Prince: 'Glastonbury Use My Name To Sell The Festival'

Whenever Glastonbury festival announcements have been looming, Prince is a name that is often mooted in the press as a potential headliner.

Prince: 'Glastonbury Use My Name To Sell The Festival'
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In recent years, whenever Glastonbury festival announcements have been looming, Prince is a name that is often mooted in the press as a potential headliner. Based on recent comments from the Purple Rain singer, however, it would seem that he has never been offered a slot at the festival. Nor, by the sounds of things, would he want one. According to Gigwise.com, his highness of haze had the following to say when questioned about his oft rumoured appearances by the Guardian newspaper: "They use my name to sell the festival... It's illegal. I've never spoken to anyone about doing that concert, ever." Prince's sole festival appearance in the UK will be at this year's Hop Farm in Kent, where he will headline the Sunday night. Other acts scheduled across that weekend include The Eagles, Bryan Ferry, Iggy and the Stooges and Morrissey. Glastonbury, meanwhile, begins today and will feature headlining performances from Coldplay, U2 and Beyonce across the weekend. The Hop Farm appearance marks the first time that Prince has played in the UK since 2007. It is also his first ever UK festival appearance. Prince's allegations regarding the rights to the use of his name and music are notorious. Earlier this year, the singer expressed displeasure to George Lopez at other artists were allowed to cover his music: "My problem is when the industry covers the music... There's this thing called compulsory licensing law that allows artists through the record companies to take your music at will without your permission. And that doesn't exist in any other art form, be it books, movies - There's only one version of 'Law & Order.' There's several versions of 'Kiss' and 'Purple Rain." The outspoken musician also claimed the death of the internet for music distribution in a recent interview with the Daily Mirror newspaper: "The Internet's completely over... I don't see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won't pay me an advance for it, and then they get angry when they can't get it."

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    paddypadman
    Bad example using 'Law & Order' there Prince. What about Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: LA and Law & Order: UK? You'd think he hates the internet or something!
    CrazyPigeon
    Prince is shit. No one goes to Glastonbury because they think he's there; they go for the drugs.
    Mouloudo
    Jesse Clarkson wrote: guitar7masta wrote: prince really has no idea what he's talking about. music is the only thing that has remakes of original content? what about movies? like Psycho? or texas chainsaw massacre? tv? like all the stupid doctor shows? csi shows? show ripping each other off like that sports show that stole it's template from The Soup? Tosh.0 has the same set up too. he's just jealous because people today would rather listen to remakes of his songs rather than just actually listen to prince. he's to cocky, he reminds me of Gene Simmons. he needs a reality check. You misunderstood. In music, you don't need permission from the copyright holder, you simply have to pay a licensing fee. This is completely different to all other forms of media, where you must obtain permission from the copyright holder first. I'm not allowed to make a CSI tv show, or a Star Wars film, I could however cover a Burzum song in the style of Justin Bieber, and nobody could do anything about it. (assuming I paid the licensing fee)
    at least someone with a little bit of education, who can read what is said rather than reading a word on three, and making his own interpretation
    Jesse Clarkson
    guitar7masta wrote: prince really has no idea what he's talking about. music is the only thing that has remakes of original content? what about movies? like Psycho? or texas chainsaw massacre? tv? like all the stupid doctor shows? csi shows? show ripping each other off like that sports show that stole it's template from The Soup? Tosh.0 has the same set up too. he's just jealous because people today would rather listen to remakes of his songs rather than just actually listen to prince. he's to cocky, he reminds me of Gene Simmons. he needs a reality check.
    You misunderstood. In music, you don't need permission from the copyright holder, you simply have to pay a licensing fee. This is completely different to all other forms of media, where you must obtain permission from the copyright holder first. I'm not allowed to make a CSI tv show, or a Star Wars film, I could however cover a Burzum song in the style of Justin Bieber, and nobody could do anything about it. (assuming I paid the licensing fee)
    Ibeanez
    Can someone please direct me to an example of Prince's brilliance? Not some You Tube solo either. Is he smart enough to cover his ass in public, now? Don't bother about Axl. He just sucks. Writing a popular rock album does not make you a genius. Neither does 'fronting' a rock band.
    guitar7masta
    prince really has no idea what he's talking about. music is the only thing that has remakes of original content? what about movies? like Psycho? or texas chainsaw massacre? tv? like all the stupid doctor shows? csi shows? show ripping each other off like that sports show that stole it's template from The Soup? Tosh.0 has the same set up too. he's just jealous because people today would rather listen to remakes of his songs rather than just actually listen to prince. he's to cocky, he reminds me of Gene Simmons. he needs a reality check.
