Despite his somewhat fractured relationship with the internet – which has previously seen him ban fan sites from using his image, delete his social media accounts and take part in a Facebook Q&A that only lasted just one question – The Purple One now has a verified account on the image-sharing app, which he has already used to post a number of photos taken over the years. The pics include live shots, magazine covers, memes and even a photo of comedian Dave Chappelle dressed as Prince for his famous Chappelle Show sketch.
July saw the musician withdraw his entire back catalogue from every music streaming service, making an exception for the Jay Z-owned Tidal. Despite this, he later shared new track ‘Stare’ exclusively through the company’s rival Spotify, but did last month release latest album ‘Hit N Run’ as a Tidal exclusive.
Prince recently explained the decision to work with Tidal by talking about the way the streaming service works: “After one meeting, it was obvious that Jay Z and the team he has assembled at Tidal recognise and applaud the effort that real musicians put in to their craft to achieve the very best they can at this pivotal time in the music industry,” he explained.
“Tidal have honoured us with a non-restrictive arrangement that once again allows us to continue making art in the fashion we’ve grown accustomed to, and we’re extremely grateful for their generous support.”