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Prince estate to release new album featuring unreleased work

Pop superstar Prince performing during his concert at the Zenith venue in Paris on August 25, 1986 Pop icon Prince -- whose pioneering brand of danceable funk made him one of music's most influential figures -- died on April 21, 2016 at his compound in Minnesota. He was 57. The announcement came just a week after the Grammy and Oscar winner was taken to hospital with a bad bout of influenza, although he made light of his health problems after the scare.
Pop superstar Prince performing during his concert at the Zenith venue in Paris on August 25, 1986 Pop icon Prince -- whose pioneering brand of danceable funk made him one of music's most influential figures -- died on April 21, 2016 at his compound in Minnesota. He was 57. The announcement came just a week after the Grammy and Oscar winner was taken to hospital with a bad bout of influenza, although he made light of his health problems after the scare. AFP/File
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New York (AFP)

A new Prince album of mostly unreleased recordings will drop in June, the estate managing his music archives announced Thursday.

The 15-track album entitled "Originals" will begin streaming exclusively on the paid subscription platform Tidal on June 7, Prince's birthday, with wider digital and physical release on June 21.

Featuring music recorded primarily in the 1980s, the album includes 14 previously unreleased tracks and a number of demo versions Prince penned for fellow artists, including "Manic Monday" which ultimately soared onto the pop charts as part of The Bangles' 1986 album "Different Light."

"Originals" will also include a version of "The Glamorous Life," a 1984 dance hit he wrote for his protege Sheila E, and "Nothing Compares 2 U," which Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor brought to the masses in 1990.

It is the second posthumous album from Prince -- who died suddenly in April 2016 at age 57 of a fentanyl overdose -- after last year's intimate "Piano and a Microphone 1983," the first album from his estate featuring exclusively material from his mythic bank of unreleased work, the Vault.

News of a second album follows the estate's announcement this week that prolific Prince's unfinished memoir, "The Beautiful Ones," will be released in October.

Prince -- one of the most influential but elusive figures in music -- became an international sensation in the 1980s as he popularized the Minneapolis Sound of danceable funk, with 1984's "Purple Rain" often hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time.

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