Prince catalog returns to streaming, ‘Purple Rain’ reissue confirmed

Warner Bros. Records has announced that the most popular Prince albums between 1978-1996 are returning to streaming today (Sun, Feb 12th). The label assured the albums, such as Purple Rain, 1999, Sign O’ The Times, Controversy, Parade and Dirty Mind, will be all be available by the time the Grammys air at 8 pm ET. The label has worked out a deal for the albums to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Prime, iHeartRadio and others.

“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 chairman/CEO Cameron Strang says in a statement. “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.”

The titles had previously been a Tidal exclusive for 18 months when The Artist himself worked out an exclusive agreement with the streamer.

“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.”

Strang also confirmed details of the long-awaited Purple Rain Deluxe Edition, slated for June 9th. The set was to be released in 2014 as a 30th anniversary, but was delayed. Strang promises “two incredible albums of previously unreleased Prince music and two complete concert films from the Paisley Park vault.”

Exact contents of the bonus material have yet to be unveiled, but are expected soon.

Earlier this week, it was announced that The Estate of Prince and Universal Music Group struck a multi-year agreement 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. This deal includes 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.

UMG was unable to strike a deal to stream the albums before the Grammys when Prince will be the subject of an all-star tribute at 8 pm/5 pm PT on CBS.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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