23 Prince albums just landed on Apple Music


Many of these albums are available digitally for the first time.
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If you’re a Prince fan and an Apple Music subscriber, today is your lucky day! That’s because the Prince Estate and Sony’s Legacy Recordings have released 23 of the Purple One’s albums, covering the latter half of his career, on streaming services.

The releases cover albums originally issued between 1995 and 2010. These include the likes of “The Gold Experience,” “3121,” “Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic,” and a 37-track compilation called “Prince Anthology 1995-2010.” Many of these albums are available digitally for the first time.

The albums are available to listen on all major streaming music services, including Apple Music and Spotify, the two most popular options.

Many of Prince’s classic albums, distributed by Warner Music Group, are already available online.

Going forward, the Prince Estate and Sony plan to eke out additional Prince albums as the take over distribution rights.

Starting in 2021, this will include music he recorded from 1978 to 1996. This will include the albums “Prince” (1979), “Dirty Mind” (1980), “Controversy” (1981), “1999” (1982), “Around the World in a Day” (1985), “Sign ‘O’ The Times” (1987), “Lovesexy” (1988), “Diamonds and Pearls” (1991) and “[Love Symbol]” (1992).

A complex relationship with streaming services

Prince had a complex relationship with streaming services. In 2015, he pulled his songs from streaming services, in favor of Jay Z’s Tidal service.

He also dissed Apple by holding it up as an example of a company making money from music without properly paying artists. “Tell me a musician who’s got rich off digital sales,” Prince told the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper, adding that, “Apple’s doing pretty good though, right?”

The newly available Prince albums include:

The Gold Experience (1995) (“The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” greyed out, partial album streaming only; album unavailable for download)
Chaos and Disorder (1996)
Emancipation (1996)
Crystal Ball (1998)
The Truth (1998)
Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (1999)
Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic (2001)
The Rainbow Children (2001)
One Nite Alone… (2002)
One Nite Alone…Live! (2002)
One Nite Alone…Live – The Aftershow: It Ain’t Over (Up Late with Prince & The NPG) (2002)
Xpectation (2003)
N.E.W.S. (2003)
C-Note (2004)
Musicology (2004)
The Chocolate Invasion (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 1) (2004)
The Slaughterhouse (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 2) (2004)
3121 (2006)
Planet Earth (2007)
Indigo Nights (2008)
LOtUSFLOW3R (2009)
MPLSoUND (2009)
20Ten (2010)
Prince Anthology: 1995-2010
Prince Anthology: 1995-2010

Source: Variety