    Root Beer
    reason84 wrote: Root Beer wrote: Also, real artists don't put money as first priority... Hahaha...riiiiight, which is why they GET INTO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IN THE FIRST PLACE! Sorry, but that's why people get into the music business to begin with, in hopes that they can make some good money...otherwise the alternative for 99% of them are 1. Making chump change at McDonalds, 2. Unemployment 3. Filling the prisons
    Nothing wrong with wanting to make money; it's just putting it on the #1 pedestal over artistic integrity (yes, this does exist) that makes you a Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber so to speak. Not saying he's like them, but that aspect of him reminds me of them. This article seems like a lot of "where's my money?". It's just the impression I got that he's kind of stuck up, and a lot of other people on here seem to have confirmed this.
    foopeppers wrote: Root Beer wrote: Jimmyboba wrote: RichieJovie wrote: Anyone who thinks prince is shit is clearly not thinking the statement through. He is one of the most genius musicians alive. So's Axl Rose. But it doesn't stop him from being a prick. Um... Axl Rose is NOT a musical genius... sorry... Axl a musical genius? Nah not at all... I mean he only fronted one of the greatest rock n roll bands of all time (note how I said "fronted" in the past tense)
    You have your opinion, I have mine. My opinion would be that people use the word "genius" much too loosely. And never would I use that word to describe Axl Rose or anybody in GNR.
    Baconfish
    He would be right if it weren't for the fact that Glastonbury sells out every year before they even announce a single act or before rumours start even start to travel. Glastonbury doesn't need anything to sell tickets anymore.
    Conor.Clancy
    nailsarecruel wrote: Prince: 'Glastonbury Use My Name To Sell The Festival' What the hell kinda editors do you have, Ultimate Guitar? For the love of god, let me fix that. Prince: "Glastonbury, use my name to sell the Festival"
    Ultimate guitar actually got it right... Glastonbury use his name to sell the festival.. what is wrong about that???
    reason84
    Root Beer wrote: Also, real artists don't put money as first priority...
    Hahaha...riiiiight, which is why they GET INTO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IN THE FIRST PLACE! Sorry, but that's why people get into the music business to begin with, in hopes that they can make some good money...otherwise the alternative for 99% of them are 1. Making chump change at McDonalds, 2. Unemployment 3. Filling the prisons
    Munroe
    johnyguitar wrote: Munroe wrote: Prince is over-rated. Sure, Kiss and Purple Rain are great songs but his other songs are pretty underwhelming. And no, if I was to go to Glastonbury I wouldn't want to see him. Yes you would because the guy kicks major ass on guitar....ever heard him?
    No, I wouldn't. There's plenty of guys that "kick major ass'' on guitar, doesn't mean I have to listen to all of them though.
    stueey
    Prince is pretty damn greedy. All the shit he received from labels in the past have made him just as bad. He obviously doesn't realize that alot of bands get rumoured for a lot of festivals, and they dont kick up a shit? Why doesn't he stop moaning and be happy he is still receiving publicity. He maybe a respected guitarist, but he sure as hell sound like a spoilt brat.
    Mouloudo
    paddypadman wrote: Bad example using 'Law & Order' there Prince. What about Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: LA and Law & Order: UK? You'd think he hates the internet or something!
    bad example too, you're not talking about different versions of the same book, but only spin offs
    wheatmore
    I guess the only alternative is to rename it: "The festival formerly known as Glastonbury" Cheers for ruining it for us all Prince
    GaryBillington
    It doesn't matter - Glastonbury has lost all it's musical credibility over the last few years anyway. It used to be a genuine festival featuring real music, now it's little more than a huge marketing engine.
