Prince’s classic albums including “Purple Rain” on Sunday returned to major streaming services, bringing a new audience to the late pop legend who fought music industry convention.
Prince’s albums on Warner Brothers Records returned to all streaming sites including Spotify and the services of Apple and Amazon hours before a star tribute to Prince at the Grammy Awards.
Prince “We’re honored to bring back the work of such a legendary artist to music lovers everywhere,” Spotify, the world’s largest streaming site, said in a statement.
Prince had a famously turbulent relationship with record labels and the internet, which he accused of putting artists into virtual slavery. Late in his career the pop icon withdrew his catalog from all streaming sites except Jay Z’s upstart Tidal, which he credited with granting him the freedom to release music quickly. Tidal remains the sole service to stream all of \