Watch the YouTube clip below to hear the title track to the new Prince album Welcome 2 America, due to be released on July 30, 2021.
The new album recorded in 2010 and released from Prince's archives by the Prince Estate is available now for pre-order via the prince.com website.
Prince's Instagram account released this statement with the Welcome 2 America announcement:
"Prince's enigmatic and prescient statement album Welcome 2 America will be released July 30, 2021, by The Prince Estate and @LegacyRecordings. The Deluxe Edition includes the previously unreleased studio album and a full 2011 Prince concert at The Forum on Blu-ray.
Recorded in 2010 before the Welcome 2 America Tour, the studio album Welcome 2 America 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.
“The world is fraught with misin4mation. George Orwell's vision of the future is here. We need 2 remain steadfast in faith in the trying times ahead," Prince told @ebonymagazine in 2010, around the time he was recording the album.
Welcome 2 America features some of Prince’s only studio collaborations with bassist Tal Wilkenfeld , drummer CrC, and GRAMMY-nominated engineer Jason Agel, plus vocals by NPG singers Shelby J., Liv Warfield, and Elisa Fiorillo Dease and co-production by Morris Hayes.
As a companion collector single, pre-order a numbered limited-edition gold 7” vinyl exclusively from the official Prince Store. The 7” includes the studio version of “Welcome 2 America” and a previously unreleased live version performed @theforum on the B-side. https://store.prince.com/store/
The title track "Welcome 2 America" is available now on streaming platforms. Pre-order digital, vinyl, CD, and Deluxe editions of Welcome 2 America with link in bio.
For more on Welcome 2 America, @60minutes correspondent Jon Wertheim got a preview of the album and the story behind it for a report airing this Sunday, April 11, on @CBS."
Welcome 2 America Tracklist
- 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 (Soul Asylum cover)
- Check The Record
- Same Page, Different Book
- When She Comes
- 1010 (Rin Tin Tin)
- One Day We Will All B Free
Welcome 2 America (Live at The Forum, April 28, 2011) Tracklist (Blu-Ray)
- Joy In Repetition
- Brown Skin (India.Arie cover)
- 17 Days
- Theme From “Which Way Is Up” (Stargard cover)
- What Have You Done For Me Lately (Janet Jackson cover)
- Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan cover)
- Misty Blue (Eddy Arnold cover)
- Let’s Go Crazy
- 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)
- 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)