In a hotly-anticipated turn of events, Universal Music Group today announced a new multi-year catalogue agreement with the estate of the late, legendary Prince.
Under the terms of the deal, Universal will become the immediate licensor of 25 albums released through Prince’s NPG Records label, as well as any future projects drawn from The Artist’s mythic Vault, “including outtakes, demos and live recordings.”
An exact list of albums has not yet been detailed, although the bottom of this post has a comprehensive list of what may be the 25 official NPG albums.
Additionally, Universal’s news release announced the acquisition, starting in 2018 of “U.S. rights to certain renowned Prince albums released from 1979 to 1995.” In 2014, Prince signed a new deal with former home Warner Bros. Records to obtain his long-desired masters from the label to license back. Last year, the label released the memorial compilation Prince 4Ever, and will reissue a long-awaited remastered and expanded version of Purple Rain with a bonus disc of unreleased material.
A tribute to Prince is planned for this Sunday’s 59th annual Grammy Awards, after which, it is rumored, all or part of Prince’s catalogue will be available from all digital music services. (The catalogue is currently the exclusive provenance of Tidal, based on a deal Prince made before his death, which is currently the subject of a lawsuit.)
As always, keep it here at The Second Disc for more information as it’s made available.
Prince’s (Presumed) NPG Records Discography
The Gold Experience (1995)
Crystal Ball (1998)
The Truth (1998)
Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic (1999)
Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic (2001)
The Rainbow Children (2001)
One Nite Alone… (2002)
One Nite Alone…Live! (2002)
The Chocolate Invasion (2004)
The Slaughterhouse (2004)
Planet Earth (2007)
Indigo Nights (2008)
Art Official Age (2014)
HITnRUN Phase One (2015)
HITnRUN Phase Two (2015)