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High Priest Of Pop, Prince, Answers Our Prayers With A New Album

"HARDROCKLOVER" was only the beginning. The Purple One showers fans with an upcoming album, his band confirms to BBC Radio 6 Music.

Prince fans, "HARDROCKLOVER" was only the beginning. The Purple One will shower fans this year with an upcoming album, his band confirms to BBC Radio 6 Music.

Fans anxiously awaited the day Prince and band 3rdEyeGirl would stop in their neighborhood. He kept the details of each concert a secret until the day of. Donna Grantis, Ida Nielsen and Hannah Ford Welton of 3rdEyeGirl already knew, of course. But at the White House concert in June, they found out the artist had more secrets to tell, BBC reports. Welton’s husband, Joshua acted as DJ for the Washington, D.C. afterparty, previewing songs for the crowd that even the band had never heard before. All along, he and Prince had be co-writing and producing a new album to be titled The Hit & Run Album, just like the tour.

READ: Why You Need to See Prince’s 3rdEyeGirl According To A Prince Stan

3rdEyeGirl sat down with Matt Everitt of 6 Music to let the fans in on the surprise. "It's weird, there's a lot of experimental sound. It's just hit after hit and definitely caters to those fans who just love to hear what Prince has to say, rather than wanting to always hear that classic Purple Rain Prince sound," they said.

Talk of The Hit & Run Album comes only 10 months after Prince released his last two albums simultaneously, PLECTRUMELECTRUM with 3rdEyeGirl and Art Official Age solo. The funkiness of this new record keeps up with his iconic discography totaling almost 40 studio albums, the 3rdEyeGirl members insist.

READ: 5 Reasons To Be Excited RIGHT NOW If You Are Prince Fan

The chart-topping "HARDROCKLOVER" debuted as the first single on The Hit & Run Album. His Royal Badness also revamped the unreleased “1,000 Hugs and Kisses” and Art Official Age’s “This Could Be Us.”

3rdEyeGirl has no official date for The Hit & Run Album’s release, but expect the album soon. They said, “It's definitely something we're thinking is going to be released right away, it's just not been nailed down yet.”

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