Prince’s music will soon arrive on many streaming services, according to multiple reports. Expected to hit services including Napster, Apple Music, and Spotify by Sunday evening, the development will mark the first time since the musician’s April 2016 death that his music has been available at digital outlets other than Tidal.
Late last month, plain purple ads with the Spotify logo appeared in Manhattan’s Union Square subway station — and the streaming titan confirmed to EW on Friday that all of Prince’s Warner Bros. catalog would arrive on the service on Sunday, Feb. 12. (That includes albums released from 1978 to 1996.) Meanwhile, Napster wrote to NPR that “the rumors are true … music fans rejoice!”
Prior to his death, Prince had a notoriously fraught relationship with streaming services. In July 2015, he pulled his catalog from services including Spotify and Apple Music — but left it on Tidal, where he debuted his final two albums, Hit n Run Phase One and Hit n Run Phase Two, exclusively in late 2015. In June 2016, the service added 15 more of Prince’s albums, mostly spanning his ’90s and ’00s output, to their library.
“Jay allowed us to pick the artwork, design the page, choose the related content,” Prince told EW in September 2015. “Why shouldn’t you be allowed to do that when it’s your music, your creation?”
Last November, Universal Music Publishing Group acquired rights to exclusively publish Prince’s catalog worldwide. Around that time, the late musician’s estate sued Jay Z’s Roc Nation over Prince’s Tidal exclusivity, citing copyright infringement and alleging the service had streamed his catalog without permission.