Despite being in the midst of a legal battle with the Prince Estate, music streaming service Tidal has just announced some great news: come 2019 they will be releasing a brand-new album of Prince’s music, compiled from previously unreleased recordings.
After having a long career of 39 studio albums under his belt before passing away in April 2016, it’s hard to believe that Prince had much more up his sleeve. However, the acclaimed and just-as-secret “Prince Vault” has shown time and again that there is plenty of music to be released, making this announcement all the more enticing.
Like many streaming-exclusive albums it will be available exclusively on Tidal for the first 2 weeks before becoming available to the general public for download. The Prince Estate will then handle the physical release of said album, which currently has no name. This surprising decision comes after Prince’s estate revising the artist’s decision to remove his entire catalogue from streaming services in November 2015 in favor of signing exclusively with Tidal, a decision that has been continuously questioned since the artist’s passing.
Tidal has previously released albums of Prince’s exclusively, such as the 2015 records HITnRUN Phase One and HITnRUN Phase Two and the team is using this partnership as the basis for their continued collaboration with Prince’s music and his estate. Tidal founder Jay-Z said that “we will continue to respect and honor Prince’s enduring legacy and wishes with this new collection,” and there’s no reason to believe he won’t. Prince’s estate is notoriously stingy with his music and rights, so this agreement not only to continue working with Tidal during this lawsuit but also release new Prince music is huge.