The electric, body-moving and soul-stirring Prince is not letting his music fly across all music streams. While we’d love to have easy access, Prince has other plans in mind. Spotify, Rdio, Apple Music, Google Play, Rhapsody, Amazon Prime and many other streaming services are being asked to remove Prince’s catalog from their platform.
The musical genius is ready to release new work with his song “HardRockLover” dropping on SoundCloud (there seems to be a problem playing it now… hmm) and is asking all streams to take down his music – except Jay Z’s Tidal. The platforms will also have to say goodbye to music done by the artist under the artist formerly known as prince, Prince & The Revolution and Prince & The Next Power Generation.
Spotify has already made the changes and left this message on the artist’s profile page:
“Prince’s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog. We have cooperated with the request and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible.”
In May, Prince held a concert in Baltimore in partnership with Tidal after the death of Freddie Gray. Tidal streamed the concert and also matched any donations made through their site to support Baltimore charities. It is believed this may be the reason Prince has not cut Tidal off as well.
Prince is certainly not new to going up against large record labels and making sure artists receive fair compensation and their rights respected. Just last year, Prince made headlines when he went after fans that posted bootlegs of his concerts and even further back in the 1990s with Warner Bros. over royalties.
Prince’s move has been compared to that of Taylor Swift’s when last month Swift went head to head with Apple Music on receiving royalties during their free trial period. While the award-winning singer settled the dispute and stayed on Apple Music it seems as though Prince does not have the same plans to do the same.