If there’s one group of people on Prince‘s shit list, it’s bloggers – 22 of them to be exact. Earlier this month, he filed a $22 million lawsuit against them for apparently illegally publishing his music online. We’re not talking early leaks or anything, but rather it was bootlegs from live concerts that got his panties in a twist.
Somehow, over the past couple of weeks, Prince has changed his tune and has dropped his lawsuit – though he can refile at any time.
Prince has only filed the original lawsuit less than 2 weeks ago … going after 22 anonymous bloggers (for $1 mil-a-piece) who posted concert footage on Facebook and other websites without Prince’s permission.
But after news of the lawsuit went public … it only took a few days before Prince decided to end his crusade on the bootleggers.
TMZ has obtained legal documents filed in federal court in California to dismiss his lawsuit … but it’s without prejudice, which means he could refile the suit if he feels like it.
Listen, unless the quality of the footage was something you’d find on an officially released DVD, Prince needs to take a fucking seat. Bootlegging is a pastime of stans dating back decades, bro, and no one else is filing lawsuits about it. You should be grateful that people like your shows enough to want to have a memory of them/be able to listen to them again any time they want. Where’s the harm?
At least he seems to have realised there is no harm, for now…
January 29, 2014 at 8:30 am by Jennifer
If there’s one thing Prince knows how to do, it’s make some pretty killer music. He’s got a new album coming up soon called 3rdEyeGirl (not sure about that title) and some tracks have been popping online from it recently. The latest to hit the internet is a track called ‘Groovy Potential’, which is so Prince it hurts. In a good way, of course.
Not sure if this is an upgrade to ‘Breakfast Can Wait’, but it’s pretty solid. Prince has done some great songs in his time, and even his average shit is better than most artists’ best stuff. It certainly beats out Lady GaGa’s ‘Applause’ – not that that’s a hard one.
What do you think of ‘Groovy Potential’?
August 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm by Jennifer
Prince seems like a pretty decent dude and we all know he makes killer music, so he’s alright in my books. If you feel the same, he’s about to get a whole lot cooler, because apparently Prince paid for a high school jazz band to take a trip to New York City to compete in the Essentially Ellington competition.
From The New York Post:
Prince surprised a high school student jazz band in Portland, Ore., by funding their trip to New York. The Purple One donated proceeds from his April 21 concert to the American Music Program so the group can travel to compete in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington high school competition and festival May 10 to 12 . . .
Aw, well isn’t that nice? Not like he needs the money or anything, but it’s still quite generous of him, for sure. Still, I think Prince should have gone one step further and offered to fly the band on a private jet and also to perform a private in-flight concert playing all requests (and since these are high school kids, they probably will only barely have heard of ‘Purple Rain’, so it’ll be just that for 6 hours).
May 8, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
I mean, Prince isn’t sexy to me, really, but I can see how he would be to other people. Whenever I look at him, I just think of Charlie Murphy’s reminiscence about playing basketball with him and eating pancakes at his house, so I kind of can’t take him seriously. Musically, though? FIRE. He’s like the lovechild of Sade and Elvis Presley even though he’s kinda been around for ages and that analogy doesn’t even make sense. Just go with it, okay? Get lost in Prince’s eyes.
For the last entry of the day, I figured we’d take it down a notch and give Prince’s new song, ‘Breakfast Can Wait’, a listen. Prince feels himself so hard that he’s sure you’d rather stay between the sheets with him than walk down to Dunkin’ Donuts for a large iced turbo, no sugar and a sausage, egg and cheese croissant. Sorry, bro, that’s a no brainer for me in the other direction – I’m going for my coffee.
Anyway, Prince hasn’t released new music since 2010 but another one should be coming. Let’s just hope it’s released in stores and online, and no just in your special edition of The Mirror. In the meantime, have a listen to ‘Breakfast Can Wait’ – what do we think?
February 7, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Jennifer
Good news: you can get Prince’s new album for free this Saturday when you buy a copy of The Mirror!
Bad news: that’s pretty much the only way you can get it.
Prince doesn’t go in for things like iTunes, and he refuses to let videos that feature his music exist on Youtube. You might be thinking “Prince, why are you letting your characteristic eccentricity stop you from selling tons more albums on the internet?” It’s cool if you are, because Prince went ahead and answered that question for you:
“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.”
Thanks for letting us know, Prince! Sorry, you guys, I’m gonna have to end this article, my head’s just swimming with all these numbers! I better force them out by listening to some creepy song about Salma Hayek!
July 6, 2010 at 11:02 am by Emily
I’m not opposed to Lady Gaga. She’s easy on the eyes and some of her songs are pretty catchy, I guess, but I’m not as hardcore about her as what some people clearly are. If she’s, you know, making music and touring, great. If she wasn’t, it probably wouldn’t be long before I kind of forgot who she was altogether.
However, somebody’s clearly all hot and bothered by Gaga’s antics, because a one-sided feud is brewing between Katy Perry and the Lady herself, and it’s either because Perry has some serious religion issues, or she’s just ticked because Gaga’s video blew her stupid “California Gurls” thing out of the water with the sexually-charged “Alejandro.” I mean, come on. Which would you honestly rather? Blue mermaid hair, sparkles and Snoop, or half-naked men, religious undertones and Madonna-esque stage grinding? I think the decision is pretty obvious, despite Snoop, and I’m not even remotely partial to either woman’s music.
Anyway, Katy blasted Gaga on her Twitter yesterday, citing her distaste for blasphemy and comparing it to the lowest form of entertainment, otherwise known as fart jokes. (And yeah, Katy, I think fart jokes are pretty funny … though some of you probably would have guessed that already.)
So, I don’t know. I think Perry’s being catty and silly, because it’s definitely not the first time that religion has been incorporated with music videos, sex and campiness. Anyone remember Madonna? Or, you know, Prince? Maybe George Michael? Yeah.
Sorry, Kitty Purry. Go be busy marrying Russell Brand and shut the fuck up. Your dry brand of Catholic-school humor just isn’t funny. I’d take a fart joke over your music, hell …. any day.