Sony BMG UK will not handle Prince’s upcoming album release after a national British newspaper struck a deal to give the CD away. Columbia in the United States recently agreed to a worldwide deal, understood to cover the new album, “Planet Earth.” The label ‘s UK company had sought, and has now achieved, an exemption from the terms of that deal, a spokesman for Sony BMG tells Billboard.com.
“The Prince album will not be released in the UK ,” the spokesperson says. “It’s a one-off situation.”
The unusual development is a response to a deal the Mail on Sunday is said to have sealed with Prince’s representatives, which will see the 10-track CD distributed as a “covermount” with an unspecified edition of the paper.