Apple Music May Become Exclusive Home to Prince’s Unreleased 1983 ‘Purple Rain’ Concert Film

An unreleased Prince concert film and a documentary about the making of the film could be heading exclusively to Apple Music, according to sources close to the Prince estate (via Billboard). The late singer's estate is said to be shopping around the rights to the concert film and doc to a variety of streaming services, namely including Apple Music and Spotify.

The agreement for the two films is said to potentially be a "multi-million dollar deal" thanks to the rarity of the footage. The concert film covers Prince's August 3, 1983 show in Minneapolis, at which time he debuted numerous songs for the first time from the soundtrack to Purple Rain, which released in theaters the year after in 1984. The footage is said to be exhaustive enough that the winning streaming service could use it to create and produce a documentary about the making of the concert film.

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Helping to negotiate terms of the deal is Troy Carter, an executive from Spotify and advisor to the Prince estate, but the sources believe that Spotify "isn't likely" to become the exclusive home of the Prince films.
The lucky streaming service isn’t likely to be Carter’s employer, though: the estate is talking to a range of Spotify’s rivals including Apple Music, sources say.

The storied show at Minneapolis’s First Avenue nightclub was a surprise gig billed as a benefit for the Minnesota Dance Theatre, with a set list that included “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Purple Rain.”
Demand for Prince's robust back catalogue of songs has increased following the artist's death in April of 2016, and this past February his music became available to stream on Apple Music, as well as services like Spotify, Google Play Music, and Pandora. Prince's music was previously exclusive to Tidal after he pulled all of his tracks from everything but the Jay Z-owned service in July of 2015.

If Apple acquired rights to Prince's unreleased concert footage, the late artist's films would be the newest in a line of exclusive music documentaries that Apple Music has acquired over the past few years. In the first year of Apple's music streaming service, it launched Taylor Swift's 1989 World Tour LIVE film, and last month announced that Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs' documentary Can't Stop, Won't Stop will be hitting Apple Music this June.


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Prince Now Streaming on Apple Music

To coincide with the 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday, Warner Bros. Records today announced that Prince's well-known hits and albums are now available on streaming music services such as Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, and Pandora, after a nearly two year exclusivity period with Tidal.


Prince, who passed away in April 2016, had pulled his music from all streaming music services but Tidal in July 2015. Since his death, Prince's estate worked on deals with various services to make his music available for streaming again. As expected, the songs and albums became available today.


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Prince’s Music Reportedly Coming to Apple Music February 12

Prince's catalog of songs is headed to Apple Music and other streaming services, like Spotify, Pandora, Google Play and more, on February 12, reports the New York Post. Currently, Prince's songs are only available to stream on Tidal.

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It would be the first time in 19 months the singer's music would be available on that many streaming networks. Prince pulled his music from all streaming services except for Tidal 9 months before his death. Since his death, Prince's estate has been working on deals with various services to make his music available for streaming again.

The music will go live on streaming services during the Grammys on February 12. The award show will feature a tribute to Prince featuring music artists Rihanna, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd. While the music that will become available on streaming services falls under the late artist's Warner Music contract, the Post says music from his secretive "vault" is also being negotiated.


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People are decorating their Christmas trees in honor of Prince this year

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Prince, who made everything he touched more exciting, is colliding with the holiday spirit this December.

A few fans are honoring the Purple One, who passed away in April, by decorating “Princemas trees” — festive holiday firs adorned with everything from purple bulbs to a delightful Prince tree topper.

Atlanta comedian Darrell Joyce was one of the first to post his Princemas tree to Facebook on Sunday, complete with a “When Doves Cry” quote.

And other Prince fans followed suit, sharing pics of their own purple holiday decor. Prince-themed Christmas ornaments — including a snowglobe — also appear to be a thing. Read more…

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A bloody foot couldn’t keep Emma Stone from playing tambourine for Prince

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While guesting on Thursday night’s Tonight Show, Emma Stone regaled host Jimmy Fallon with the story of playing tambourine for Prince while nursing a bloodied foot. 

As Stone recalled, she, Fallon, Prince and pretty much every other celebrity on the planet was in attendance at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special after party back in 2015. While dancing, Stone says she cut her foot on a piece of glass. But despite the injury, she still jumped at the chance to play tambourine on stage with Prince. 

Because, honestly, who could refuse?

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