Prince Declares The Internet "Completely Over"

Senator Stephen Conroy can stop panicking about all that online porn. It doesn't matter, because the Internet is dead. How do we know? Because Prince has told us.

The Artist Formerly Known As Sane issued his pronouncement in an interview with UK newspaper the Daily Mirror, which not-so-coincidentally is running a giant giveaway of Prince's latest album this Saturday. At one point, Prince's entire music distribution vision centred on selling music online, so why the change of heart?

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.

Now, you might not think that the funk midget with the penchant for purple is the last word on the subject (or any subject), especially given the reason he cites for this pronouncement:

Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you.

It's worth remembering that this anti-numerical stance is coming from a man who once tattooed the word 'slave' on his face because he wasn't earning enough money, and who more recently threatened to sue fans running web sites about him. But given how selective Conroy has been in receiving advice on anything related to technology, seeking the final word from Prince doesn't seem entirely unlikely. Let's go crazy!

[Daily Mirror] [Image: Wikimedia]


    Jesus, guess I'm out of a job then.

    Well it sounds like he's *almost* as deluded as Conroy.

    Ahh balls. I've wasted like years :(

    > 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.

    Well, duh. You don't generally get money for something until you've sold it. This is a pretty fundamental principle of commerce. Money in advance comes from record companies.


    Gosh - maybe we should sell our iPads, laptops, smartphones etc on eBay now before they are worth nothing! In fact I'm going to patent the next generation tin can and string telephone so I can make a killing of the next wave of tech.

    I guess Prince is over - seen as he doesn't want to share his work, how does he expect to get paid...mind you, less prince is not a bad thing

    Prince: The Formerly Known Artist

    Prince: Formerly Known

    Prince Formerly.

    If you don't share with the other kids then go to your room ;)

    The end of civilization as we know it.

    Prince is his birthname. He signed with Warner Bros when he first started and along the way they trademarked his name as a marketing tool to sell his records. When he pissed off from Warner Bros in a hissy fit, he couldn't use his own name to release his own music. Hence "The Artist Formerly Known As", hence the tattoo "Slave", hence changing his name to that symbol thing which he himself copyrighted so nobody else could.. (just to piss off warner).

    If you knew that reasoning, then the penny might drop. Until I knew, I thought he was a complete nutter too, but then I thought "good on 'im". He's still certainly in his own league.. but what artist isn't.

    Once the lawyers got through sorting out the mess, and the trademark on his name was released, and he started using his name again for the majority of his work.

    So I can understand, after being screwed big time by Warner, that he has the same issues with Apple and iTunes.

    leave prince alone you mean bastards!!!

    sure he's partly wacky like MJ but his music is good and there were no boys harmed in the process!

    I've just read the internet is over on the internet.

    Cream, shaboogie- YOWwwwww!

    lol, if i were a music store i wouldn't pay prince for his music in advance either

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