What you didn’t hear at the Grammys: Chance the Rapper knew something about music that Prince did not

Prince had reason to party like it’s 1999. That’s the year music sales peaked. For recording artists, it’s been downhill from there as most fans pay $10 a month for music streaming services.

It’s no surprise, therefore, that the bulk of Prince’s catalogue was made available to stream on Sunday for the first time in 18 months, and Warner Bros. announced two new Prince albums would be released in June. Prince, who died last year, had pulled his songs and albums from streaming services. But even he could not halt the demand for streaming. At the 59th Grammy Awards on Sunday evening, Chance the Rapper won best new artist, the first winner without selling a physical product, showcasing the rise in and importance of digital downloads.

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