Prince has shared ‘HARDROCKLOVER’, a loud-quiet-loud soul-rocker. Stream it below.
In January 2013, Prince released a lyric video for a new song called “Screwdriver”. A couple of months later in April 2013, Prince announced a short West Coast tour with3rdeyegirl as his backing band. The final two dates of the tour were in Minneapolis where former Revolution drummer Bobby Z. sat in as guest drummer on both shows.In May, Prince announced a deal with Kobalt Music to market and distribute his music.
On August 14, 2013, Prince officially sent his first tweet through the 3RDEYEGIRL Twitter account. The same day, he released a new solo single for exclusive download through the 3RDEYEGIRL.com website. The single “Breakfast Can Wait” received attention for its cover art, featuring comedian Dave Chappelle‘s notable impersonation of the singer in a sketch on the 2000s Comedy Central series Chappelle’s Show.
In February 2014, Prince performed concerts with 3rdeyegirl in London. Beginning with intimate shows, the first was held at the London home of singer Lianne La Havas, followed by two performances of what Prince described as a “sound check” at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, and another at Shepherds Bush Empire.
On April 18, 2014, Prince released a new single entitled “The Breakdown”. Along with the surprise release, news came that a new album was in the works, an expanded edition ofPurple Rain would be released for the 30th anniversary, and he has re-signed with his former label, Warner Bros. Records after an 18-year split. He also gained the rights to his master recordings from the 1980s, which had been a point of contention for his initial split with the major label.
In May 2015, following the death of Freddie Gray and the subsequent riots, Prince released a song entitled “Baltimore” in tribute to Gray and in support of the protesters inBaltimore. He also held a surprise tribute concert for Gray at his Paisley Park estate called ‘Dance Rally 4 Peace’ in which he reportedly encouraged fans to wear the color gray in honor of Freddie Gray.