    Mouloudo
    False_God wrote: I dont see the appeal in Prince? Maybe Im listening to the wrong stuff, but what should I check out to see he's "brilliance"?
    talking about guitar skills you might want to type " bambi prince live" on google and pick a video on dailymotion or something, and wait till the final solo
    Sirwinston89
    wheatmore wrote: I guess the only alternative is to rename it: "The festival formerly known as Glastonbury" Cheers for ruining it for us all Prince
    Win. "The festival formerly known as Glastonbury uses the artist formerly known as Prince's name to sell itself."
    rickygarcia90
    All of yall talking about Prince, I dare you to challenge him in a game of basketball. I dare you!
    ThunderPX
    guitarsftw wrote: rafey wrote: nailsarecruel wrote: Prince: 'Glastonbury Use My Name To Sell The Festival' What the hell kinda editors do you have, Ultimate Guitar? For the love of god, let me fix that. Prince: "Glastonbury, use my name to sell the Festival" actually, UG is right. think of it as "They (Glastonbury) use my name to sell the Festival." He isn't asking Glastonbury to use his name, he's accusing them of using his name. Actually, you're both wrong. It should be "Glastonbury USES my name to sell the festival". Because "Glastonbury" is singular, "use" must become "uses".
    But "Glastonbury" refers to the people who organise it in this case, so it should be plural... at least in British English, I think.
    StratusX
    rickygarcia90 wrote: All of yall talking about Prince, I dare you to challenge him in a game of basketball. I dare you!
    AND MAKE SURE YOUR PEOPLE IS THERE TO SEE THE GAME! Cause you might get embarrased. Trust me.
    guitarsftw
    Hail wrote: darklink927 wrote: guitarsftw wrote: ThunderPX wrote: guitarsftw wrote: rafey wrote: nailsarecruel wrote: Prince: 'Glastonbury Use My Name To Sell The Festival' What the hell kinda editors do you have, Ultimate Guitar? For the love of god, let me fix that. Prince: "Glastonbury, use my name to sell the Festival" actually, UG is right. think of it as "They (Glastonbury) use my name to sell the Festival." He isn't asking Glastonbury to use his name, he's accusing them of using his name. Actually, you're both wrong. It should be "Glastonbury USES my name to sell the festival". Because "Glastonbury" is singular, "use" must become "uses". But "Glastonbury" refers to the people who organise it in this case, so it should be plural... at least in British English, I think. It's a common grammatical error. Think about it like this: - Arsenal wins football games - The Arsenal players win football games Because "Arsenal" is singular, the "s" is needed, even though Arsenal is a collective. However, when the players on Arsenal are addressed individually, the "s" is not needed. So, because Glastonbury is singular, these statements would be correct: - Glastonbury uses my name... - The Glastonbury organizers use my name... Look up any scholarly article on a collection of people, such as the British Council. It will say "The council IS" (singular) and not "The council ARE" (plural). /English lesson In regards to the English language, this is correct. However, in terms of the media, what UG did is correct in that they quoted Prince. Adding Glastonbury at the beginning was just to establish some context. Perfectly acceptable headline. Also, Prince was quote influential in his time, so saying he's irrelevant is ridiculous. But getting pissy about his name getting used is pretty arrogant too. So everybody sucks. There we are. You guys are all ****ing stupid. It was a joke. As in, the only reason Prince is complaining about it is to advertise himself. He wasn't actually criticizing UG, he was making a play on words.
    I know, I was correcting the first person to take the joke the wrong way.
    GNRAGE_2010
    And i'm also pretty sure there are other artists who people anticipate playing Glasto more than Prince.
