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Never-Before-Heard Prince Music Played by Donatella Versace During Fashion Show

by Sophie Schillaci 1:51 PM PDT, June 21, 2016
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Among the many hours of unreleased music said to be left behind in Prince's Paisley Park vault, fans received a small offering from of Donatella Versace over the weekend.

The fashion icon took the liberty of playing an 11-minute selection of Prince's music during Versace's menswear presentation at Milan Fashion Week, including previously unheard tracks.

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"He had been sending me songs for years," Versace, a longtime friend of the late musician, told Billboard. "It was his way of communicating. Just hearing his voice again makes me smile." 

"It was a privilege and an honor to have Prince as my friend, and so it was my privilege to be able to share [these songs] with the audience," she said. "I wanted people to hear how playful he was, how joyous, how creative, how pure a genius. The biggest tribute you can pay to him is to play his music, and to keep his memory alive."

Following Prince's sudden death on April 21 at age 57, a judge determined that he did not leave behind a will. A trust company was appointed as special administrator of his estate, per the request of his sister, Tyka Nelson.

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Earlier this week, one of the individuals appointed with handling the Purple One's entertainment assets -- Charles Koppelman -- hinted that there would be many more posthumous Prince releases on the horizon.

"We're going to be having a good time," he told Page Six, suggesting the possibility of a Broadway musical or Cirque du Soleil show centered on Prince's greatest hits. "There is so much to be done with the estate. There are vaults full of music." 

But first, BET will pay tribute to Prince during its upcoming BET Awards ceremony on Sunday, June 26. The network has been promoting the broadcast for several weeks now, kicking things off with a wildly shady dig at Madonna's "Nothing Compares 2 U" and "Purple Rain" covers at the Billboard Music Awards. Get caught up on the drama, below.

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