Five years later, the artist’s estate is releasing songs from his unreleased album, “Welcome 2 America”. The new music will debut Sunday night on 60 Minutes.
wrote and recorded the album before embarking on his “Welcome 2 America” tour in 2010, but he did not perform the songs. He never said why, longtime Prince keyboardist Morris Hayes told 60 Minutes correspondent Jon Wertheim.
“And I remember asking him about it. And he said, ‘Well, we’ll just have to see that later.’ Because he was like on the next project, ”said Hayes.
The 60 Minutes cameras went to Prince’s Paisley Park studios outside Minneapolis for the report. This is where Prince kept a safe of unreleased music, up to 8,000 songs according to one estimate.
Prince died of an accidental painkiller overdose in 2016 without a spouse, children, and will. His sister and five half-siblings were named heirs but, five years later, are locked in a legal dispute over the succession. Meanwhile, the bank that oversees the estate called on Troy Carter, former Lady Gaga manager and Spotify executive, to sort through the music collection and unlock its value.
A team of archivists works full time listening to music and offering new products. The estate has kept pace with Prince, releasing about an album a year since his death – a mix of reissues and newly released gems. “Welcome 2 America” is the last.
The report and unreleased music will air on 60 Minutes Sunday at 7 p.m. ET / PT on CBS.
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