Prince’s first posthumous album to be released next year

Two new Prince albums - including a collection of previously unreleased songs - are due to be released next month. Music label Warner said a 40-track greatest hits collection called Prince 4Ever will be out in November. The compilation will include previously unreleased song Moonbeam Levels, which was recorded in 1982. Many fans will be familiar with the song because it has been leaked online and was covered by Elvis Costello in 2013. It was supposed to have appeared in the funk master’s late-1980s unfinished album Rave Unto The Joy Fantastic.

Plans for the album were agreed with Prince before he passed away.

Warner Bros spokesman

The label also announced it will reissue the 1984 classic Purple Rain next year, accompanied by “a second album of previously unreleased material”. It comes as his estate moves forward on a business plan for his vast holdings. Prince died of an accidental painkiller overdose in April. He left no will, but there are vaults full of unreleased material at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota. The judge overseeing his estate will have to sort out a complex interplay between probate and parentage laws. Prince’s siblings claim a woman and a girl purported to be his niece and grandniece have no genetic connection to the late superstar and should not be named as heirs.