All Signs Point to Prince's Catalogue Returning to Streaming Services Next Month
Published Jan 31, 2017Back in 2015, Prince made the decision to pull his entire back catalogue from every streaming service except for Jay Z's Tidal. Now, it appears that the Purple One's music will be returning to all services early next month.
The New York Post reports that Warner Bros. has struck a deal to bring Prince's catalogue back to Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Deezer and more on February 12, coinciding with the Grammy Awards. "The switch gets turned on for everybody during the Grammys," an insider told the publication.
The Post added that negotiations to release music recorded outside of Prince's contract with Warner were ongoing. Similar stories of Prince's music returning to streaming services have emerged through various other publications, such as Billboard, with its sources echoing that the Purple One's music is set for streaming in time for the Grammys.
While a formal announcement has yet to be made, fans in New York and London have found Spotify billboards and advertisements that are overwhelmingly purple, as you can see below.
In November of last year, Prince's estate filed a lawsuit against Tidal's parent company Roc Nation, saying the service had been "exploiting many copyrighted Prince works in addition to the works that comprise the HitNRun: Phase 1 album." This year will see the release of a Prince documentary, in addition to a four-day celebration on the anniversary of his death.