Jay-Z to Host Listening Party for Prince's Posthumous 'Originals' Album
Album release parties are expected to take place around the globe, with fans celebrating the collection in Spain, Poland and Brazil.
Prince's estate is gearing up to issue a posthumous album featuring a range of 14 previously unreleased tracks, Originals, due out June 7. The collection will exclusively be available on Tidal, and the streaming service is hosting a listening party open to subscribers and hosted by Jay-Z on June 6 in Los Angeles.
Each song on the project was carefully selected by Hov along with Troy Carter of The Prince Estate, most of which were recorded during the 1980s and include original versions of tunes Prince penned for others. Album release parties are expected to take place around the globe, with fans celebrating Originals in Spain, Poland and Brazil.
"Prince led the way, for artistic freedom, for ownership. He’s one of the bravest people I can think of in the industry. He trusted us, not just me, but Tidal, to continue his fight," Jay-Z said Wednesday in a statement. "Trying to help further that legacy through his music is both an honor we couldn’t pass up as an organization dedicated to empowering artists. This gives his true fans that peak behind the curtain."
Prior to his death in 2016, Prince was very supportive of Jay-Z's initiative, lending Phase One and Phase Two of HITNRUN exclusively to Tidal. "After one meeting, it was obvious that Jay Z and the team he has assembled at Tidal recognize and applaud the effort that real musicians put in 2 their craft 2 achieve the very best they can at this pivotal time in the music industry," the artist wrote in 2015. "Secondly, Tidal have honored Us with a non-restrictive arrangement that once again allows Us to continue making art in the fashion We've grown accustomed 2, and We're Extremely grateful 4 their generous support."
Originals will be widely available to the rest of the world on June 21. LP and vinyl records are also set for release on July 19.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.