Once way ahead of the curve when it came to distributing his music on the internet, Prince probably will join the 21st century again when his classic albums become available on popular streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play later in February, reports from The New York Post.
Since purchasing the rights from Warner Bros in 2014 for all his releases made between 1978 and 1996, Prince’s estate has kept his music under tight control. When the Purple One died in 2016, you could only stream his music on the “Microsoft Zune” of internet streaming — the imperiled Tidal. But that all changes in less than two weeks.
No official announcement has been made, but new purple Spotify ads on subways and billboards around New York and London — along with unnamed sources in Billboard and other industry publications — are hinting at a new online availability of the late Minneapolis rock legend’s catalog in time to tout it during the Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, where he will be remembered in an all-star tribute.
The other great unknown is just what Prince, who passed away from an an accidental overdose on April 21 at his Paisley Park estate in Minneapolis, would have wanted. Regardless of what becomes of all of these unheard songs, much more of the world will soon once again be able to listen to “Little Red Corvette” as much as they want, whenever they want. We’re pretty sure Prince would’ve approved of that.