Prince's Catalog Hits Streaming Services Today; Is It Right?

Prince's Catalog Hits Streaming Services Today; Is It Right?

Prince's Catalog Hits Streaming Services Today; Is It Right?

That ballad, and most of Prince's highly acclaimed music, were available for streaming on Spotify starting Sunday.

As expected, the bulk of Prince's Warner Bros. catalog returned to streaming services today (Feb. 12), pegged to the tribute to the late artist on the Grammy Awards tonight, which sources tell Billboard will feature Bruno Mars performing with members of The Time.

On June 9, Warner Bros. will release a remastered version of Prince's classic album Purple Rain, with two bonus albums of music from Prince's vault and two concert films. According to Warner Bros.

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Prince was notorious about jealously guarding his music against streaming sites and YouTube, with the exception of Tidal.

"Prince recorded his most influential and popular music during his time with Warner Brothers and we are deeply aware of our responsibility to safeguard and nurture his incredible legacy", Warner chairman and chief executive officer Cameron Strang said in a statement.

The move comes after the streaming site struck a deal with Warner Bros, who the singer reunited with in 2014.

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Late last week, Universal Music Group announced Prince's estate chose the publishing giant to license Prince's music through NPG Records.

Prince was signed to Warner Bros. from 1978 through 1996 and his music with the label includes some of his most-acclaimed bodies of work, including Dirty Mind, Controversy, 1999, Purple Rain, and much more.

One of Prince's biggest wish, and something he profoundly stood for while he was alive was not to have his music on streaming services or any place where it could be watered down.

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Launching Prince's catalog on the eve of the Grammy Awards was strategic because it's one of the highest sales weeks in music.

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