Monday, July 05, 2010

Purple popster calls time out on t'internet

His Madnesty. the Royal Badness, the purple pope of Paisley Park, the artist formerly known as little Prince Rogers  Nelson appears finally to have formally disconnected from the contemporary world of music distribution.

In an interview with Peter Willis in today's on-line Daily Mirror, His Purpleness demonstrates the very same obdurate unwillingness to embrace (or even acknowledge) music's digital age and its consequences as those  coke-snorting, Armani clad idiots from the music industry  whom he has been challenging for years. As he says:
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.
While I agree with the sentiments about iTunes, sticking a free copy of your CD to the front cover of this Saturday's Mirror isn't going to turn the tide on the internet, me old mate, now is it? It's big. It's very big. And even in your platforms, you are very small. Anyway so, last time you did that there were copies changing hands on eBay for a king's ransom before the paper boy had reached the end of me garden path.

Why don't you get with the programme, do a  Radiohead or better yet a Nine Inch Nails and slap your new stuff up on a website someplace where your adoring fans can lay their sweaty paws on it? They'll even hand over their hard-earned cash money  if you ask them nicely. And you won't have to pay a penny to those vampires at Sony or CBS. And if it's advances you're after worrying about, try a bit of crowdfunding with these lads.

There now, problem solved.

And to celebrate, here's something from happier times. I expect the take-down notice will arrive by carrier pigeon or something, perhaps a dove with tears in its eyes.

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