It’s been five years since Prince died, but his estate continues to churn out new music from the prolific artist. Jon Wertheim reports on the unreleased songs – 8,000 by one estimate – locked away in Prince’s vault and the newly unlocked album, “Welcome 2 America”

Dig, if you will, the picture: It was 2010 and Prince set out on his “Welcome 2 America” Tour, threading the world and playing sold-out venues. He delivered a mix of anthems and pop hits drawn from his 39 studio albums. And yet, there was something curiously missing from that “Welcome 2 America” tour: songs from the album “Welcome 2 America” – an album Prince wrote and recorded right before the tour, but then never released or performed in public. That music – which you’ll hear for the first time tonight – went into Prince’s vault, a trove of material this blazingly prolific artist secreted away. Five years after Prince’s death, administrators of his estate are cracking open the vault. “Welcome 2 America” and welcome to the singular ways of Prince.

Here he is on that 2010 tour, the riddle, wrapped in a mystery, wrapped in gold lamé. Let’s Go Crazy was one of five number one hits. When Prince died, he was still selling more albums than any other living musician.

To unravel the Prince paradox, we started here: Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis – his hometown. From the outside, there’s nothing Paisley about it. Enter and the place is a trippy dreamscape, Oz accented in purple, not green – though a pair of doves overhead is still white…

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