Well, the wait for the Purple One is officially over.
According to NPR, after months of rumors that Prince’s prized catalog would be coming to streaming services, Napster (formerly known as Rhapsody) and another source have confirmed to the site that his “records under Warner Bros. — which include the epochal classics 1999, Purple Rain, Dirty Mind, and Sign o’ the Times — will be available to stream this Sunday, the day of the 59th Grammy Awards.”
Napster, in particular, broke the news in a jovial romp, writing: “The rumors are true … music fans rejoice!”
With such news breaking recently, there’s a strong indication that other streaming services like Spotify will also partake in streaming the specified catalog. However, Spotify and Apple have both declined to comment.
While Prince fans will now be able to consume his music easily, it’s certain that Prince himself wouldn’t appreciate his music being available on streaming services, as he made it clear that he wasn’t too keen about his music being consumed aggressively my the masses. Before his death, he would pull unauthorized clips of his songs and performances from the Internet, with Tidal being the only streaming service he had his music available on.
Now, his estate has been eagerly looking for different ways to market his catalog, and it looks as if Grammy day will be the huge unveil.