Tidal could be forced to pay compensation after late singer's estate claim that it does not have rights to his music
Prince’s estate have accused Tidal of streaming the late singer’s music without permission.
The musical icon’s catalogue has only been available on Jay Z’s streaming service following his death earlier this year.
The 46-year-old hip-hop mogul was given exclusive rights to Prince’s 2015 album ‘HitNRun Phase’. However, Prince’s estate now claim that deal did not extend to the other 15 of the musician’s albums which are currently streaming on Tidal. They also allege that the artist never received the $750,000 payment to close the deal, TMZ reports.
The relationship between Jay Z and Prince’s executors appears to have soured in recent months. In October, it was reported that the rapper made a $40 million offer for the rights to Prince’s vault of unreleased music. According to TMZ, the bid was rejected by the estate, who wrote to Jay Z’s team to say it had no interest in signing a deal for “Roc Nation to exploit any of the intellectual property assets of the Estate.”
Earlier this month, Universal Music Group announced that they had bought the rights to Prince’s catalogue, including his recently unearthed collection of unreleased music.
The vault is understood to contain “thousands of hours of music recorded over four decades”. However, Prince’s estate has yet to begin cataloguing its contents properly, so it is unknown exactly what the vault contains. Some of the material could possibly be owned already by various record labels Prince was signed to during his career.