i think it's interesting to note that Joshua Welton seems to be the only one who indicated that prince's entire catalog would be released.
most of the old threads on prince.org say prince was taking it project-by-project with tidal, as does the evidence of how the releases were handled.
one project at a time was released through tidal.
and then the business relationship between prince and JayZ seems to have soured
http://prince.org/msg/7/418647 - 'purple pick of the week on Tidal' thread
http://prince.org/msg/7/418322?pr - This Could Be Us New version now on Tidal. (Update - Google Play and iTunes too)
http://prince.org/msg/7/418031 - New Prince song featuring Jay-Z
http://prince.org/msg/7/418005 - HITNRUN Tidal Exclusive Sept. 7th
http://prince.org/msg/7/419900- Jay-Z's musical diversity on Prince is not that diverese...
http://prince.org/msg/7/420507 - Tidal download shop
http://prince.org/msg/7/419333?pr - Has Prince dropped out of the Tidal concert?
http://prince.org/msg/7/422963?pr - HitnRun Phase Two Finally Gets Distribution
the posts below are from the october 2015 thread about prince dropping out of the tidal
concert from: http://prince.org/msg/12/419222?&pg=7 -
Prince to Perform at Tidal X: 1020 in New York Oct. 20th??
Reply #202 posted 10/19/15 10:34pm
1 day prior to the SOLD OUT show that Prince MAY NOT appear at. 1,629 tickets remain unclaimed on Stubhub!! Sold out is a trick. You could be oversold or undersold and someone will still believe u otherwise.
Basically 1,629 prince fans trying to get rid of their tix.. I don't blame them I would've only bought a ticket for Prince in that lineup....
Btw here is confirmation of him not playing tonight...
Update: Prince (@Prince3EG) won't be performing at tonight's @TIDALHiFi concert http://p4k.co/TCGfo
Reply #205 posted 10/20/15 12:27pm
Prince & Co have been tweeting & deleting like mo' today.
He just retweeted:
AZDetroitLion @azcwillams @Prince3EG I get it...there will be Too Much Cursing on that stage tonight. #Peace
Reply #216 posted 10/21/15 3:09am
I heard the show finished with Jay-Z burning a review of HitnRun on stage,
while 'Someday My Prince Will Come' was played over the PA.
Stop the Prince Apologists ™
and THEN in december of 2015 prince talks about remastering his hits, in an interview with ebony magazine which was deleted shortly after publication.
http://prince.org/msg/7/420869 - NEW Ebony Interview: "Hopefully I'll be remastering... A new GREATEST HITS."
Thread started 12/22/15 1:40pm
NEW Ebony Interview: "Hopefully I'll be remastering... A new GREATEST HITS."
New EBONY article:
By Miles Marshall Lewis
Prince asked me to keep some secrets. I may still have a few, truth be told. This past summer, a call went out to a few music journalists to visit the purple rock, Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis. Joshua Welton, 25, had a few words to share about producing his first Prince project, Hit N Run. The operative word being “few.” After 10 minutes of talk, Prince himself entered Studio A and took over the conversation for two enlightening hours, discussing everything from Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service to the origins behind “Purple Rain” and “The Beautiful Ones,” and the reformation of The Time. Bob Seger, Esperanza Spalding, Kendrick Lamar and beyond.
Our couple of hours raced by faster than the accelerated voice of Camille. Then Prince disappeared, pulling up later in front of Paisley Park in a Cadillac sports car to play his already finished, secret follow-up to Hit N Run. On December 12, Hit N Run: Phase Two arrived on Tidal for streaming and digital download. So now you know. The following is a feverish transcription of more of our August convo from the summertime, previously unpublished. There may be more; Prince is full of secrets.
EBONY: Do you ever see yourself writing a memoir?
Prince: You ever heard of checking your list to see who’s naughty and who’s nice? I just let people talk. I was talking to somebody about “The Beautiful Ones.” They were speculating as to who I was singing about. But they were completely wrong.
If they look at it, it’s very obvious. “Do you want him or do you want me,” that was written for that scene in Purple Rain specifically. Where Morris [Day] would be sitting with [Apollonia], and there’d be this back and forth. And also, “The beautiful ones you always seem to lose,” Vanity had just quit the movie. To then speculate, “Well, he wrote that song about me”? Afterwards you go, “Who are you? Why do you think that you’re part of the script that way? And why would you go around saying stuff like that?”
So we just let people talk and say whatever they want to say. Nine times out of 10, trust me, what’s out there now, I wouldn’t give nary one of these folks the time of day. That’s why I don’t say anything back, because there’s so much that’s wrong.
Read more here:
and a post from that thread from someone who read the article before it was yanked indicating that prince pulls the plug when people aren't faith-based:
Reply #132 posted 12/23/15 4:13am
I shouldn’t have read this interview. After the total disappointment of Phase Two, my enthusiasm for Prince’s music is nearly completely obliterated by all of the hyper religious mumbo jumbo, especially this passage:
“I check people out now to see how faith-based they are and how real they are about it. That goes a long way, I gotta tell you. Because I can trust them. I can give him the key and don’t have to worry.”
First, if he really believes that then he’s a fool. Second, perhaps I should see how "non faith-based" an artist is before I invest so much time and money into their music. And third, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.....someone should really get Prince in touch with Neil deGrasse Tyson....STAT!!!!
I bet this interview was covertly recorded because it appears as if it was quoted verbatim. Even with taking notes I don’t think it would be possible to get this level of detail. That might be why it was yanked.....Prince knows it was recorded and that violated the terms of the interview.
Hi-yo Silver, it's The Bone Ranger!
and don't forget, after pleading guilty JayZ was criminally convicted for stabbing a producer http://www.mtv.com/news/1451340/jay-z-gets-three-years-probation-for-un-rivera-stabbing/
and he has admitted to being a drug dealer back in the day. http://money.cnn.com/2016/07/01/media/jay-z-business-career/index.html
so in my personal view, that makes him unreliable and not trustworthy. in court i would not take his alleged 'verbal contract' with prince claim seriously at all.
ps: this is only my personal interpretation of JayZ's alleged entitlement to prince's entire catalog based on available ORG threads from the past.
[Edited 12/20/16 23:01pm]
-/-- Why did you post all this stuff? Prince not showing up to the Tidal concert means nothing. Do you realize that just a few weeks before he died he sent live tracks to Tidal. Do you think someone was controlling his brain and made his send those live tracks? He wanted to get upfront money from streaming services just like the services give up front money to record labels. He got that deal from Tidal/Aspire. The Ebony article was pulled but Ebony printed the article in full in there tribute edition in June so you can go read the article if you want to. Once again people need to stop taking their hate for Jay-z and transposing it on to Tidal he us just a large shareholder not the sole owner of the company. He also made an offer to be the administer of Prince music not buy the masters.