Prince’s NPG Records Sues Jay Z’s Roc Nation for Illegally Streaming the Late Singer’s Entire Catalog on Tidal

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Prince’s record label NPG is suing Jay Z’s Roc Nation for illegally streaming the late singer’s music on Tidal.

TMZ reports, the lawsuit claims Prince made a deal with Roc Nation to stream his last album, “Hit N Run: Phase 1,” before his untimely death. Soon after his passing, Tidal began streaming almost all of Prince’s catalog, a decision which NPG says was never authorized by the late singer or his estate, despite Jay Z boastfully rapping about the alleged agreement in the “All the Way Up” remix.

Roc Nation filed a countersuit, claiming that the labels had an “agreed-upon arrangement” for the digital rights to his catalog but NPG promptly filed a counter petition arguing otherwise. If the estate wins the lawsuit, they will be able to move forward with the deal they recently struck with Universal Music to be the exclusive distributor of Prince’s entire catalog, including never before heard music from his recently opened vault.

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