Everyone in the music industry is full of surprises these days, and Prince is no exception. Following the news of his upcoming album and new partnership with former record label Warner Bros., the Purple One dropped his first single without warning!
Shortly before midnight on Friday, the living legend released the first song off his forthcoming project titled “The Breakdown” on iTunes. The power ballad opens with the lyrics “Listen to me closely as the story unfolds/This could be the saddest story ever been told”.
Prince shared his music-making process during an interview with Arsenio Hall last month. “There’s a song we’ve just written called, ‘The Breakdown,’” he said. “One of the things that we try to do, though, is wait until we have other songs that go together with our favorites…That’s why it takes a long time to come out with albums these days. You know, not being under contract, there’s no rush.”
Under Prince’s new partnership with Warner Bros. (he left the “slave” label 18 years ago), the company “will release previously unheard material and a digitally remastered, deluxe 30th anniversary edition to the 1984 soundtrack album Purple Rain,” according to reports.
Listen to the recently-released track below and tell us your thoughts!
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The Man, The Myth, The Legend: 37 Ordinary Things Prince Makes Extraordinary
1. Prince Gets His Hair Laid On Saturdays
Just like you girl! Sweatpants and all!
2. Prince's Bad Hair Day
Many of us throw a hat or scarf on combat our wild tresses. So does Prince. But look at how fab his bad hair day looks!
3. Prince Falls Too
Except when he does it, it's on stage and many of us are in the audience screaming for our lives. Oh and his is assisted.
4. Prince Likes To Snack
Only his food is music. Sweet, sweet music.
5. Move Over Miley...
Prince is the #TwerkTeam Captain!
6. Prince Needs You To Speak Up
When Prince can't hear you, light gleams from the heavens, he gets a far away but entertained look in his eyes and leans in.
7. Prince Doing Yoga
It's just like your yoga class, only not on stage in front of thousands of fans.
8. Prince Mimmicks Beyonce Too
Look at Prince trying to master Beyonce's "Single Ladies" dance! Uh oh oh!
9. Prince Plays Your Favorite Childhood Games Too
Piggyback never looked so fab, huh?!
10. Prince Works Out
You can tell by his form that his pushup is about to make glitter burst from the heavens.
11. Prince Loves To Get Those Reps In
Tricep dips? That's nothing when you're Prince!
12. Prince Touches Himself...
Don't act like you don't! But when you do it, does it look this good?
13. Prince Goes To Concerts
mostly because he's performing at them.
14. Prince orders Hip Hop Abs DVDs
It's obvious Prince likes to work on his fitness. Look at this hip hop abs!
15. Prince Loves Live Music
only when the sky opens up and shines the light of the world only on him.
16. Prince Be Chillin'
in full hair and makeup, because...well, that's the only way he knows how.
17. Prince Gets Perms
because sometimes being a naturalista is just way too hard.
18. Prince Gets Tired
And takes naps. While you watch, applauding and more than likely, screaming.
19. Prince Kneels In Prayer
And God stops listening to you and zeroes in on him.
20. Prince Takes A Shower
And his water sparkles like diamonds as it crashes against his skin, causing him to backend.
21. Prince Protects His Hair From The Rain
In cashmere all white hoodies sewn by the direct descendants of Egyptians royalty.
22. Prince Gets Photobombed
By Beyonce though.
23. Prince Goes To A Basketball Game
24. Prince Gets Caught In The Rain
but never gets rained on.
25. Prince Be Like
Bitches be like...
26. Prince Shakes Hands
but every knee must bow.
27. Prince Claps
but we must all wait for his approval to clap too.
28. Prince Giggles
But uses your hand to cover his mouth.
29. Prince Gets Embarrassed
and hides behind Blue Ivy's baby blanket.
30. Prince Gets Hot & Needs To Cool Off
So he orders a golden fan and fanner by way of Shanghai.
31. Prince Auditions
For the nonexistent role Of Tin Man In a custom suit.
32. Prince Takes Photos
and is the subject and the artist at the same damn time.
33. Prince Is A Fan Too
and gets private Patti LaBelle concerts.
34. Prince Gives Advice
on vocals for the Queen of Hip-hop & R&B--Mary J. Blige.
35. Prince Does The Big Chop
and joins #TeamNatural!
36. Prince Gives The Side Eye
that goes viral. Go on, Google "Prince Side Eye."
37. Prince Loves The Cha Cha Slide
...slide to the left, criss cross, everybody clap your hands!