Five years after Prince’s death, the singer’s estate plans to release an unreleased album from a cache of unreleased music.
“Welcome 2 America,” a 12-track album released in 2010, will debut on July 30, Prince’s succession announced in a statement. The “lost” record will be released by Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, the domain said.
In its announcement, the estate called the album a “powerful creative statement that documents Prince’s concerns, hopes, and visions for a changing society, foresightly foreshadowing an era of political divisiveness, disinformation and a renewed fight for racial justice. “
The title track, released Thursday on streaming platforms, features “a burning, spoken soliloquy” and revolves around themes such as “golden parachutes, the shallow nature of social media, celebrity culture fueled by reality TV and corporate monopolies in the music industry, ”the domain said.
“Distracted by iPhone functionality / I have an app, 2 fix Ur situation,” Prince sings on the title track, to lyrics – written in his shorthand style – posted online by his domain.
In a Twitter thread announcing the news, Prince’s estate highlighted a quote the artist told Ebony Magazine at the time of the album’s recording: “The world is full of misunderstandings. George Orwell’s vision for the future is here. We must stay true to the faith in the difficult times ahead. “
The album includes tracks with titles such as “Running Game (Son of a Slave Master)”, “Stand Up and B Strong”, “Same Page, Different Book” and “One Day We Will All Be Free”.
Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park estate in suburban Minneapolis in April 2016 at the age of 57. The singer’s personal safe in his sprawling studio complex is believed to contain a wide array of unreleased music.