Two years after the death of Prince, hip-hop mogul Jay-Z is releasing a compilation album of unreleased songs from the music icon.
Rapper and the Roc Nation founder announced that he is partnering with the singer-songwriter's estate for the planned new album set to for release next year. Tidal will host the full-length album exclusively for two weeks after its release.
New Prince Album
After his death, Prince's estate has discovered a ton of unreleased and previously unheard of music from the Purple One. In his home in Paisley Park, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer kept a vault in which he archived his works over the course of his entire life.
According to Consequence of Sound, the estate could release a new album every year for the next century featuring the amount of new music kept inside the vault. Sound engineer Susan Rodgers said that the vault predates the release of "Purple Rain."
Some of the songs from Prince's treasure trove have already been reissued including a 1999-era "Moonbeam Levels" and the original version of "Nothing Compares 2 U." Jay-Z, who also dabbles as a record producer, wants to be involved.
"Our only goal is to share Prince's music with his fans as he wanted," the rapper, whose real name is Shawn Carter, stated in a press conference. "After thoughtful and honest conversation with him, he chose TIDAL as his partner for HITnRUN Phase One and HITnRUN Phase Two, and we will continue to respect and honor Prince's enduring legacy and wishes with this new collection."
Troy Carter, the entertainment advisor for the estate, said that he and Prince's family are looking forward to the partnership with Tidal. In addition, they clarified that the compilation album will feature tracks that will not be included in a previous deal with Warner Brothers Records.
The singer's estate has also signed distribution deals with Warner Bros. Records and Universal Music in the past.
Prince And Tidal
The newly announced agreement brings to mind the legal battle between Tidal and Prince's estate. In 2015, all of the "Purple Rain" singer's entire catalog was pulled out from every streaming service except Tidal.
However, in 2016, after Prince's death, the same estate sued Roc Nation, claiming that Tidal did not have exclusive streaming rights to the music icon's music. They also filed a copyright lawsuit for putting 15 albums from the Grammy winner on Tidal.
In January 2017, Roc Nation fired back by alleging that the estate has been negotiating with Apple and Spotify to bring the award-winning singer-songwriter to other streaming services. A month later, Prince's entire catalog was made available to Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Google, and more.