For the first time since Prince died unexpectedly in 2016, the singer’s property releases a complete – but never before heard – album from his great vaulted music.
Until now, the estate has largely focused on re-releasing some of the biggest albums in Prince’s career, such as “1999” and “Sign o ‘the Times” or on compilations such as “Originals”, which consist of singer demos that became hits for others. artists.
But on July 30, “Welcome 2 America,” a 12-track album recorded at Prince’s Paisley Park Studios in 201
In its announcement, the property called “Welcome 2 America” a document with “Prince’s concerns, hopes and visions for a changing society that preceded an era of political division, disinformation and a renewed struggle for racial justice.” The album touches on “golden parachutes, the surface of social surfaces, reality TV-driven celebrity culture and corporate monopolies in the music industry and ultimately concludes that America is ‘the land of the slave’s free / home,'” property said.
It also contained a quote about the album from Prince at the time, written in his trademark state: “The world is full of misin4mation. George Orwell’s vision of the future is here. We need 2 remain firm in the faith in the difficult times ahead. ”
In line with this message, songs from the album include titles such as “Running Game (Son of a Slave Master)”, “Born 2 Die” and “One Day We Will All B Free.” On the title track, Prince sings, “Distracted by the features of the iPhone / Got an application, 2 fix Clock situation.”
From 2010 to 2012, Prince played more than 80 concerts on a tour of the same name, but he never explained why he put on the related “Welcome 2 America” album.
It’s been a busy road for the estate since the singer died of an accidental overdose of an opioid painkiller five years ago this month. While Prince was known for fierce control over his career, including retaining ownership of much of his music, he left no will. Prince was determined to have six family members who qualified as heirs, though one – a half-brother – has since died.
The release of “Welcome 2 America” will come via Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment that began releasing Prince Music after a previous $ 31 million deal between the property and Universal Music was overturned by a judge.
The estate has since had tax problems with the IRS, which said the estate is worth $ 163.2 million – almost double the $ 82.3 million that the property administrator, Comerica Bank & Trust, claims. (A judge overseeing the estate has referred to a state of “personal and corporate chaos.”)
The Prince’s Vault at Paisley Park, his studio complex outside Minneapolis, is believed to contain hundreds – or potentially thousands – of unreleased songs.