It’s time to party like it’s 1999 – Prince’s biggest hits are set to finally appear on the world’s most popular music streaming services.
So far only available on Tidal, all of Prince’s records up until 1996 will be available on Spotify, Apple Music and Napster from this weekend, BBC News reports.
Prince died in April last year, shocking the music world still reeling from the recent deaths of David Bowie, Paul Kantner, Merle Haggard and Glenn Frey.
The ‘When Doves Cry’ singer was known for keeping a tight rein on his music. Despite being one of the first big-name artists to sell music over the internet, in his later years Prince would sue to keep his music offline. In 2010 he infamously declared the internet “completely over”.
BBC News reports his estate owes potentially £80 million in taxes, hence the need to go against his wishes and put his music on free-to-use services like Spotify.
“Some people may say, ‘Why are you making all these deals? Prince wouldn’t make these deals,'” adviser to Prince’s estate told BBC News.
“Prince never wanted to lose ownership and control of his creations, so we place ownership and control over dealmaking [in order to] preserve the assets and stay within Prince’s brand values.
“As I have told everybody, there’s not gonna be a big IRS truck backing up to Paisley Park saying ‘I’ll take those assets!'”
His estate has also cut a deal with Universal Music, which now has the rights to the 25 albums he released after 1996, as well as live and unreleased recordings.
Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose, aged 57.