Prince Reinstates ‘Creep’ Cover Seven Years After Taking It Down
Prince covered Radiohead’s “Creep” at Coachella during his 2008 headlining set, and it quickly became one of the festival's most talked about performances -- spurred in part by the fact that no one off-site could watch it, due to a copyright hold the streaming-averse artist's legal team placed on a fan's YouTube upload of the cover.
Prince has come around as of today (December 8), a mere seven years later. He officially unblocked the video from public consumption, which — just to reiterate — contains footage of Prince performing a song he never held ownership of in the first place.
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke was even confronted with the issue during a 2008 Billboard interview. After hearing that Prince’s label had the video taken down, claiming there was a copyright violation, Yorke said, "Really? He’s blocked it? Surely we should block it. Hang on a moment. Well, tell him to unblock it. It’s our...song.”
After mulling over that statement for seven years, Prince finally relented. And then he did one better -- he tweeted out a link to the video.
Over the years, Prince and his team have earned a reputation for taking legal action against anyone demonstrating unauthorized use of his music. The "Purple Rain" singer even expressed his disdain for music streaming sites when he tweeted a quote from an in-depth Daily Beast article that lambasted the practices behind services like Spotify. Prince then removed his entire discography from all streaming sites, except for Google Music and TIDAL.
Now that you can do it legally, be sure to watch Prince's legendary cover of Radiohead's "Creep" in the video above.