Prince’s music ownership has always topic for the news and now even in his death it’s no different. The Purple One’s estate just signed a distribution deal with Sony Music which spans all of his previously released music Billboard reports.
Starting immediately, Sony will obtain rights to Prince’s catalogue from 1955 to 2010. Titles from additional years will follow in future. The deal also extends to previously released singles, B-sides, remixes, non-album tracks, live recordings and music videos recorded before 1995.
"A true artist and visionary, Prince changed the world with his music, bringing love, joy and inspiration to millions," SME Commercial Music Group President, Richard Story said in a statement. "Sony Music is honored to play a part in keeping Prince's music alive and making it available for generations of lifelong listeners and future fans."
"The Sony team's enthusiasm and deep knowledge of Prince's music make them the ideal partner to release these iconic bodies of work," the Prince estate’s entertainment adviser, Troy Carter added. "We're looking forward to working with the heirs and Sony on giving fans what they've been waiting for -- more great music from Prince."
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