Universal Makes Deal For Prince’s Indie Albums And Vault



Universal Music Group and Prince’s estate have struck a deal to distribute the music from his NPG label catalog post-1995 and the contents of his mysterious vault. The company will have access to 25 NPG titles, live recordings, demos and outtakes. Prince’s estate released this statement about the arrangement:

“I am thrilled the NPG catalog and Prince’s highly sought after unreleased recordings will reside with UMG, where we have found a partner who is passionate about presenting Prince’s music with a holistic vision that celebrates his iconic status across recorded music, publishing and merchandise and will continue to deliver the highest quality experiences that fans have come to expect. I’m looking forward to seeing Lucian and Michele achieve great things for Prince’s fans, his estate and heirs.”

In regards to Prince’s earlier Warner Brother’s discography, the major streaming services will have access to stream the music on Sunday to coincide with The Grammy’s tribute to him.