"Get your free Prince Planet Earth CD in the Mail on Sunday!"
I wonder if there are kids still selling papers on street corners yelling out the headlines over and over to passersby. If they still exist that's what they will be yelling this Sunday in England.
If you haven't already heard the news, Prince will be giving away his new 'Planet Earth' CD in the Mail on Sunday. That's this Sunday (July 15th 2007) mind you. There's been so much talk about this free CD that every Sunday for the last month or so, I've been stealing cheeky glances at the papers to see if the Prince CD has been packaged yet.
Actually the hype has reached its peak this week and now the story has been all over the major TV news channels. I admit - the hype has worked it's magic and I will be taking a trip to my local Londis early Sunday morning to buy my copy of the Mail on Sunday.
The negativity surrounding Prince's decision to give away his CD for free in what the Mail on Sunday calls "The World's Greatest Newspaper Giveaway Ever", has created what I would call an interesting intentional or unintentional publicity stunt.
There have been many stories and articles mentioning that Sony BMG in the UK is so upset with this move that they have "refused to handle the release".
Music retailers in the UK are upset with the concept of giving away CDs for free in the paper, that this devalues music. Virgin is angry with HMV for deciding to stock the papers in their stores this Sunday.
This is certainly interesting dinner table conversation for music industry types. Going over the pros and cons of the move. Prince apparently wants to reach as many people as possible with his music - so at least his fans are happy.
(Update: I've listened to the CD - Read my review of Planet Earth!)
From what I can hear from the "Guitar" single - so far the music sounds pretty cool to me.
Buy: Prince - Planet Earth on amazon.com.
Prince will be playing his 21-date "The Earth Tour" at the new O2 Arena in London beginning August 1st 2007. Apparently a copy of 'Planet Earth' will be included with each ticket sold for the O2 Arena dates.
Prince: The Earth Tour dates at the O2 Arena are as follows:
Dates could be added or changed! For the latest tour dates and information go to Prince's Official Website.
August 2007 - Wednesday 1st, Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th, Tuesday 7th, Friday 10th, Saturday 11th, Tuesday 14th, Friday 17th, Saturday 18th, Friday 24th, Saturday 25th, Tuesday 28th, Friday 31st.
September 2007 - Saturday 1st, Thursday 6th, Sunday 9th, Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th, Sunday 16th, Thursday 20th, Friday 21st.
By: Jenny May