JAY-Z Is Producing a Posthumous Prince Album
Published May 11, 2018It wasn't that long ago that Prince's estate was suing JAY-Z's Roc Nation for allegedly exploiting copyrighted material, but life works in mysterious ways. The rapper is now said to be working on a posthumous LP from the Purple One.
JAY-Z is working on an album of unreleased Prince music that will hit his Tidal service in 2019, according to a press release. The record, which has yet to be announced, will be exclusive to the service for a period of two weeks before a wider release.
The press release reads, "Our only goal is to share Prince's music with his fans as he wanted… After thoughtful and honest conversation with him, he chose Tidal as his partner for HITNRUN Phase One and HITNRUN Phase Two, and we will continue to respect and honor Prince's enduring legacy and wishes with this new collection."
The press release also notes that music from Prince's vaults that was "subject to prior agreements with Warner Brothers Records" will not be included on the new album.
Prior to his passing in 2016, Prince had removed his back catalogue from all digital streaming services except Tidal. He also negotiated a deal with JAY-Z's service to exclusively stream his album HITNRUN: Phase One for the first 90 days of release.
Prince's catalogue came to Spotify, Apple Music and other platforms last year. Tidal has recently been accused of inflating streaming numbers.