02/07/2015 14:09 BST | Updated 02/07/2015 14:59 BST

Prince Removes Music From All Streaming Services Except Tidal

Prince may have just solved one of Jay Z's 99 problems.

The artist has just pulled his catalogue of songs from all major streaming services including Apple Music and Spotify, except for Tidal -- a move that has coincided with the release of his new song 'HARDROCKLOVER' on sound cloud.

A Spotify spokesperson told Mashable: "We have cooperated with the request, and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible."

Prince who is famously anti-internet, a fact marked by his lack of presence on YouTube, still has his catalogue of songs on iTunes for now.

TechCrunch reports that Google has not yet received such a request and will continue to stream his music.

His decision comes days after Taylor Swift convinced Apple Music to pay artists during its three month free trial period, by initially refusing to let the platform stream her 1989 album.

Days letter Apple gave in to Tay's charm (and monetary value) and agreed to pay artists.

Prince is yet to comment on his decision to favour Tidal but it is something Jay Z should count as a blessing, given the platform's struggle to make a dent in the music streaming market.


Despite being launched by an entourage of heavy hitters within the industry, including Kanye and Rhianna, the app dropped out of iPhone's top 700 download charts soon after its release.