Prince left enough unreleased music to release a new album every year for the next century. However, because he had no will at the time of his death, a judge appointed former EMI head Charles Koppelman and L. Londell McMillan, Prince’s longtime lawyer and manager, to serve as executers of the estate. And wouldn’t you know it, Koppelman and McMillan have big plans.
“We’re going to be having a good time,” Koppelman recently told Page Six. “There is so much to be done with this estate. There are vaults full of music.” Among their initial ideas, according to Koppelman, are a Broadway musical featuring Prince’s hits and a Cirque du Soleil show akin to The Beatles.
While the quantity of Prince’s unreleased material is enough to fill a bank vault, the quality is a mixed bag. “I’ve never said this before, but I didn’t always give the record companies the best song,” the singer told Rolling Stone in 2014. However in an interview on the Arsenio Hall Show that same year, Prince discussed his unreleased music, saying: “I don’t go back in time and listen to it. I worked on it and brought it as far as I could right then, a lot of it I didn’t finish. There’s a lot of bootlegs out there that are unfinished, unmixed. Again, you wait till you find other things to go with it.”
Prince’s estate is estimated to be worth between $250 and $350 million dollars. Hopefully those in charge of managing it will give it the same care and respect as the singer demanded during his lifetime — but based on history, that’s probably wishful thinking.
Update: During Versace Men’s SS17 show at Milan Fashion Week, Donatella Versace played unreleased Prince music that was “written and recorded as a personal gift.” Watch video of the show below.