Today, Aug. 17, Sony released 23 Prince albums that were first launched between 1995 and 2010. The music is being released across all major streaming services, including Apple Music and Spotify. The move comes just two months after the Prince estate and Sony’s Legacy Recordings announced an agreement to bring the late artist’s music to streaming platforms, many for the first time.
According to Variety, the recordings being released include such favorable albums as “The Gold Experience,” “3121” and “Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic” as well as a new 37-track compilation called “Prince Anthology 1995-2010.” In 2021, Song/Legacy’s distribution rights will be expanded to include music recorded by the artist between 1978 and 1996.
In life, Prince, who died in 2016, typically avoided releasing his content online. Before his death, however, he did sign an exclusive deal with Tidal to bring much of his library that service.
The 24 albums now available on streaming services are:
- The Gold Experience (1995) (“The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” greyed out, partial album streaming only; album unavailable for download)
- Chaos and Disorder (1996)
- Emancipation (1996)
- Crystal Ball (1998)
- The Truth (1998)
- Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (1999)
- Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic (2001)
- The Rainbow Children (2001)
- One Nite Alone… (2002)
- One Nite Alone…Live! (2002)
- One Nite Alone…Live – The Aftershow: It Ain’t Over (Up Late with Prince & The NPG) (2002)
- Xpectation (2003)
- N.E.W.S. (2003)
- C-Note (2004)
- Musicology (2004)
- The Chocolate Invasion (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 1) (2004)
- The Slaughterhouse (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 2) (2004)
- 3121 (2006)
- Planet Earth (2007)
- Indigo Nights (2008)
- LOtUSFLOW3R (2009)
- MPLSoUND (2009)
- 20Ten (2010)
- Prince Anthology: 1995-2010
You can find Prince’s content on Apple Music by visiting the Browse tab. From here, scroll until you see Prince’s featured artist card. Besides the newly added content, you’ll also find links to Prince’s “Piano & a Microphone 1983” and “International Lover” albums. Both arrive on Sept. 14.
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