Jay-Z Compiling New Prince Album For Tidal

first_imgJay-Z is currently working on compiling a new full-length Prince album featuring songs that have previously been unreleased to the public, reports Pitchfork. Due out in 2019, the album will first be released on Tidal, the streaming service which was acquired by Jay-Z in 2015, with the album being streamed exclusively on Tidal for two weeks before making its way to other major streaming services.As Jay-Z noted about this upcoming collaboration with the Prince estate,Our only goal is to share Prince’s music with his fans as he wanted. … After thoughtful and honest conversation with him, he chose TIDAL as his partner for HITnRUN Phase One [in 2015] and HITnRUN Phase Two [in 2016], and we will continue to respect and honor Prince’s enduring legacy and wishes with this new collection.Back in 2016, Prince’s estate filed a lawsuit against Jay-Z’s Roc Nation regarding Tidal’s claim that it had exclusive streaming rights to Prince’s music. For several years, Prince’s music was available exclusively on Tidal, but in 2017, The Purple One’s music came to other streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. With the ongoing dispute resolved and a new deal in place with Tidal and the Prince estate, Jay-Z has gotten the green light to move forward with the new album—however, the press release notes that Tidal “does not involve any of Prince’s music catalogue that is subject to prior agreements with Warner Brothers Records.”Jay-Z and Tidal’s announcement of their 2019 Prince album comes on the heels of the Prince estate’s announcement that another album of previously unreleased Prince cuts is due out in fall of this year.[H/T Pitchfork]last_img

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