- 09 Apr 21
Hear the title track below.
Prince's estate has partnered with Sony to release a previously unheard album, recorded in 2010.
Welcome 2 America is due for release in July, but Prince's estate has released the title track in celebration of the album news.
The spacey funk song features spoken-word lyrics that offer a blistering portrait of America ("the land of the free / home of the slave"). Prince was notoriously hesitant to put his albums on streaming services and had a strong distaste for Internet culture, and casts the US as a place “where everything and nothing that Google says is hip”. Subject to digital surveillance, its citizens “distracted by the features of the iPhone … Hook up later at the iPad / or we can meet at my place.”
A deluxe version of the album will feature a previously unreleased 2011 concert film of a Prince show at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The 23-song set will include cover versions of Bob Dylan’s 'Make You Feel My Love', Janet Jackson’s 'What Have You Done For Me Lately', and, closing the show, Roxy Music’s 'More Than This'. It will also feature a 32-page book, photograph print, poster and replica items from the 2010s: a sticker, setlist, ticket, VIP invitation and backstage passes.
There will also be a double vinyl edition which features an etched design on one of the sides, and a 7-inch of the title track with a live B-side recorded in 2011 in a medley with the song 'Dreamer'.
Prince's archive is famously vast, and the new release promises to give fans an epic new offering from the enigmatic musician.
Listen to the song below.
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