Tidal might have landed a big-time 'sclusie. Yesterday Prince removed his music from all other music-streaming services (Spotify, Apple Music, Rdio), forming what appears to be an alliance with Jay Z's swiftly backlashed startup that claims to put artists first.
"Prince's publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog," reads a note on Prince's Spotify page. "We have cooperated with the request and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible."
The Purple One is famously protective over his music. Plus he just likes to delete stuff, as he did yesterday with new track "HARDROCKLOVER," before re-posting it 30 minutes later. Prince linked up with Tidal in May to stream his Rally 4 Peace concert in Baltimore.
Apple Music — which survived Taylor Swift's wrath then inked her to an exclusive deal — launched earlier this week, the newest player in the evolving music-streaming battlefield. The digital-music pioneer also reached agreements with noted Spotify hater Thom Yorke as well as Dr. Dre, whose Beats company was purchased by Apple for $3 billion last year.
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