Yes, you'll have to sign up for Tidal to listen to the album before the physical release. Of course, Jay-Z doesn't want you to blink when it comes to signing up. As you'd expect, he's hyping the new Prince release quite emphatically.
"Our only goal is to share Prince's music with his fans as he wanted," he said in a statement. "After thoughtful and honest conversation with him, he chose TIDAL as his partner for HITnRUN Phase Oneand HITnRUN Phase Two, and we will continue to respect and honor Prince’s enduring legacy and wishes with this new collection."
Prince might have passed away in 2016, but his music is clearly has a lot more to say, even in his absence. Let's hope the vault stays open.