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Prince Not Recording Any More Albums

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No More Albums From Prince

Prince is not going to record another album, that is, until the online piracy problem is under control. He's fed up with the online music industry and has decided just not to deal with it!

He was actually the first person to release a major album completely online in 1997, but has since decided that he hates digital music:

"The industry changed. We made money (online) before piracy was real crazy. Nobody's making money now except phone companies, Apple and Google. I'm supposed to go to the White House to talk about copyright protection. It's like the gold rush out there. Or a carjacking. There's no boundaries. I've been in meetings and they'll tell you, 'Prince, you don't understand, it's dog-eat-dog out there'. So I'll just hold off on recording.

I personally can't stand digital music. You're getting sound in bits. It affects a different place in your brain. When you play it back, you can't feel anything. We're analogue people, not digital."

We understand the issue with people not paying for your music, but we also don't think digital music is all that bad. Sure, you get a warmer, more textural experience with analogue, but with digital it's much easier for many more people to experience your music!

And on the go, to boot!

We just hope this isn't the end of Prince's new music future. We're sure he'll still be touring for a while, but to never have anymore new Prince is just so sad!

Do U agree with Prince??

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39 comments to “Prince Not Recording Any More Albums”

  1. frrf says – reply to this


    These douchebag "artists" have made enough money off of us. It is time to give back.

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    …… and nobody cares!

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    N i g g a looks good! Black don't crack and neither does purple!

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    Good… I am sick of this entitled loser.

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    Re: frrf – Said the jealous, miserable nobody. Who the fuck are you to dictate how much money someone can make ? Anyone who creates a product and puts his work into it deserves to be paid for it no matter what. Just because copying music is easy and accessible doesn't mean it's right. If someone had found a way to copy shirts, cars etc whole factories would close down and many MANY people would be without a job.

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    Omg "You're getting sound in bits. It affects a different place in your brain. " Ya. Prince effects of your brain. Whatever go enjoy your retirement and sit out of the game for awhile.

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    I can see his point but I am glad I can buy a single song vs an album full of crap when I only like one or two songs. And yes, the digital age has made it easy to get songs for free but we still did the same thing with a cassette deck off the radio.

  9. 9

    He threw Kim Kardashian & Whitney out of his concert arenas because those Size-Queens told him he had a small peen….

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    That guy is dreaming if he thinks recordings will ever be policed up. The internet is the reality and the future. He needs to get with the time. So he is saying he would rather make NO money than fret over some smaller percentage that would do this. Hmmm Not very business sauvy…

  11. 11

    Aww, poor Prince not getting enough money than he already has

    What tha fug ever, go back into your cave. No one cares anymore

  12. 12

    Good. One less irrelevant has-been.

  13. 13

    not into Prince at all
    he does have talent
    but he seems a bit odd
    you know..
    … the while changing his name to a symbol thing
    so who knows with him

  14. 14

    i thought ARTISTS did it for the art.. not the money. That being said he should pick battles he can win. No one cares if he releases another album. His loss

  15. 15

    Is that a threat or a promise? In either case I am happy there will be a little less of this douchebag in the world.

  16. 16

    is he upset because no one is pirating his music?

  17. 17

    So then why won't he just release an LP then? Those are getting gains back into mainstream music.

    People will support the artists they love regardless.

  18. 18

    No offense Prince but I wouldn't bother to download your music even if I were a pirate.

  19. Beccx says – reply to this


    Unfortunately, Prince has not made a decent album since Purple Rain. He needs to get his sexymuthafucka back and he can start by pulling his purple head our of his purple ass.

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    who cares! The guy is a fREaK! It's not the 80's anymore!

  21. 21

    Prince, honey, the only albums people are bootlegging of yours are the first ten - everything after that pretty much sucks it hard. You're so up Jehovah's ass nowadays that nobody gives a shit about your new music. Enjoy your retirement.

  22. 22

    THANK GOD!!!!

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    Re: jesyrene – Asshole like you are the reason music suck so much now thanks to you and this loser generation music is going to hell. prince and everyone with him and before him are real performers and artist not the shit out now.

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    I am extremely saddened to hear that Prince will not be releasing any new music for a while. I have been a dedicated fan of his for a very long time and think he is a musical genius. You may not agree with his methods and the reasoning behind some of the things he says and does but he truly is a Rock God!!!!

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    well a lot of what he said is true. i dont like the sound of digital music either. however, he hasnt made a great album since sign of the times and that was way in what…1987 or so. so as a big fan of old prince, i would rather he not make any new music than come out with the crap he has come iot with since 1988 or so. also, hes not known for his great business sense and hes totally fickle so im sure he will come out with something new in a few years anyway.

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    As a recording artist (semi-pro) I agree 100% with Prince on the coldness of digital music. Digital tech is a great way to store and archive, but the analog sound waves are smoother than digital if examined electronically. Digital waves are hard, no fluctuation, whereas analog waves flow and ebb. Definitely a different affect on ears, the brain, the heart… Those here making funof Prince's comments about digital music are obviously too stupid or too young to understand.

