Prince: Gone, but Never Forgotten. Are Posthumous Releases Ethical?

But what happens when it’s just about the money and no longer about the music? Without the creator there, who makes choices about the production of such raw art? The intensely private artist’s home, Paisley Park, may also become the new Graceland if those behind the large trust fund have anything to say about it.

“The heirs are probably all very good people, but they’re not music executives,” Prince’s early manager, Owen Husney explained to EW. “My worry is that unless somebody handles it with the exact same mind frame he had, you’ll see some of these songs in a toothpaste commercial.”

With reel upon reel of unreleased material, experts say that we may be hearing “new releases” from Prince well into the next twenty years. We can only hope that a similar love and meticulous ear is behind the crafting and production of the unfinished gems.