June 30, 2007

Working the Angles in Distribution [1:17 pm]

Prince gets less-than-royal reception from label in Britainpdf

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.

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