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Prince slave trade doc discusses how one artist took on the industry and foreshadowed the internet age of consumer and artist

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In 1993,a name change, and he wrote Slave on his cheek, that was the image of what was the artist formally known as Prince.


From industry people and his manager at the time of the 100 million contract, saw an artist who refused to let album's live by two to 3 years, but viewed his music as chapter's once that chapter ended. His next chapter was ready, whether warner liked it or not.


Once the name change happened cos of a publishing contract dispute, rolling stone editor said they had to send floppy discs to print the unpronounceable symbol on tv and other forms of Media.


He was dubbed crazy, but at the Early infancy stages of the internet to counteract with Napster and rising mp3, services a genius emerged.


Prince who went back to being prince when the contract expired January 1, 2000.

Launched the npg music group, for 150.00 all the music even before agreements was made, being an independent artist at the time when his competition was still Major labels including one time label mate Madonna, who he felt got better deals than he did, but as his manager said, he never really felt commercial success was that important over artistry and Madonna in terms of business stuff was better at Warner bros eyes than he was, and she was a bigger artist in bigger demand. 


For one full year all the music you want for free. You get that with Spotify and other platforms now, but he pioneered the artist and consumer relationship in such a revolutionary way, in bigger terms he became the industry in ways that nobody saw, he knew the internet was the fastest way to give Music to the fans..

And by the time the industry shifted to constant touring to make money cos Records aren't being sold he was there and the first artist to give away CDs just for buying a ticket to his show, a tactic billboard allowed until recently (still allowed but only if the consumer is given the option to deny the redemption, if it's a forced redemption it's disqualified, as the consumer was given no choice at all)


Enjoy!!! The documentary is really insightful in what happens when Music industry takes a person who understands business like prince and becomes aware of being taken advantage of.


One comment said it best. He saw everything coming but he will be denied the credit unlike other acts will cos they fought the fight during the internet era already been full swing, not during it's early day's.


@Jordan Miller







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