Prince Wants Remixes Banned Forever

The pop icon hates the art of remixing and covers so much that he wants the law changed to ban it, while forgetting that he covers other songs too.

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He might remain an influential pop icon, but Prince isn't happy about his songs being covered - so much so that he wants the law changed to ban the activity.

Prince was speaking to George Lopez on Lopez Tonight when he explained his feelings on the matter.

"My problem is when the industry covers the music," he says. "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 artist has a spotted legal history, where he's even picked battles with his own fans for using his image, and even ranted when a toddler was dancing to his song on YouTube. The video was taken down, but when the toddler's father counter-sued, they won and set a precedent for the "fair use" policy which allows ortions of copyrighted material to be used in reasonable circumstances.

Beside all this, Prince himself covered Radiohead's 1990s anthem "Creep" at Coachella Festival a few years ago. Did he have a problem with himself for covering it? Believe it or not, he did - at his request, a video of his cover was removed from the internet. Time to get your priorities straight, sir.

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    barrymiles
    law & order law & order: special victims unit law & order: criminal intent law & order: trial by jury law & order: l.a. those are just the ones I can remember
    limpidgreen345
    Justin Bieber ought to release an album full of cheesy teen pop covers of everybody's favorite metal songs... I would pay big money to see the comment pages on THAT article...
    Helicopters!
    He fu cking covered "Best Of You" by Foo Fighers. And it was utter shit. He needs to shut his mouth.
    Root Beer
    Cannibal Koala wrote: I don't think this guy is screwed together right. What's wrong with redoing a song with your own tastes and abilities added to it to make your own? Heck, bands make whole albums off of covers. ( See "The Anatomy of" by Between the Buried and Me)
    Or eMOTIVe by A Perfect Circle.
    Pan-Tallica
    I was so impressed with the lack of Justic Bieber mentions in the comments until... this...
    limpidgreen345 wrote: Justin Bieber ought to release an album full of cheesy teen pop covers of everybody's favorite metal songs... I would pay big money to see the comment pages on THAT article...
    *facepalmchecked*
    b_flo
    Sound Mind wrote: I can't believe the number of people here that can't read apparently. Completely missing Prince's point and going for their gut emotional reaction to the title.
    +1 I agree, when you look into it more, people will have second thoughts. Just imagine your own music being covered by someone else. A lot of times, they ruin it (not to your standards), or try to make money off it. That generic song you hear on the radio has parts of your song in it...and you hate it. It doesn't represent you. For example, Joe Satriani's Always w/Me, Always w/You. It can be heard in Nicki Minaj's song, and look who's earning the $$$? I haven't heard of Joe getting any credit for this. Remember Kashmir and Every Breathe You Take? Yeah, there were backlashes to those. Prince chooses on who covers his songs. Here's some: Darling Nikki - Foo Fighters Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinaed O' Conner Let's Go Crazy - Incubus Manic Monday - The Bangles
    JoshGabriel15
    xstatic44 wrote: I wonder how Prince feels about Foo Fighters taking the emasculated 'Darling Nikki' and giving it a pair of balls.
    He complained to them and told the Foos to not release the bonus track here in the U.S. So the Foos just did released it as a bonus in Australia I think but Prince got pissed so he covered Best Of You in the Super Bowl as a retaliation. But the Foos just took it as a HUGE compliment LOL.
    Sound Mind
    I can't believe the number of people here that can't read apparently. Completely missing Prince's point and going for their gut emotional reaction to the title.
    grunger549
    Tanaboon wrote: http://www.cracked.com/article_18898_the... you-can-do -with-cover-song-5Bcomic5D.html This came to mind. Some covers are awesome, some, not so awesome. Like, to be honest, I never knew such great heights was a cover of an iron and wine song.
    iron and wine covered the postal service not the other way around
    Ibeanez
    I agree wholeheartedly that covering Prince songs should be banned forever. I'd also prefer if Prince playing his own songs would be banned forever.
    gibsongalore184
    I don't think imposing a law like this is necessary. Lots of albums exist completely of covers(Such as Ozzy Osbourne's "Under Cover" and The Foo Fighters newest "Medium Rare"). If at all, there should be a law saying you must be granted permission from the artist to publish a cover. IF the band or artist is dead, then contact the record company who sponsored them.
    Chronologo
    Another one who needs controversial BS to keep his image alive, Prince you're a great artist but if you can't keep up your career with your own music then is time to call it out, no need to turn the fan on and start shouting
    SlashFan810
    A Record Company using and abusing your music as they see fit for their profit is a serious problem. I'm not against covers or remixes, but the integrity of the artist should come first in my opinion.
