NME Festival blog: “Mind-blowing” unreleased Prince music is on the way
The late artist left behind a huge archive of unreleased material when he passed away in April 2016
“Mind-blowing” music from Prince‘s ‘vast vaults’ of unreleased material is currently being mixed and could be released very soon, according to an advisor to the late artist’s estate.
Troy Carter, who works for both the late artist’s estate and Spotify as its global head of creative services, has made the latest promise of new Prince music. Prince, who died in April 2016, is thought to have left behind a huge archive of unreleased music in his home studio.
“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,” Carter told Variety. “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,” Carter added. He was unable, however, to clarify when that release date might be, nor give any new details on which label might release the recordings.
A complex tussle for the rights to Prince’s music is still ongoing. Last July, Universal successfully nullified a $31 million deal it struck with Prince’s estate in November 2016 after it became clear that Warner Bros. – who Prince infamously split from in 1996 before re-signing in 2014 – still held the copyright to some of the music which had been included in the original deal.
Straight from the NME
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