Prince recently courted controversy by releasing his new album, Planet Earth, free with a major UK newspaper. The uproar came mostly from the music labels and stores – people who make money from distributing other people’s creations rather than the musicians themselves. Prince himself doesn’t seem to care, as far as anyone knows since he rarely gives interviews these days. His music is his message and he keeps playing, and playing damn well as I saw a few years back at Madison Square Garden. He may have been around a while now but he has an amazing energy, even way back from the stage. Undaunted by his secrecy, the NY Times has a great piece on what Prince has been up to all these years .