Prince’s ‘Camille:’ album to be released after 3 decades
The late singer-songwriter recorded “Camille” in 1986, in which he portrayed an alter ego named after the title.
WASHINGTON — Another unreleased Prince album will soon be released.
The late singer and songwriter recorded “Camille” in 1986, but the record was eventually shelved and only a handful of copies surfaced.
Jack White of the White Stripes, who co-founded Third Man Records, has already paid close to $50,000 for one of these copies.
Now White and his label have secured the rights from Prince’s estate to release the album to the public, Third Man Records co-founder Ben Blackwell said. Mojo music magazine.
Third Man Records did not indicate when exactly it planned to release the album.
Prince named the album after his portrayal of an androgynous alter ego he had named Camille, and much of the album’s music uses a feminized, quirky vocal sound, according to Pitchfork magazine.
The eight tracks on the album have all been released before in some compactness, but not together as an album, PEOPLE reported.
‘Camille’ will become Prince’s second album to be released posthumously, following ‘Welcome 2 America’ released last year.
According to the Prince estate, the album was recorded before Prince’s Welcome 2 America tour and “documents Prince’s concerns, hopes and visions for a changing society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political division, misinformation and of a renewed fight for racial justice.”
Prince, who died in 2016 of an accidental fentanyl overdose, left behind a treasure trove of unreleased songs in the vault at his resort in Paisley Park west of Minneapolis.
“We know there was an immense unreleased amount – in the hundreds, some in the thousands … of celebrated and heavily pirated albums and projects that he made and dropped,” said Alan Light, veteran journalist and author of ” Let’s Go Crazy”. : Prince and the Making of Purple Rain,” he previously said.
The musician had no will, according to the documents filed by his sister Tyka Nelson.