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Paisley Park Records

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Label details


Parent Company: Warner Bros. Records
Founded: February 1985
Ceased operation: February 1994
Founder: Prince / ?
Location: Chanhassen (MN), USA
Distributor(s): Warner Bros. Records (In the U.S.)
WEA International (Outside the U.S.)
Subsidiaries: Paisley Park Enterprises
Discography
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Prince's first record label, Paisley Park Records, a co-venture with Warner Bros. Records was founded in 1985 and debuted with the release of Around The World In A Day. The label shares its name with Prince's recording complex Paisley Park Studios and the song Paisley Park.

Artists who recorded for Paisley Park Records include The Time, Sheila E., The Family, Mavis Staples, George Clinton, Rosie Gaines, Carmen Electra, Jill Jones, Three O'Clock, Ingrid Chavez, Dale Bozzio, and Taja Sevelle. Paisley Park Records also released albums by Mazarati, Good Question, Madhouse, Eric Leeds, and Tony LeMans.

The label ceased business in 1994, when Warner ended its distribution deal with Paisley Park Records, effectively closing the label.


History
Label Creation

This is a DRAFT article - to be completed

Label Life

Personnel

The President of Operations for the label was Alan Leeds, brother of saxophonist Eric Leeds. Leeds had previously served as Prince's tour manager. He was replaced by former trade journalist Gaham Armstrong. Craig Rice also served as President shortly after Alan Leeds left.

Mismanagement

Prince's management firm at the time, Cavallo, Ruffalo & Fargnoli, began signing artists to the label, at times even without Prince's knowledge or permission. That precipitated the beginning of the end to a successful partnership.

Shortly after firing the management team, lawsuits ensued and it was discovered that the label was mismanaged from the outset, with Warner Bros. Records taking heavy losses due to exorbitant advances paid to Prince and his management team for the label.

Warner Bros. Records also helped to pay for Paisley Park Studios, and executives insisted on a return on their investment, which resulted in several major artists recording their albums at Paisley Park Studios, at times even against Prince's wishes.

Paisley Park Records folded with Prince retaining the masters of all artists, artists advances that were kept by the company, and no support from the label.

Label Closure

In early February 1994, Warner Bros. Records and Prince announced the collapse of their joint venture, and the disbanding of Paisley Park Records label.


Releases
Catalog numbers are indicated regardless of format, under the year of release, into brackets.
Prince
Albums
1985
(25286)
1986
(25395)
1987
(25577)
1988
(25720)
1990
(27493)
1991
(25379)
1992
(45027)
1993
(45431)
1993
(45435)
1993
(45440)
Atwiad tb.jpg Parade tb.jpg Sott tb.jpg Lovesexy tb.jpg Graffitibridge tb.jpg Diamondsandpearls tb.jpg Symbol tb.jpg Hits1 tb.jpg Hits2 tb.jpg Hitsbsides tb.jpg
Around The World In A Day Parade Sign "☮" the Times Lovesexy Graffiti Bridge Diamonds and Pearls Symbolblue.png The Hits 1 The Hits 2 The Hits / The B-Sides
Singles
1985
(28972)
1985
(29052)
1985
(28998)
1985
(28999)
1986
(28751)
1986
(28711)
1986
(28586)
1986
(28620)
1987
(28399)
1987
(28334)
Raspberryberet single.jpg Paisleypark single.jpg Poplife single.jpg America single.jpg Kiss single.jpg Mountains single.jpg Girlsandboys single.jpg Anotherloverholenyohead single.jpg Signothetimes single.jpg Ifiwasyourgirlfriend single.jpg
Raspberry Beret Paisley Park
(Europe only)
Pop Life America Kiss Mountains Girls & Boys
(Europe only)
Anotherlover
-holenyohead
Sign O' The Times If I Was Your Girlfriend
1987
(28289)
1987
(28288)
1987
(28288)
1988
(21858)
1988
(27806)
1988
(27745)
1990
(19525)
1990
(19525)
1991
(19225)
1991
(19175)
Ugotthelook single.jpg Icouldnevertaketheplaceofyourman single.jpg Hotthing singleA.jpg Alphabetst single.jpg Glamslam single.jpg Iwishuheaven single.jpg Thievesinthetemple single.jpg Newpowergeneration single.jpg Gettoff single.jpg Cream single.jpg
U Got The Look I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man Hot Thing Alphabet St. Glam Slam I Wish U Heaven Thieves In The Temple New Power Generation Gett Off Cream
1991
(19090)
1991
(19059)
1992
(19020)
1992
(5301)
1992
(40480)
1992
(18817)
1992
(18704)
1992
(18599)
1992
(18700)
1993
(18583)
Insatiable single.jpg Diamondsandpearls single.jpg Moneydontmatter2night single.jpg Willingandable single.png Thunder single.jpg SexyMF single.jpg Mynameisprince single.jpg 7 single.jpg Damnu single.jpg Themorningpapers single.jpg
Insatiable Diamonds And Pearls Money Don't Matter 2 Night Willing And Able
(US promo only)
Thunder
(UK only)
Sexy M.F. My Name Is Prince 7 Damn U The Morning Papers
1993
(18371)
1993
(18372)
1993
(5994)
1993
(18280)
1994
(1278)
Pinkcashmere single.jpg Peach single.jpg Nothingcompares2u single.jpg Controversy93 single2.jpg Pope single.jpg
Pink Cashmere Peach Nothing Compares 2 U Controversy '93
(UK only)
Pope
(UK promo only)
Associated Artists
Albums
1985
(25322)
1985
(25317)
1986
(25368)
1987
(25545)
1987
(25498)
1987
(25575)
1987
(25546)
1987
(25658)
1988
(25599)
1988
(25717)
Thefamily album.jpg Romance 1600 album tb.jpg Mazarati album.jpg 8 album.jpg Sheila E. album tb.jpg Jilljones album.jpg Tajasevellealbum.jpg 16 album.jpg Riot In English album tb.jpg Vermillion album.jpg
The Family

The Family

Sheila E.

