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Thread started 06/23/11 4:06am

JudasSmile

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Prince Guardian interview - 'no plans to record another album'

There is an excerpt from an interview with Prince here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk...CMP=twt_fd

There was a time when Prince's idea of fun was something beyond the wildest imaginings of most – his song Gett Off talked of "23 positions in a one-night stand", while Tipper Gore was so shocked when she heard her daughter listening to Darling Nikki she founded the Parents Music Resource Center to police perceived obscenity in pop. At 53, though, the eccentric star no longer sees sex as the be all and end all of a good time.

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian's Film&Music, Prince said: "It's fun being in Islamic countries, to know there's only one religion. There's order. You wear a burqa. There's no choice. People are happy with that." When asked about the fate of those unhappy with having no choice, he replied: "There are people who are unhappy with everything. There's a dark side to everything."

Prince embraced religion in 2001, when he became a Jehovah's Witness. "I was anti-authoritarian but at the same time I was a loving tyrant," he told the Guardian. "You can't be both. I had to learn what authority was. That's what the Bible teaches. The Bible is a study guide for social interaction.

"If I go to a place where I don't feel stressed and there's no car alarms and airplanes overhead, then you understand what noise pollution is. Noise is a society that has no God, that has no glue. We can't do what we want to do all the time. If you don't have boundaries, what then?"

Prince's views on the internet, however, have not changed. He has long been a vociferous critic of those who feel they have the right to post his music or even his image online – in 2007 his lawyers instructed fansites to remove all photographs and images related to his likeness. He told the Guardian: "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." Because of the problem with piracy, he said, he has no plans to record another album.

His unease about the web is not just a matter of legality for him, however, but one of aesthetics. "I personally can't stand digital music," he said. "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."

Despite the effects of the internet on his album sales, Prince remains one of pop's biggest stars. In 2007 he played 21 nights at the 20,000-capacity O2 arena in London, selling out all of them and grossing a reported $22m (£13.7m). He criticised the organisers of this weekend's Glastonbury festival, claiming the annual rumours that he is to play the festival are just an attempt to sell tickets on the back of his stardom. "They use my name to sell the festival," he said. "It's illegal. I've never spoken to anyone about doing that concert, ever."

[Edited 6/23/11 4:08am]

U been bamboozled, hoodwinked, took.
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Reply #1 posted 06/23/11 4:07am

JudasSmile

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My emphasis above - hopefully Prince does intend to record new material, if not release it. hrmph

U been bamboozled, hoodwinked, took.
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Reply #2 posted 06/23/11 4:22am

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I love Prince, but wow dude - seriously? Religion forced upon people and saying that's a good thing, to take their personal freedoms away? eek

And it's just sad as hell to me to think he's never gonna release any more music, I just REALLY hope that's NOT true.

And why did the reporter say Prince no longer sees sex as the be all, end all? I think they aren't really familiar with his work; yes, Prince's music has a LOT of sexually-explicit content; I was just talking to a friend about this a day or two ago, his music is absolutely not for prudes or people who can't handle sexual content - but at the same time, his music was never JUST about sex. So I never really understood people who immediately associate Prince ONLY with sex.

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Reply #3 posted 06/23/11 4:29am

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In an exclusive interview with the Guardian's Film&Music, Prince said: "It's fun being in Islamic countries, to know there's only one religion. There's order. You wear a burqa. There's no choice. People are happy with that." When asked about the fate of those unhappy with having no choice, he replied: "There are people who are unhappy with everything. There's a dark side to everything."

Prince's views on the internet, however, have not changed. He has long been a vociferous critic of those who feel they have the right to post his music or even his image online – in 2007 his lawyers instructed fansites to remove all photographs and images related to his likeness. He told the Guardian: "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." Because of the problem with piracy, he said, he has no plans to record another album.

His unease about the web is not just a matter of legality for him, however, but one of aesthetics. "I personally can't stand digital music," he said. "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."

Despite the effects of the internet on his album sales, Prince remains one of pop's biggest stars. In 2007 he played 21 nights at the 20,000-capacity O2 arena in London, selling out all of them and grossing a reported $22m (£13.7m). He criticised the organisers of this weekend's Glastonbury festival, claiming the annual rumours that he is to play the festival are just an attempt to sell tickets on the back of his stardom. "They use my name to sell the festival," he said. "It's illegal. I've never spoken to anyone about doing that concert, ever."

