The year 2016 was a cruel one. It took more universally beloved musicians than anyone could ever manage to count, including pop icon and guitar master Prince. After a couple of years though, Prince’s musical vault is finally about to be opened for the first release of new material since his passing.
The news comes from a recent statement from Troy Carter, the estate adviser for Prince as well as the global head of Spotfy’s creative services. In the statement, Carter expressed how thrilled he is about the project, saying:
“He was a guy who practically lived in a recording studio, and once we started going through [the unreleased material] we really started finding some gems. I heard some music the other night that was pretty mind-blowing and we’re getting some stuff mixed right now. We’ve got great projects in the works that I’m excited to talk about.
So the answer is yes, there will be unreleased Prince music coming soon.”
Currently it is unclear what era(s) this unreleased music will be coming from, as Prince had a long illustrious career spanning multiple decades. It would be unsurprising however if a notable number of the songs came from or at least close to the mid-80’s Purple Rain period.
There is also currently no news on what record label will be releasing this new music, as in life Prince fought tooth and nail to keep the rights to all his music.
Things in that area seem to be up in the air because in 1996 Prince had ended a 20 year relationship with Warner Bros Records and subsequently released each new album with a different label than the previous release.
Anything post-1996 is owned by the estate.
There is no title, track list, or release date for the new Prince material at press time.
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