Fans and music lovers were shocked to hear the news this weekend:
Prince songs suddenly became available on You Tube. Yes, it's pretty startling. As we all know, Prince, the immensely popular artist who sometimes goes by Prince and sometimes The Artist Formerly Known as Prince and sometimes God Knows What, has fought for years to keep his songs away from You Tube and other websites where they might listen to them for free.
Now, he did write those songs, and he is perfectly justified in doing what he wants with his own work. But Good God, he's already richer than God. Does You Tube really hurt him that much? And he kept this up years after every other musician had given up fighting You Tube and just accepted that people were going to keep posting their low-quality audio recordings.
Personally, I've been wanting to hear "Pop Life" again for years. Is that so wrong? And, for years, only the karaoke version has been on You Tube. Now suddenly, there are two versions up. For free! As you can imagine, I'm going to listen to it all I can, in case it disappears and goes back into the ether again. At the moment, Prince's would-be heirs are too busy scrambling to get money and inventing fake wills to bother with surfing You Tube and policing for unauthorized videos. Thank God.
In other news, Prince is now officially known as The Artist Who Doesn't Care What You Call Him Anymore. 'Cause he's dead. Did I mention that?