For the first time, Prince fans will be able to stream 23 albums by the singer-songwriter, from the period of 1995 to 2010, one of the busiest stretches of his career, totaling more than 300 songs. The records are available today (Aug. 17) on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Soundcloud (premier), Tidal, Amazon Music, and more.
The albums being re-released today begin with 1995’s The Gold Experience through to 2010’s 20Ten, and include rare and out-of-print recordings, as well as a new 37-track greatest hits album, Prince Anthology: 1995-2010.
Prince passed away over two years ago from an opioid overdose. During his career, he sold over 100 million records globally, and won eight Grammys and an Oscar for his film Purple Rain. Prince also was one of the first artists to share his music via the internet: in 1998, he released a digital version of his album Crystal Ball through his own subscription service, NPG Music Club.
Earlier this summer, the Prince Estate and Warner Bros. Records announced the release of Piano & a Microphone 1983, which is slated for Sept. 21 and will feature nine new recordings. In addition, the estate has also been going through the Purple One's extended vault of unheard sessions, which includes hundreds of unheard songs, if not "as many as 1,000,” according to Michael Howe, a Warner Bros. alum.
Previously, Prince's catalog was exclusive to Tidal. But in 2017, per the New York Post, Warner Music—which owns the rights to a majority of Prince's music—closed on an agreement to make Prince’s entire catalog available for streaming on the night of that year’s Grammys, Feb. 12.