Prince Pulls Music From Spotify, Which Says He’s Leaving All Streaming Services

Prince pulls streaming music
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Artist's songs remain available on Jay-Z's Tidal subscription service

Prince, the mercurial artist best known for his ’80s-era hits, will not stream 4 u.

The artist, among the industry’s top-selling acts, is removing his music catalog from “all streaming services,” according to Spotify in a notice that appeared Wednesday on Prince’s page on the service.

Prince’s music also has been pulled Rdio and is unavailable on Apple Music, which launched earlier this week.

“Prince’s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog. We have cooperated with the request, and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible,” the Spotify message says.

For now, however, the artist’s songs are still streaming on Tidal, the music-subscription service spearheaded by Jay-Z that launched this spring. In addition, Prince’s songs currently remain available through Pandora and Google Play’s music-streaming service.

The move by Prince comes after Taylor Swift pulled her music last fall from Spotify over the royalty rates the streaming service pays artists. Earlier this month, Swift also complained that Apple was not planning to pay artists for a three-month period after Apple Music’s launch — which resulted in an about-face by the tech giant on the policy.

Prince has won seven Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. The 57-year-old artist saw his biggest success with 1984’s “Purple Rain,” also the title of a movie in which he starred.

Last year, Prince pulled down all the videos from his official Vevo channel on YouTube except for one track, “Breakfast Can Wait,” which was released in October 2013.

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  1. Paul says:

    Thanks Prince, 4 letting me down. I’m a fan of the 1st degree, got all your albums. You’re forcing me back to less legal sources to be able to listen to some tracks on my phone.

    Why you wanna treat me so bad?

  2. Prince’s music is on Tidal (I think this is the only streaming service that it is, though). Tidal are also featuring Prince’s new single Hardrocklover.

  3. dancing fool mama says:

    Well, I am super bummed. I won’t pretend that I grasp the music system or the changes that need to happen to make musicians happy. But I will say that Spotify has opened up my musical mind to so many new artists and types of music which I have then sought out to see them in concert or at festivals. I am sure I am not alone in saying I would pay double the monthly rate if the artists would not do as Prince has done. Figure it out Spotify – I don’t care how, but now!

    • Lulu says:

      As a working musician, I and most other people like me are super glad that Spotify has opened up your musical mind – but musicians need more than just that. This is what listeners don’t understand. We are happy for “exposure” but we can’t live off of it. Our landlords don’t accept it as rent payment and they don’t take it as payment at the supermarket. Also, if we don’t make actual money we can’t make actual music to help your mind enjoyment. Please support the music you enjoy with what will enable the people who make it to continue to make it. That’s money.

  4. Thank you Prince once again you prove to be forward thinking artist… Us independent artists have no chance to make our living via these streaming services. We need artist like Prince to lead they way with integrity and tell streaming services to shove it…

    Thanks xx Keystone Angel

  5. ebolainfo says:

    Well done Prince! Pro-artists move.

  6. Jason McCray says:

    it was never on Apple Music.

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