  27. 27

    This is good because I'm not listening to him anymore.

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    I call BS on the whole music industry. You can't tell me piracy is worse now. Back in the day we recorded everything off the radio with cassettes, borrowed our friends cassettes and dubbed copies and ripped copies of CD's. No one ever told us it was illegal and I don't recall anyone whining about it in the "industry". Now you can't record off the radio, no one buys CD's so you can't rip those and digital music can be encrypted to dissuade people from copying that as well. It's just like the NFL, Wall Street, Congress etc. - everyone's greedy. There used to be a time where you thought the artist/songwriter was writing something that they went through and was telling you they understood your pain (ah, teenage angst). Now they're all holier-than-thou and better than you.

    And as for Prince, I bought my Purple Rain album, made a copy of his 1999 tape from a friend and bought a 45 of Raspberry Beret. As someone said in a previous post - everything since then pretty much sucks.

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    Re: katiegirl73
    I've never really been a big Prince fan myself, but I am old enough like you to remember home taping. The big difference between then and now is home taping really didn't hurt the record industry that much. You could still go to a real record store, and people were selling shitload of albums. In the 80s and 90s, you had artists going diamond platinum in the US alone and selling 20 to 30 million records worldwide. Since the 2000s, record sales dropped drastically and are still freefalling. The last diamond certification in the US was probably in the early 2000s. Now, someone sells 5 million worldwide, and that's considered an achievement. And brick and mortar record stores have been closing everywhere. I don't even know where one is in my city other than Best Buy or Walmart, and I live in a fairly large city. I do believe artists should adapt with the changes in the music industry, but Prince does have a point with digital vs analogue. People are satisfied with listening to shitty-sounding mp3s played on a teeny portable player, when analogue music sounded so much better on a good home stereo.

  30. @v@ says – reply to this


    An analog signal/recording copies sound as a continuous electronic signal, meaning that there are no breaks or interruptions. One moment flows into the next. Digital signals are not continuous. You hear a single long sound as a collection of shorter sounds. To me, I register more 'soul' listening to analogue. The ear and mind knows. I'm with Prince.

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    I was one of the many that saw him perform at the Forum in LA recently. Have loved Prince since I can remember although I was a little too young to see his Purple Rain concert. And of course my parents weren't cool like that to take me to see him. I can say, he is without a doubt one of the best/over looked artists. Uber talented and I believe he can actually play something like 40 instruments. Will always be an original and an inspiration to many for decades to come. I loved him in concert and he sang a couple songs that he hasn't recorded. Hurry up Prince and get your ass to the White House and do whatever it is that you have to do to record those songs/a new album(s), because that hawt , sex song was amazing! At @V@, I love your post! You made me sign up and post something, which I rarely do. You must have love for Prince, even if he never records another song. Don't hate and say he's old and retired, because if you saw him in concert, he makes you get out your seats and dance the whole night long.
    P.S. My favorite part of the concert was him bringing all the people up on stage and he danced with the 80 year old woman who was having THE time of her life!

  32. 32

    I totally forgot to comment on what Prince said! I actually understand both sides, and don't know enough facts about online/digital music and money. On one hand, as a consumer, I like that you can just buy one song at at time as long as it stays at a reasonable price (I'm looking at you iTunes, you're lucky I love music and wine so much that I tend to play my iPod and ask myself, "When did I buy this Phil Collins song?") But on the other hand, I think if I were an artist I would want my money, as this is the way I'm making a living (minus the freebies, hookups, tour $$, endorsement deals, etc). But I mean you cannot control piracy too much. I personally am too lazy to look up/figure out the sites to download illegally and I figure if I love a song, I want it and am more than willing to pay. Although I can't help but hate hearing about Beyonce and Jay-Z's private island that's paid for by us fans little $1.29. I mean the least beautiful B could do is invite me hangout with them for the weekend. My sarcasm has taken hold, so i will leave it at that. P.S. Analog is better, I still collect and listen to records.

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    Re: VintageGigi – I collect and listen to records as well. A lot of artists have been releasing their albums on records as well lately.

  34. 34

    Who cartes?
    He should stay in his own 'SMALL" world he has created as a recluse and never being kind to his fans.

  35. 35

    One of these days his snobbyness will get the best of him.

  36. 36

    greedy sonofabitch, and like most black people he plays the role of "martyr" quite well….poor baby!!!!! He KNOWS musicians make their money from concerts. He's just a prissy bitch.

  37. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: MICHAELHOLLYWOOD – Ah, but is it snobbiness? There's some science behind what he says. Besides, it's good to have standards, or everything will inevitably swirl down to being more about the quick, easy benjamins than about the art of the tune.

  38. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: VintageGigi – Wow, thanks. I appreciate and understand what Prince has done and does, and music's been a big part of my life on and off a stage, & on and off.

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    Re: duelastar – darn, i just gave my nephew my tunrtable as i wanted to downsize and never used it anymore. i replaced most of my albums on cd. anyway, now all these artists are re_releasing their stuff on album again because it sounds so good. kind of wish i kept my turntable. my bad.