The Music of Prince is Available Everywhere, But Would He Be Happy About That?
That didn't take long... Prince's full catalog of previous music is now available on all streaming services including Spotify, Amazon Music, iHeart, Apple Music and Pandora as of yesterday. Prince’s music hasn't been available anywhere for almost two years. He pulled his catalog from all mainstream companies in the summer of 2015 in a statement against Spotify’s free streaming tier and in favor of artists’ rights. Before he died Prince chose Tidal as the only streaming service he allowed to make his music available to the public.
The late musician’s estate struck a deal with UMG last week to make his Warner Bros. catalog available everywhere once again. (See below) All of his albums from 1978 to 1996 are now available on Spotify and the other streaming services. If you must listen to the stream, then there's a Prince "radio station" iHeart has created. They along with the others now offer on demand listening as well.
Me listening to Prince's music on Spotify knowing damn well he didn't want it on there: pic.twitter.com/DvRXA5e1cB— Ms. Valdis (@VitaniValdis) February 12, 2017
THE ESTATE OF PRINCE ROGERS NELSON SELECTS UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP TO MANAGE ICONIC ARTIST’S RECORDINGS
Deal Encompasses Prince’s Grammy-Winning NPG Records, Hits from Earlier Catalogs and Vast Collection of Unreleased Works
Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, announced a multi-year agreement with the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson and NPG Records Inc., effective immediately, that grants UMG exclusive licensing rights to the iconic artist’s Grammy-winning NPG recordings, including a library of 25 albums and his highly anticipated trove of unreleased works.
With this agreement, UMG becomes the home for Prince’s music publishing, merchandise and much of Prince’s recorded music. The deal provides an opportunity for UMG to work closely with Prince’s Estate and heirs to delight and thrill fans of all ages by creating innovative new products and experiences spanning the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s many artistic outlets.
Under the terms of the deal, the Estate is licensing to UMG the 25 albums that Prince released through NPG Records, a label founded by the artist that includes Double Platinum- and Gold-certified albums Emancipation, Musicology and 3121. The agreement also provides for UMG and the Estate to collaborate with regard to Prince’s vault of prized unreleased works from throughout his career, including outtakes, demos and live recordings. In addition, beginning next year UMG will obtain U.S. rights to certain renowned Prince albums released from 1979 to 1995.
In making the announcement, Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of UMG, said, “Prince was one of the greatest musical talents of all time – an incomparable genius as a performer, recording artist and songwriter. It’s an absolute honor to once again be selected by Prince’s estate to be the home for publishing, merchandise and now for so much of his incredible body of recordings. UMG is committed to honoring Prince’s legacy and vision by creating the highest quality products and experiences.”
Michele Anthony, Executive Vice President of UMG, said, “Prince is a music icon and his impact on culture will continue to reverberate across the world for generations to come. Having worked with Prince on-and-off for 20 years, I was fortunate to experience his incomparable passion, creativity and pursuit of perfection. 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.”
Industry experts L. Londell McMillan, Chairman and CEO of The NorthStar Enterprises Worldwide, and Charles Koppelman, Chairman and CEO of CAK Entertainment Inc., represented Prince’s estate.
McMillan commented, “I am thrilled the NPG catalog and Prince’s highly sought after unreleased recordings will reside with UMG, where we have found a partner who is passionate about presenting Prince’s music with a holistic vision that celebrates his iconic status across recorded music, publishing and merchandise and will continue to deliver the highest quality experiences that fans have come to expect. I’m looking forward to seeing Lucian and Michele achieve great things for Prince’s fans, his estate and heirs.”
Koppelman said, “I’m pleased to say, with UMG, Prince’s legacy is in very good hands. Lucian and his teams at Universal Music Publishing and Bravado are already generating great excitement and energy with Prince’s legions of fans who are demanding more ways to experience this incomparable talent. With UMG’s involvement, there will be so many more outlets around the world for experiencing the brilliance of this incomparable artist.”
During a four-decade career, Prince sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, making him one of the most successful artists of all time. Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, his first year of eligibility.