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The world was shocked when Prince died of a prescription drug overdose back in April of 2016 at the age of 57. As I often do after celebrities die, I filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the FBI for any files it might have on the music legend. After months of delays -- we were originally told that it would be released back in September 2016 -- it's finally here.

Just before the Grammys, it's good news for fans of Purple Rain and When Doves Cry -- Prince's back catalogue is now streaming over Spotify, Apple Music and some other subscription music services. Prince was famously anti-Spotify and other mass-market streaming services -- except Tidal, for a while -- but you can now enjoy his music wherever you are.

Back in September 2015, Prince released his album Hit n Run Phase One exclusively through Tidal. At the time, the late musician lauded the streaming platform's commitment to "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". That all went to pieces on Tuesday, however, after Prince's record label filed a federal lawsuit against Roc Nation, Tidal's parent company.

"Prince esta muerte. Prince is dead." A female voice announces these words in a sing-song, matter-of-fact tone during The Gold Experience, Prince's 1995 album. Prince hadn't actually died, of course -- he had changed his name to a symbol and created a brand new identity. He reinvented himself, as he did so many times before and since. So when I hear today that Prince has been reported dead, I can't help feeling that he's just undergoing another magical transformation.