Thursday, November 03, 2016

Prince Catalogue Lands at Universal


Last month there were rumors that the music catalogue for the late rocker Prince was being auctioned to the highest bidder [click here if you missed that].

The deal is done...

According to reports Universal Music Publishing Group is now the worldwide publishing administrator for the entire Prince catalogue.

The deal is thought to include all music, released and unreleased, and the estate will retain ownership.

UMPG previously served as Prince’s publisher from 2001 to 2014.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

He should have sold it to the Koreans, they are basically taking music over now.
One of them just got a #1 hit on the Billboard chart.

chevychick said...

I thought Tidal owned the catalog, did they sell it to Universal or something? What does Tidal own that belongs to Prince, because apparently I misunderstood something.

Anonymous said...

Can Lurker come through and explain this? I'm as naive as 1:33 (no shade at all/they tricked all of us) and I thought Tidal "owned" the catalog, but I should have known it was all Jay-Z's smoke and mirrors.

BlogBasic said...

Prince licensed his music to stream exclusively through Tidal. Prince is dead. The end.

Anonymous said...

@1:48 - is correct. Tidal NEVER owned Prince's catalog, Prince just allowed his music to be streamed via Tidal.

Anonymous said...

You KNOW the music industry hated Prince, so they're going to use his music God knows were! (And the minute I hear it played in an adult diaper commercial or something, I'd done.)

Anonymous said...

So glad the family didn't give it to Jay-Z.

Allihave2say said...

I love Prince. All the albums and cd's we have shall be all that we own. I will not feed the machine he fought against for years. Upon his death his works and desires are silenced back into the hands of the Svengali he left.

Anonymous said...

Isn't Universal the umbrella for Live Nation, Roc Nation etc., which Jay Z works as the middle man? In any event, Jay Z could still get the streaming rights I think.

Coolfire624 said...

^^^@3:06PM - I was very tight when I heard them play the Whispers' song "It's a Love Thang" for a Loreal commercial freaking cultural bandits 8-{

Angela Peterson said...

Prince has always OWNED his music. He has given companies the right to distribute it. The family will maintain ownership of it in this deal. This is only a publishing deal. Jay Z is not in the picture.

Anonymous said...

5:21 and it was a smart deal. I'm glad they retained ownership, Prince fought hard for that.

Anonymous said...

The very thing Prince fought so many year against..the industry having control of his music. SMH

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