If you were powering up a bunch of your holiday weekend jams with Prince songs, you might want to check your playlists again — the all-mighty Purple One has removed his music from most streaming services.
According to TechCrunch, Prince has pulled all his music from Spotify and Rdio. If you’d like to stream some Prince this weekend, it’s still on Jay-Z’s Tidal (his Rally 4 Peace concert was broadcast via Tidal in May) and Google Music All Access (for now).
“It looks like this is part of a broader move by the musician to take the music off platforms that allow people to stream tracks for no fee,” TechCrunch writes.
On Prince’s artist page on Spotify, it simply says: “Prince’s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog. We have cooperated with request, and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible.”
Prince posted this to his Twitter account last week:
"Essentially, streaming has offered labels the ability to pay themselves twice while reducing what is owed to artists…
— Prince (@prince) June 25, 2015
Prince was one of the artists not included in Apple Music’s launch as well, according to MacWorld.
Of course, Taylor Swift is the artist who has made the biggest recent headlines taking on the streaming world for not adequately compensating artists. She took to Tumblr to challenge Apple Music for not paying artists for the first free trial months of a subscription. Apple responded quickly, saying it would indeed pay artists during that free trial period. Taylor was happy and agreed to stream her album 1989 on the service.
Prince has had a lengthy battle with record companies, rights and being paid — remember when he changed his name to a symbol in his fight with Warner Bros.? He’s already pulled his tunes from YouTube, and he’s no fan of the internet either, as TechCrunch points out in this comment he gave the UK’s Daily Mirror.
“The internet’s completely over. I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it. The internet’s like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.”
But then he launches his new song via the Internet on Soundcloud:
Prince Dominates With Sexy New Track, ‘HARDROCKLOVER’- http://t.co/EIdRsFQFXl
— Prince (@prince) July 1, 2015
Prince, always a riddle wrapped up in a purple enigma.