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Prince Introduces His Symbol On New Album

1992

Prince releases an album with a symbol on the cover that later becomes his name.


This isn't the first time a major act has issued an album with no lettering (Led Zeppelin had four symbols representing each band member on their fourth album), but for Prince, it signals a shift in identity, as the following year, he changes his name to the symbol. The album is generally referred to as either The Symbol Album or Love Symbol Album. It's the first release under Prince's new contract with Warner Bros., which is heralded as a $100 million deal, but that's only if he can sell 5 million copies of each album. This album doesn't approach that, and in 1993, Prince announces his name change after a contentious dispute with the label - Prince wants to release lots of material, but Warners doesn't want to flood the market. Prince had been using a similar symbol - a combination of the male and female signs - for about a decade, but these uses were typically elements within a larger design. For the album, Prince wants it to be the focal point, which means it needs more distinction. He hires a local design firm, HDMG in Minneapolis, to embellish it. Using the same male/female overlay, they add a swirly horn, creating the "Love Symbol." The designers have no idea that it will become Prince's moniker. Even after he changes his name back to Prince when his Warner Bros. deal ends in 2000, he continues to use the symbol as part of his visual presentation. It works especially well for his guitars, giving him an instantly recognizable profile that he shows off during his 2007 Super Bowl performance.

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