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Prince pulls his music from all streaming services but Tidal


Prince/ Photo by Ralston Smith for NPG Records

Prince/ Photo by Ralston Smith for NPG Records


For someone who recently acted like he didn’t know what Spotify was, Prince sure learned the streaming landscape quickly. On Thursday morning, he pulled his music from every music streaming service except Tidal, Jay Z’s new service.

“Prince’s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog. We have cooperated with the request, and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible,” said Prince’s Spotify page.

A copy of the Spotify page was distributed by Prince’s publicist. Apple Music and Rdio also have removed Prince's music.

Prince has been super-protective of his music, videos and even image. He has kept his legal team busy trying to keep unauthorized use of his work off YouTube and elsewhere on the Internet.

Prince hooked up with Tidal in May to broadcast his Rally 4 Peace concert from Baltimore. Tidal boasts sizable royalty payments to artists, reportedly more than 75 percent of revenue.  

The Purple One’s request does not affect songs he’s written that have been recorded by others such as “Manic Monday” by the Bangles, “The Glamourous Life” by Sheila E and “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinead O’Connor.

Dave Matthews Band's two-part Xcel Center set list

File photo from when DMB played Xcel Energy Center in 2010. / Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune

File photo from when DMB played Xcel Energy Center in 2010. / Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune

Click here for the review of Wednesday’s deluxe-edition Dave Matthews Band concert. Here are the set lists below.

Don’t look for any photo gallery from the show, though. Those laid-back, good-vibes-generating hippies required local photographers to sign ultra-rigid, legalese-filled release forms that went above and beyond what most acts ask of media, and photographers from both the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press at the arena Wednesday did not shoot the show as a result. Oh well. It’s not like ol' Dave was sporting a new Marilyn Manson-like ghoulish get-up or an enormous beer belly. He pretty much looked the same as he did the last five or six times we photographed him.


A Whiter Shade of Pale (Procol Harum cover) / The Needle and the Damage Done (Neil Young cover) / Oh / The Stone / When the World Ends / Recently /  Typical Situation / Tripping Billies / I'll Back You Up / Grace Is Gone


Seek Up / Drive In, Drive Out / Proudest Monkey / Satellite / Black and Blue Bird / Squirm / So Much to Say / Anyone Seen the Bridge / Too Much / Virginia in the Rain / Lie in Our Graves / Digging a Ditch / You Might Die Trying           ENCORE: Sister / Belly Belly Nice

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