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Universal Music to release Prince's songs from his private archive

Universal Music to release Prince's songs from his private archive The world's biggest music label Universal will release unheard Prince material from his private archive after striking a deal with the late singer’s estate.

Much of Prince’s personal archive of unreleased music is expected to be made available to the public now that Universal has obtained exclusive licensing rights.

In a statement, the music label said that they had reached a "multi-year agreement with the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson and NPG Records Inc., effective immediately."

Universal went on to say that this new deal gives them "exclusive licensing rights to the iconic artist’s Grammy-winning NPG recordings, including a library of 25 albums and his highly anticipated trove of unreleased works."

“Prince was one of the greatest musical talents of all time – an incomparable genius as a performer, recording artist and songwriter," Universal CEO Sir Lucian Grainge said.

“It’s an absolute honor to once again be selected by Prince’s estate to be the home for publishing, merchandise and now for so much of his incredible body of recordings. UMG is committed to honoring Prince’s legacy and vision by creating the highest quality products and experiences,” he added.

The superstar died in April 2016 at the age of 57 of an accidental overdose of the prescription drug fentanyl.

He is thought to have recorded hours and hours’ worth of music which has never been made public, kept in the basement vault of his Paisley Park home.

Prince sold more than 100 million records globally during the course of his prolific career.
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