Prince’s Record Label Suing Jay Z’s Roc Nation For Illegal Streaming

Ford Springer | Contributor

Prince’s record label has filed a lawsuit against Jay Z’s company for illegally streaming nearly all of the late musician’s hit songs after his unfortunate death.

NPG Records is suing the rapper’s Roc Nation for failing to abide by an agreement made with Prince to stream the last album released before his death, “Hit N Run: Phase 1,” TMZ reports.

Prince performs onstage during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Prince performs onstage during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

According to NPG, Roc Nation only had permission to stream the album, but has taken the liberty to “stream almost all of Prince’s catalog,” TMZ reports. Jay Z’s company did not have the authorization of Prince or his label to do so, and NPG is now going after the company for copyright infringement.

Roc Nation’s Tidal began streaming the unauthorized tracks on June 7, 2016, which would have been Prince’s 58th birthday. NPF also plans on blocking the company from continuing to stream any of the late musicians music with the exception of the songs on the album he agreed to before his untimely death.

Prince performs during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Prince performs during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

NPG does not list a dollar amount in the suit, according to TMZ, but the damages would be significant. The streaming service played unauthorized hits such as “1999,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Purple Rain,” “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” “Cream” and many many more.

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