Well, a few things are cleared up now:

1. No new album in the near future

2. No Glastonbury Festival performance

3. Prince is nuts

[Edited 6/23/11 4:29am]

Have a look at 'The W2A: Euro Tour Song Survey' http://prince.org/msg/12/362417
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Reply #4 posted 06/23/11 4:29am

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JudasSmile said:

Prince's views on the internet, however, have not changed. He has long been a vociferous critic of those who feel they have the right to post his music or even his image online – in 2007 his lawyers instructed fansites to remove all photographs and images related to his likeness.

He told the Guardian: "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." Because of the problem with piracy, he said, he has no plans to record another album.

His unease about the web is not just a matter of legality for him, however, but one of aesthetics. "I personally can't stand digital music," he said. "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."

^ thanks for posting, however I wish Prince would grow up - or - shut up, and not make a fool of himself yet, once again...

I am not gonna steal from him I wanna buy from him, but can I....? NO, cuz he don't make the fans have legal access to his stuff on a simple/ easy website, all these recordings in his vaults...... these will remain unreleased 'til he is dead in 2044 or something, and most of us are dead too. sad

imo, he just sound stupid, makes a fool of himself. Damn.

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Reply #5 posted 06/23/11 4:34am

SoulAlive

No new album? That's okay.Concentrate on remasters of the old albums! I'd rather see him focus on that.

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Reply #6 posted 06/23/11 4:35am

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SoulAlive said:

No new album? That's okay.Concentrate on remasters of the old albums! I'd rather see him focus on that.

...You really think that's gonna happen? lol

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Reply #7 posted 06/23/11 4:36am

SoulAlive

armpit said:

SoulAlive said:

No new album? That's okay.Concentrate on remasters of the old albums! I'd rather see him focus on that.

...You really think that's gonna happen? lol

No,but we can dream biggrin

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Reply #8 posted 06/23/11 4:41am

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No plans to record another album?

Best news in a long time.

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Reply #9 posted 06/23/11 4:41am

catpark

Is this interview legit?

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Reply #10 posted 06/23/11 4:45am

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catpark said:

Is this interview legit?

How dare you question the legitimacy one of our quality broadsheets lol wink .

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Reply #11 posted 06/23/11 4:47am

vitriol

Impossible as it might seem, the guy becomes more and more a yet bigger idiot.

The last thing I could expect was him defending the islamic religion.

So, the guy loves mental dictatorships...

Thinking about the turds he's released since 2004, I'll be cool with not having new albums from him.

If he has a problem with piracy it's because of the vultures downloading his officially available stuff instead of purchasing it.

But then again, many people could say they hate being scalped with a website that doesn't deliver 5% of what had been promised. T-Shirts included.

Same for those who weren't warned about DRMs expiring.

And what about 'lifetime memberships' on a music club that's suddenly taken down?

What about people paying in advance for an 'internet-only' release and then find Crystal Ball in stores even before the orders were fullfilled?

He doesn't sell his concerts? OK, I'll keep on getting them bootlegged.

Old albums of his are no longer available because of his one-off deals with obscure or semi-dying labels? OK, those who couldn't get them when they were on sale will have to get them illegally.

He decided not to release 20Ten in the USA (or couldn't find a bargain deal for it)? Well, people who didn't have a friend in certain European countries will have to download it or purchase it from bigger vultures than himself.

You did it wrong, Prince. Now just abide the consecuences.

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Reply #12 posted 06/23/11 4:47am

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catpark said:

Is this interview legit?

I think and really really hope it is not legit or correct!!

Prince never let the interviewer record the interview, so probably they made this more

shocking...because i am shocked with his views on islamic countries and order...

How crazy is this man....in a country like this, he would be put in jail the way he dresses and acts...

Like i said, i hope he did not say it like that!

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Reply #13 posted 06/23/11 4:53am

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doh!

Ah, Prince, Prince, Prince....... pat There, there, you kooky little zealot.

