Prince's Albums, Including 'Purple Rain' and '1999,' Are Again Available on Streaming Services
Twenty seven of Prince's albums and compilation albums are returning to streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access.
In 2015, Prince, who was famously protective of his work, pulled all of his music from every major streaming service except Tidal. On Sunday, Warner Bros. Records announced that the late icon's entire WBR catalog would come back to major streaming services by the time the GRAMMY Awards begin at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT.
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"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 Bros. Records chairman and CEO Cameron Strang said 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."
Prince's WBR catalog includes albums such as Prince, Dirty Mind, Controversy, 1999, Purple Rain, Parade, For You, Batman, Diamonds and Pearls, and others.
This news comes after WBR previously announced plans to release a remastered version of Purple Rain on June 9 in addition to two albums of unreleased music and two concert films.
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The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards will pay homage to the Purple One at Sunday's event as well as George Michael, who also died last year.
"George Michael and Prince were pop icons who showcased rare musical genius and otherworldly charisma," Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement. "While each possessed a distinct style and sound, they were both adored by audiences worldwide. The passings of two such creative innovators were a huge loss for the creative community; The Recording Academy is humbled to pay homage to their tremendous legacies on the GRAMMY stage."
Prince earned seven GRAMMY awards over the span of his prolific career, while Michael was bestowed with the distinction twice.