Taylor Swift and Prince will release new projects to streaming services
Taylor Swift and Prince are releasing exclusives to competing music streaming services they support, Swift serving up a free stream of a performance from her 1989 Tour for Apple Music, and Prince delivering his latest album on Tidal.
Swift took time Sunday, on her 26th birthday, to make the announcement that “The 1989 World Tour Live” will stream free to Apple Music users on Dec. 20.
The performance was recorded during her tour stop in November in Sydney, Australia. In addition to video of the concert itself, the stream will include scenes from backstage and excerpts of rehearsals with many of the guests she brought on stage with her in different cities over the course of the tour.
Meanwhile, Prince dropped his new album “Hitnrun Phase Two” over the weekend as an exclusive available only on the Tidal music service.
After working in recent years with his stripped-down group 3rdEyeGirl, Prince has brought back his large-scale New Power Generation band on the new collection of a dozen tracks, several of them featuring a 16-piece horn section combining Prince’s NPG Hornz and Minneapolis-based Hornheads.
Taylor Swfit has risen from country singer/songwriter to pop princess. Here’s a look at her in concert.(Jun Sato / Getty Images)
Taylor Swift took over the Staples Center before a sold-out crowd, performing hit after hit, with special guests who included L.A. Laker Kobe Bryant and “Orange Is the New Black’s” Uzo Aduba.(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Taylor Swift adds sparkle to the stage as she performs at Louisiana State’s Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., on May 22. She’s making the rounds with her 1989 World Tour.(Christopher Polk / Getty Images for TAS)
Taylor Swift lifts her hand in the air at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, on June 2015.(Ross Gilmore / Getty Images for TAS)
Upon her arrival to Tokyo in May 2015,
At the iHeartRadio Music Awards in March 2015, Taylor Swift made a surprise appearance when she joined Madonna onstage for a performance of “Rebel Heart.” It was quite the collaboration.(Kevin Winter / Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Taylor Swift joined Kenney Chesney onstage during his Big Revival tour kick-off for a 55-show run. It was at this concert that Swift was spotted in the arms of musician Calvin Harris, sparking rumors the two were dating.(Rick Diamond / Getty Images for Kenny Chesney)
It was recorded over a period of about four years, according to Prince’s spokeswoman.
Among the tracks on “Hitnrun Phase Two” is “Baltimore,” the call for peace and better understanding that he released in the wake of rioting sparked by racial clashes in that city.
The new album follows quickly on the heels of “Hitnrun Phase One” that Prince released on Sept. 7.
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