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While we do not know all the details regarding Prince's infamous "$100 million contract" with Warner Bros. Records in 1992 with certainty, what is known that it tied him to the record company for a certain amount of records, most likely six.

Did Prince deliver all six of those records, considering their acrimonious split?

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Between 31 August 1992 -- the day he signed the deal -- and 26 April 1996 -- the day Prince and Warner Bros. Records signed the termination agreement -- a number of records were released. Afterwards, the record company released two more albums and two compilations.

The termination agreement was negotiated in the first months of 1996, allegedly by Russ Thyret (one of the few remaining execs who had been with Warners back when Prince first signed with them) and Prince's lawyer L. Londell McMillan, and would allow Prince to leave the label after delivering two more albums instead of the three that he still owed them at that time.


This number of three records owed is confirmed in a press release from 22 December 1995, in which Prince announced that he

had given notice to Warner Bros. of his desire to terminate his contract. The albums, to be credited to Prince, were to serve as the fulfillment of his contract

The albums mentioned were The Vault - Volumes I, II and III. However, it is highly dubious Prince ever bothered to compile these three archive releases, since he would have known Warners were not going to agree to three compilations of "old music" to fulfill his contract. More than likely this was simply a negotiation technique, an idle threat intended to convey his growing frustration.


According to "Prince fulfills his contract on Chaos And Disorder?", Prince also had to make some concessions:

Prince would forfeit advance payments on both albums, receive lower payments on his ‘back-catalog’, agree with the release of two ‘greatest hits’ albums and stop bashing Warner Bros. in public immediately.

Prince agreed to these terms.


In an interview with Prince by Elysa Gardner, published in the Los Angeles Times on 14 July 1996, Bob Merlis, senior vice president of publicity at Warner Bros., comments that:

Fulfilling the terms of his contract included delivering this new album and whatever the vault records will be. So I think it’s safe to say that he’s in a position now to make a new deal with another record company. We’ve come to a point where we feel that if he’s happier somewhere else, we don’t have any beef with him.”


At the signing meeting Prince handed Warner Bros. Chaos And Disorder and The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale, and told them these were the last they should expect from him. Both these records came with the artwork as released, and WBR had no say over the contents.


Which albums did count towards the deal?

Which albums, released within that period (and afterwards), did not count towards the deal?

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