During the SNL segment, which aired Nov. 1 last year, Prince and co. played "Marz" during an eight-minute medley which also featured new cuts "Clouds" and "Anotherlove".
The legendary musician, who founded NPG Records in 1993, has also been creative in the distribution of his own music over the years. In 1997, he released his album "Crystal Ball" on the Web, and in 2007 he distributed copies of his set Planet Earth with a British Sunday newspaper. The so-called "covermount" caused a rift with his then U.K. label Sony BMG, which refused to support the recording with a conventional release. "Planet Earth" was also distributed free to the thousands of fans who bought tickets to his 21-date "The Earth Tour" residency at London's O2 Arena in 2007.
Prince: The (New) Billboard Cover Story
Prince ended his year-long flirtation with social media last November when he yanked his official Twitter and Facebook pages. He actually released more albums in 2014 (and they were both hits) than he dished out Facebook comments, and his much-hyped Twitter Q&A yielded just a single response during a three-hour session.
He's been much more prolific in ensuring his art isn't shared without his consent. The singer has warned YouTube and eBay in the past that he would sue for not filtering unauthorized content. And his legal reps have ensured user-posted videos of Prince typically enjoy just a fleeting moment on the Net. Watch the clip below.