Comparing something to slavery – probably the most exploitative practice on Earth – is a bold move, but that’s exactly what Prince says about record labels and the way in which they treat their musicians. Specifically, the fact that artists get little say in what happens to their own work. Speaking in front of ten journalists, who were present at his Paisley Park studios, as part of the National Association of Black Journalists convention, Prince stated, “Record contracts are just like — I’m gonna say the word – slavery“.
Prince has previously removed his songs from most streaming sites, including Spotify, where Taylor Swift famously removed her music from in 2014. Prince’s newest album – HITNRUN – will be released through Jay-Z’s streaming service, Tidal, on September 7. A physical copy will also be available to purchase.