Prince's 'Welcome 2 America': Posthumous single drops ahead of previously unreleased album

Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY
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New Prince music is coming, nearly five years after the music icon's untimely death.

"Welcome 2 America," an album created by the late singer in 2010 but never released, is coming July 30, his estate announced Thursday, dubbing the music "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."

The title track, featuring Prince's commentary on social media, celebrity culture, the music industry and the state of the U.S., debuted online Thursday.

"Land of the free, home of the brave / Oops, Eye mean land of the free, home of the slave," he sings, according to the official lyrics.

Following the completion of the "Welcome 2 America" album, Prince would go on to his 2010-2012 tour of the same name, though he did not explain at the time why the album was not released.

Prince Rogers Nelson was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota on April 21, 2016. His estate has since released posthumous albums "Piano & a Microphone 1983" and "Originals" in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Prince's previously unreleased 2010 album "Welcome 2 America" is coming July 30.
Prince's previously unreleased 2010 album "Welcome 2 America" is coming July 30.

The 12-track studio album setlist includes:

  1. Welcome 2 America

  2. Running Game (Son of a Slave Master)

  3. Born 2 Die

  4. 1000 Light Years From Here

  5. Hot Summer

  6. Stand Up and B Strong *

  7. Check The Record

  8. Same Page, Different Book

  9. When She Comes

  10. 1010 (Rin Tin Tin)

  11. Yes

  12. One Day We Will All B Free

More: Looking back on Prince's best USA TODAY interview moments

And: Remembering Prince, a prodigy and provocateur

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