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Billboard.com Article on Guitar/Planet Earth

Prince Links With Verizon For New Single
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http://www.billboard.com/...1003592384
May 31, 2007, 2:40 PM ET

Antony Bruno, Denver
Verizon Wireless has nabbed the exclusive for "Guitar," the first single from Prince's upcoming album "Planet Earth," scheduled to be released sometime in July. The single will be available for free to any Verizon subscriber who participates in an online demo of its new Song ID music identification service.

After releasing his 2006 album, "3121," through Universal, Prince is presently without a label to market or distribute "Planet Earth." Instead, he is relying on Verizon to generate awareness.

"There is no music label involved here," says Verizon senior VP of marketing and digital media John Harrobin. "That enabled us to work very closely together." The only way fans can get the single is to try the Song ID demo, which will be available on Verizon's website, as well as online video outlets like YouTube, Revver and MySpace.

The demo consists of a clip of the music video for the single and a prompt for subscribers to hold their phone to the computer speaker to ID the song. Once identified, users can then download the song in a single click. Verizon will promote the campaign in a TV ad that begins airing tonight (May 31) featuring both the artist and the music video.

As previously reported, Prince will be busy on stage this summer, and is also about to launch his own fragrance, also called 3121.
[Edited 5/31/07 15:28pm]
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Reply #1 posted 05/31/07 3:30pm

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there's gonna be a TV ad!!!!! somebody better record it!!!!!
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Reply #2 posted 05/31/07 3:55pm

Masterfreak

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Busy days again with the man biggrin Almost hard to stay on top when he is flying hi everywhere these days, hehe.

It has to take a artist of his caliber to continue and be able to pull of the non signed releases he does. Finaly someone who understands that the future of music is NOT under a contract with a big company if you wanna be creativ and keep the ART in the music. I will for shure go other ways with my music, and use the tecnology of the nett.

Anyone else feels the freshness and old time madness from the man too? I shure do biggrin

Hope he gets the attention he deserves!
[Edited 5/31/07 15:56pm]
>Peace and B WilD!!!
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Reply #3 posted 05/31/07 3:56pm

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Sorry

Based on your PC's network address, it appears that your PC is outside the United States.
The V CAST Music service is only available to Verizon Wireless customers in the United States.
eye no
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Reply #4 posted 05/31/07 3:57pm

Genesia

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And you have to have a PC. No Mac option. mad
We don’t mourn artists because we knew them. We mourn them because they helped us know ourselves.
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Reply #5 posted 05/31/07 4:00pm

Masterfreak

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cazzie said:

Sorry

Based on your PC's network address, it appears that your PC is outside the United States.
The V CAST Music service is only available to Verizon Wireless customers in the United States.



Nooooo! Hope there is plans for the rest of us then.....
>Peace and B WilD!!!
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Reply #6 posted 05/31/07 4:02pm

Masterfreak

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Genesia said:

And you have to have a PC. No Mac option. mad



Everyone has a PC.... its called the PC mussle.....( just trying to get the disapointments of us "others" less with some bad humor...smile )
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Reply #7 posted 05/31/07 4:06pm

asg

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tznekbsbfrvr said:

there's gonna be a TV ad!!!!! somebody better record it!!!!!



I already saw the TV ad from verizon! i must be the first one to see it

Its the guitar video and tells u how to get the song for free for verizon customers!
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Reply #8 posted 05/31/07 4:12pm

Anxiety

Masterfreak said:

Busy days again with the man biggrin Almost hard to stay on top when he is flying hi everywhere these days, hehe.

It has to take a artist of his caliber to continue and be able to pull of the non signed releases he does. Finaly someone who understands that the future of music is NOT under a contract with a big company if you wanna be creativ and keep the ART in the music. I will for shure go other ways with my music, and use the tecnology of the nett.

Anyone else feels the freshness and old time madness from the man too? I shure do biggrin

Hope he gets the attention he deserves!
[Edited 5/31/07 15:56pm]




this is what it's all about. clapping
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Reply #9 posted 05/31/07 4:17pm

Serena

asg said:

tznekbsbfrvr said:

there's gonna be a TV ad!!!!! somebody better record it!!!!!



I already saw the TV ad from verizon! i must be the first one to see it

Its the guitar video and tells u how to get the song for free for verizon customers!


Cool! Do you remember if it was a cable channel or broadcast network?
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Reply #10 posted 05/31/07 4:38pm

viewaskew

Anxiety said:

Masterfreak said:

Busy days again with the man biggrin Almost hard to stay on top when he is flying hi everywhere these days, hehe.

It has to take a artist of his caliber to continue and be able to pull of the non signed releases he does. Finaly someone who understands that the future of music is NOT under a contract with a big company if you wanna be creativ and keep the ART in the music. I will for shure go other ways with my music, and use the tecnology of the nett.

