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A 'Purple Rain' concert film may be the next streaming exclusive

An unreleased Prince performance from the '80s could land on your go-to service soon.
David Lumb, @OutOnALumb
May 4, 2017
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The Prince estate is trying to interest a major music streaming service in the exclusive rights to an unreleased concert film. It was recorded in a Minneapolis nightclub just prior to, and containing songs from, his 1984 movie Purple Rain. There's additional footage on the table, too -- enough to make a documentary about the filmed show. The potentially multimillion-dollar deal hasn't been finalized, but the estate is shopping the goods around to non-Spotify streaming providers like Apple Music, according to Billboard.

If content services bite, it would be the latest prize from the late music legend to be fought over. Prince removed his songs from every streaming provider but Tidal back in 2015, but his catalog returned to other streaming services back in February. The estate reportedly isn't approaching Spotify to buy the concert film. The streaming service released its first documentary project last August, a four-part series on Metallica's early days. But Apple might be interested given that we learned last week that it plans to put a major focus on video content inside its streaming app. And that includes a number of exclusives including a Clive Davis documentary, Cash Money Records film and, of course, Carpool Karaoke... at some point.

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