Prince's Catalog Is Finally Returning To Streaming Services
Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:19:19
Prince, who died on April 21st last year, was famous for protecting his music and the licensing around it's distribution. However, less than a year since his passing the artist's music appears to be arriving on Apple and Spotify streaming platforms — perhaps as early as next month. Prince's back catalogue will arrive on Apple Music and Spotify as soon as next month, according to sources.
For nearly two years, the late musician's discography has only been available to stream on Tidal. However, the company's exclusivity is set to come to an end on February 12th, in time for the GRAMMY Awards.
It is reported that Prince's estate is coming close to a final deal, which will bring the star's music to other streaming services, with an announcement likely to be broadcast during a GRAMMYs tribute to the the king of Paisley Park.
The GRAMMYs tribute to Prince is hoped to feature a number of big-hitting contemporary artists, and it's believed that The Weeknd, Rihanna and Bruno Mars have been discussed or approached for performances.
Earlier today, in Manhattan, Spotify appeared to tease the return of the musician to its streaming library by running adverts which contained their logo bathed in Prince's signature shade of purple.
It's also reported in Pitchfork that Prince's music will also be available on Apple Music "very soon".
In November, Prince's estate cleared the way for a wider streaming arrangement by signing a publishing deal with Universal Music for the artist's entire catalogue. Until this point Tidal have exclusively streamed a large number of Prince releases after the musician cut a deal with the service in 2015. However, the estate sued the company last year, claiming that only his latest album 'HitNRun Phase' was included in the deal.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff