ESO Podcast, Week of April 29: New music from the Boss, originals from Prince

June 7 would’ve been Prince’s 61stbirthday and on that date his estate will release “Originals,” a 15-track album with 14 previously unreleased versions of songs he wrote for other artists, chosen by Troy Carter and Jay-Z. The tracks will stream exclusively on Jay-Z’s streaming service, Tidal, for 14 days. On June 21, Warner Bros. will release the tracks all download and streaming partners and physically on CD.180-gram 2LP and limited edition Deluxe CD+2LP formats will follow on July 19th. Among those 15 tracks: “Manic Monday,” “Sex Shooter,” “Jungle Love,” and a solo version of “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Prince’s memoirs, titled “The Beautiful Ones,” are scheduled to be published on October 29. 

Bruce Springsteen’s first album of original material is due on June 14. Titled “Western Stars,” it’s inspired by “Southern California pop records of the late ’60s and early ’70s” and explores a “sweeping range of American themes, of highways and desert spaces, of isolation and community and the permanence of home and hope.” The first single, “Hello Sunshine,” with accompanying video, is out now.