NEW YORK, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Pop star Prince says he is working on three new musical albums he intends to release without the aid of a U.S. record label.
The "Purple Rain" star said he is in negotiations with an unnamed retailer to sell physical copies of the forthcoming albums, two of which are tentatively called "MPLSOUND," an apparent reference to his Minneapolis roots, and "Lotus Flower," Billboard reported Friday.
Digital copies of the tracks from the new albums will be sold on the singer's Web site.
The third album involving the "Sign o' the Times" star is an album by his musical protege, singer Bria Valente.
Prince joked he and Valente created "Elixir" out of frustration pending from a lack of new music from singer Sade.
"We got sick of waiting for Sade to make a new album," he said.
Billboard said "MPLSOUND" features unique pop songs from Prince, while "Lotus" features the pop star experimenting with more guitar-driven melodies, the Los Angeles Times reported.