Prince has been gone for five years due to an accidental overdose, but his music still lives on as unreleased music is about to reach his fans.
The Grammy Award winner recorded a great amount of material at his Paisley Park studios. It’s estimated that the archive could hold as many as 8,000 unreleased songs.
The iconic musician’s estate is releasing songs from Prince’s album Welcome 2 America in an unconventional way. Prince was known for distributing his content in non traditional ways and the estate is honoring this aspect of the fondly remembered star.
Sunday night on CBS’ 60 Minutes, the news program will debut more of the artist’s music. It’s also the first time 60 Minutes premieres an album on its broadcast.
His estate maintains a full-time team of archivists to listen to the music and compile new releases. The estate has released roughly an album a year of new and remixed material since his death, with Welcome 2 America as the latest.
A never-before-heard Prince album recorded in 2010 will be released in July, the late musician’s estate said in a YouTube announcement. The 12-track album, called “Welcome 2 America,” will come out on July 30 and will document Prince’s “concerns, hopes and visions for a shifting society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political division, disinformation, and a renewed fight for racial justice,” the estate said in the video’s description. Check out the debut airing on 60 Minutes, Sunday at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.