Prince passed away in 2016, leaving behind a legacy as one of the greatest musicians of his time. One notable fact about Prince became prominent after his death: he recorded huge amounts of music — that was never released. Fans began to wonder what would happen to those vast stores of Prince songs. Would they be destroyed, hidden, or released to a world eager for one last taste of the beloved pop star?
Fans finally have their answer: Troy Carter, Prince's estate adviser, has announced new Prince music will be "coming soon!"
In an interview, Carter told Variety:
He was a guy who practically lived in a recording studio, and once we started going through [the unreleased material] we really started finding some gems. I heard some music the other night that was pretty mind-blowing and we’re getting some stuff mixed right now. We’ve got great projects in the works that I’m excited to talk about.
So the answer is yes, there will be unreleased Prince music coming soon.
This news is coming not a moment too soon! After several tapes were discovered to have deteriorated last year, the entire "vault" of Prince's music was relocated from his Minneapolis compound to a climate-controlled facility in Los Angeles.
It's unclear which label will be publishing Prince's recordings if they do end up being released. Some of Prince's songs may fall under the legal ownership of Warner Bros., others of Universal Music, and many are in legal limbo. Three of Prince's six legal heirs are also fighting with the estate over how the music legend's legacy will be handled. While almost all his music written after 1996 legally belongs to the estate and would be easy to release, it's also possible that Prince wrote much of the music in his vault before that.
The lawyers have a lot of work to do.
If the estate of David Bowie can efficiently release music, projects and do the very best they can to keep fans in the loop AND promote David Bowie's material exceedingly well, then I don't believe the estate of Prince has any excuse to be slacking.— FUNKENSTEIN. (@QueenDhami) January 26, 2018
That's my opinion.
Warner Bros. already released an extended edition of Prince's Purple Rain, which included an album's worth of previously unheard music and footage from a 1985 concert.
The album was finalized before Prince's death, but its release proves that new Prince music is possible.