Prince has given what has been billed as his first U.K. newspaper interview in a decade as part of a deal for his new album, “20Ten.”
The Daily Mirror will give the album away July 10 as a free CD with the paper, while European deals have also been struck with Rolling Stone Germany and a Belgian newspaper…
Prince does not intend “20Ten” to get a download release in addition to the free CD distribution with newspapers and magazines. He has also shut down his official website and does not license music he controls to download stores or subscription services.
Unlike most other rock stars, he has banned YouTube and iTunes from using any of his music and has even closed down his own official website.
He says: “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 At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated.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.”