Prince album giveaway controversey

Posted June 28th, 2007 by Eric Greenwood · 2 Comments

Sony BMG is pulling its plans to release Prince’s new record, Planet Earth, after learning about his plans to give away 2 million copies with ‘The Mail on Sunday’ in the UK. Record stores no likey when artists pull this type of bullshit. Prince may not care about brick and mortar stores anymore, but this stunt could easily piss off enough people in power to spur plenty of negative publicity- enough to tank his record oversees. He obviously doesn’t have a lot of stock in either record companies or his own music, having to resort to such cheap and tacky tactics.

A Sony BMG spokesman said: “We decided it was ridiculous to have a UK deal when two million albums are going out free with papers.”

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  • 1 Prince's "Guitar" is limp // Jul 5, 2007 at 11:16 pm

    […] new record, Planet Earth, is out July 24 in the US on Sony/BMG. In England Prince signed a deal to give the album away free with the Daily Mail, which has made retailers none too pleased. But, at this point, what does […]

  • 2 Ok, Prince is still awesome // Aug 1, 2007 at 12:57 pm

    […] mind his latest by the numbers pastiche of soul funk pop, Planet Earth, or how he chooses to distribute it. Prince is still a complete freak. The purple goblin has asked demanded that his hotel suite in […]