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The Artist Looks Into His Crystal Ball

October 1, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Even a clairvoyant is having a hard time predicting the arrival of The Artist's newest release, Crystal Ball. The major label-free "xperiment in truth" will be a three-CD compilation encased in a free-standing plastic globe. According to Paisley Park's official website www.Love4oneanother.com, pre-orders are at 84,000 and "the check has been cut to begin production." Apparently, they are waiting for pre-orders to reach 100,000. The recording at The Artist' toll-free line, 1-800-New-Funk, states that, "there is no release date as of now." Stay tuned....

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