Pop icon Prince will be releasing a new posthumous EP this week to mark the one year anniversary of his death. So far one track titled ‘Deliverance’ has been released from the EP, which is rumoured to have been recorded between 2006 – 2008.
Prince was one of the most popular artists of his generation, and enjoyed a hugely successful career spanning almost four decades. The reclusive singer sadly passed away last year at the age of 57. It was later announced that he had died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. The news came as a huge shock to his legions of adoring fans, many of whom were expecting a new album in the near future.
Prince’s last release came in the form of two studio albums titled ‘HITnRUN Phase 1 & 2’ in late 2015. The albums peaked at number 48 and 40 in the US, and received positive reviews from critics. ‘HITnRUN Phase 1’ featured collaborations with Rita Ora, Judith Hill, and Lianne La Havas.
It has now been announced that a surprise new EP will be released on April 21 to mark the one year anniversary of Prince’s death. The EP is comprised of six undiscovered studio recordings that were created between 2006 – 2008. One of the tracks is said to be a four-movement medley, containing the songs ‘I Am’, ‘Touch Me’, ‘Sunrise Sunset’ and ‘No One Else’.
In an official press statement co-producer Ian Boxill explained: “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.”
He added: “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.”