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TIDAL.com

2015/6

TIDAL.com is an artist-friendly high-fidelity music streaming service, owned by pop star Jay-Z having purchased the Swedish business in March 2015 for $56 million. Despite its high level backing the membership of the service suffered from stiff competition from iTunes and Spotify. Prince joined the streaming service on 1 July that year and withdrew his entire catalogue from rival services to grant online exclusivity of his online music catalogue to TIDAL. This move gave Jay-Z’s service a significant boost as it was granted exclusive license to stream Prince’s two new studio albums of 2015 – HITNRUN Phase One and HITNRUN Phase Two. Many fans took out the month’s free trial subscription in order to hear the music and sought illicit copies elsewhere as they were frustrated at having to ‘rent’ not own the music they had purchased. Prince later bowed to pressure and released both albums on CD and through conventional retail outlets. On 3 December 2015 TIDAL.com followed suit and launched a download store, which for the first time allowed its membership to download tracks to keep rather than stream them only. On 7 June 2016 TIDAL added 15 Prince albums to its catalogue following his death on 21 April.

Below are all Prince’s tracks exclusive to TIDAL and previously unavailable for purchase and download anywhere else. As well as offering the music in conventional MP3 downloads were also available in FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) format.

Purple Pick of the Week

On 7 September 2015 TIDAL launched the Purple Pick of the Week, a track either new or old which was personally chosen by Prince and made available to download. This was intended to keep fans subscribed to the streaming service following the physical release of HITNRun Phase One. Many of the chosen tracks was gleaned from Prince’s back catalogue or from other artists he wished to promote or felt inspired by. There were 50 Purple Picks in total but those songs listed below are Prince tracks being not previously available in any other format at the time of their publication on TIDAL. The Purple Pick of the Week ceased on 21 April 2016 on the advent of Prince’s death, the final release issued on 18 April, Black Sweat [Live], became Prince’s final release in his lifetime.

Stare, TIDAL.com

Stare

NPG Records

Released
7 September 2015
Running Time
3:43
Format
MP3 & FLAC

Inaugral Purple Pick of the Week (7 September 2015). Subsequently included on the album HITNRUN Phase Two on 12 December 2015.

Free Urself, TIDAL.com

Free Urself

NPG Records

Released
28 September 2015
Running Time
3:47
Format
MP3 & FLAC

Purple Pick of the Week 28 September 2015. Commercially released on iTunes on 30 September 2015.

Pretzelbodylogic Reloaded, TIDAL.com

Pretzelbodylogic Reloaded

NPG Records

Released
3 December 2015
Running Time
2:49
Format
MP3 & FLAC

Purple Pick of the Week 19 October 2015. This is an alternate version from the album Plectrumelectrum.

If I Could Get Your Attention, TIDAL.com

If I Could Get Your Attention

NPG Records

Released
3 December 2015
Running Time
2:43
Format
MP3 & FLAC

Purple Pick of the Week 9 November 2015. A 2015 re-recording of a song of the same name co-written with and performed by Taja Sevelle in 1986.

HITNRUN Phase One & Two, TIDAL.com

HITNRUN Phase One & Two

NPG Records

Released
12 December 2015
Running Time
1:35:43
Format
23x MP3 & FLAC
  1. Million $ Show [feat. Judith Hill] (3:10)
  2. Shut This Down (3:03)
  3. Ain’t About To Stop [duet with Rita Ora] (3:38)
  4. Like A Mack [feat. Curly Fryz] (4:04)
  5. This Could B Us (4:11)
  6. Fallinlove2nite (3:12)
  7. X’s Face (2:38)
  8. Hardrocklover (3:42)
  9. Mr. Nelson [feat. Lianne La Havas] (2:27)
  10. 1000 X’s & O’s (4:27)
  11. June (3:21)
  12. Baltimore [feat. Eryn Allen Kane] (4:33)
  13. Rocknroll Loveaffair (4:01)
  14. 2Y.2D. (3:50)
  15. Look At Me, Look At U (3:27)
  16. Stare (3:45)
  17. Xtraloveable (5:00)
  18. Groovy Potential (6:16)
  19. When She Comes (3:45)
  20. Screwdriver (4:15)
  21. Black Muse [feat. Shelby J, Elisa Dease & Liv Warfield] (7:21)
  22. Revelation (5:21)
  23. Big City [feat. Shelby J, Elisa Dease, Liv Warfield & Ledisi] (6:26)
Ruff Enough, TIDAL.com

Ruff Enough

NPG Records

Released
11 January 2016
Running Time
5:39
Format
MP3 & FLAC

Purple Pick of the Week 11 January 2016. Recorded just four days earlier this is a by Mono Neon but produced by Prince. Keyboards and guitar by also played by Prince.

Black Muse [Edit], TIDAL.com

Black Muse [Edit]

NPG Records

Released
1 February 2016
Running Time
3:15
Format
MP3 & FLAC

Purple Pick of the Week 1 February 2016. This is an edited version of the same song released on Prince’s final album HITNRUN Phase Two.

Joy In Repetition [Live, 20 February 2016], TIDAL.com

Joy In Repetition [Live, 20 February 2016]

NPG Records

Released
9 March 2016
Running Time
3:51
Format
MP3 & FLAC

Although not a Purple Pick of the Week, this was available for purchase. It is a live recording from the 10pm show performed at Sydney Opera House for Prince’s Piano & A Microphone Tour on 20 February 2016.

Little Red Corvette / Dirty Mind [Live, 20 February 2016], TIDAL.com

Little Red Corvette / Dirty Mind [Live, 20 February 2016]

NPG Records

Released
11 March 2016
Running Time
7:55
Format
MP3 & FLAC

Purple Pick of the Week 14 March 2016. A live recording taken during the concert performed at Sydney Opera House on 20 February 2016 – the same show which Joy In Repetition was also recorded.

Black Sweat [Live, 14 April 2016], TIDAL.com

Black Sweat [Live, 14 April 2016]

NPG Records

Released
18 April 2016
Running Time
3:18
Format
MP3 / FLAC

Purple Pick of the Week 18 April 2016. Recording from what became Prince’s final ever show, taken at the Fox Theatre, Altanta. This is also the final music release by Prince in his lifetime. His choice for the track’s accompanying photo of actor Edward G. Robinson (1893-1973), whom died of bladder cancer, prompted speculation that Prince was afflicted with the same disease. Prince died on 21 April four days after this release.

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