The Prince estate and Sony Music Entertainment have announced an exclusive distribution deal for Prince’s music.
The agreement will include 35 previously released albums by the Purple One. “A true artist and visionary, Prince changed the world with his music, bringing love, joy and inspiration to millions,” SME Commercial Music Group boss Richard Story said Wednesday.
Although details have been disclosed, a couple things are complicated.
Prince’s classics like 1999 and Sign O’ the Times are among the 35 titles set to be released again by Sony in 2021. Sony will also have the rights to 19 albums—including Emancipation, 3121, Musicology, and more, which will begin immediately.
Purple Rain will not be part of the new deal due to it being a soundtrack.