Wednesday, 17 May 2000
Today, T.A.F.K.A.P. (The Artist Formerly Known As Prince) announced he was changing his name back to Prince. In 1993, Prince, who in the late 1980s signed the biggest record contract in history, changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol in order to free himself of the limitations of his recording and music publishing contract with Warner Brothers Records and Warner-Chappel music publishing.
Prince said at a press conference today, "On Dec. 31, 1999, my publishing contract with Warner-Chappel expired, thus emancipating the name I was given before birth Prince, from all long-term restrictive documents."
Prince's re-renaming kicked off a quirky, hour-long news
conference, at which the Minneapolis rocker made an assortment of announcements, including the promise of a weeklong party in his hometown dubbed "Prince: A Celebration."