New Prince album of unreleased material coming out in September
The caretaker of Prince's estate, Troy Carter, has revealed unreleased material will be available from September 28.
"Last week, the release of “Nothing Compares 2 U” was the first piece of music to come from our collaboration with the estate, and now we’re working on a release for the fall — a full-length album," said Carter in an exclusive interview with Variety.
The album – as yet untitled – is due to be released via Warner Bros and is said to be "more time-specific" rather than a collection of recordings from over the years.
The decision to release the album came after archivist Michael Howe found a piece of music and "all of us fell in love with it and decided this was special enough for fans to hear."
Fans paid tribute to Prince's two-year death anniversary on Saturday and were thrilled, last week, when his estate released the original version of "Nothing Compares 2 U" along with astonishing rehearsal footage
Archiving Prince's work has been an emotional experience for Carter, who is also Global Head of Creator Services for Spotify.
"There was one piece of video that we came across — I got home and popped it in, and it was 11:30 at night, and I had tears running down my face watching this video.
"It was just incredible that I was witnessing what I was witnessing, just beautiful. His spirit and his creative energy are in the work, and I think you can feel it."
And there could be more releases in the future, if the volume of material is anything to go by.
"Prince recorded and rehearsed and performed constantly, and he taped everything, so once you think you've gotten close [to finding everything], you find new things.
"We're still in the process, and the fun part of my job is finding new things – every week I'm getting a call about something special."