Prince is unpredictable. The most talented music maker now working, the regal purple-loving pop god doesn’t much care for what’s happened to the music biz since he first started topping charts in the 198os. In 2010 Prince curiously said the Internet was “completely over.” That’s what most people think about vinyl and maybe even downloads (streaming is supposed to win), but the funny thing is: no one ever says Prince is over. Musicians from Bob Dylan to Madonna to Justin Beiber and Timberlake have been pronounced over. It’s part of the music world. But never Prince. Even when he removes himself, he’s vital.
So Prince is naturally pushing the envelope. He’s dropping his tunes from streaming services. A Spotify rep told Mashable: “Prince’s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog.” The only place, apparently, where you can still hear what it sounds like when doves cry is Tidal, Jay Z’s reportedly troubled streaming service.