Five years later, the artist’s mansion releases songs from the previously unreleased album “Welcome 2 America”. The new music will debut on Sunday night at 60 minutes.
wrote and recorded the album before embarking on his 2010 Welcome 2 America tour, but did not perform any songs from it. He never said why, Prince Maurice Hayes, a longtime pianist, told 60 Minutes correspondent John Wertheim.
“And I remember asking him about it. And he said, ̵
60 minutes of cameras went to Prince’s Paisley Park studios outside Minneapolis for the report. This is where Prince kept a vault of unreleased music, up to 8,000 songs at a time.
Prince died of an accidental overdose of painkillers in 2016 without a husband, children and will. His sister and five half-brothers and sisters were declared heirs, but five years later they were imprisoned in a lawsuit over the estate. Meanwhile, the bank that oversees the mansion is called Troy Carter, a one-time manager of Lady Gaga and CEO of Spotify to sort out the music collection and unlock its value.
A team of archivists works full time to listen to music and offer new releases. The mansion is in keeping with Prince, releasing an album about a year after his death – a combination of reissues and newly acquired gems. “Welcome 2 America” is the latest.
The report and unreleased music will air 60 minutes, Sunday at 7 p.m. ET / PT on CBS.
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