Columbia snaps up Prince's 'Planet Earth'


NEW YORK - Columbia has re-teamed with Prince for the release next month of his new album, "Planet Earth." They previously partnered on his 2004 effort, "Musicology."

Due July 24, "Planet Earth" will be led by the single "Guitar," which hit U.S. radio outlets Monday. "Guitar" will be available for free to any Verizon subscriber who participates in an online demo of its new Song ID music identification service.

As for "Planet Earth," there's scant information on its track list or guest roster, although Columbia has revealed it features an appearance by vintage Prince collaborators Wendy & Lisa.

Prince will play a host of shows in London this summer and is also about to begin a residency at Los Angeles' Roosevelt Hotel.