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Prince estate unveils first wave of physical album re-releases


© The Prince Estate. Photographer: Nancy BundtPrince fans, rejoice. The Purple One’s definitive catalog will be up for grabs early next year. 

The Prince estate, in tandem with Legacy Recordings, announced on Monday the arrival of three essential full-length albums available on CD and, for the first time, on vinyl. The projects included in the roll-out, slated for release Feb. 8, consist of the Grammy-nominated Musicology3121 and Planet Earth.

The album trilogy marks “a sustained period of renewed creative energy and commercial triumph in Prince’s multi-faceted career,” the estate says in a statement.  Each of the vinyl titles will be pressed on collectible, limited-edition purple vinyl along with exclusive merchandise corresponding to each album on sale via the official Prince store

Released in 2006, 3121 was the music icon’s 31st studio album as well as his first to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts. For his follow-up, 2007’s Planet Earth, Prince innovated yet another bold marketing and distribution tactic, giving free copies of the album away in the U.K. via a partnership with the national newspaper The Mail on Sunday.

Bucking conventional industry distribution, the partnership helped fueled Prince’s epic 21-night run of sold out shows at London’s O2 Arena, while back in the U.S., Planet Earth debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200. Similarly, Musicology was bundled with ticket purchases and earned Prince two Grammy nods. 

Ahead of the highly-anticipated re-release, the Prince estate is also gifting fans with rare clips from the vault which include visual drops for Musicology’s “Cinnamon Girl”, 3121‘s “Te Amo Corazon,” and Planet Earth‘s “Chelsea Rogers.”

The albums are all available for pre-order online.

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