rejoins label after 17 years

Prince has re-signed with Warner Bros after 17 years apart, according to Billboard.

The Minneapolis singer has signed a deal which will see him regain ownership of his back catalogue, while his albums ‘Dirty Mind’, ‘Controversy’ and ‘1999’ will continue to be licensed through the label as part of a new global agreement.

The deal also means ‘Purple Rain’ will be remastered as a deluxe, remastered edition to coincide with the 30th anniversary in June. Warner Bros have also stated they will release a new album from Prince, with “other projects set to follow”.

“A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros Records and Eye (sic) are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship,” Prince said in a statement.

Prince rejoining Warner Bros follows the two parties split in 1996 when he singer said he was a slave to the label, slating the major label system.