Prince to release ‘super experimental’ new album with 3rdEyeGirl later this year

Band say they hope new record will be released "soon"

Prince is to release a new album ‘The Hit & Run Album’ with his band 3rdEyeGirl.

The group released their first album ‘Plectrumelectrum’ last year and will return with a “super experimental” and “super funky” follow up later this year.

The group confirmed the news to BBC 6 Music. “It’s phenomenal, there are so many hits on this album. It’s super experimental,” they told the station, adding that the album will reference their run of secret gigs in the UK throughout 2014.

The group, Donna Grantis, Ida Nielsen and Hannah Ford Welton, did not reveal a release date for the album but confirmed that is would be “soon”. ‘HARDROCKLOVER’, revealed online earlier this month, is the first single from the album.


“Super hardcore Prince fans that know every song he’s ever recorded – we refer to them as ‘The Purple Collective’ or ‘The Purple Army’ – this album is absolutely for them, because it’s super funky,” the group said.

“It’s weird, there’s a lot of experimental sound. It’s just hit after hit and definitely caters to those fans who just love to hear what Prince has to say, rather than wanting to always hear that classic Purple Rain Prince sound.”

Other songs slated for the record include a new version of ‘Diamonds & Pearls’ era Prince song ‘1,000 Hugs and Kisses’ and a reworked version of solo track ‘This Could Be Us’.

“‘This Could Be Us’ is such a classic tune that’s so beautiful and the lyrics are amazing, the production is phenomenal,” the band said. “But then when you hear this new version, it is totally different – super cool, really industrial sounding.”

“‘1,000 Hugs and Kisses’ is just a super slow jam, to dance with your husband or your wife on the dance floor, it’s a really dope, feel-good love song.”

Prince released two albums in 2014, ‘Plectrumelectrum’ with 3rdEyeGirl and the solo LP ‘Art Official Age’.

Alabama Shakes performed at Prince’s Paisley Park studio last month (June 1), with the singer himself joining the band onstage.