Posted Aug 9th, 2015 (12:57 pm) by Heather Starks
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Prince just put the entire record industry on blast by comparing it to one of the worst things to happen in human history.

After playing both sides of the field when it comes to music streaming services, Prince decided that his new album, HITNRUN, will be released exclusively through Tidal. In a rare meeting with the media on Saturday night, he doubled down on his reasons with some strongly worded opinions.

According to NPR, the mysterious pop icon told a group of ten journalists: "Record contracts are just like — I'm gonna say the word – slavery. I would tell any young artist ... don't sign."

Obviously eager to discuss his newly forged partnership with Jay Z and Tidal, the artist formerly known as an unpronounceable symbol went on to say: "Once we have our own resources, we can provide what we need for ourselves. Jay Z spent $100 million of his own money to build his own service. We have to show support for artists who are trying to own things for themselves."

Prince is just the latest artist to agree to an exclusivity deal with a streaming service; Dr. Dre's Compton album is only available through iTunes, and Taylor Swift has famously tangled with just about every available service out there. But his comments are by far the most condemning of the state of the record industry, leaving one to wonder how long it will be before more major artists jump ship with the rest of them.

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