Greetings. I know this is the QUEEN SERIOUS DISCUSSION forum, but if you'll allow me a little latitude, this sounds like something that a band of Queen's stature might consider:
LONDON, England (AP) -- Prince has angered the music industry and stirred up trouble among British retailers by giving away his new album with a tabloid newspaper this weekend.
"Planet Earth" will be packaged with the Mail on Sunday at a price of $2.80.
The giveaway has been roundly criticized as a major blow for an industry already facing rapidly declining CD sales. It has led Sony BMG UK, Prince's local label, to pull the plug on its own sales release of the CD in Britain.
Am I reading correctly? The album will NOT be available at retailers in the UK? This does kinda suck for US fans who planned on purchasing the album prior to it's US release.
Also fueling retailers' ire is what they see as a traitorous move by one of their own. After initially harshly criticizing Prince and the deal, music and books retailer HMV, which doesn't normally sell newspapers, decided to sell the Mail on Sunday in its 400-plus stores across the country.
"Like it or not, selling the newspaper is the only way to make the Prince album available to our customers," HMV said.
Rival retailers were outraged.
Oh, so it will be available (so far) at only one retailer. Seems to me like this is giving the average joe the opportunity to make some money on ebay or something. Kinda like the I-Phone.
The use of so-called "covermounts," where free CDs or DVDs are attached to the front of a newspaper to catch the buyer's eye, is widespread in Britain where many newspapers are struggling to retain readers who are turning to online news and entertainment.
Most of the giveaways are compilations of archive recordings or older films. Past giveaways by the Mail on Sunday include CDs by Duran Duran, Peter Gabriel and Dolly Parton. Prince's CD contains new tracks along with old hits such as "Purple Rain."
Dolly Parton ?!?!?
Anyway, not sure of what purpose this is going to serve, but as long as I can still get the album, great! And if it's free with a concert ticket, like the last one, I will most assuredly see him again, take a couple of people, buy T-Shirts and keychains, and still feel like I got the better end of the deal with my free CD.
Prince also plans to give away a copy of "Planet Earth" with each ticket sold for his 21-date London concert later this summer.