The music industry still doesn’t get it

I especially like this quote from the Entertainment Retailers Association:

The Artist formerly known as Prince should know that with behaviour like this he will soon be the Artist Formerly Available in Record Stores.

Prince (note to the ERA: that’s his name. He hasn't been “The Artist…” for many years, since his record company protest finished) has been selling material on-line very successfully for several years. What makes the music industry think he gives a fig about record stores? They’re dying because they’re being undercut by other companies and music outlets. He who does not evolve, dies.

Read more: BBC news: Anger at Prince free CD giveaway.

Update: if you want to get hold of the album in the UK, it is being distributed in the Mail On Sunday on July 15th.


  1. Plus, he's PRINCE. I really don't think he gives a crap about what anyone but his accountant and lawyer tell him.

    And those guys can ever be replaced.Nathan T. Freeman#
  2. Prince remained a force to be reckoned with even when he wasn't releasing studio albums. I remember back just before Prince's contract with Warner Brothers ended he released a new … it wasn't a CD or album, so was it a collection? … online only, under his symbolic name. He was the first major artist to ever do so. It wasn't free, but it showed he was an early adopter and understood where the industry was headed. Now he's using another form of media to get his music to the masses, and the outlets-soon-to-be-known-as-defunct aren't happy. One has to look no further than the war between the nobility and bourgeoisie to see who has historically won this battle.Charles Robinson#

    Record stores have enough to worry about currently, regardless of the latest offerings from the might purple love god… (I'm a fan btw)Andy Dempster#

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