It hasn’t quite been a year since Prince passed away suddenly, and without a will which left the rights to his music catalog in limbo. If you’ve been wondering why you weren’t able to stream his music on Apple Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, or other streaming services, you’re not alone. It turns out that Prince struck a deal with Jay Z’s Tidal service before he died, giving the service exclusive rights to his music.
That changed yesterday as Warner Bros. Records Chairman and CEO Cameron Strang announced that the Prince music catalogue would be available on all streaming services in time for last night’s Grammys. The change came about after Prince’s estate sued Jay Z and Tidal to reverse the exclusivity deal.
“Prince recorded his most influential and popular music during his time with Warner Bros. and we are deeply aware of our responsibility to safeguard and nurture his incredible legacy,” said Cameron Stang. “Warner Bros. is thrilled to be able to bring Prince’s music to his millions of fans around the world via streaming services, fittingly on music’s biggest night.”
A quick check this morning of Google Play Music showed that Prince’s catalog has indeed come to the streaming service, with singles and albums spanning from 1978 to 2016 now available.
Stang also announced that Warner Bros. Records is working on releasing more Prince material including a remaster of Purple Rain, two albums of unreleased music, and two concert films that were locked away in the singer’s Paisly Park vault. The anticipated release date for these projects is June 9th.
“When we make any of Prince’s music available to fans — from the hits to unreleased gems — we are committed to upholding Prince’s high creative standards and we know fans will be thrilled when they hear these albums and see these films.”
Are you glad to see the Prince music catalogue finally available on other streaming services? What do you think about Warner Bros. Records’ plan to release more music by the artist? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.Source: MSN
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