Carter, in his role as Prince’s estate advisor, says unreleased material will be released ‘soon,’ but does not give details as to when, or which label might release the songs.
He was a guy who practically lived in a recording studio, and once we started going through [the unreleased material] we really started finding some gems. I heard some music the other night that was pretty mind-blowing and we’re getting some stuff mixed right now. We’ve got great projects in the works that I’m excited to talk about. So the answer is yes, there will be unreleased Prince music coming soon.
The Recording Academy announces that the 59th annual Grammy Awards will pay homage to Prince and George Michael, who both died in 2016.
While the primary focus of the Grammy Awards is to celebrate and honor the year’s best in music, we consider it our responsibility to tell music’s broader story by honoring its legends lost—that’s what we strive to achieve with our annual tributes. While it’s nearly impossible to convey the full depth of an artist’s cultural impact in a single performance, it’s that very challenge that has led us to some of our most memorable Grammy moments.
Prince announces a short-notice concert, featuring his band 3rdEyeGirl, scheduled for May 19 at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets go on sale at noon Monday through Live Nation. The musician’s HitnRun tour is built around the concept of near-impromptu performances in different cities.
Prince and his band 3rdEyeGirl share a free soundboard-quality recording of his May 2 “Dance Rally 4 Peace” concert via Soundcloud. The concert features some of the artist’s lesser-known hard-rock tracks, such as Dreamer, Guitar and Chaos & Disorder, alongside frequent guitar solos and improvisation. At the end of the recording, Prince speaks directly to the crowd:
Do me a favor and take care of each other, all right? It don’t matter the color; we’re all family.
Prince performs a live show at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, featuring classic hits and his protest song, Baltimore. 3rdEyeGirl backs Prince in front of an audience wearing mostly gray, in honor of Gray. Prince:
You look around, and the system is broken. It’s gonna take the young people to fix it this time. We need new ideas, new life. Most of all, we need new peace. And the kind of peace I’m talking about is spelled p-i-e-c-e. Next time I come to Baltimore, I want to stay in a hotel owned by one of you.
On-stage guests included Doug E. Fresh, Estellem Miguel, and State Attorney Mosby, who was seated on a leather couch on the left side of the stage, and about 20 minutes into the concert she was led to the center by Prince.
Prince releases his protest song, which was recorded on April 30 at Paisley Park Studios. Prince plays all the instruments himself. The song includes the following lyrics:
Does anybody hear us pray?/for Michael Brown or Freddie Gray/Peace is more than the absence of war
If there ain’t no justice/then there ain’t no peace
Prince announces a “Rally 4 Peace” concert in Baltimore at the Royal Farms Arena on Sunday, May 10. 3rdEyeGirl and other acts will also perform. A portion of ticket sales will benefit of Baltimore youth charities.
In a spirit of healing, the event is meant to be a catalyst for pause and reflection following the outpouring of violence that has gripped Baltimore and areas throughout the U.S. As a symbolic message of our shared humanity and love for one another, attendees are invited to wear something gray in tribute to all those recently lost in the violence.
Prince appears on the cover of Essence magazine and discuss making music and if he would ever start making music with the band, The Revolution.
I’m not putting down The Revolution, even though people would love to see us together again. I owe a great debt to them. But I’m doing something else.
Prince is interviewed by Hall on The Arsenio Hall Show. They talk about how he would like to create his own Instagram, working with other musicians and how he feels about putting music online.
It’s a double edge sword. A lot of artists aren’t getting paid full scale for their art and the internet because of downloading and things like that is kind of like a blackhole. It’s hard to audit, it’s hard to get accounting.
Prince wins the Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for Future Baby Mama.
Prince wins the Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for Call My Name, and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for Musicology.
Prince performs Daddy Pop along with a dance routine on The Arsenio Hall Show in Los Angeles, California.
Prince And The Revolution wins the Grammy for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for Kiss.
Prince And The Revolution wins the Grammy for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal and Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special for Purple Rain.
Prince wins the Gammy for Best Rhythm & Blues Song for I Feel For You.