    guitarsftw
    darklink927 wrote: guitarsftw wrote: ThunderPX wrote: guitarsftw wrote: rafey wrote: nailsarecruel wrote: Prince: 'Glastonbury Use My Name To Sell The Festival' What the hell kinda editors do you have, Ultimate Guitar? For the love of god, let me fix that. Prince: "Glastonbury, use my name to sell the Festival" actually, UG is right. think of it as "They (Glastonbury) use my name to sell the Festival." He isn't asking Glastonbury to use his name, he's accusing them of using his name. Actually, you're both wrong. It should be "Glastonbury USES my name to sell the festival". Because "Glastonbury" is singular, "use" must become "uses". But "Glastonbury" refers to the people who organise it in this case, so it should be plural... at least in British English, I think. It's a common grammatical error. Think about it like this: - Arsenal wins football games - The Arsenal players win football games Because "Arsenal" is singular, the "s" is needed, even though Arsenal is a collective. However, when the players on Arsenal are addressed individually, the "s" is not needed. So, because Glastonbury is singular, these statements would be correct: - Glastonbury uses my name... - The Glastonbury organizers use my name... Look up any scholarly article on a collection of people, such as the British Council. It will say "The council IS" (singular) and not "The council ARE" (plural). /English lesson In regards to the English language, this is correct. However, in terms of the media, what UG did is correct in that they quoted Prince. Adding Glastonbury at the beginning was just to establish some context. Perfectly acceptable headline. Also, Prince was quote influential in his time, so saying he's irrelevant is ridiculous. But getting pissy about his name getting used is pretty arrogant too. So everybody sucks. There we are.
    I'm willing to accept that conclusion.
    MetalMullet
    Let's put it this way: Personality > musical talent. So Prince being a genius according to some of you is irrelevant if he's a greedy a**hole. Same goes to every artist out there. You shouldn't be able to get rich only because of your talent, it's not talent that should be worshipped, but being a good man and your moral. Which is Prince and many of the famous wonder children out there are apparently not.
    mrlee192
    Munroe wrote: Prince is over-rated. Sure, Kiss and Purple Rain are great songs but his other songs are pretty underwhelming. And no, if I was to go to Glastonbury I wouldn't want to see him.
    you clearly havent listened to his albums then because hes got so many songs better then those two hits.
    emphaticleech
    SorgFamily wrote: So Prince is pissed people are covering his music? What did he play at the Superbowl again? Wasn't it PROUD MARY, ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER, BEST OF YOU and some of his songs?
    When did he say he was pissed? I remember an interview where he praised the Foos for their cover of Darling Nikki..
    emphaticleech
    Scourge441 wrote: Prince is a damn good musician and a fantastic performer. But damn is he arrogant.
    This. x's a million. I love the guy, but geeze. Anyone who thinks the internet is dead, or thinks everyone and everything is conspiring against him and his music is an enormous douche. It IS wrong of Glastonbury to throw his name out everytime, though.. I've noticed. And hoped he would headline. Didn't think the bastards never offered him a slot, though.
    darklink927
    guitarsftw wrote: ThunderPX wrote: guitarsftw wrote: rafey wrote: nailsarecruel wrote: Prince: 'Glastonbury Use My Name To Sell The Festival' What the hell kinda editors do you have, Ultimate Guitar? For the love of god, let me fix that. Prince: "Glastonbury, use my name to sell the Festival" actually, UG is right. think of it as "They (Glastonbury) use my name to sell the Festival." He isn't asking Glastonbury to use his name, he's accusing them of using his name. Actually, you're both wrong. It should be "Glastonbury USES my name to sell the festival". Because "Glastonbury" is singular, "use" must become "uses". But "Glastonbury" refers to the people who organise it in this case, so it should be plural... at least in British English, I think. It's a common grammatical error. Think about it like this: - Arsenal wins football games - The Arsenal players win football games Because "Arsenal" is singular, the "s" is needed, even though Arsenal is a collective. However, when the players on Arsenal are addressed individually, the "s" is not needed. So, because Glastonbury is singular, these statements would be correct: - Glastonbury uses my name... - The Glastonbury organizers use my name... Look up any scholarly article on a collection of people, such as the British Council. It will say "The council IS" (singular) and not "The council ARE" (plural). /English lesson
    In regards to the English language, this is correct. However, in terms of the media, what UG did is correct in that they quoted Prince. Adding Glastonbury at the beginning was just to establish some context. Perfectly acceptable headline. Also, Prince was quote influential in his time, so saying he's irrelevant is ridiculous. But getting pissy about his name getting used is pretty arrogant too. So everybody sucks. There we are.
    Megendrio
    Hells_Bell wrote: Prince is borderline insane. Just sayin'
    This. He's completely starting to lose touch with reality. Lately he claimed that "It's fun being in Islamic countries, to know there's only one religion. There's order. You wear a burqa. There's no choice. People are happy with that." and when the reporter mentioned the fact that a lot of people don't like the burqa he simply replied: "There are people who are unhappy with everything. There's a dark side to everything."