    Zeppelin Addict
    barrymiles wrote: law & order law & order: special victims unit law & order: criminal intent law & order: trial by jury law & order: l.a. those are just the ones I can remember
    yea.. nice try but no. law and order is more like an artist in this situation. each different show acts more like a different album than a remix... dont get why hes complaining though.. he should be flattered people want to use his material.. sure theres always some completely incapable people who end up butchering his work but still.. if anything significant comes to fruition, hes raking in writing royalties.
    -xCaMRocKx-
    Banning covers and remixes? Fucking disgusting. That's all I can really say about this. I don't like most remixes, but you shouldn't be able to stop people doing remixes if they like. As for covers: the whole music industry is built on covers. Everyone loves playing the music of their idols. From the small local band to the biggest bands and musicians in the world: they all play covers at some point in their career. This is another classic example of people with too much money trying to ruin music with ridiculous copyright law. The general attitude of the music industry these days is "Fuck music, I want more money." Prince has showed time after time that he is completely out of touch with the world of music, and this is no exception.
    BlackMageV
    lVlaniac wrote: after the law passes, Prince album sales will drop 50%.
    He still has album sales? 0_0
    j-falafel
    Kylianvb wrote: [quote]Lapidus wrote: ow rly? he does crap covers too...
    [/qu ote] How is that a crap cover? Brilliant version. Then again, Prince has more talent than I can even phantom, too bad he's so out-of-touch with reality.
    That made me laugh so hard, did you mean fathom?
    nirvanarules888
    youtube would not be youtube with out all the covers get off the drugs all music comes from some where and what better way to honour your "idols" than a cover.
    Slap-happy
    As far as law and order are concerned - and not making references to some American TV franchise - there are varying forms and contingencies that result in differing outcomes and verdicts since evey case is individual and should be judged entirely by it's own merits. As for Prince whining about covers... He has covered innumerous tracks - Creep is merely one. Best of You, A Case of You, Cookie Jar, Honky Tonk Woman, Machine Gun... I could name more but he simply rendered his own argument void and invalid. As for people performing his songs - qhe gets the kudos - damn he wrote the thing! If the problem comes down to people recording covers of his songs then he has negotiated the wrong deal with his contracts and publishing rights as he should be the one responsible for granting permission to the artists who want to do the covers. Bottom line; he took the dollar and signed away his right to stop people covering his songs. As for performing them live - big deal, get over it. Unless he is going to employ literally millions of legal representatives to cover every live gig, from the smallest of bars and parties through to arenas then he hasn't a leg to stand on.
    CrawlingHorror
    The music industry is a bad place for control freaks, which Prince, who is an amazing guitar player even if I find most of his material to be unsatisfying, certainly is. I would suggest to Prince as well as any other artist that the top down way of doing business in the industry is over. The audience wants to be collaborated with in some way these days and the sooner artists and record companies realize that the fewer public relations problems and better sales figures will arise. If you can't deal with it go sell shoes.
    billiegoat
    You guys are idiots. Hypocrisy or not, prince is not saying he hates covers. His beef is not with covers by an individual for fun or creative merit, but with industry front covers done for solely monetary value with no nod to the creator. Which, is probably why he didn't want his own cover video being distributed.
    renk
    luna_51 wrote: How did almost everyone miss the point of this article? He's not mad because people use its songs. It's that he gets no say in the matter. Its like if Justin Bieber and the YOUR favorite band were on the same label, that little rat could use THEIR music that THEY wrote without having to get permission. If you work hard and write a great hit, why should somebody else get to use it after doing nothing? And if Prince really sucked, why would people even want to cover his songs?
    One of the few people that get it ..... Prince is mad at the record companies and artists that he deems crappy basically "stealing" his music ... Alot of the stuff going on today in music is similar to what has happened in the 40s 50s and 60s ..... To bad most of you don't take the time to notice
    shadowmoses2559
    So making money gives you the right to be an uptight pain in the ass?..I don't think so, and I am sure many people poor or rich will agree with me on this
    gofusiesbass09 wrote: Keep hating trolls. Prince has more money and talent than any of you (including me) can possibly imagine. If I was Prince, I wouldn't want my music remixed either.
    rattlehead_01
    Let's not forget his covers of "Whole Lotta Love" and "Crimson and Clover". I love Prince to death, but he seems to cry a lot.
