[lastfm]Prince[/lastfm] is an artist of his own who refuses to go along with the mainstream way of making music, which explains his unconventional choice of distributing his new album, 20Ten, exclusively through European newspapers.
So what’s the motive behind releasing the album through a dwindling media outlet? Well, Prince just straight up hates the Internet.
Last week, we found out the unlikely distribution choice from an established artist such as Prince for his new album 20Ten, pairing the album exclusively with the purchase of certain European newspapers. So why the aversion to digital releases through iTunes or Amazon? Prince apparently has a beef with the Internet, telling the Daily Mirror:
The Internet’s completely over. I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it.
Prince took his hostility one step further by taking down Lotusflow3r.com album website that he created to battle Internet piracy by allowing fans to access videos, music, and photos for a small membership fee, and banned YouTube and iTunes from having access to his music. Prince adds in his ranting interview:
The internet’s like MTV. At one time, MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.
There’s still no word on how the album will be released for us here in the states, but Prince is reportedly in talks with Warner Music for the distribution.
[Source: Rolling Stone]