Many weeping fans have remained in the wake of Prince’s death. The artist managed to touch and guide a lot of people with his music. While some were only familiar with his iconic hits and some knew in intricate detail every single piece of material the artist had ever released, it is clear that Prince was known on some level by most people that have love for music. That being said, all his fans will rejoice after learning that new music coming from the artist is slated to hit the shelves soon.
In fact, it’s going to be sooner than you might think. It would seem that a brand new EP from Prince will be made available on Friday. The material will come under the EP title Deliverance, and it will have a special signification: It marks one year since the passing of the deeply loved and respected musical icon of a generation.
In fact, those that can’t wait until Friday can go check out the title track from the EP which is available on all major music streaming platforms like Apple Music, iTunes, and others. That should be a small fix for those that are eager to hear fresh material from Prince.
Fresh might not be the correct word here. Even though the content that will be featured on Deliverance will be brand new on the market and never before released to the public or heard, it was recorded a long time ago. The recently discovered material comes from recording sessions that took place in the 2006-2008 period, according to those that are managing the project. The EP will come out through Rogue Music Alliance and it’s already available for pre-order. There are multiple places where fans can pre-order their copy of the EP, such as Google Play, Amazon, or iTunes.
While all the other big players have taken action regarding the new Prince EP, it would seem like two major contenders on the streaming market are absent to the fight currently. Both thewell-known platform Spotify as well as the up and coming TIDAL lack any information about release dates or availability regarding Deliverance.
It would seem that the songs came to be through the collaboration of Prince with Ian Boxill, which served as Prince’s recording engineer from 2004 to 2009. It would seem that the then incomplete projects remained in the possession of Boxill after the death of Prince, and that he continued to work on them until they were completed. It looks like we have reached that time, as the new album is about to drop. It is worth mentioning that the profits made off of the new 6 song EP will benefit Prince’s estate.
Here’s the tracklist for the upcoming project:
5.”No One Else”
6. “I Am (Extended)”
In the wake of Prince’s one year death anniversary, his collaborator and recording engineer also took the time to make a couple of statements regarding Prince and also about the upcoming project. It would seem that the two would often discuss the principles of going independent and cutting major record labels out of the deal.
This would be an initiative with the supreme purpose of delivering Prince’s music directly to his fans, or the people that care about his music. Everyone knows that record labels can easily transform a soul project into a monetization opportunity, thus Prince would have wanted his music to not be “desecrated” by major labels.
It would seem that Boxill intends to stay true to the late artist’s wishes as he declared that the project would be released independently, as he would have wanted. Here is the entire statement, in Boxill’s original delivery:
“I believe ‘Deliverance’ is a timely release with everything going on in the world today and in light of the one-year anniversary of his passing. I hope when people hear Prince singing these songs it will bring comfort to many.
“Prince once told me that he would go to bed every night thinking of ways to bypass major labels and get his music directly to the public. When considering how to release this important work, we decided to go independent because that’s what Prince would have wanted.”
Prince was born on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US, and died on the April 21, 2016 in Chanhassen, Minnesota, US, at the age of 57. He was an active musician since the year of 1976 and had one child. His musical influences were easily distinguishable in a compilation of artists, and revolved around most libertine genres such as pop, funk, R&B and rock.
Although he scored multiple hit songs and albums, most people recognize the artist for Purple Rain, which was arguably one of Prince’s best works in his entire career.
Few worldwide known musicians can boast with a discography as vast as Prince has, with 39 full length albums released prior to his death. His last album was released the year before he died, in 2015, and was entitled Hit n Run Phase Two. The album was the direct sequel to the other album released by Prince in that same year, named Hit n Run Phase Two.
His contributions to music earned him a place in music’s hall of fame and forever sealed his position in history as one of the most important artists to ever stand behind the microphone. Described by many as incredibly talented, a visionary and a true artist, Prince created iconic tracks in his career, that influenced multiple generations and hit home for many people from different cultural backgrounds.