Prince, a legendary American singer died on April 21 at Chanhassen, Minnesota, United States. He was 57. The superstar artist leaves behind a rich musical legacy. However, the fans won’t find it on Spotify, a major music streaming service. Probably very surprising news for them, but this giant digital music service doesn’t really have his hits.
It has been reported that Prince withdrew his music from the major streaming services last summer, shortly after Taylor Swift and several other artists took down their own catalogs. It was the final stand of him, in a career-long battle against corporate exploitation. His music can only be found on Tidal, the brainchild of superstar rapper Jay-Z. Since its beginning, Tidal has pledged to pay artists for their content in a justified manner.
Prince took a notable stand against Spotify, and responded to a Twitter post criticizing free music services for not paying artists fairly. He expressed, “Spotify is co-owned by record labels, who hold 20 percent of the company stocks.”
The American pop icon famously released his 2010 album 20TEN in CD format, announcing, “The internet is completely over,” reacting against the rapid rise of music piracy on the internet.
Known for his musical talents, Prince was also a successful businessman who fought the recording industry.
“We made money [online] before piracy was real crazy. Nobody’s making money now except phone companies, Apple and Google. I’m supposed to go to the White House to talk about copyright protection. It’s like the gold rush out there. Or a carjacking. There’s no boundary,” he said while speaking with the British mass media company The Guardian in 2011.
There is, however, a single number by Prince available on Spotify: “Stare,” which the singer released exclusively to the music service in July 2015.
The listeners will mainly have to rely on more platforms that are old-fashioned such as digital downloads, CDs, and vinyl records to listen to their late pop icon tribute. A recent update says“Purple Rain” is the top-selling song on Apple’s iTunes and the greatest hits collection The Very Best of Prince is the number one album, says Quartz.