Prince album in release controversy

Sony BMG 'drops' the purple one

Prince’s new album has been caught in a web of controversy over it’s release.

Sony BMG UK will not handle the album’s release after the ’Mail On Sunday’ struck a deal to give the whole of the record away as a covermount CD with an unspecified edition of the paper.

Columbia records recently struck a worldwide deal, understood to cover just his new album ’Planet Earth’.

A spokesperson for Sony BMG said: “The Prince album will not be released in the UK. It’s a one-off situation”, reports Billboard.

The album is slated for an international release on July 16 and July 24 in the US. And on July 24 in the US.

’Planet Earth’ will be distributed free to thousands of gig goers.

Prince said that he was planning to give away the album with tickets to his 21 date Earth tour residency at London’s new O2 Arena which begins on August 1.

The Mail On Sunday’s publication manager Stephen Miron said: “We’re not in a fight with anybody. We’re just trying to produce the best possible content we can do, and give it to an audience who clearly have an appetite for it.”

However, Paul Quirk co-chairman of the UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association used his keynote speech yesterday at the London Calling conference to condemn the latest “covermount”, saying: “If it turns out to be the case, The Artist formerly known as Prince should know that with behaviour like this, he will soon be The Artist Formerly Available in Record Stores.”