Prince has unveiled his new single ‘Screw Driver’.
The singer and pop legend uploaded the studio version of the track onto his website, following a snippet being released from a mysterious Twitter account, @3rdeygirl that appeared to be leaking Prince songs.
At present, it is unclear whether “3rd Eye Girl” is a viral marketing campaign affiliated to Prince, or merely a fan who has managed to track down some unreleased material. Back in November 2012, Prince released a one-off single called ‘Rock And Roll Love Affair’. His last album, ’20Ten’, came out two years ago..
Prince has just finished up a series of intimate rehearsal gigs in Minneapolis after he reportedly booked six dates at an tiny jazz club this week in order to audition for a new drummer and host a jam session for his band.
The release of new music, plus Prince’s acknowledgement that he is auditioning a new live drummer has sparked rumours that he’ll be heading out on a wider tour this year, although thus far there are no dates scheduled.
Meanwhile, the Purple One is due to be honoured at a charity tribute concert in New York on March 9. Artists including The Roots and Talib Kweli will perform songs from his back catalogue, but it is unknown whether Prince himself will appear at the event.
by Wallace McTavish