Locked vault contains hundreds of unreleased recordings by Prince.

Following Prince’s death on April 21 news emerged of a vault in his Paisley Park home rumored to contain a wealth of unreleased material. With the code to the vault known only to Prince, it was drilled open yesterday by the company who has current temporary authority over his estate.

The musician had previously mentioned the vault in a 2012 interview, saying “one day, someone will release them. I don’t know that I’ll get to release them. There’s just so many.”

Speaking to ABC’s Good Morning America, Susan Rogers, Prince’s recording engineer, claimed that the shelves of the giant room had filled up quickly and that “we could put out more work in a month than most people could do in a year or more.”

Earlier this week, Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson claimed that the artist had no known will and filed paperwork to become executor of the estate. Current Minnesota state law dictates that without a will the estate would be divided between his sister and five half-siblings. [Via ABC]

Prince was known as a prolific writer and the contents of the vault could allow music to be released at a steady rate for years to come.

The musician’s body was cremated in a private ceremony days after his death and his family has announced plans for a public musical celebration.

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