When you’re Prince you can kind of get away with doing whatever you want. Today the Purple One wanted an interesting news day, so he surprise-released a song about making women scream, called “HARDROCKLOVER,” which, as some have noted, is kind of “sexy.” But let’s be clear: Its sexiness is also counterbalanced by its very high, slightly terrifying Yoko Ono effect. Still great, though. Very Prince, very hard-rock-lover-y. After premiering the song via SoundCloud earlier today, Prince then decided to remove a vast majority of his discography from all streaming platforms — except Tidal. “Prince’s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog,” reads a note on Prince’s Spotify page, according to Pitchfork. “We have cooperated with the request and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible.” (Small silver lining: Purple Rain is “still streaming semi-randomly on Pandora,” according to A.V. Club.) Wednesdays, right?
Anyway, here’s “HARDROCKLOVER”: