New Posthumous Prince Albums Include Unreleased Music
Prince performs during halftime of Super Bowl XLI (REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo)

By Piya Sinha-Roy (Reuters)

Fans of the late singer Prince will get new music from the artist, as two new albums will feature previously unreleased and unheard tracks from the artist's vault of recordings.

"Prince 4Ever" features "Moonbeam Levels," originally recorded by Prince in 1982, according to Warner Bros Records and NPG Records.

The album includes a selection of Prince's greatest hits such as "Kiss," "When Doves Cry" and "Purple Rain," and comes with a booklet featuring never-seen photos of the artist taken by acclaimed photographer Herb Ritts.

The album is the first posthumous release since in April at age 57 at his Paisley Park, Minnesota estate.

An all-star roster of artists including Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan came together in Minnesota to perform a tribute concert to the late artist.

In early 2017, a new remastered and remixed version of Prince's 1984 record "Purple Rain," which was agreed with the artist before his death, will be released, featuring old and new songs. No further details were given yet on this album.

New Posthumous Prince Albums Include Unreleased Music
Singer Prince performs in a surprise appearance on the 'American Idol' finale on May 24, 2006. (REUTERS/Chris Pizzello/File Photo)

Prince notably blended elements of jazz, funk, R&B, disco and rock in a prolific output of more than 30 albums that have sold over 36 million copies in the United States alone since 1978.

He was also known as fiercely determined to maintain creative control over his music, famously changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol for several years during a bitter contract battle with Warner Bros.

The value of his musical legacy, including an extensive cache of unreleased recordings said to be locked in a vault, has been estimated by some to exceed a $500 million, when factoring in future royalties, retail sales and commercial rights.

 

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