    Sound_Garden_X
    Prince just please stop talking, as a fellow Minnesotan your ruining our reputation of "Minnesota Nice". I think he's got some personal issue's to work out.
    guitarsftw
    ThunderPX wrote: guitarsftw wrote: rafey wrote: nailsarecruel wrote: Prince: 'Glastonbury Use My Name To Sell The Festival' What the hell kinda editors do you have, Ultimate Guitar? For the love of god, let me fix that. Prince: "Glastonbury, use my name to sell the Festival" actually, UG is right. think of it as "They (Glastonbury) use my name to sell the Festival." He isn't asking Glastonbury to use his name, he's accusing them of using his name. Actually, you're both wrong. It should be "Glastonbury USES my name to sell the festival". Because "Glastonbury" is singular, "use" must become "uses". But "Glastonbury" refers to the people who organise it in this case, so it should be plural... at least in British English, I think.
    It's a common grammatical error. Think about it like this: - Arsenal wins football games - The Arsenal players win football games Because "Arsenal" is singular, the "s" is needed, even though Arsenal is a collective. However, when the players on Arsenal are addressed individually, the "s" is not needed. So, because Glastonbury is singular, these statements would be correct: - Glastonbury uses my name... - The Glastonbury organizers use my name... Look up any scholarly article on a collection of people, such as the British Council. It will say "The council IS" (singular) and not "The council ARE" (plural). /English lesson
    bballdevil187
    He's talking about the BOOK
    paddypadman wrote: Bad example using 'Law & Order' there Prince. What about Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: LA and Law & Order: UK? You'd think he hates the internet or something!
    SorgFamily
    So Prince is pissed people are covering his music? What did he play at the Superbowl again? Wasn't it PROUD MARY, ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER, BEST OF YOU and some of his songs?
    foopeppers
    Root Beer wrote: Jimmyboba wrote: RichieJovie wrote: Anyone who thinks prince is shit is clearly not thinking the statement through. He is one of the most genius musicians alive. So's Axl Rose. But it doesn't stop him from being a prick. Um... Axl Rose is NOT a musical genius... sorry...
    Axl a musical genius? Nah not at all... I mean he only fronted one of the greatest rock n roll bands of all time (note how I said "fronted" in the past tense)
    Root Beer
    "The Internets completely over... I dont see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They wont pay me an advance for it, and then they get angry when they cant get it."
    Sorry for the double post, but this is complete bullshit, and I don't think I need to explain why. Also, real artists don't put money as first priority...
    k90728
    prince is ****ing amazing. As an entertainer, musician and is an unbelievable guitar player. Cant find many rebel pop stars with insane shreds. haha.
    Root Beer
    Jimmyboba wrote: RichieJovie wrote: Anyone who thinks prince is shit is clearly not thinking the statement through. He is one of the most genius musicians alive. So's Axl Rose. But it doesn't stop him from being a prick.
    Um... Axl Rose is NOT a musical genius... sorry...
    nailsarecruel
    Prince: 'Glastonbury Use My Name To Sell The Festival'
    What the hell kinda editors do you have, Ultimate Guitar? For the love of god, let me fix that. Prince: "Glastonbury, use my name to sell the Festival"
    Dpullam
    RichieJovie wrote: Anyone who thinks prince is shit is clearly not thinking the statement through. He is one of the most genius musicians alive.
    You are entitled to your opinion but I personally don't see him as much of anything.
    slaveskinJACKET
    Root Beer wrote: Jimmyboba wrote: RichieJovie wrote: Anyone who thinks prince is shit is clearly not thinking the statement through. He is one of the most genius musicians alive. So's Axl Rose. But it doesn't stop him from being a prick. Um... Axl Rose is NOT a musical genius... sorry...
    Axl Rose and Prince are both musical geniuses. Sorry. If Axl Rose isn't great at what he does, let's hear your November Rain, Estranged, or even your Street of Dreams. Also, Prince might be a silly douche bag, but I agree with a good 70% of what he said. And just judging by what's featured, the Hop Farm seems 1,000,000,000,000,000x better than Glastonbury.