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

Artist's songs remain available on Jay-Z's Tidal subscription service

Prince pulls streaming music
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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.