Primary Wave Acquires Stake in Prince Estate, Spanning Publishing, Master Recording Revenue and More

Primary Wave has added a substantial stake in the Prince domain to its list of recent acquisitions, which includes a controlling stake of $ 80 million in the publishing catalog of Fleetwood Mac member Stevie Nicks.

Last week Minnesota Star Tribune first reported that Primary Wave had bought out three of Prince’s siblings.

According to the article, Primary Wave acquired “100% of the inheritance” from the youngest of Prince’s six siblings, Omarr Baker, as well as 90% of Sister Tyka Nelson’s stake and 100% of the stake held. by Alfred Jackson.

An article from the the Wall Street newspaper followed, stating that through these deals, “Primary Wave is poised to own approximately 42%” of the legendary singer’s estate, which the WSJ added is “valued between 100 and 300 million dollars”.

Primary Wave has now confirmed in an official press release that it has acquired an expected stake in Prince’s estate from the late singer’s siblings. The exact percentages of this interest, however, were not disclosed.

According to the press release, under new agreements to purchase Omarr Baker and Alfred Jackson’s shares in The Prince Estate, Primary Wave Music has acquired an expected interest that encompasses assets such as the singer’s publishing. , the main record’s income stream, name, likeness, and brand.

As a result of these acquisitions, Primary Wave Music declares in the official statement that it now holds “the largest percentage of interest in the field”.

Primary Wave Music also says its management team will work closely with the remaining heirs, including their partnership with Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson.

The company has acquired a stake in the legendary singer’s musical assets, which include royalty streams from his hit songs. When you were mine, I want to be your lover, 1999, Little Red Corvette, When the doves cry, and more, as well as all the unreleased music currently located in the Prince vault “with potential for development in the future”.

The assets of the estate include a stake in Prince’s main recording royalty income stream and the writer’s share, as well as the name and likeness of Prince and his iconic private production and property complex, Paisley Park.

Now an active museum, recording studio and concert hall, Paisley Park has served as Prince’s home, creative space and studio for almost 30 years.


Born and raised in Minneapolis, Prince signed his first recording contract at the age of 19 and eventually released 39 studio albums, five soundtracks, four live albums, five compilation albums, and 17 video albums over the course of his illustrious career.

He has sold over 150 million records worldwide, including 36.5 million certified units in the US and over 10 million records in the UK, ranking him among the best-selling musical artists of all the time.

Over the course of his career, Prince racked up five No.1 singles, including When the doves cry – a song that held the top spot for five weeks.

Additional songs that climbed to No. 1 include To kiss, Let’s do it crazy and Cream who all spent two weeks in the first place, as well as the years 1989 Batdance.

Prince has had a total of 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts throughout this career.

The musician also racked up 15 world No.1 hits, as well as eight world No.1 albums.

Purple rain was his best-selling album, which has since been certified 13x platinum. Released in 1984, Purple Rain is considered one of the most significant albums of the 1980s.

Prince’s 1982 album, 1999, was often referred to as his breakthrough album and gave him his first Top 10 hit with the single Little Red Corvette.

In 2016, Prince became the first band to simultaneously feature five albums in the Billboard 200 Top 10.


Prince’s awards list includes the Grammy President’s Merit Award, as well as seven Grammy Awards and 38 nominations, the Billboard Icon Award, a Golden Globe, five American Music Awards, and seven Brit Awards, among others.

He won an Oscar for Purple rain, a film and soundtrack that have become a worldwide phenomenon.

The album sold over 22 million copies worldwide and at one point during its release Prince had the number one song, album and movie in the United States, a feat no. equal to that of another band – the Beatles.

Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and two years later, the UK Music Hall of Fame, followed by the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2016.

In 2007, Prince performed the Super Bowl XLI halftime show in Miami and years later Billboard would rank the twelve minute performance as the greatest Super Bowl performance of all time. Rolling Stone also ranked him number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.Music trade around the world

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