For the first time since Prince’s unexpected death in 2016, the singer’s estate will release a completed – but never heard before – album from its historic vault of leftover music.
So far, the field has largely focused on reissuing some of Prince’s greatest career albums, such as “1999” and “Sign o ‘the Times”, or on compilations like “Originals,” consisting of demos of the singer became hits for other artists.
But on July 30, “Welcome 2 America”, a 12-track album recorded at Prince’s Paisley Park Studios in 2010, will finally see the light of day.
In its announcement, the estate called “Welcome 2 America” a paper on “Prince’s concerns, hopes and visions for a changing society, foresight foreshadowing an era of political division, disinformation and fighting. renewed for racial justice. ” The album discusses “the golden parachutes, the shallow nature of social media, the celebrity culture fueled by reality TV and corporate monopolies in the music industry, ultimately concluding that America is the ‘Country of freedom / homeland of the slave ”, domain says.
It also included a quote on Prince’s album at the time, written in his trademark style: “The world is full of misunderstandings. George Orwell’s vision for the future is here. We must stay true to the faith in the difficult times ahead.
In keeping with this post, the songs on the album include tracks such as “Running Game (Son of a Slave Master)”, “Born 2 Die” and “One Day We Will All B Free”. On the title song, Prince sings: “Distracted by iPhone functionality / I have an app, 2 corrects the situation.”
From 2010 to 2012, Prince performed over 80 concerts on a tour of the same name, but he never explained why he put the album “Welcome 2 America” on the shelves.
It’s been a tough road for the estate since the singer died of an accidental overdose of an opioid pain reliever five years ago this month. While Prince was known for his careful control over his career, including retaining ownership of much of his music, he left no will. Prince was determined to have six family members qualified as heirs, although one – a half-brother – has since died.
Release of “Welcome 2 America” will come through Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, which began releasing Prince music after a $ 31 million deal between the domain and Universal Music was canceled. by a judge.
The estate has since faced tax issues with the IRS, which said the estate was worth $ 163.2 million – nearly double the $ 82.3 million claimed by the estate administrator, Comerica Bank. & Trust. (A judge overseeing the estate referred to a state of “personal and corporate chaos.”)
Prince’s vault at Paisley Park, his studio complex outside of Minneapolis, is believed to contain hundreds – if not thousands – of unreleased songs.