Prince streams new track ‘Stare’ via Spotify despite removing all his other music from the service

The song is exclusive to the streaming platform - listen now

Prince has shared a new track titled ‘Stare’ exclusively through Spotify despite recently withdrawing his entire back-catalogue from every music streaming service except for the Jay Z-owned Tidal.

The singer – who has had an uneasy relationship with the digital world in the past – made the move on July 1, removing his music from platforms like Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music.

Spotify posted a statement to Facebook at the time, which read: “Prince’s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog.

“We have cooperated with the request, and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible.”

Now, however, Prince has unveiled ‘Stare’ as a Spotify exclusive. Listen below via the streaming service.

Late last year, Prince deleted his social media accounts and removed all of his videos from YouTube. He has previously threatened fans sharing his music on the video website with legal notices.

Speaking to the Guardian in 2011, Prince said: “[Musicians] made money [online] before piracy was real crazy. Nobody’s making money now except phone companies, Apple and Google … It’s like the gold rush out there. Or a carjacking. There’s no boundaries.”

He added: “I personally can’t stand digital music. You’re getting sound in bits. It affects a different place in your brain. When you play it back, you can’t feel anything. We’re analogue people, not digital.”


Meanwhile, Prince will release a new album ‘The Hit & Run Album’ with his band 3rdEyeGirl.

The group released their first album ‘Plectrumelectrum’ last year and will return with a “super experimental” and “super funky” follow up later this year.

The group confirmed the news to BBC 6 Music. “It’s phenomenal, there are so many hits on this album. It’s super experimental,” they told the station, adding that the album will reference their run of secret gigs in the UK throughout 2014.

The group, Donna Grantis, Ida Nielsen and Hannah Ford Welton, did not reveal a release date for the album but confirmed that is would be “soon”.

‘HARDROCKLOVER’, revealed online earlier this month, is the first single from the album.