“The Breakdown” — a Surprise New Single from Prince

Prince Releases New Surprise Single, 'The Breakdown'

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On the heels of a new agreement with Warner Bros, Prince releases a new single. 

The very same day he announced a new studio album in the works and a new partnership with Warner Bros. Records, Prince surprised fans with a brand new single, "The Breakdown," which he dropped shortly before midnight on Friday.

The power ballad begins with a few stark, echoing keyboard chords before Prince's sweet falsetto enters, promising listeners that "This could be the saddest story ever been told." What unfolds is a tale of excess and regret, with a lush, string-orchestrated chorus punctuated by laser sound effects. 

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