Prince's estate sues Jay-Z's Tidal over music streaming rights

This could be more bad news for Jay-Z's quest for Prince's music.
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Some of the biggest names in the music industry could be headed for a court battle.

The estate for Minnesota music icon Prince has filed a lawsuit against Jay-Z's Roc Nation over the rights to the late superstar's music.

According to The Guardian, the disagreement centers on how much of Prince's music was made available to Jay-Z's music streaming service Tidal.

Prince's NPG records said in a federal lawsuit this week that Prince gave permission for Roc Nation to stream songs on Tidal from only one of his albums.

According to The Associated Press, the suit claims other songs including Purple Rain, Little Red Corvette and 1999 began streaming following Prince's death last April.

NPG is seeking damages and wants the streaming of Prince's music stopped.

However, Roc Nation countered claiming they have exclusive right to stream Prince's entire catalogue on Tidal "with certain limited exceptions."

The organization cited written and oral agreements with Prince before he died.

How the courts handle Prince's musical rights could prove to be very interesting. His legendary "vault" of unreleased music is believed to be massive. It has been estimated that his unreleased music could be worth around $100 million.

Earlier this month, Universal announced an agreement with Prince's estate to purchase the publishing rights of his previously unreleased songs.

According to a TMZ report, Jay-Z bid $40 million for those publishing rights too.

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