New music on the way...
An unreleased Prince album is set to be released on Tidal next year, after the late singer’s estate ended a huge legal battle with the streaming giant.
The two opposite parties sued each other in 2016 over securing the rights to stream the singer’s unreleased music, as well as his entire back catalogue.
Tidal previously made his whole work available to stream, but Prince’s estate claimed that Tidal had only been given permission to exclusively stream 2015’s’ ‘Hit n Run Phase One’ for 90 days.
Now, it seems that years of legal wrangling are finally at an end after Tidal confirmed plans to release a new Prince album in 2019.
“I’m very pleased this is resolved, and we get to honor the relationship between Prince and Tidal with this album. We look forward to fans hearing the new music and experiencing the genius of Prince”, said Troy Carter, the entertainment adviser of Prince’s estate.
The new deal will see Tidal exclusively streaming the album for 14 days, before it is eventually followed by a physical release.
Jay-Z also said that the new album will “continue to respect and honour Prince’s enduring legacy”.
“Our only goal is to share Prince’s music with his fans as he wanted,” the rapper said. “After thoughtful and honest conversation with him, he chose TIDAL as his partner for ‘HITnRUN Phase One’ and ‘HITnRUN Phase Two’, and we will continue to respect and honour Prince’s enduring legacy and wishes with this new collection.”