Sign O The Times: Prince Partners With “Slave” Label

Prince’s fallout with Warner Bros Records 20 years ago is one of music’s most epic sagas.

He signed with the record company in 1977 and had many successful album releases on Warner Bros. In the late 1980’s and into the 1990’s, Prince began to have intense creative differences with the company.

In 1993, during negotiations regarding the release of his “The Gold Experience” album, a legal war ensued between Warner Bros. and Prince over the artistic and financial control. While going through the litigation, Prince went in public with the word “slave” written on his cheek.

Later on, Minneapolis, Minnesota-bred singer would change his name to a symbol and was referred to as “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.”


In 1996, Prince was free from his deal with Warner Bros. and launched a comeback via his own NPG Records, which was distributed through EMI.

The three-CD set included 36 songs and was called “Emancipation.” The record was certified platinum.

Prince’s experience with Warner Bros. made his anti-establishment, anti-record company and anti-internet for many years.

But now, it appears that things have changed for the 55-year-old -bred entertainer.

Prince has now inked a deal with Warner Bros Records after 20 years of being away that see the release of some previously unheard music, while giving him ownership of the master recordings of his classic hits.

Prince sporting “slave” on his cheek

The deal also extends Prince’s relationship with Warner Bros. Records, through an exclusive global licensing partnership that covers every album released from 1978 into the nineties. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The announcement comes just in time for this summer’s 30th anniversary celebrations of Prince’s breakthrough album and film, “Purple Rain,” which were released in 1984. For the first time, Prince will be releasing a digitally re-mastered, deluxe version of this classic album.

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


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