The artist has signed with the label to distribute his upcoming album, « Planet Earth », which is due for release in North America on July 24, marking the culmination of a worldwide launch beginning July 16.
Prince last partnered with Columbia for the release of 2004’s « Musicology ». His chart-topping 2006 album, « 3121», was distributed by Universal Records.
« Planet Earth» is a fantastic album and promises to be a musical milestone for Prince,” Sony Music President Rob Stringer said in a statement Monday. “The Columbia label is thrilled to be working with an iconic artist like Prince in this exciting stage of his amazing career.”
“Guitar” the first single from the album, is already available via interne.
The album is slated to hit stores shortly before Prince kicks off his world tour on Aug. 1st with 21 consecutive shows in London. The first 15 shows sold out in record time, while the remaining six go on sale next week.