Prince unveils new album for small group at Paisley Park


Prince apparently has another album on the way after his forthcoming release "Plectrum Electrum."

The Star Tribune's Jon Bream reports that he was among a small group invited over the weekend to hear from the album, which doesn't have a title or release date yet.

Bream says in typical Prince fashion, he received a call from the Purple One's representative late Saturday night while reviewing the Bruno Mars concert in St. Paul, and asked to come to Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen to hear the new recording. When Bream arrived, he joined all three members of Prince's group 3rdEyeGirl, two of their spouses, Prince's road manager and a reporter from FOX 9.

Prince, however, checked in by phone.

Bream says among the new tunes Prince debuted were "The Gold Standard," which he described as "percolating electro-funk" and "an update of classic Prince with a lyric that referenced the notions of 'wild and rude' from his previous days."

Prince also unveiled the ballad "This Could Be Us,” which he said was inspired by a meme of him and Apollonia riding on a motorcycle, clearly a scene taken from his 1984 hit movie "Purple Rain.”

Prince, who signed a new deal with Warner Bros. Music in April, also discussed his difficulties of getting in touch with top executives at the label, and complained about the length of time it takes studios to get new music out.

It's been a busy 2014 for Prince, who appeared on the post-Super Bowl episode of the FOX sitcom "New Girl," did a series of gigs in London and took over an entire episode of the "Arsenio Hall Show."

Locally, he's also played some gigs at Paisley Park.

Prince was also reportedly in negotiations to headline this month's Glastonbury Festival in England, but backed out, the Guardian says.

"We wanted him to play, and it got to the point where his people were talking to us about him doing it, but before he confirmed he got really upset because he thought we had advertised that he was playing," Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis told the Guardian.

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