"The Internet's completely over," Prince declared to England's Daily Mirror, sounding like he's ready to party not quite like it's 1999, but more like '79. "I don't see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else [digitally]. They won't pay me an advance for it, and then they get angry when they can't get it....All these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you."
And now it seems like Prince wants ALL sites to be shut down--including iTunes!Prince Is Right. The Internet Is Over."--which, ironically, was widely read on THE FORBES.COM WEBSITE), most musicians weren't so quick to turn their backs on the entire Interweb. Even soft-jazz saxophonist Kenny G--a man no one ever thought would seem cooler than Prince--spoke out against Prince's remarks, jokingly telling the Associated Press: "If the Internet is dead then I must be dead too, 'cause I use it all the time. Maybe I've got a sixth sense, and I only see dead people." The very-much-alive Mr. G then expressed every intention to continue distributing and promoting his new album, Heart & Soul, digitally. Additionally, many other, hipper artists who've embraced online distribution--Radiohead, Trent Reznor, Beck, and Lil' Wayne and countless other mixtape-popularized rappers--hardly jumped to Prince's defense, and not even Metallica's Lars Ulrich, once Napster's most angry opponent, spoke up. included with July 10 copies of the Daily Mirror in the U.K. and Daily Record in Ireland, as well as other print publications in Belgium and Germany. For someone making the argument that music is undervalued, Prince has a funny way of proving its integrity when he gives CDs away like shampoo samples. (Maybe, somewhere along the way, he confused his Parade album with the Parade magazine included in many Sunday papers.) There's no plan yet to distribute 20Ten in America, but Prince is reportedly in talks with his old label, Warner Bros. (yep, the aforementioned "slave"-drivers who allegedly held him so captive that he was forced to carve S.O.S. messages into his sideburns) for a future U.S. release. Apparently Prince is so convinced that the Internet is over, he's not the least bit concerned about hundreds of thousands of Europeans, who will receive free copies of 20Ten this weekend, leaking the album online for all interested Americans to hear. check the songs out by clicking here...quick, before the Internet self-destructs!
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THIS WEEK'S TOP 10 NEWS STORIES:
1) Let's Go Crazy! Offline! - The ever-eccentric Prince proclaims the death of the Internet.
2) The Grammy Gaga Effect - The Grammys change eligibility rules for the Best New Artist category, following Lady Gaga's shutout this year.
3) The Show Might Not Go On - Concert ticket sales fall to their lowest point since 2005, down $200 million in revenue compared to last year.
4) George Michael Arrested After Seventh Auto Crash - Apparently the "Careless Whisper" singer is also a careless driver.
5) Leave LeAnn Alone! - Rimes is the latest celebrity Twitter quitter, after a public fuss over "racy" photos gets out of hand.
6) Ringo Starr Celebrates 70th Birthday, '60s-Style - The septuagenarian parties with a global love-in staged in Times Square.
7) Crystal Bowersox Sinks Teeth Into Hollywood - The "American Idol" runner-up Twitpics her new, cosmetically corrected A-list smile.
8) Dion Doubles Her Fun (And Diapers) - Celine reveals that her expected twins are boys.
9) Jenny Won't Play Cyprus Block - Jennifer Lopez cancels a concert in Turkish-held north Cyprus after protests.
10) Exile In "Bollywood" - Liz Phair's bizarre new single confounds critics.
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