Prince releases surprise new single ‘The Breakdown’ – listen

The track comes less than a day after the icon announced he'd re-signed to Warner Bros

Prince has released a surprise new single, reports Rolling Stone.

‘The Breakdown’ was released last night (April 18) and is available to download on iTunes now. You can listen to the song at the bottom of the page. The release came less than a day after Prince announced he had re-signed to Warner Bros after 17 years.

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.