It has also been announced that Universal Music have licensing rights for Prince’s self-released albums.
ince’s incredible back catalogue of music is heading to streaming services this Sunday.
The Purple One’s former exclusive agreement with TIDAL is now over, and several streaming providers have confirmed reports to the BBC that much of Prince’s iconic collection of songs will return to or debut on their platforms.
According to the BBC’s report, Spotify has confirmed that all of Prince’s albums from 1978 to 1996 will be included as part of the new deal. Napster have also confirmed to NPR that Prince’s work will appear on their service, while the likes of Deezer, Amazon Music and Apple Music are yet to comment.
Prince’s Spotify comeback and anticipated debut on other streaming services coincides with the GRAMMY Awards, also this Sunday (February 12) which will feature a special tribute to the late performer.
It had previously been hinted that this confirmation was imminent – Spotify had placed bold purple billboards around Manhattan in New York.
In other Prince news, it has also been confirmed by Universal Music that they have signed a multi-year agreement with Prince’s NPG Records label and the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson that will grant them sole licensing rights to Prince’s self-released material, albums such as 2014’s Art Official Age and his collaborative album with 3RDEYEGIRL.
Michele Anthony, Executive Vice President of UMG, commented: “Prince is a music icon and his impact on culture will continue to reverberate across the world for generations to come. It’s an honor professionally and personally to be entrusted with these cherished recordings, including his storied ‘vault’ of unreleased music, and to partner with his estate and heirs to preserve and expand Prince’s legacy.”
Prince passed away on April 21 last year, his untimely death sending this much-loved classics back into the charts. Three of his albums appear in the Official Albums Chart Top 5, a feat only matched by Michael Jackson and David Bowie. He was also named in 2016’s Top 10 most successful musicians globally earlier this week.