For the first time since Prince died unexpectedly in 2016, the singer’s mansion will release a completed – but never before heard – album from his floor vault with remnants of music.
So far, the mansion has focused heavily on re-releasing some of the biggest albums of Prince’s career, such as “1999” and “Sign o ‘the Times”, or on compilations such as “Originals”, composed of the singer’s demo in hits for other artists.
But on July 30, “Welcome 2 America,” a 12-song album recorded at Prince̵
In a statement, the mansion called “Welcome 2 America” a document of “the prince’s worries, hopes and visions of a changing society, predicting an era of political division, misinformation and a renewed struggle for racial justice.” The album touches on the golden parachutes, the superficial nature of social media, celebrity culture fueled by reality TV, and corporate monopolies in the music industry, ultimately concluding that America is the “Land of the Free / Slave’s Home.” he said.
It also included a quote from Prince’s album at the time, written in his commercial style: “The world is full of misinformation. George Orwell’s vision for the future is here. We must remain steadfast in our faith in the times of trial that lie ahead. “
According to this message, the songs on the album include titles such as “Running Game (Son of a Slave Master)”, “Born 2 Die” and “One Day We Will BB Free”. On the title track, Prince sings: “Distracted by the features of the iPhone / I have an application, 2 I’m fixing the situation in Ur.”
From 2010 to 2012, Prince played more than 80 concerts on the tour of the same name, but never explained why he postponed the related album “Welcome 2 America”.
The road to the mansion has been since the singer died of an accidental overdose of an opioid painkiller five years ago this month. While Prince was known for his meticulous control over his career, including retaining ownership of much of his music, he did not give up. Prince was determined to have six family members who qualified as heirs, although one – half a brother – has since died.
The release of “Welcome 2 America” will come through Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, which began releasing Prince’s music after an earlier $ 31 million property deal with Universal Music was overturned by a judge.
The property has since faced tax problems with the IRS, which says the property is worth $ 163.2 million – almost double the $ 82.3 million claimed by the property’s administrator, Comerica Bank & Trust. (A judge supervising the mansion refers to a state of “personal and corporate chaos.”)
Prince’s vault in Paisley Park, his studio complex outside Minneapolis, is thought to contain hundreds – or potentially thousands – of unreleased songs.