TikTok strikes licensing deal for Prince back catalogue
There has been a lot of debate about which music licences TikTok has already, which ones it doesn’t (publishers have been particularly sharp on this one) and what it needs to do next to ensure performers and songwriters...
June 29, 2020
Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry news (13 May)
After a few days’ break, there’s another batch of positive news to report around the industry’s Covid-19 relief efforts. Last night’s ‘Rise Up New York!’ telethon, featuring artists including Mariah Carey, Bon...
May 13, 2020
Tidal has lots of things up its sleeve for the exclusive on Prince’s new album.
Remember streaming exclusives? Everyone seems to have given up on them. Well, everyone except Tidal. It has announced that it has the exclusive on Originals, a posthumous album from Prince containing a number of unheard demos...
May 30, 2019
Tidal gets 14-day exclusive window for Prince ‘Originals’ album
There’s a new album by Prince coming out: hurrah! But it’s an album of cover versions: boo! But wait, it’s covers of songs that Prince himself wrote for other artists to record: hurrah again! ‘Originals’ will be released...
April 26, 2019
Sony Music to release classic and rare Prince videos in batches for streaming
The Prince Estate and Sony Music Group have announced their plans to start making the late star’s archive of music videos – at least those from 1995 to 2010 – available to stream. The plan is to release weekly...
November 6, 2018
Prince’s post-1995 recordings now available to stream
In total, 23 albums by Prince – originally released between 1995 and 2010 – are now available to stream for the first time from today. This covers his post-Warner Bros releases when he put out material on his own NPG...
August 17, 2018
Judge approves request to rescind UMG’s Prince music deal
The saga of the Prince estate’s recorded-music archives deal with Universal Music Group is reaching an end. A judge has approved a request to rescind the distribution deal – estimated as being worth $31m – after...
July 14, 2017
Prince posthumously returns to YouTube via a Vevo channel
Prince was never one of YouTube’s biggest fans, it’s fair to say, both in terms of putting his own videos on the service or letting live clips shot by fans stay on the service. The latest twist in the star’s posthumous...
July 10, 2017
Prince sound engineer barred from releasing recordings
Those Prince previously-unreleased recordings that almost came out last month will remain mothballed for now, as the legal dispute around them continues. Sound engineer George Ian Boxill, who had planned to release the...
May 24, 2017
Confusion surrounds status of Universal Music Prince deal
The question ‘what is going on with Prince’s digital music licensing?’ has been posed many times in recent years, both before and after his death. It seemed to have been answered when Prince’s estate struck a deal...
April 18, 2017
Prince, Spotify streams and the catalogue conundrum
One week after Prince’s much-publicised return to (non-Tidal) music-streaming services, how is his Warner Bros catalogue performing? Spotify’s public metrics give us some hard data to work with. Music Ally has tracked...
February 20, 2017