Prince Estate Announces First Round Of Physical Album Re-Releases

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Prince performs at the Conga Room L.A. Live on March 29, 2009 in Los Angeles.

'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."


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