To Prince The Internet Is ‘Over,’ But Something In The Water Does Not Compute

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 At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated.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. 

His battles on the internet over piracy and privacy issues are well documented, but has it really come to this? He used to be very technologically forward in his thinking and was one of the first artists to have a thriving online community of fans (present company included) who paid good money to be a part of his online experience through the now defunct NPG Music Club. 
I fundamentally don't understand the Purple One's logic in this scenario. Many of Prince's fans have abandoned old media in favor of the internet. People discover and share music differently now. How do you think many even found out about his new album as quickly as we did? 

Speaking of which, now I'm quite curious about this release of 20Ten. Will there be some type of copy protection on the disc to discourage bootlegging? Will the CD self destruct if you try to download it to your computer? When you listen to the MP3s will they instead play a backwards message from Prince saying "Dearly beloved, the internet is completely over"? These thoughts are all quite distressing, but I suppose we won't know what Prince has up his ruffled sleeve until this weekend when the album hits the street. 
What do you think, Bouncers? Is Prince a madman or is he making sense? Has the internet worn out its welcome or are we just getting started?

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11 Responses

  1. Prince's is crazy & all that Bantu he's been using has led to his antiquated thinking.
    As you mentioned, we use media & share information totally different using the internet. And the way that we share information etc is continuing to morph with the use of social media sites such as blogs, Twitter, FB etc.
    He should be thinking about how he could use the internet as a medium to push his musical agenda.
    I like Prince, don't get me wrong but I think I like the "Old" Prince better (pre 1993). He hasn't released anything since 1993 that I found exciting or purchase worth.
    I’m just saying.

  2. If in fact the internet was "completely over", no one would be talking about Prince himself anymore, at all. It's because of die hard fans coming together and supporting him that he is even able to make another album and have it sell. If this were pre-internet times, he'd probably be forgotten about by now. Not to say that that has anything to do with his talent or anything, but America as a collective has a short attention span. So many have moved on only to be brought back by something that's sparked their attention. And guess where they found it: THE INTERNET!!!

  3. its Larry Graham's fault.

  4. @DarrenCharles: what, is his site like booming right now or something?

  5. Crack....crack......crrrrrrrrack.
    The armor is showing signs of wear.
    I would say the "Emperor has no clothes" but with Prince it's hard to tell.

  6. It's always interesting when folks find religion.

  7. He confused the internet with his career.

  8. There is something in me that feels that Prince was effing with that reporter. Astrologically speaking, Gemini men are the only males of the zodiac who are consistent to their sun sign when it comes to behavior regardless of other planet placements. What we call lies, they call "jokes". They are the biggest jokesters ever and I don't buy for one moment that he was being even a little bit genuine about the idea that the internet is dead. LOL @ DarrenCharles at blaming Larry Graham. I think that being a Jehovah Witness must be so fun for Prince to be able to dress up and become yet another personality when he knocks on the doors of the unsuspecting. I love that man--even if he is becoming a crotchety old man and is almost as old as my mama. LOL.

  9. When I read the statements from the Prince interview I thought I read it wrong. I read it again and then I thought well maybe he is saying this to cause some controversy in order to sell his new CD. Then I realized that he was serious and that is really sad. Prince who was my music hero has now become Grandpa Prince. I guess his next CD will be titled "Hey You Kids, Get Off My Lawn.

  10. This link is to an interesting article to a blog on explaining their point of view on Prince's comment. They seem to think his statement makes sense from a monetary aspect. Gives you something to think about.

  11. @tiffakia
    great article link. Thanks for the intel