The Purple One’s classic albums are about to be unleashed.
Spotify has confirmed that Prince’s entire Warner Bros. catalog, which includes 1999, Purple Rain, Dirty Mind and Sign o’ the Times, will appear on the streaming service this Sunday.
It is not yet clear if other streaming sites – including Apple Music, Napster and SoundCloud Go – will have a different selection of albums available, including music released on Prince’s own NPG Records after his split from Warner Bros. in 1996.
The Warner Bros. haul does not include The Black Album, which Prince canceled just before its planned release in 1987, or many of his 1990s and 2000s albums like Crystal Ball and The Rainbow Children. Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL’s 2014 albums Plectrumelectrum and Art Official Age were both released through Warner Bros., however.
Prince’s highly publicized split with Warner Bros. saw him condemn the major label for treating him like a “slave” before he famously changed his name to symbol. In 2014, however, he rejoined the label in deal that saw him regain ownership of his catalog.
Though he was typically enthusiastic about new technology, Prince was suspicious of streaming, and in 2015 he removed his music from all streaming services except Tidal. After his death last year, Tidal added another 15 of his albums to its catalog, including The Black Album and live releases from the 1990s and 2000s.
Here’s a list of the albums expected to be available on Sunday.
Around The World In A Day
Sign ‘O’ The Times
Music From Graffiti Bridge
Diamonds And Pearls
The Vault – Old Friends 4 Sale
ART OFFICIAL AGE
The Hits 1
The Hits 2
The Hits/The B-Sides
The Very Best Of Prince