TIDAL expands catalogue to mark Prince’s 58th birthday
Music streaming service TIDAL has added 15 of Prince’s rarest albums to its catalogue: The Black Album, The Gold Experience, Chaos And Disorder, Crystal Ball, 1999: The New Master, Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic, Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic, The Rainbow Children, One Nite Alone… Live!, One Nite Alone… The Aftershow: It Ain’t Over, Indigo Nights, The New Power Generation, Exodus, Newpower Soul and 1-800 NEW FUNK. Prince teamed up with Jay Z’s music streaming service TIDAL.com in 2015 to launch his albums HITNRUN Phase One and HITNRUN Phase Two and was at the time of Prince’s death the only official download platform of much of his back catalogue. Sales of Prince’s music have shot up from 20,000 the week prior to his death on 21 April, to 4 million the following week.
TIDAL’s catalogue was expanded at the stroke of midnight on 7 June to mark what would have been Prince’s 58th birthday, a day which is declared #PrinceDay by Mark Dayton, Governor of Minnesota. The occasion comes just four days after the Midwest Medical Examiner’s report which confirmed Prince had indeed died as the result of an accidental overdose from an opiate based pain killer Fentanyl, a much more potent, highly addictive, opiate-based pain relief drug (usually used post surgery) to Percocet the drug previously believed to have led to his death. It has emerged Prince could have been lain dead for as long as six hours before his body was finally discovered in an elevator at his Paisley Park mansion. The Medical Examiner’s report records that at his time of death Prince was dressed fully in black and had two surgical scars on his left hip and right lower leg and weighed a mere 112pounds.
An official public memorial concert is being planned for Paisley Park in August, for which Sheila E has been appointed music director and is recruiting former band members to take part. The police investigation to determine who prescribed him the drug is ongoing and the coroner’s findings of the autopsy results are awaiting toxicology tests and are yet to be revealed.
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Because Prince had left no will a judge is to decide who is to inherit his estate. In such instances Minnesota law will distribute the estate among the closest relatives. Being that Prince was divorced at the time of his death and had no living parents nor had he no known children, his sister, brother in-law and several nieces and nephews are likely to share an inheritance which some estimates value Prince’s estate around $300m. In addition to this two men, a Norman Yates Carthens of South Carolina, and Patrick Cousins a convict in Colorado, have declared themselves as Prince’s lovechild from earlier relationships and direct heirs and first in line to the fortune. Anyone also wishing to file such claim have until 10 June to do so but will be expected to submit to a DNA test and answer a rigorous questionnaire to prove their claim.
The fortune Prince’s heirs may receive might well be slashed by the IRS, however. Because Prince was more asset rich than cash rich much of the estate may need to be sold to settle Prince’s tax bill. Heirs may not even have their say what happens to the estate. Due to the looming tax bill a judge has ruled for Bremer Trust, the firm handling Prince’s estate, to immediately set to work hiring industry experts to put in place future licensing of Prince’s intellectual property. The judgement also rules that Bremer will have the final say on the matter until 2 November, after which, and by when an heir is known, any arrangements need to have agreement with that heir. First in line will be the sale of his vast catalogue of unreleased songs and could even include the sale of Paisley Park itself.
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