Anyone else feels the freshness and old time madness from the man too? I shure do biggrin

Hope he gets the attention he deserves!
[Edited 5/31/07 15:56pm]



this is what it's all about. clapping


On the contrary, many artists have managed to establish long term, rewarding relationships with record companies without resorting to writing 'Slave' on their face, or badmouthing label execs when sales don't meet their expectations.
[Edited 5/31/07 16:39pm]
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Reply #11 posted 05/31/07 4:43pm

Anxiety

viewaskew said:

Anxiety said:



this is what it's all about. clapping


On the contrary, many artists have managed to establish long term, rewarding relationships with record companies without resorting to writing 'Slave' on their face, or badmouthing label execs when sales don't meet their expectations.
[Edited 5/31/07 16:39pm]


that's fine and well if it suits certain artists, but what's wrong with other artists trying different routes?
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Reply #12 posted 05/31/07 5:07pm

theodore

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Reply #13 posted 05/31/07 5:53pm

squirrelgrease

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Are there no audiophiles left?

CD = clapping

pc = barf
If prince.org were to be made idiot proof, someone would just invent a better idiot.
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Reply #14 posted 05/31/07 6:06pm

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Genesia said:

And you have to have a PC. No Mac option. mad


Umm, you mean you have to run Windows, right? Because new Macs can run Windows in Dual Boot mode.
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Reply #15 posted 05/31/07 6:17pm

liltalkm

squirrelgrease said:

Are there no audiophiles left?

CD = clapping

pc = barf



Amen

Later
Cause tomorrow is taking too long
and yesterday's too far away
and the reality that you believe in begins to bind.
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Reply #16 posted 05/31/07 6:17pm

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squirrelgrease said:

Are there no audiophiles left?

CD = clapping

pc = barf


wave
I'd prefer less downloads and more real in-hand music. nod

and WTF is this "hold your phone up to your PC to get this song for free" shit?!?!?!? I'd much rather drive my ass the wrecka stow and buy a CD single.
[Edited 5/31/07 18:20pm]
Ask where they're going, they'll tell U – "Nowhere"
They've taken a lifetime lease on Paisley Park ...music
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Reply #17 posted 05/31/07 6:21pm

thedribbler

paisley16 said:

squirrelgrease said:

Are there no audiophiles left?

CD = clapping

pc = barf


wave
I'd prefer less downloads and more real in-hand music. nod

and WTF is this "hold your phone up to your PC to get this song for free" shit?!?!?!? I'd much rather drive my ass the wrecka stow and buy a CD single.
[Edited 5/31/07 18:20pm]

me too
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Reply #18 posted 05/31/07 6:22pm

FruitToAttract
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paisley16 said:

squirrelgrease said:

Are there no audiophiles left?

CD = clapping

pc = barf


wave
I'd prefer less downloads and more real in-hand music. nod

and WTF is this "hold your phone up to your PC to get this song for free" shit?!?!?!? I'd much rather drive my ass the wrecka stow and buy a CD single.
[Edited 5/31/07 18:20pm]


it's cutting edge technology!!!!

the PHONE KNOWS! omg
"18 years old, and she knows her funk!!! headbang"
~ funkpill
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Reply #19 posted 05/31/07 6:28pm

paisley16

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FruitToAttractBears said:

paisley16 said:



wave
I'd prefer less downloads and more real in-hand music. nod

and WTF is this "hold your phone up to your PC to get this song for free" shit?!?!?!? I'd much rather drive my ass the wrecka stow and buy a CD single.
[Edited 5/31/07 18:20pm]


it's cutting edge technology!!!!

the PHONE KNOWS! omg


eek lol
but I would believe it's cutting edge if the phone gave me a CD (ya know, caused it to spit out of my CD drive or something biggrin ) and not low quality MP3 crap but the real thing, cover/liner notes and all. nod Now, THAT would be cool!!! lol
Ask where they're going, they'll tell U – "Nowhere"
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Reply #20 posted 05/31/07 6:46pm

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viewaskew said:

Anxiety said:



this is what it's all about. clapping


On the contrary, many artists have managed to establish long term, rewarding relationships with record companies without resorting to writing 'Slave' on their face, or badmouthing label execs when sales don't meet their expectations.
[Edited 5/31/07 16:39pm]

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Sorry but sales are not meeting anyone's expectations right now and you can bet artist are complaining they are just not doing it out in public. You may find some of P's actions over the top but, look around 10 years after the slave era and he was right about a few things that are wrong in the industry.
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Reply #21 posted 05/31/07 6:48pm

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Anxiety said:

viewaskew said:



On the contrary, many artists have managed to establish long term, rewarding relationships with record companies without resorting to writing 'Slave' on their face, or badmouthing label execs when sales don't meet their expectations.
[Edited 5/31/07 16:39pm]


that's fine and well if it suits certain artists, but what's wrong with other artists trying different routes?

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Nothing is wrong with artist trying different routes. Some people refuse to except that things have changed in the industry and P saw it coming.
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Reply #22 posted 05/31/07 7:08pm

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paisley16 said:

squirrelgrease said:

Are there no audiophiles left?

