Today, on what would have been his 61st birthday, Tidal is streaming original music by Prince. The album, titled Originals, includes 15 tracks Prince originally recorded before they were recorded and released by other artists. Songs include “Manic Monday” which was recorded by the Bangles; “Nothing Compares 2 U,” recorded by the Family/Sinéad O’Connor; and “The Glamorous Life,” made famous by Sheila E.
“Prince led the way, for artistic freedom, for ownership. He’s one of the bravest people I can think of in the industry,” JAY-Z said in a press release. “He trusted us, not just me, but TIDAL, to continue his fight. Trying to help further that legacy through his music is an honor we couldn’t pass up as an organization dedicated to empowering artists. This gives his true fans that peek behind the curtain.”As previously reported, the album was curated by JAY-Z and Troy Carter on behalf of the Prince estate.
Originals was released as a Tidal exclusive today, and the album will hit stores and other platforms June 21. The vinyl version is expected to drop in July.