Romance 1600

Mazarati

Mazarati

Madhouse

8

Sheila E.

Sheila E.

Jill Jones

Jill Jones

Taja Sevelle

Taja Sevelle1

Madhouse

16

Dale Bozzio

Riot In English

Three O'Clock

Vermillion1

1988
(25743)
1989
(25995)
1989
(25994)
1989
(25798)
1989
(29K2-1002)
1990
(27490)
1991
(27499)
1991
(27497)
1991
(25879)
1993
(25338)
Good Question Album Artwork Tony LeMans Album Artwork The Cinderella Theory Album Artwork Timewaitsfornoone album.jpg Timethemotion album.jpg Pandemonium album.jpg Timessquared album.jpg Trueconfessions album.jpg May 19 1992 album tb.jpg Carmenelectra album.jpg
Good Question
Good Question
Tony LeMans
Tony LeMans1
George Clinton
The Cinderella Theory
Mavis Staples

Time Waits For No One

Kahoru Kohiruimaki

Time The Motion2
(Japan only)

The Time

Pandemonium1

Eric Leeds

Times Squared

T.C. Ellis

True Confessions

Ingrid Chavez

May 19, 1992

Carmen Electra

Carmen Electra

1993
(25049)
1993
(25518)
1993
(45199)
Thevoice album.jpg Hey Man... Smell My Finger album tb.jpg Things Left Unsaid Album artwork
Mavis Staples

The Voice

George Clinton

Hey Man... Smell My Finger

Eric Leeds
Things Left Unsaid


1 Distributed by Reprise Records instead of Warner Bros. Records.
2 Distributed by Warner-Pioneer instead of Warner Bros. Records.

Singles
1985
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1985
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1985
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1985
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1985
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1986
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1986
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1986
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1986
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1986
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The Family

The Screams Of Passion

Sheila E.

Sister Fate

Sheila E.

Bedtime Story

The Family

High Fashion

Sheila E.

A Love Bizarre

Mazarati

Player's Ball

Mazarati

100 MPH

Sheila E.

Holly Rock

Mazarati
Stroke
Sheila E.

Love On A Blue Train

1987
()
1987
()
1987
()
1987
()
1987
()
1987
()
1987
()
1987
()
1987
()
1987
()
Madhouse

6

Sheila E.
Hold Me
Sheila E.

Koo Koo

Jill Jones

Mia Bocca

Jill Jones

G-Spot

Jill Jones

For Love

Madhouse

10

Taja Sevelle

Wouldn't You Love To Love Me?

Madhouse

13

Taja Sevelle
Love is Contagious
1987
()
1987
()
1988
()
1988
()
1988
()
1988
()
1988
()
1988
()
1989
()
1989
()
Taja Sevelle
Popular
Taja Sevelle
Take Me For A Ride
Three O'Clock
Love Explosion
Good Question
Listen To Your Heart
Three O'Clock

Neon telephone

Dale Bozzio
Riot In English
Good Question
Got A New Love
Dale Bozzio
Simon Simon
Mavis Staples
20Th Century Express
Mavis Staples

Jaguar

1989
()
1989
()
1989
()
1990
()
1990
()
1990
()
1990
()
1991
()
1991
()
1991
()
George Clinton

Tweakin'

Mavis Staples

Time Waits For No One

Mavis Staples
Christmas Vacation
The Time

Jerk Out

Tevin Campbell

Round And Round

The Time

Chocolate

Mavis Staples

Melody Cool

The Time

Shake!

Eric Leeds

The Dopamine Rush

Eric Leeds

Little Rock

1991
()
1991
()
1991
()
1991
()
1991
()
1992
()
1993
()
1993
()
1993
()
1993
()
T.C. Ellis

Single: Miss Thang

Ingrid Chavez

Elephant Box

T.C. Ellis: Pussycat Ingrid Chavez

Hippy Blood

Ingrid Chavez

Heaven Must Be Near

Carmen Electra

Go Go Dancer

Carmen Electra

Everybody Get On Up

Carmen Electra

Fantasia Erotica

Carmen Electra

Fun

Mavis Staples

The Voice

1993
()
1993
()
1993
()
1993
()
George Clinton
Paint The White House Black
George Clinton
Martial Law
Mavis Staples

Blood Is Thicker Than Time

George Clinton

The Big Pump

 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Although the label has been closed for years, Paisley Park® is still a registred trademark (Registration Nr: 3065684) owned by Paisley Park Enterprises, Inc. (Chanhassen, MN 55317). It is covering:
    Recording studios; music, motion picture film and videotape production services; film and video editing services.</bockquote>
  • Of note the Paisley Park® trademark is labelled as having being first used on 22 April 1985.

References
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