'Welcome 2 America': The Current celebrates Prince's new album with concert broadcast and Deluxe Edition giveaway

Composite photo of Prince in various poses onstage.
Prince was an electrifying live performer. (Kevin Mazur, courtesy Prince Estate)

On Friday, July 30, the Prince Estate and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Welcome 2 America: a complete studio album Prince recorded in 2010 but never released.

In a press release, the estate explained that Welcome 2 America "was recorded during a flurry of studio activity in the spring of 2010, when President Obama was just a year into his first term and Prince was reflecting deeply on the issues affecting the Black community and the role he hoped to play in the social justice movement."

The album includes 12 songs — including "Hot Summer," a track Prince shared with The Current in 2010. We're celebrating this album release with a special concert broadcast and album giveaways; scroll down to enter for a chance to win a copy of a Deluxe Edition of Welcome 2 America.

On Thursday, July 29, from 7 to 8 p.m. CDT The Current will broadcast highlights from a concert Prince and the New Power Generation performed at The Forum in Inglewood, California, on April 20, 2011. The concert was part of Prince's acclaimed "Twenty-One Nite Stand" in L.A. during the Welcome 2 America Tour: Prince's last major global tour.

The concert features Prince's 2011-era lineup of the New Power Generation, including Shelby J.; Liv Warfield; Elisa Fiorillo; Morris Hayes; additional keyboardists Renato Neto and Cassandra O'Neal; bassist Ida Nielsen; drummer John Blackwell; and dancers Maya and Nandy McClean (The Twinz).

The epic run at The Forum, the site of most of Prince's Los Angeles shows on the tour, was intended to raise awareness about the historic venue and its predominantly Black and Latinx community in Inglewood. When Prince announced the tour, he said, "Bring friends, bring Ur children, and bring foot spray, because... it's gonna B funky."

This concert recording, which has never been heard before, will be released on Friday as a Blu-ray included in the Deluxe Edition of Welcome 2 America. Tune in to The Current all week for chances to win CDs and vinyl editions of Welcome 2 America, and enter below for a chance to win a Deluxe Edition. Click here for links to preorder the album's various editions.

To learn more about Welcome 2 America, check out the Official Prince Podcast, where Andrea Swensson and Shelby J. are hosting a special "Story of Welcome 2 America."

The Current's Welcome 2 America Deluxe Edition Giveaway

Use this form to enter The Current's box set giveaway between 11 a.m. Central on Friday, July 23, 2021 and 11:59 a.m. Central on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021.

One (1) winner will receive one (1) Deluxe Edition of Prince's album Welcome 2 America. Four (4) back up names will be drawn. Winners will be notified via email.

Prize retail value: $99.98

This drawing is now closed. Congratulations to the winner!

This giveaway is subject to the Official Giveaway Rules.


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