Prince ‘Welcome 2 America’: Air date, how to live stream, tracklist and all you need to know about posthumous album

The posthumous full-length project will be stacked with 11 original songs along with a cover of Soul Asylum's 2006 single 'Stand Up and Be Strong’


                            Prince ‘Welcome 2 America’: Air date, how to live stream, tracklist and all you need to know about posthumous album
‘Welcome 2 America’ will be the first album to emerge from Prince’s vault since his death in 2016 and will give fans his unreleased music (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The world lost one of the most iconic singers - Prince - in 2016 but his evergreen music is still alive amongst his loyal fans and keeping in mind the same, the Prince Estate recently decided to release his much-shelved album ‘Welcome 2 America’ in collaboration with the Sony Legacy Record.

‘Welcome 2 America’ will be the first album to emerge from Prince’s vault since his death in 2016 and will give fans his unreleased music. The posthumous full-length project will be stacked with 11 original songs along with a cover of Soul Asylum's 2006 single 'Stand Up and Be Strong’. Speaking of new music, there is a lot happening on the circuit right now. Coldplay will soon be dropping an album called ‘Music of Spheres’ whereas, artists like The Weeknd and Billie Eilish will also soon be treating their fans with new music.
 
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Prince performs during the "Pepsi Halftime Show" at Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.(Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Release date

The official account of Twitter had first shared the big news on April 9: “The full studio album #Welcome2America will be released for the first time on July 30, 2021, by The Prince Estate and @SonyLegacyRecs. Pre-order digital, vinyl, CD, and Deluxe editions of #Welcome2America.” Fans can also get their hands on CDs and vinyls from the official store



 

Concept

According to the website Ultimate Prince, a press release describes the album as, “a powerful creative statement that 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." 

Even though four tracks from the album namely ‘Hot Summer’, ‘Same Page Different Book’, ‘1,000 Light Years From Home’ and ‘When She Comes’ have been released in some or another earlier, they will still make it to the official tracklist. Interestingly, a Deluxe Edition of ‘Welcome 2 America’ will be paired with a Blu-Ray of a previously unreleased April 28, 2011, concert at the Los Angeles Forum. It will contain tracks like Bob Dylan's ‘Make You Feel My Love’ and Roxy Music's ‘More Than This’ among others. 

Musician Prince performs onstage at the 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 19, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Tracklist

This is how the tracklist of Prince’s much-shelved 'Welcome 2 America' looks like:
 
‘Welcome 2 America’
‘Running Game (Son of a Slave Master)’
‘Born 2 Die’
‘1000 Light Years From Here’
‘Hot Summer’
‘Stand Up and B Strong’
‘Check the Record’
‘Same Page, Different Book’
‘When She Comes’
‘1010 (Rin Tin Tin)’
‘Yes’
‘One Day We Will All B Free’
 
The Deluxe Edition with Live at the Forum, April 28, 2011, will comprise of 23 singles. This is how the list looks like:

‘Joy In Repetition’
‘Brown Skin’ (India Arie cover)
‘17 Days’
‘Shhhh’
‘Controversy’
‘Theme From 'Which Way is Up’ (Stargard cover)
‘What Have You Done For Me Lately’ (Janet Jackson cover)
‘Partyman’
‘To Make You Feel My Love’ (Bob Dylan cover)
‘Misty Blue’ (Eddy Arnold cover)
‘Let's go Crazy’
‘Delirious’
‘1999’
‘Little Red Corvette’
‘Purple Rain’
‘The Bird’ (The Time cover - Prince composition)
‘Jungle Love’ (The Time cover - Prince composition)
‘A Love Bizarre’ (Sheila E. cover - Prince composition)
‘Kiss’
‘Play That Funky Music’ (Wild Cherry cover)
‘Inglewood Swinging’ (cover of Kool & the Gang's ‘Hollywood Swinging’)
‘Fantastic Voyage’ (Lakeside cover)
‘More Than This’ (Roxy Music cover) 



 

Where to livestream

Once released, fans will be able to enjoy Prince’s ‘Welcome 2 America’ on leading streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Tidal, and YouTube.

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