Prince Classics ‘Purple Rain,’ More Coming to Apple, Spotify

Late artist notoriously refused to license his music to streaming services

Last Updated: February 10, 2017 @ 8:50 AM

Prince fans, rejoice!

Some of the Purple One’s most famous albums — including “Purple Rain,” “1999” and “Sign o’ the Times” — will finally be available to stream.

On Sunday, the same day as the Grammy Awards, all of the late music legend’s albums that were recorded during his time at Warner Bros. from 1978 to 1996 will become available on services like Apple, Spotify and Napster, according to a BBC report.

Prince notoriously refused to license his music to streaming services during his career, save for his deal with Jay Z’s Tidal. He launched his own streaming service that exclusively featured his work in 2001, but he shut the site down in 2006.

His estate also sold his vast collection of unreleased music to Universal Music Group. Under the agreement, UMPG will service and administer Prince’s catalog, and work with Prince’s estate “to develop new creative outlets for his music.”

Prince died in April 2016 at age 57 at his Paisley Park residence in Minnesota. Authorities later determined that the death resulted from an overdose of the opioid painkiller Fentanyl. The musician’s death occurred just days after he reportedly underwent emergency treatment for an overdose of the opioid painkiller Percocet.

The singer was reportedly scheduled for an “emergency” meeting with an addiction specialist the day after his death.

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