There are some great discussion points in here about why the music industry's greatest fears may be on the horizon. Dig if u will the picture: a CD was given away for free...then posted all over the internet for download since the IP laws just about go out the window. Legal.Free.Music. Record stores and labels wonder where they come in? They serve as another distribution mechanism, but mainly for those people out there that still want to have the fully packaged album with tracklisting, maybe liner notes, credits, etc... (this free version came in only a picture sleeve). The industry is going to have to get pretty creative to keep up with the likes of Prince, Ani DiFranco, Hieroglyphics and all the other indie visionaries out there.
This was a great quote in the article, "It's direct marketing and I don't have to be in the speculation business of the record industry which is going through a lot of tumultuous times right now," said the Minneapolis musician when asked why he was giving the CD away.
Absolutely brilliant! If they're counted as album sales, he's easily got the #1 album in the UK. I'm sure not all 3 million papers were sold directly to Prince fans, but they probably don't sell 3M every Sunday either. I'd love to the see #'s and try to make an impact guess.