Prince fans worldwide are beside themselves with excitement at the prospect that new music from his Royal Badness will be here by the weekend. Prior to 20Ten's free release starting on July 10th the Daily Mirror, the newspaper that will distribute the complimentary disc in the UK before it rolls out across Europe, they are running a multi-part interview with rock, pop and soul's one-time bad boy. It's a very interesting read and a fascinating glimpse into the living legend's life. However, the most striking part of the interview isn't Prince's Willy Wonka-ish existence or the fact that he wears heels and blouses around the house, but it's the revelation that the man who was once on the cutting edge of new media and grasped the power of the internet has declared that the net is dead.
In short, Prince states:
"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.
"The internet's like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. 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."
Wow. Really, Prince? He may look like a man half his age, but he's sounding like the old man outside the computer lab.