Prince is always making news. And I think it’s funnily awesome. Right now he’s sticking it to the man — Paul Quirk, co-chairman of the Entertainment Retailers Association to be specific. Prince is giving away a CD for free across the pond:
Prince has angered the music industry and stirred up trouble among British retailers by giving away his new album with a tabloid newspaper this weekend.
“Planet Earth” will be packaged with the Mail on Sunday at a price of $2.80…International sales launch for “Planet Earth” is July 16; the U.S. launch is July 24.
“The Artist formerly known as Prince should know that with behavior like this he will soon be the Artist Formerly Available in Record Stores,” said Paul Quirk, co-chairman of the Entertainment Retailers Association, referring to a period in the 1990s when the singer famously stopped using his name to protest a binding record deal.
“It is an insult to all those record stores who have supported Prince throughout his career,” Quirk said.
It’s a sign o the times, there Quirk. This ain’t 1999 anymore 😉