Prince Fans Finally Get To View Late Artist's Music Videos Online

Posted by Billyjam, August 8, 2017 12:40pm | Post a Comment

Following years of it being almost impossible to locate virtually any of the late great Prince’s music videos online, such as “Purple Rain,” “Let’s Go Crazy” or “Controversy,” over the past month all these videos and 20 more have been posted to YouTube, VEVO, and other associated accounts by the official Prince website. [Scroll down to view many of these great clips with links to their respective albums].

Posted to the recently established official Prince account, since its launch a month ago, they’ve been uploading Prince videos every Friday: mostly official music videos but some live concert ones, too. The first Prince videos posted on July 7th were a batch of Purple Rain era videos, the 1984 album/movie soundtrack that coincidentally was re-released a couple of weeks earlier in various versions: Purple Rain Picture Disc LP, 180 gram vinyl LP), Purple Rain Deluxe CD + Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded CD. As noted upon their recent release by Amoeba the Deluxe version boasts the official 2015 Paisley Park Remaster of the original tapes overseen by Prince himself in addition to a new “From The Vault & Previously Unreleased” disc with 11 unheard gems from the storied vault.

Since its inception a month ago, every week the Prince YouTube account has been publishing additional Prince music videos: most of which haven’t been seen by fans for years. So far 23 videos in all have been posted, with new ones getting added every Friday. Hopefully this upcoming Friday they’ll publish videos for “Pop Life” and/or "Partyman" to coincide with the upcoming August 11th 12" vinyl reissue of “Pop Life.” and the 12" vinyl reissue of "Partyman."

Prince, who died in April of last year at age 57, will be remembered foremost for being a prolific and endlessly talented artist/singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist. But he will also be remembered for how consistently protective he was of his art and copyrighted material throughout his decades spanning career: something that won him admiration from peers and fans but annoyed record company execs. Beyond his very public battle with Warner Bros, the label that released the artist’s most famous music, Prince was also most vigilant in shutting online postings of his music via audio or video streaming. Ten years ago, when YouTube was still relatively young, he sued the video sharing site for copyright infringement over the use of one his songs as background music in a short homemade video clip stating how, “YouTube doesn’t pay equitable licensing fees.” And since then his legal team shut down any videos (official music videos or performance footage) posted to YouTube or other video sites, although some would occasionally pop up for short periods or in grainy low-definition quality video on sites like DailyMotion.

Prince was equally protective of his music when it came to the exploitative deals offered to artists by such streaming sites as Apple Music and Spotify.  Hence why in 2014, after purchasing the rights from Warner Bros for all his releases made between 1978 and 1996, he would not allow his music to be streamed on those two and most all other streaming services. He did however give permission for his music to be streamed on the Jay-Z owned TIDAL company which he praised for its “artist-friendly” business model. But all of that changed after his death last year. Back in February of this year a lawsuit from the late musician’s estate resulted in Prince’s music becoming available on all streaming services in February. With Prince no longer alive, gone is the protective hold he so long held over his copyrighted material. But now the control of his art falls under the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson who six months ago inked a lucrative deal (that also extended to the artist’s old label NPG Records) with the Universal Music Group to exclusively license recorded music rights to the artist’s recordings. In addition to a library of 25 albums, that recorded music deal reportedly also included rights to Prince’s vault of unreleased music. It also extends to the artist’s music videos been posted online at this time.

In the comments sections of many of these newly posted videos, Prince fans have weighed in, all happy to finally see these videos online but some wondering how the artist would feel if he could see what’s gone down in his wake. “He would hate what his estate has done with the Universal deal [but] art of it is his fault for not leaving a will,” wrote one Prince fan.

And in the latest Prince estate news, today Variety magazine reported that the estate, whose current corporate personal representative is Comerica Bank, is about to take legal action against the estate’s former special music advisors L. Londell McMillan and Charles Koppelman that involves Bremer Bank which was the estate’s previous, temporary administrator. This follows a mid July court judgement that approved Universal Music Group and Comerica Bank’s motion to nullify the $31 million recorded-music deal the label struck with the Prince estate back in February. And all of this is the ugly litigious side of the music business that Prince understandably hated so much. Luckily he doesn’t have to deal with it. Meanwhile we as fans have the timeless music of the beloved late artist to listen to.


Prince “Let's Go Crazy” (1984) from Purple Rain Deluxe + Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded CD
(also avail as Picture Disc LP + 180 gram vinyl LP)

Prince “When Doves Cry” (1984) from Purple Rain Deluxe + Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded CD
(also avail as Picture Disc LP + 180 gram vinyl LP)

Prince “Controversy” (1981) from the album Controversy  (also avail on vinyl/LP)

Prince “Little Red Corvette” (1982) from 1999 (also avail on 180 gram vinyl/LP)

Prince “1999” (1982) from 1999 (also avail on 180 gram vinyl/LP)

Prince “Automatic” (1982) from 1999 (also avail on 180 gram vinyl/LP)

Prince “Let’s Pretend We’re Married” (1982) from 1999 (also avail on 180 gram vinyl/LP)

Prince “I Wanna Be Your Lover” (1979) from from Prince (also avail on vinyl/LP)

Prince “Sexuality” (1981) from the album Controversy  (also avail on vinyl/LP)

Prince “Raspberry Beret” (1985) from Around The World In A Day (also avail on vinyl/LP)

Prince “Uptown” (1980) from Dirty Mind (also avail on 180 gram vinyl/LP)

Prince “Dirty Mind” (1980) from Dirty Mind (also avail on 180 gram vinyl/LP)

Prince “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad” (1979) from Prince (also avail on vinyl/LP)

Prince “Mountains” (1986) - off soundtrack to his second film Parade (also on vinyl/LP)

Prince “Anotherloverholenyohead” (1986) from Parade (also on vinyl/LP)

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