I'm just relieved the journalist had never heard the "23 scriptures in a one night stand" lyric change. whew

"Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced." - James Baldwin
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Reply #14 posted 06/23/11 4:56am

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TheDigitalGardener said:

catpark said:

Is this interview legit?

How dare you question the legitimacy one of our quality broadsheets lol wink .

You know it sounds iffy lol

Its the bit where it says 'I cant stand digital music' hmmm

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Reply #15 posted 06/23/11 4:56am

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This subject is going to become very ugly over the next couple of days.

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Reply #16 posted 06/23/11 4:58am

armpit

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TheDigitalGardener said:

This subject is going to become very ugly over the next couple of days.

Obviously, yeah. Drop by here again in a few hours and I fully expect it to be pandemonium on this part of the boards.

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Reply #17 posted 06/23/11 5:00am

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TheDigitalGardener said:

This subject is going to become very ugly over the next couple of days.

I was thinking that - not least because talk of 'Islam' usually comes dressed in all manner of ignorant stereotypes. confused

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Reply #18 posted 06/23/11 5:01am

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catpark said:

TheDigitalGardener said:

How dare you question the legitimacy one of our quality broadsheets lol wink .

You know it sounds iffy lol

Its the bit where it says 'I cant stand digital music' hmmm

Exactly.

"Yo Prince!! remember NPGMC?"

Mad wee turd.

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Reply #19 posted 06/23/11 5:05am

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TheDigitalGardener said:

This subject is going to become very ugly over the next couple of days.

Yeah. I wish people will not jump on the bandwagon of this article and realise there may only be a grain of truth in this, if any at all.

A bitter Michael Jackson fan working for the Guardian probably wrote it lol

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Reply #20 posted 06/23/11 5:11am

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i understand exactly what he means. i hope he enjoys his tour. heart

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Reply #21 posted 06/23/11 5:12am

ohYeeeeeah

I'm just speechless and very sad for him. sad

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Reply #22 posted 06/23/11 5:17am

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ohYeeeeeah said:

I'm just speechless and very sad for him. sad

Me too...i am really speechless...what made Larry Graham and his jehova thing out of him !!!!!

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Reply #23 posted 06/23/11 5:23am

armpit

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ohYeeeeeah said:

I'm just speechless and very sad for him. sad

Same reaction I had when I read this.

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Reply #24 posted 06/23/11 5:25am

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We are analougue ppl, I agree, digital is so complex. and if it was a new song u guys would still be bitchin, Poor Prince he cant win with his fans, whenever he shares his views ppl gang up on him, I still love u baby, dont worry, I liked this artikel wink

U and me we're sticky like glue
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Reply #25 posted 06/23/11 5:26am

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We should all blame Larry Graham for this.

it's just to embarrassing for me to discuss it any further.

I think I'll stay away from the 'Prince: Music and More forum' for a while.

Have a look at 'The W2A: Euro Tour Song Survey' http://prince.org/msg/12/362417
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Reply #26 posted 06/23/11 5:29am

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Trashcat said:

We should all blame Larry Graham for this.

it's just to embarrassing for me to discuss it any further.

I think I'll stay away from the 'Prince: Music and More forum' for a while.

My thoughts too, see you in a few days.

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Reply #27 posted 06/23/11 5:32am

Vict0r

Honestly, in terms of what he (allegedly) said about Islamic countries, it's been taken out of context. I think what he's trying to say is that it's good that people aren't divided amongst different religions (thus creating conflict), but rather united as one. If you look at the lyrics from Act Of God, he says, "Funny how nobody's holy books are the same. Everybody's God's got a different name." I think that it's a fairly good point, which is articulated very poorly, and with really bad reasoning. His views on the internet however are so full of shit and just depressing.

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Reply #28 posted 06/23/11 5:34am

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Great! Another cringe-worthy interview to look forward to! Hope he didn't forget to insult the gays!

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Reply #29 posted 06/23/11 5:36am

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"It's fun being in Islamic countries, to know there's only one religion. There's order. You wear a burqa. There's no choice. People are happy with that."

That is probably the most pathetic and disheartening thing I've ever read from Prince.

What a fucking cretin.

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