Spotify and Apple Music might not be the only streaming services in line to land Prince music.
The New York Post – citing an "insider" – says a good chunk (though not all) of Prince's music could be coming to Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play, Pandora, Spotify, and other services.
In addition, adding more credence to earlier rumors, it'll all be available on Feb. 12, the day of the Grammys.
So stay tuned.
The original story from Monday, Jan. 30 is below.
No musician is tied to the color purple the way Prince is.
Which is why these all-purple ads from Spotify – when taken in context with those recent rumors – have people connecting the dots about what it might mean.
The purple ads have popped up in at least two major cities Monday morning, according to some social media searching. You've got these columns and the wall in New York's Union Square:
This big billboard in London:
And then this close-up via Billboard:
And Billboard is reporting it's a sign Spotify is pretty confident it'll land at least some Prince music. The report notes that music Prince published himself or with Warner Bros. seems the most likely, while other releases are "in varying degrees of legal limbo."
This would track with those rumors from a few weeks back, about a deal between Prince's estate and major streaming services that would bring the Purple One's music to the online masses. That included Spotify and Apple Music. At the time, Billboard said the sides wanted to have a deal in place by the Grammys (Feb. 12), though whether that happens remains to be seen.
Prince has had an exclusive streaming deal with Tidal.