There has never been any doubt that veteran and legendary musician Prince is a strong advocate against digital piracy. Ever since 2007, Prince has been fighting against copyright issues, such as from suing YouTube, eBay, and even websites that used and featured anything related to him. Just last year, the singer teamed up with publications to release his album ’20Ten’ as a covermount, and refused digital download services from having access to the project.
In his latest interview with UK newspaper, ‘The Guardian,’ Prince expressed his disdain for how much the music industry has changed in its new found technological age. The singer noted how though he may have tons of unreleased material, fans should not expect any new album to come about anytime soon, if at all.
“The industry changed,” he says. “We made money [online] before piracy was real crazy. Nobody’s making money now except phone companies, Apple and Google. 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. I’ve been in meetings and they’ll tell you, Prince, you don’t understand, it’s dog-eat-dog out there. So I’ll just hold off on recording.”
“I personally can’t stand digital music,” he continues. “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.”
Also in the piece, Prince talks about his admiration for singers Adele and Janelle Monae, his contempt to Glee covering his “Kiss” record, and his ability to come off as a “loving tyrant” to his band members.
Prince is currently overseas in Europe, and he is set to be the headliner for the Heinken Open’er festival in Poland.