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As previously reported, unreleased music from Prince via the late icon’s estate is forthcoming, although a specific date has yet to be revealed. One person who can’t wait to hear some of the tracks is Prince’s longtime collaborator Sheila E., who tells ABC Radio, “I’ve recorded hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of songs that are there that I haven’t heard in 10, 20, 30 years. So I can’t wait to hear [them].”

She continues, “I don’t know which ones they’re gonna release. I’d like to be a part of that process, though.”

Sheila reveals that there was a moment before Prince’s death where he didn’t want the public to hear his unreleased songs.

“At first he said no,” she explains, “but before he passed he said, ‘You know, I’m sure that the music will come out [after I’m gone].'”

The multi-instrumentalist, who appeared on American Idol‘s Prince-centric episode on Sunday, also shared with ABC Radio what it felt like to watch the show’s contestants perform some of Prince’s classic hits.

“Oh, they did an amazing job… that’s a hard thing to do…and especially music that you don’t know,” she gushes.

Noting how young the contestants are, Sheila tells ABC Radio, “In the year that they were born, to learn a song they’ve known nothing about, I mean, I thought it was great. They did a great job.”

Sheila also shared the advice she gave the contestants, who performed Prince classics like “When Doves Cry,” “Kiss” and “I Would Die 4 U.”

“When I spoke to the contestants, I said to them, ‘You’re not trying to replace him. No one’s gonna replace him. Just do your rendition, your version of who you are, and let it be that.'”

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