    mariobros872
    uhhh ok.my solution:if you dont like people covering your songs, dont let them do it. if they do, sue.easy
    xevious1
    covering music is a way of paying tribute to bands you love, if its taken away i will slap this man.
    FuruiShin
    First of all remix doesn't mean cover... Besides as you can't take away free will from people you can't make then stop playing others music. Prince owned by himself...
    eljono123
    whaip wrote: where's your crowd prince nothing?
    LOL dude Prince announces his concerts 2 weeks before the show and sells out in less than a day. Don't hate b/c it isn't Mastadon or Slipknot lol
    Kakatara
    I don't know why people get so uptight about samples. The artists who get sampled are given credit and are paid so I don't see the big deal. A lot of it is actually pretty cool. but then again I'm on Ultimate-Guitar where a lot of people seem to have a problem with electronic music in general.
    metal_cobs
    This is a shitty article. It's not made quite clear whether he wants to stop bands from covering his songs or other artists at his label to use his music in their songs. And the only place I see "Remix" is in the title. Personally I think remixes and the sampling of music are stupid and should just be an obsolete practice rather than a banned activity.
    GaryS
    After hearing Kanye West sample King Crimson's "21'st Century Schizoid Man" I'm almost agreeing with Prince.
    rowdyryan2005
    I think Prince is awesome musically, but he's living in the past if he thinks the music industry will always stay the same. The industry changes as society changes and the Internet has a big part in music today. I think covers are a bit of fun if nothing else, he could do with lightening up a bit.
    b_flo
    Kakatara wrote: I don't know why people get so uptight about samples. The artists who get sampled are given credit and are paid so I don't see the big deal. A lot of it is actually pretty cool. but then again I'm on Ultimate-Guitar where a lot of people seem to have a problem with electronic music in general.
    There's cool electronic music, then there's the cheesy-pop sh*t. Example: Nicki Minaj w/Joe Satriani's Always w/Me, Always w/You...can you see the wrong in that?
    GrungeHippie26
    i dont have a problem with covers at concerts with the original artisits permission, but without their permission, or putting a cover on an album is juist wrong.
    rafey
    Enix165 wrote: Fun bit is the only Prince I've ever heard was him covering While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
    haha same, and he was great! thank god it's not banned or we wouldn't have gotten to hear it! also, to those defending him and saying he's only going after the corporates, did you miss the part about him suing the family that posted their baby dancing to his song?
    awesomeo4000
    i don't think songs should be sampled in pop songs and shit because they are disgraceful, but what's wrong with covers? (dream theater bcsl disc 2 was great)
    Salvo416
    b_flo wrote: Sound Mind wrote: I can't believe the number of people here that can't read apparently. Completely missing Prince's point and going for their gut emotional reaction to the title. +1 I agree, when you look into it more, people will have second thoughts. Just imagine your own music being covered by someone else. A lot of times, they ruin it (not to your standards), or try to make money off it. That generic song you hear on the radio has parts of your song in it...and you hate it. It doesn't represent you. For example, Joe Satriani's Always w/Me, Always w/You. It can be heard in Nicki Minaj's song, and look who's earning the $$$? I haven't heard of Joe getting any credit for this. Remember Kashmir and Every Breathe You Take? Yeah, there were backlashes to those. Prince chooses on who covers his songs. Here's some: Darling Nikki - Foo Fighters Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinaed O' Conner Let's Go Crazy - Incubus Manic Monday - The Bangles
    Ginuwine n Timbaland - When Doves Cry
    LIVEtoROCK86
    Prince is a genius artist and musician and I love him, but he is being very irrational. If anything, when artists cover your songs it acts as positive publicity!! I personally discovered Diamond Head through Metallica covers, and the Diamond Head stuff is better! As a result, I became a big Diamond Head fan. Prince, I love you, but shut the **** up.
    smalRaptor
    Damn, Prince of all people. Maybe I should just pay a royalty every time I play Godsend Conspirator on my guitar.
    goozers
    I dont know about anyone else thinks, but i would be complimented if another band wanted to cover my song..
    Tok
    I don't think covering is at all bad. When you first start a band you generally knock about a few covers etc. and its a way of paying tribute to the artist. I do, however, have a problem with various 'artists' who rap over other peoples, pretty much unchanged, songs. How can it be ok to rap over ray charles or elton john's songs and claim they are your work? The only gold digger is you, Kanye...
    Reagar
    Hmmm...I sort of agree that the artist should have to give permission for someone to cover their song. The problem is Prince will never do so...but why do people want to cover his shite songs anyway? The only song I like by Prince is Darling Nikki...ironically the Foo Fighters cover is better