Published Feb 12, 2017Yes, the rumours were true: Prince's music is returning to streaming services around the globe.
Today (February 12), Warner Bros. Records officially confirmed that the Purple One's catalogue for the label will be back on digital streaming services in time for tonight's Grammys, whose televised broadcast kicks off at 8 p.m. EST. This means Prince's classic works for the label will be on the Apple Music, Spotify and Google Play, among others.
Warner chairman & CEO Cameron Strang said, "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. 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. We'd like to thank Prince's estate, Universal Music Publishing, the Grammy Awards and all of the streaming services for their great collaboration in making this landmark event possible."
Along with the streaming news, Warner reveled that its previously promised Purple Rain reissue will arrive on June 9, along with two complete concert films from the Paisley Park vaults.
Strang added, "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."
As recently reported, Prince's estate has signed a deal with Universal Music Group for the rights to his NPG Records catalogue, with UMG to also gain control of "certain renowned Prince albums" released from 1979 to 1995.