Prince videos ap­pear on old foe YouTube

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Of­fi­cial videos from Prince started ap­pear­ing Fri­day on YouTube, a year af­ter the death of the pop star who was a sworn foe of the om­nipresent site. Videos for some of his clas­sic songs-in­clud­ing tracks from his 1984 movie "Pur­ple Rain" such as "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy" be­came avail­able on an of­fi­cial ac­count for Prince. The ac­count was linked to Prince's im­print un­der Warner Broth­ers Records, which last month reis­sued "Pur­ple Rain" in an ex­panded edi­tion that reached num­ber four on the lat­est Bill­board al­bum chart.

Prince was early to em­brace the in­ter­net but later be­came an avid critic, charg­ing that the ubiq­uity of free on­line mu­sic was short-chang­ing artists. The artist hired a team of on­line mon­i­tors who used le­gal means to take down videos of him, even short clips by fans of the sort that have be­come fixtures on so­cial me­dia. Asked about his stance shortly be­fore his death, Prince wrote on Twit­ter in a mes­sage he soon deleted: "Since YouTube doesn't pay eq­ui­table li­cens­ing fees, isn't this a non­sen­si­cal ques­tion?"

Prince died in April 2016 at his Pais­ley Park es­tate in Min­nesota from an ac­ci­den­tal over­dose of pow­er­ful painkillers. His fam­ily has since stepped up ef­forts to mon­e­tize his mu­sic, ex­plain­ing that it needed to take ac­tion to keep the es­tate afloat. His cat­a­log re­turned ear­lier this year on all ma­jor stream­ing sites in­clud­ing Spo­tify. The es­tate's com­mer­cial drive was re­cently crit­i­cized by hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, who had reached an ex­clu­sive ar­range­ment with Prince on his Tidal stream­ing ser­vice. "I'm sur­prised you ain't auc­tioned off his cas­ket," he raps on his lat­est al­bum. — AFP

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