As expected, the bulk of Prince’s Warner Bros. catalog returned to streaming services today (Feb. 12), pegged to the tribute to the late artist on the Grammy Awards tonight, which sources tell Billboard will feature Bruno Mars performing with The Time.
The most popular of Prince’s 19 core albums from his initial 1978-1996 stint with the label are now available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Prime, iHeartRadio and others, including Purple Rain, 1999, Sign O’ the Times, Controversy, Parade and Dirty Mind, along with hits collections; and songs like “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Kiss,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Raspberry Beret,” “When Doves Cry,” ”Batdance,” “Diamonds and Pearls,” “1999” and “Purple Rain.”
Missing are three albums from later in that period -- The Black Album, The Gold Experience and Chaos and Disorder -- which are under a different contractual arrangement, along with a couple dozen remixes, extended versions and B-sides that are not featured on the Ultimate Prince or The Hits/The B-Sides compilations (like the nearly 22-minute-long version of "America"). Also included in the catalog are two albums from Prince 2014 deal with Warner, Art Official Age and Plectrum Electrum, the latter a collaboration with his backing group 3rd Eye Girl. (Interestingly, the nine-track 1988 Lovesexy album is presented as a single 45-minute-long song -- i.e. the album must be played in sequence, without a listener being able to skip songs -- as it is on its original CD release.)