Thursday, May 30, 2024

Prince Caves, Puts New Album “HitNRun” on iTunes After All– And as CD on Jay Z’s Label


After just a few days, Prince has caved. He’s put his new album “HitNRun,” on iTunes after all.

It must have dawned on Prince that his exclusive deal with Jay Z’s Tidal service meant no one was hearing his work.

On iTunes the release date is today, September 14th. So now Prince’s album is available for digital download.

An actual physical CD is listed on Amazon as of tomorrow– and it’s on Jay Z’s Roc Nation through Universal Music, the rival of Warner Bros., which has Prince’s catalog and has his two CDs from last year. They must be thrilled. What the heck happened?

It’s hard to say how many people care one way or another. “HitNRun” is turning out to be a marketing disaster.

Anyway, I’ll pony up $9.99 for the download. Even odd Prince is better than no Prince at all.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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