CD = clapping

pc = barf


wave
I'd prefer less downloads and more real in-hand music. nod

and WTF is this "hold your phone up to your PC to get this song for free"[/b]


I just did that and totally felt like a dork. My daughter asked what I was doing. I'm like, "Ah, ummm... computer stuff."

She want's me to shake a leg so she can play her Dora
CD-Rom. confused
If prince.org were to be made idiot proof, someone would just invent a better idiot.
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Reply #23 posted 05/31/07 7:27pm

paisley16

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squirrelgrease said:

paisley16 said:



wave
I'd prefer less downloads and more real in-hand music. nod

and WTF is this "hold your phone up to your PC to get this song for free"[/b]


I just did that and totally felt like a dork. My daughter asked what I was doing. I'm like, "Ah, ummm... computer stuff."

She want's me to shake a leg so she can play her Dora
CD-Rom. confused


falloff falloff lol
Exactly! I was thinking hmmm how many Prince fans are out there looking like big idiots right about now- and was about to do it myself, but got sidetracked. I did grab the ringtone though biggrin .
So- is it worth doing, did it work, how does it sound??? From what I'm reading, I'll get the new version of the song when the CD comes out....aw, what am I asking for, you know I'm about to try it, razz ! (of course, everyone's asleep here in my house now, so no one will see my foolishness biggrin )
Ask where they're going, they'll tell U – "Nowhere"
They've taken a lifetime lease on Paisley Park ...music
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Reply #24 posted 05/31/07 7:34pm

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paisley16 said:

squirrelgrease said:



I just did that and totally felt like a dork. My daughter asked what I was doing. I'm like, "Ah, ummm... computer stuff."

She want's me to shake a leg so she can play her Dora
CD-Rom. confused


falloff falloff lol
Exactly! I was thinking hmmm how many Prince fans are out there looking like big idiots right about now- and was about to do it myself, but got sidetracked. I did grab the ringtone though biggrin .
So- is it worth doing, did it work, how does it sound??? From what I'm reading, I'll get the new version of the song when the CD comes out....aw, what am I asking for, you know I'm about to try it, razz ! (of course, everyone's asleep here in my house now, so no one will see my foolishness biggrin )


I guess you can download it to your PC, but you gotta install their proprietary software. I downloaded it, but haven't installed it yet. It works hand-in-hand with Windows Media Player, so I'm gonna back up some DRM material before I mess with it and possibly lose any licenses.

They had to make us work for that "free" track.
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Reply #25 posted 05/31/07 7:53pm

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Ok i just downloaded the whole track.
Much better than the original and the guitar work is great.
New intro is cool and the voice is nice and clear.
I like it but i'm certainly not blown away.
I just can't believe all the things people say !
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Reply #26 posted 05/31/07 8:31pm

tznekbsbfrvr

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Serena said:

asg said:




I already saw the TV ad from verizon! i must be the first one to see it

Its the guitar video and tells u how to get the song for free for verizon customers!


Cool! Do you remember if it was a cable channel or broadcast network?


can someone record it? chances are I won't see it...it might be on YouTube tomorrow.
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Reply #27 posted 05/31/07 8:34pm

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tznekbsbfrvr said:

Serena said:



Cool! Do you remember if it was a cable channel or broadcast network?


can someone record it? chances are I won't see it...it might be on YouTube tomorrow.


Damn I haven't had my TV on most of today. I probably missed it a couple of times. mad
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Reply #28 posted 05/31/07 8:48pm

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shaedove99 said:

tznekbsbfrvr said:



can someone record it? chances are I won't see it...it might be on YouTube tomorrow.


Damn I haven't had my TV on most of today. I probably missed it a couple of times. mad


yeah, I missed it too-on ET anyway. ONE day out of a week I didn't turn my pc on, and this comes up! mad Was on the phone with a friend, and she's like "oh look Prince on ET". Luckily she has TIVO so recorded it so I can see it next time I'm there. Of course then I came here to get the details. Haven't really been watching for the actual commercial yet.

Maybe I should start staying offline more often. Last time I missed a day, the announcement about LA and the perfume was up when I came back...Guess it's like trying to watch water boil. lol
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Reply #29 posted 05/31/07 10:35pm

viewaskew

laurarichardson said:

viewaskew said:



On the contrary, many artists have managed to establish long term, rewarding relationships with record companies without resorting to writing 'Slave' on their face, or badmouthing label execs when sales don't meet their expectations.
[Edited 5/31/07 16:39pm]

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Sorry but sales are not meeting anyone's expectations right now and you can bet artist are complaining they are just not doing it out in public. You may find some of P's actions over the top but, look around 10 years after the slave era and he was right about a few things that are wrong in the industry.


Sorry, actually no, I'm not, but Prince's sales aren't exactly through the roof either.

For all the mistakes Prince has made, it's nice to see he's right about something, although pointing out that there are problems in the music industry is hardly original.
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