Paisley Park Records

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Paisley Park Records
Paisley Park Studios in 2008.jpg
Paisley Park Studios entrance
Founded 1985
Founder Prince
Defunct 1994
Distributor(s) Warner Bros. Records
Genre
Country of origin United States
Location Chanhassen, Minnesota

Paisley Park Records was Prince's record label, which was distributed by and funded in part by Warner Bros. Records. It was started in 1985, following the success of the film and album Purple Rain. The label shares its name with Prince's recording complex Paisley Park Studios and the song "Paisley Park" on his 1985 Around the World in a Day album.[1][2]

History[edit]

While Prince had great chart success in the 1980s, the success generally did not transfer to other acts. With the exception of Sheila E.'s 1985 album Romance 1600 (the label's debut non-Prince release), Tevin Campbell's single "Round and Round" and the Time's 1990 release, "Pandemonium" the label had little commercial successes by artists other than Prince. In 1994, amid Prince's feud with Warner Bros., Warner ended its distribution deal with Paisley Park, effectively closing the label. Prince retained the masters of all artists, artists advances that were kept by the company and no support from the label.[clarification needed] Prince later started NPG Records, run by Trevor Guy.[2]

The President of Operations for the label was Alan Leeds. Alan won a Grammy for writing the liner notes for a James Brown album, and at one point served as Prince's tour manager on several tours. Craig Rice served as President shortly after Alan Leeds left.

Paisley Park Studios[edit]

The Paisley Park Studios complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota

The studio was designed by architecture firm BOTO Design Inc, of Santa Monica, California, and was completed in 1988. It contains two live music venues used as rehearsal spaces.[2]

After the label folded in 1994, Prince continued to live and record at Paisley Park Studios. Prince's intention before his death was to establish Paisley Park as a public venue à la Graceland.[3] He was found dead in an elevator at his studio residence on April 21, 2016.[4] On August 24, 2016, it was announced that Paisley Park would be turned into a museum open to the public. [5] Tours of the Paisley Park Museum are set to start in October 2016.[6] Graceland Holdings, the company that has managed Elvis Presley's Graceland since 1982, is set to organize the tours of Paisley Park.[7]

Discography[edit]

Prince albums[edit]

Other albums[edit]

Note: All titles were distributed by Warner Bros. Records, except for those denoted with §, which were distributed by sister label Reprise Records.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paisley Park". Discogs. 
  2. ^ a b c Petridis, Alexis (2015-11-12). "Prince: 'Transcendence. That's what you want. When that happens – Oh, boy'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-05-01. 
  3. ^ Lang, Brett; Van Syckle, Katie (2016-04-23). "Inside Prince's Emotional Final Concerts Before His Death". Variety. Retrieved 2016-04-23. 
  4. ^ Pam Louwagie, Pam; Justin, Neal; Riemenschneider, Chris (April 21, 2016). "Music legend Prince found dead at 57 at Paisley Park". Star Tribune. Retrieved April 21, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Paisley Park likely to open for public tours in October". Retrieved 2016-08-25. 
  6. ^ "Paisley Park likely to open for public tours in October". Retrieved 2016-08-25. 
  7. ^ "Paisley Park, home of Prince, will be open to public tours". Retrieved 2016-08-25. 
  8. ^ "Kahoru Kohiruimaki - Time The Motion (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  9. ^ "T.C. Ellis - True Confessions (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2004-12-05. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 

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