Prince back on streaming platforms, two new albums coming

The reissue pairs the newly remastered Purple Rain with "two incredible albums of previously unreleased Prince music and two complete concert films".

The one exception was Jay Z's streaming service, Tidal, which struck a deal with Prince in 2015 and has the exclusive rights to his album "Hit N Run: Phase One".

Before his death last year, Prince was famously protective of his work, and had pulled his music from most streaming services two years ago. According to Financial Times, Prince had granted Warner Music the rights to license his music recorded prior to 1996. It appears, though, that the late musician's estate has brokered new deals to make his Warner Bros. catalog available everywhere again.

The Grammy Awards is set to pay tribute to the late artist during the live Sunday broadcast.

The classic "Purple Rain"-era line-up - guitarist Wendy Melvoin, bassist Brownmark (Mark Brown), drummer Bobby Z (Robert Rivkin), and keyboardists Matt Fink and Lisa Coleman - previously reunited for a series of live shows in Prince's hometown of Minneapolis previous year".

A major critic of ad-supported services like Spotify, Prince's return to streaming strikes a sour note: "His estate potentially owes $100 million (£80 million) in taxes, making new business deals a matter of urgency", the BBC reports.

Their set list included classics from the era including "Let's Go Crazy", "Little Red Corvette", "Raspberry Beret", "Kiss" and of course "Purple Rain". They are also due to play during the three-day "Celebration 2017" event at Prince's Paisley Park compound, which runs from April 20 to 23.

  • Kyle Peterson