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Jay Z’s Roc Nation & Tidal Sued By Prince Estate Over Streaming Rights

Jay Z’s Roc Nation & Tidal Sued By Prince Estate Over Streaming Rights
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Jay Z’s 99 problems seem to be adding up as Prince’s record label is suing Hov’s company for allegedly illegally streaming the late singer’s music. According to the lawsuit, Prince, via NPG Records, made a deal with Jay Z’s Roc Nation to allow Tidal to stream the “Hit N Run: Phase 1” for 90 days, the last album the legendary singer released before his death in April.

But on June 7, 2016, Roc Nation subsequently decided to stream nearly all of Prince’s back-catalog. NPG claims that there was no deal in place for this and is suing Roc Nation for copyright infringement and is hoping to block streaming of Prince’s songs, except his last album.

 According to TMZ,
“Roc Nation decided it also had the greenlight to stream almost all of Prince’s catalog, and started doing that on June 7, 2016 … which would have been his 58th birthday. NPG says none of that streaming was authorized and it’s now suing Roc for copyright infringement, and also to block any continued streaming of his music … outside of that final album.”

The lawsuit could be huge because the song list consists of 3 pages and includes Prince classics like “1999,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Cream,” “Purple Rain,” “Controversy” and “Pop Life.”

Roc Nation has also filed a petition claiming there were both oral and written agreements between Prince and the company.

Man Prince… a will could have avoided all this confusion because this legal battle could go on for a minute.

 

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