Prince's biggest songs are coming to music streaming services this Sunday in time for the Grammy Awards, multiple sources close to the situation have confirmed to Billboard for weeks. Exactly how many of the leading streamers will be joining #PurpleSunday -- and exactly what music will be available -- remains unclear, but on Thursday services began confirming on the record.
"The rumors are true ... music fans rejoice!" a rep for Napster (formerly Rhapsody in the U.S.) told NPR Thursday, apparently mistakenly. Later, Spotify confirmed with BBC News that they too will have the catalog -- which they all but hinted by blanketing New York's Union Square subway station with purple ads featuring their logo last week. A rep for Amazon Music confirmed with Billboard on Friday that they'll have the catalog on Sunday as well.
Reps for Apple Music, Spotify's biggest on-demand competitor, did not respond to requests for comment, although sources close to the situation have confirmed that they have the WBR rights in place. A spokesperson for Paris-based streaming service Deezer, which operates in the U.S. as well, did not respond at press time.