Prince Gives Away New Record
Fri, 29 Jun 2007 09:25:18
Prince's management company has just secured a deal with British newspaper The Mail on Sunday to give away two million copies away of his new album Planet Earth to readers before its official July 16 release. Prince's U.S. distributor, Sony BMG, is obviously annoyed by this and has backed away from releasing the album in the UK. A representative for the Sony BMG issued a statement saying, "Before the deal was set in place, [Prince] had a number of other deals in place, including the deal to give away the album to people attending his shows at the O2 in London. At that time The Mail on Sunday deal was not something that we were aware of—that came to light a few days ago. With that in mind it, we decided it was ridiculous to have a UK deal when two million albums are going out free with papers.
"We don't want to muck around our retail partners, so out of respect for them we're not going to release the album over here," the statement continued. "It doesn't change the fact that we're delighted to be working with him though and the global deal remains unaffected; this is a UK-only exemption." After all these years, like his 1981 record says, the Purple One still knows how to stir up Controversy.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff