A Prince album was recorded in the year 2010, then “mysteriously archived by Prince”. Today, Prince’s estate has announced that it will release this album in its entirety in July 2021. This album is called Prince: Welcome 2 America. A kind of sample track from the album was made available here in early April 2021.
As far as the public knows, Prince’s Welcome 2 America album was due to be released in 2010. The property suggested nothing but the idea that the album was “mysteriously archived by Prince”.
This is a “statement album” according to the release that accompanies today’s announcement. This album “documents Prince’s concerns, hopes and visions for a changing society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political division, disinformation and a renewed struggle for racial justice.”
This is one of what may be a collection of albums that will be released by Prince’s property – Paisley Park and the like – in the future. The mythical vault of Prince music that exists in Paisley Park (the Paisley Park Vault) – and / or digitally, in the cloud (not the guitar, the computer server). There remains the possibility of seeing “new” Prince albums for many years to come – we will just have to wait and listen.
The track list includes Welcome 2 America, Running Game (Son Of A Slave Master), Born 2 Die and 1000 Light Years From Here. Next comes Hot Summer, Stand Up and B Strong, Check the Record and Same Page, Different Book. The last four tracks on the album are When She Comes, 1010 (Rin Tin Tin), Yes and One Day We Will All B Free.
The Prince: Welcome 2 America album will be available on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube Music and Tidal for streaming. You will be able to purchase the album digitally through the iTunes Store and Amazon Music. A variety of special editions, the most basic version and luxury editions will be available at retailers such as Target, Amazon Music and Walmart, all on July 30, 2021.
Prince’s official online store will have (what appears to be) all available versions of the album, including the Welcome 2 America Deluxe set with 2LP (vinyl), 1 CD and a Blue-ray disc along with a variety of ephemera. They will also have the Welcome 2 America Exclusive Limited Edition Gold 7-inch vinyl album.
Also appearing are the basic Welcome 2 America CD, a Welcome 2 America 2x LP set and an exclusive Gold Vinyl Welcome 2 America 2x LP set.