MINNEAPOLIS (CelebrityAccess) — Sony Music Entertainment and the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson have announced a long-expected deal that will see the label re-releasing 35 albums from the purple one’s extensive catalog.
The Prince catalog covered under the new agreement will be distributed by Legacy Recordings, a division of SME, with worldwide rights beginning immediately to 19 previously released album titles released between 1995 and 2010.
The list of album titles includes The Gold Experience (1995), Emancipation (1996), Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (1999), The Rainbow Children (2001) and 3121 (2006), as well as titles originally distributed by Sony including Musicology (2004) and Planet Earth (2007).
As well, additional material recorded in 2014 and 2015 will be released under the agreement at a later time.
In addition to the aforementioned albums, the agreement also includes rights to other previously released material recorded post-1995 including singles, b-sides, remixes, non-album tracks, live recordings and music videos.
Under the terms of the deal, Legacy in 2021 will also take on distribution rights for 12 Prince non-soundtrack catalog albums released between 1978-1996 which includes some of his most iconic work.
Music from this period covered under the agreement includes the albums Prince (1979), Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), 1999 (1982), Around The World In A Day (1985), Sign ‘O’ The Times (1987), Lovesexy (1988), Diamonds and Pearls (1991) and [Love Symbol] (1992) as well as hit singles “1999,” “Little Red Corvette,” “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” “Raspberry Beret.”