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What today's artists learned from Prince's approach to the industry

What today's artists learned from Prince's approach to the industry

Prince’s relationship with the music industry can be summed up in a quote he gave to Rolling Stone in 1996: “If you don’t own your masters, your master owns you.”

It’s a volatile remark about self-determination in the music business (though not Prince’s most barbed -- he once protested his contract at Warner Music by writing “Slave” on his face). But it’s also just good advice that any young musician should pay heed to, especially in an Internet-decimated environment for making money on recordings.

Prince was a streaming skeptic before it was fashionable, yet also a born futurist, a pioneer of giving away free music...

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