Prince Leaves Journos ‘Disappointed’; Likens Record Deals to ‘Slavery’

In this Feb. 8, 2015 file photo, Prince presents the award for album of the year at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Prince has announced plans to perform at a concert in Baltimore following recent unrest in the city over the death of a man who was fatally injured in police custody. A statement issued Tuesday, May 5, 2015, says the pop icon will perform Sunday, May 10, at “Rally 4 Peace,” a concert at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
In this 2014 photo released by NPG Records, Prince performs in Birmingham, England. On Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, Prince will release his first album in four years, “Art Official Age,” along with music from his latest protege act, 3RDEYEGIRL, “PLECTRUMELECTRUM.” (AP Photo/NPG Records)
In this 2014 photo released by NPG Records, Prince performs in Birmingham, England. On Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, Prince will release his first album in four years, “Art Official Age,” along with music from his latest protege act, 3RDEYEGIRL, “PLECTRUMELECTRUM.” (AP Photo/NPG Records)

Jay Boller, CITY PAGES

 

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (CityPages.com) — Prince managed to make some headlines this past weekend. On Saturday, the Minnesota music legend’s Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen hosted the annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists. Billed as a dance party, the $20 event drew almost 900 members of NABJ from around the country, the Star Tribune reports. The evening’s talking points were twofold.

First, as reported by the Wrap, several attendees were “disappointed” after Prince opted not to perform at the four-hour party. Instead, he spent his minute of stage time plugging Jay Z’s struggling Tidal music-streaming service, on which the Purple One will exclusively release his forthcoming HitNRun album.

Here’s Prince early Sunday morning, according to the Wrap: “Jay Z and I are putting out an album come September 7. He could really use your help and appreciation because he is trying to do something big.”

The only guarantees at Paisley are bans on cell phones, recording devices, and booze, but the brief and self-interested Prince cameo rubbed some members of NABJ the wrong way.

 

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