Unreleased Prince music held up by legal disputes

Prince fans will have to wait a bit longer for a chance to hear the troves of unreleased songs found in a vault at his Minnesota home.  After his death, Universal negotiated for rights to some of the unreleased material, only to later find the artist had signed an agreement with Warner Brothers (relating to the same material).  Universal claims they were defrauded by the Bremer Trust, which managed Prince’s assets, into thinking the purchase was legitimate.  The NY Times has now reported that litigation over these songs appears to be imminent.

It’s not known how much material was found in the vault, but some have claimed it could be thousands of songs.  In June, Warner released a reissue of “Purple Rain” that included a bonus disc of unreleased material, but this apparently only scratches the surface.



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