News & Opinion | June 7, 2018 2:36 pm

New Prince Album Announced Two Years After Singer’s Death

"Piano and a Microphone 1983" announced on what would have been singer's 60th birthday.

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Prince performing on stage during his Purple Rain Tour. (Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)

Even more than two years after his death, Prince is breaking new musical ground.

A new album of previously unreleased home recordings, Piano and a Microphone 1983, will be released on September 21st, Prince’s estate announced Thursday.

According to Rolling Stone, “the LP’s nine tracks were culled from cassette recordings Prince made at his piano at his Kiowa Trail home studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota.”

The first release is a blistering, stripped-down version of the 19th century spiritual, “Mary Don’t You Weep,” which will play during the end credits of Spike Lee’s new drama, BlacKkKlansman.

The announcement comes on what would have been the singer’s 60th birthday. Prince died on April 21, 2016 at Paisley Park, his home and recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, in what was later determined to be an accidental overdose on Fentanyl.

The Prince estate also revealed that there is another new album of unreleased material in the works for next year.