The Artist Formerly Known As The Artist Formerly Known As Prince has made what one might call a Swift move:
Prince has removed his discography from all streaming music services except Tidal. “Prince’s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog,” reads a note on Prince’s Spotify artist page. “We have cooperated with the request and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible.”
This is nothing new for His Purpleness: last year he had all his tunes pulled from YouTube, and killed his Facebook and Twitter accounts, although he has since resurfaced on Twitter, where he expressed some annoyance with the very concept of streaming music:
"Essentially, streaming has offered labels the ability to pay themselves twice while reducing what is owed to artists…
— Prince3EG (@Prince3EG) June 25, 2015
This is where he got that quote, and here’s the rest of it:
“…from pennies on the dollar to fractions of pennies on the dollar.”
To borrow a phrase, it’s a sign o’ the times.