Prince is releasing a new album Sept. 30.
The pop icon announced Monday that he would release Art Official Age on Warner Bros. Records, the label Prince was signed to from 1978 to the mid-1990s, but later battled for the rights to his music.
He reached a deal with Warner in April, earning the rights to the music he recorded on the label.
Prince will also release the album PlectrumElectrum with his all-female band 3RDEYEGIRL on Sept. 30. Both albums are available for pre-order.
Art Official Age was described in a news release as a mix of soul, R&B and funk. It’s his first album since 2010’s 20Ten.
G Unit surprises
GUnit surprised fans when its members reunited this summer at a hip-hop concert, and they have another surprise: They digitally released six new songs Beyoncé-style early Monday.
The rap group dropped The Beauty of Independence extended play at midnight, mirroring Beyoncé’s successful surprise release of her self-titled album last year. The 50 Cent-led group disbanded over the years and last released T.O.S: Terminate on Sight in 2008.
LL Cool J says it is important to help out kids in need.
The NCIS actor and hip-hop star handed out backpacks with school supplies to children in Jamaica, Queens, on Sunday.
He notes that a relatively small contribution can have a big effect on the families.
About 2,000 children attended the Worldstar Foundation event.
The top five movies from the weekend box office:
1. Guardians of the Galaxy, $17.2 million
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, $16.7 million
3. If I Stay, $15.7 million
4. Let’s Be Cops, $10.8 million
5. When the Game Stands Tall, $8.4 million
Among celebrity birthdays today: R&B singer Valerie Simpson is 68. Pop singer Bob Cowsill is 65. Jazz musician Branford Marsalis is 54. Musician Jimmy Olander is 53. Actress-singer Shirley Manson is 48. Musician Dan Vickrey is 48. Musician Adrian Young is 45. Actress Melissa McCarthy is 44. Actor Macaulay Culkin is 34. Actor Chris Pine is 34. Singer Brian Kelley is 29. Actor Dylan O’Brien is 23. Actress Keke Palmer is 21.