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Just ahead of Grammy night, Prince’s Warner Bros. catalog begins to hit Spotify & more.

Prince’s music is no longer a Tidal exclusive.

In 2015 following his concert in Baltimore, the late singer pulled all of his music from streaming services save for Jay Z’s Tidal. After his death last April, his estate sued Roc Nation claiming that Tidal didn’t have exclusive rights to Prince’s discography.

After days of rumor, Prince’s music slowly began appearing on Spotify, Google Play and Amazon Music Unlimited. Apple Music and others are soon to follow. His old label home, Warner Bros. began uploading his exhaustive catalog early Sunday, appropriately on Grammy night. By the time the awards show starts, his full catalog will be made available.

Cameron Strang, chairman & CEO of Warner Bros. Records, said in a press release:

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. 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.

During his career, Prince long had a feud with the idea of the Internet as well as offering his music up for pennies on the dollar. His continued feud with record labels made him a champion of artists’ rights. He declared the Internet “dead” in 2010, opting for a CD only format for his 20TEN album.

“I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else,” he said then. “They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it.”

As time progressed, so did his stance on streaming services. The move of Prince’s catalog back on to the majority of streaming platforms feels unsavory. But, let’s go crazy and enjoy the music again.

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