For years the industry has provided promotional copies of artists performances, has creatively avoided paying artist royalties by shoving albums into their own record club schemes and employed creative accounting whereby artists have not been paid full royalties. In fact record companies have sidestepped royalties with creative contracts that include artists paying for their own recording sessions, packaging costs, promotional costs, etc. When the labels screw an artist it is all tidy and legal because they have a very one sided contract that allows this. Now here comes Prince. He not only foots the bills, but he was smart enough to have some control over his recorded performances. In this case Prince apparently has every legal right to make deals such as this. Suddenly when the recording industry finds the shoe on the other foot they would have the world viewing Prince as some kind of gangster? Pfffft! What is good for the goose is good for the gander. This great (and legitimate) promotional endeavor by Prince doesn’t even compare with the shenanigans that have been engineered by the labels over the years. The only insult here is the labels trying to insult the intelligence of an informed public. When consumers acquire music they do not look for the label. They look for the artist. Prince obviously understands this. In this case he is able to receive compensation without a pack of greedy record company executives finding ways to chip away at his income with creative accounting and slick contracts. If the labels feel insulted over Prince getting his due, I can only imagine what they will feel when artists finally realize that artists will eventually become strong enough to do without the traditional schemes of the big labels altogether. For years the labels have gotten theirs up front even if artists starved or went bankrupt. When an artist discovers that he can get his up front the industry cries “Foul”. Suck it up big boys you are getting a mere taste of what you have dished out for years. Try taking this to your lobbyists and see how it plays out *laughs.