Bagging a record contract may be the aim of aspiring young musicians everywhere, but Prince has advised would-be artists to think twice before signing on to a life of "slavery".
The legendary singer has been critical of music industry workings of late and used a recent meeting with ten reporters from the National Association of Black Journalists to decry the way in which record labels are run.
"Record contracts are just like, I'm gonna say the word - slavery. I would tell any young artist - don't sign," he told the small group at Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis, according to NPR, before attacking streaming services for the rates they pay and labels for forcing artists to stream their music against their will.
"Once we have our own resources, we can provide what we need for ourselves," he said. "Jay Z spent $100 million of his own money to build his own service [Tidal]. We have to show support for artists who are trying to own things for themselves."
Musicians against Spotify
Musicians against Spotify
1/10 Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift does not what her work to be used as an 'experiment' by Spotify and believes that artists are treated unfairly. She withdrew her entire catalogue in November 2014.
2/10 Thom Yorke
The Radiohead frontman famously described Spotify as 'the last desperate fart of a dying corpse' in October 2013.
3/10 David Byrne
David Byrne of Talking Heads wrote about not understanding Spotify's claim of discovery in a Guardian op-ed. 'The inevitable result would seem to be that the internet will suck the creative content out of the whole world until nothing is left,' he said.
Beck dismissed the Spotify model as 'not working' because of how little it pays musicians. He added that the 'saddest thing' about streaming is the poor sound quality - 'It's like watching Citizen Kane on your phone'.
5/10 The Black Keys
Dan Auerbach has described Spotify's payment to artists as 'so minuscule it's laughable'. 'If you are a bigger band that's already known and you rely on record sales for a living then it's really no place to be,' he said.
6/10 Atoms for Peace
Thom Yorke's other band refused to let Spotify stream their songs. Nigel Godrich from the group described the service as 'an equation that just doesn't work'. 'Small labels and new artists can't even keep their lights on. It's just not right,' he said.
7/10 Yannis Philippakis
The Foals singer said he would rather that somebody stole his record on vinyl than bought it or streamed it on Spotify. He described using Spotify as like going to a top class restaurant and leaving only coppers without paying the bill.
8/10 Aimee Mann
The US singer-songwriter has not put her music on Spotify because she does not think artists make a fair amount of money from the streaming service.
9/10 Grizzly Bear
The band tweeted in 2012 that Spotify provides a great service for people but does as much to help bands as 'downloading from Limewire'.
10/10 Jason Isbell
Jason Isbell of Drive-By Truckers has used the single word 'evil' to describe Spotify.
Prince is known for his antipathy to record labels and famously scrawled 'Slave' on his face while caught in a lawsuit with Warner Bros in 1993. He later changed his name to 'the Artist Formerly Known As' and 'the Love Symbol' in a dramatic attempt to distance himself from "the chains" of the label.
Just last year, he filed copyright complaints against 22 fans after they shared links to bootlegged concerts on social media. Prince deleted his Twitter and Facebook accounts and asked for all images and videos of him to be removed from the internet.
Journalists speaking to Prince were forbidden from recording the interview or taking pictures.
He was speaking partly to promote the release of his new album HITNRUN exclusively on Tidal after following Taylor Swift in removing all his songs from other streaming services earlier this year.Reuse content