On Friday, those representing the estate of late pop legend Prince announced that previously unreleased material was being prepared to be released. It is rumored that when Prince died in April of 2016, he left behind hundreds of nearly or partially-finished tracks that had never been heard by the public.
Speaking with Variety, Prince’s estate advisor Troy Carter was quoted as stating, “I heard some music the other night that was pretty mind-blowing and we’re getting some stuff mixed right now.”
While the proclamation of the news sent a shockwave of excitement through Prince fans worldwide, Carter was unable to give specifics in regard to when the new music will be released, or which label will distribute the music.
While the estate of the late singer technically owns the majority of the rights to his music, Warner Bros, who Prince was last signed to in 1996, has created legal issues for other labels like Universal Music that have attempted to release posthumous material due to the fact that Prince resigned with WB in 2014 shortly before his death.
In addition to the announcement of new music, last week Prince’s estate also unveiled plans for a four-day long concert honoring the singer at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The tribute concert will reportedly feature Prince’s former backing band, and will include both new and old music with a big screen showing clips of the singer.
The Minneapolis artist deemed “The Purple One,” is an eight time Grammy winner, with notable hits including “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry.” Prince also performed at halftime in Super Bowl XLI, giving an emotionally charged rendition of “Purple Rain,” as rain began to downpour over the stadium.