Fans of Prince and streaming services worldwide have something to celebrate!
On Sunday (Feb. 12), the music icon’s Warner Bros. Record catalog was made available globally across all major music streaming services. Warner Bros. Records’ Chairman and CEO Cameron Strang said the company is thrilled to share the late superstar’s material.
“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,” said Strang in a statement. “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.”
On June 9, Warner Bros. is planning to re-release a remastered version of Prince’s 1984 classic Purple Rain with two concert films and two albums worth of previously-vaulted material. “When we make any of Prince’s music available to fans—from the hits to unreleased gems—we are committed to upholding Prince’s high creative standards and we know fans will be thrilled when they hear these albums and see these films,” he added.
Prince was signed to Warner Bros. from 1978 through 1996 where he recorded his most influential and popular albums, including Prince, Dirty Mind, Controversy, 1999, Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day, Parade, Sign O’ The Times, Batman, and Diamonds and Pearls.
The albums he created after his Warner Bros. era were not included in this wide release. That includes projects such as The Black Album, The Gold Experience, and Chaos and Disorder.
In November, NPG and Warner Bros. Records released PRINCE 4Ever, which brings together 40 of Prince’s best-loved songs plus the previously unreleased track “Moonbeam Levels.”