Music by Claude J. Easy May 11, 2018
TIDAL is putting it on for rockstar legend Prince as the music streaming app announced on Friday that it will debut a new and unreleased album in 2019.
This is exactly what Prince wanted, for TIDAL to show his music to the world after he died. It was no easy feat as Prince died without a will and his estate’s advisor was accused of going against what the” Purple Rain” artist would have wanted for his own music catalog following his death in April 2016.
Do you remember when Jay-Z dropped hints that Prince’s estate advisor, Londell McMillan, was being difficult AF on the “Caught Their Eyes,” track off of his legendary album 4:44? Jigga rapped,
“I sat down with Prince, eye to eye. He told me his wishes before he died. Now, Londell McMillan, he must be color blind. They only see green from them purple eyes”
Well, McMillian, you can kiss Prince’s purple ass.
The 2019 Prince album will contain previously unreleased music sourced from Prince’s vast archive of Vault recordings, will stream exclusively on TIDAL for fourteen days, and will be available for download seven days after its debut.
A global physical release is also in the works via The Prince Estate following the exclusive digital premiere on TIDAL.
This concludes the long legal battle between Prince’s estate and Tidal as the new release is a continuation of Prince’s 2015 partnership with the music streaming app, which resulted in the exclusive debut of HITnRUN Phase One and HITnRUN Phase Two via the streaming service. The agreement was approved just this Wednesday.
In the announcement, Jay-Z spoke on the overall goal of the new album launch. He said,
“Our only goal is to share Prince’s music with his fans as he wanted. After a 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 honor Prince’s enduring legacy and wishes with this new collection.”
It seems as if everyone in Prince’s camp is happy as too. Troy Carter who spoke on behalf of Prince’s estate noted,
“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.”
We should all be hype for this. Prince was and still is a legend. May his music live on through the generations.
He would never let anyone get in the way of sharing his music with the world. This was one of his last wishes – to let TIDAL rock on with his legacy. His spirit won’t allow anyone to dictate his music’s legacy. As the rockstar beautifully sang it in his song “Uptown. We don’t let society tell us how it’s supposed to be…”