Paisley Park Records
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|Paisley Park Records|
Paisley Park Studios entrance
|Distributor(s)||Warner Bros. Records|
|Country of origin||United States|
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.
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.
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
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.
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. He was found dead in an elevator at his studio residence on April 21, 2016.
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- 1985: Prince and the Revolution: Around the World in a Day
- 1986: Prince and the Revolution: Parade
- 1987: Prince: Sign "☮" the Times
- 1988: Prince: Lovesexy
- 1990: Prince: Graffiti Bridge
- 1991: Prince and the New Power Generation: Diamonds and Pearls
- 1992: Prince and the New Power Generation: Love Symbol Album
- 1993: Prince: The Hits/The B-Sides
- 1985: The Family: The Family
- 1985: Sheila E.: Romance 1600
- 1986: Mazarati: Mazarati
- 1987: Madhouse: 8
- 1987: Sheila E.: Sheila E.
- 1987: Jill Jones: Jill Jones
- 1987: Taja Sevelle: Taja Sevelle §
- 1987: Madhouse: 16
- 1988: Dale Bozzio: Riot In English
- 1988: The Three O'Clock: Vermillion
- 1988: Good Question: Good Question
- 1989: Tony LeMans: Tony LeMans §
- 1989: George Clinton: The Cinderella Theory
- 1989: Kahoru Kohiruimaki: Time the Motion (Japanese release only)
- 1989: Mavis Staples: Time Waits for No One
- 1990: Kahoru Kohiruimaki: Time the Motion Live (Japanese release only)
- 1990: The Time: Pandemonium §
- 1991: Eric Leeds: Times Squared
- 1991: T.C. Ellis: True Confessions
- 1991: Ingrid Chavez: May 19, 1992
- 1993: Carmen Electra: Carmen Electra
- 1993: Mavis Staples: The Voice
- 1993: George Clinton: Hey, Man, Smell My Finger
- 1993: Eric Leeds: Things Left Unsaid
Note: All titles were distributed by Warner Bros. Records, except for those denoted with §, which were distributed by sister label Reprise Records.
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