By now, the world knows that music from late music icon Prince will live on forever and a day. That belief was further stoked after the singer’s sister, Tyka Nelson, recently announced there are 984 songs (and still counting) written by her beloved brother. On November 22nd, the estate introduced a song called “Moonbeam Levels” at a private listening party in New York City at Cutting Room Studios which was hosted by ABC News. Prince originally recorded the track in 1982 while working on his hit “1999” album.

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Although there were bootleg copies of the song made in the past, “Moonbeam Levels” is now officially included on the newly released Prince greatest hits collection “Prince 4ever.

Also in the works is a deluxe remastered version of “Purple Rain” which will include an additional album of previously unreleased music and is anticipated to drop in early 2017. The “Moonbeam Levels” track is described as a “slow burgeoning funk ballad” and was covered by English musician Elvis Costello during a Prince tribute concert at Carnegie Hall in 2013.

What will happen to Prince's unreleased recordings? | Minnesota ... - mprnews.org
What will happen to Prince's unreleased recordings? | Minnesota ... - mprnews.org

Prince 4ever and always

Since the shocking death of Prince on April 21st, his estate has slowly fed the public with plans of unveiling his recordings posthumously. The “Prince 4ever” 40-track album will feature a snippet of unreleased music from his vast amount of recordings. The album will be widely available starting November 25th, just in time for Christmas. There is little doubt that it will be a huge success, topping charts and possibly winning awards (sadly, posthumously). It will also be interesting to hear songs for the first time that Prince recorded with other artists.

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Who has the rights to rights?

Ownership, when it comes to Prince’s music, is a murky matter these days. Prince’s estate and NPG Record label are in the process of suing Jay-Z’s management firm Roc Nation regarding the streaming of Prince’s back catalog to its customers. Roc Nation claims to have exclusive streaming rights. Meanwhile, the estate claims the tech company, Tidal, is not only exploiting Prince’s work, but may have breached agreements and copyrights as well.

A lawsuit has been filed with the Minnesota court system.

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