The last big Prince tour in the US pissed off record retailers and the RIAA because he gave away copies of his then latest release with every ticket sold.
Well, he's back doing something similar... This time the free albums are included in upcoming edition of the British newspaper Mail on Sunday...even though the official street date of the album isn't until July 24.
Paul Quirk, co-chairman of the Entertainment Retailers Association, said Prince's decision "beggars belief."
"The Artist formerly known as Prince should know that with behaviour like this he will soon be the Artist Formerly Available in Record Stores," he said.
"It is an insult to all those record stores who have supported Prince throughout his career. It is yet another example of the damaging covermount culture which is destroying any perception of value around recorded music," Quirk told a music conference in London.
My thought? It's his music and he can do what he wants with it. True, it's not good to bite the hand that feeds you, but the music business is changing and Price is getting great publicity by doing this. Not only does he get press, but his album gets into the hands of new people who probably wouldn't purchase it (or even know about it) otherwise.