The Prince Estate Inks Deal with Sony Music to Re-Release 35 Albums
Prince isn’t going anywhere
The Prince Estate has inked an exclusive distribution deal with Sony Music Entertainment. The deal will see Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, release 35 of Prince’s albums, including LPs from Prince’s 19-year stint on Warner Bros. Records.
Rights for the albums released from 1995-2010, which include projects like Emancipation and The Rainbow Children will begin immediately. The albums from other Prince eras will come after. For example: in 2021, Sony/Legacy will be able to distribute 12 Prince albums ranging from 1978 to 1996 (excluding album soundtracks, so no Purple Rain or Batman soundtrack.) So that will include classics like 1999, Sign ‘O’ the Times, and Diamonds and Pearls.
Troy Carter, the Prince Estate’s entertainment adviser, released a statement about the new deal:
The Sony team’s enthusiasm and deep knowledge of Prince’s music make them the ideal partner to release these iconic bodies of work…We’re looking forward to working with the heirs and Sony on giving fans what they’ve been waiting for — more great music from Prince.