Prince Estate Announces First Round Of Physical Album Re-Releases
'Musicology,' '3121' and 'Planet Earth' are due out on Feb. 8, 2019.
The Prince Estate and Legacy Recordings announced on Monday (Dec. 10) that the first three albums in a planned roll-out of catalog material will be released on CD and, for the first time, vinyl, on Feb. 8, 2019. The albums slated for physical release are part of a trilogy from the early 2000s, including the Grammy-nominated Musicology (2004), 3121 (2006) and Planet Earth (2007).
According to a statement announcing the re-issues, the vinyl versions will be pressed on collectable, limited-edition purple vinyl, with new exclusive merchandise tied to each album on sale in the official Prince store; click here to pre-order. Musicology -- which was nominated for two Grammy Awards and was bundled with ticket purchases in a pioneering marketing effort -- will come in a single-CD/Double-LP format.
3121 was the rock icon's first album to debut at No. 1 and was landed him his first No. 1 album since 1989's Batman soundtrack. In another marketing coup, Planet Earth was given away in the UK through a partnership with The Mail on Sunday in conjunction with a 21-night run of sold-out shows at London's O2 Arena. As part of the ongoing roll-out of rare and beloved videos from the vault, this week's visual drop includes the Musicology clips for "Cinnamon Girl" (featuring actress Keisha Castle-Hughes), 3121's "Te Amo Corazon" (directed by Salma Hayek) and Planet Earth's "Chelsea Rogers."