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Prince catalog returns to Apple Music, Spotify

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For the first time in 18 months, Prince's music is once again streaming to the masses.

His entire digital catalog, including the "1999" album, will be available on Apple Music, Spotify and other services starting Sunday, just in time for the Grammy Awards' tribute to the iconic star, who died last spring at 57.

For nearly two years, Prince's purple reign could only be heard on Tidal, the streaming service started by Jay Z. That exclusive deal proved wobbly last fall, when Prince's estate filed a lawsuit against Tidal, claiming it was owed $750,000. The suit also alleged that 15 Prince albums were being streamed without permission.

Today's news comes just one day after the estate announced it had signed a deal that gives the Universal Music Group the right to market 25 independent albums recorded by Prince after 1995, including "Emancipation" and "Musicology."

Even more enticing: The deal allows Universal to open the door to Prince's coveted vault, which reportedly is stocked with oodles of outtakes, demos and live recordings.

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