Welcome 2 America, a previously unreleased studio album, will be released on July 30, 2021.
CHANHASSEN, Minn. — The video above originally aired on March 19, 2021.
Five years after the Minnesota music icon’s death, new music is coming from Prince.
In a series of tweets, The Prince Estate and Sony Legacy Recordings announced that Welcome 2 America, a previously unreleased studio album, will be released on July 30, 2021.
According to the posts, the album was recorded before Prince’s Welcome 2 America Tour, and “documents Prince’s concerns, hopes, and visions for a shifting society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political division, disinformation, and a renewed fight for racial justice.”
The Deluxe Edition of Welcome 2 America will also include a full 2011 Prince concert at The Forum in California on Blu-ray.
Music on the album features some of Prince’s only studio collaborations with several artists, including bassist Talk Wilkenfeld and singers Shelby J., Liv Warfield and Elisa Fiorillo.
The title track “Welcome to America” is now available to stream on YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal and Amazon Music.
Prince died at the age of 57 on April 21, 2016 from an accidental opioid overdose. His home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, called Paisley Park, now serves as a museum, recording studio and concert venue.
Paisley Park is marking the fifth anniversary of Prince’s death by offering a select number of fans free admission to pay their respects in the suburban Minnesota compound, where his ashes will be on display in the atrium.