Prince releases 40-minute concert from Paisley Park online – for free


He declared the Internet "completely over" five years ago, but it looks like Prince has since softened his stance.

He has made little secret of his views on the medium in the past, particularly in this notorious interview with the Daily Mirror in 2010 in which he rejected the idea of giving "my new music to iTunes or anyone else," saying "they won't pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can't get it."

But on Tuesday, the Minneapolis pop legend released on SoundCloud the entire 40-minute set of his Dance Rally 4 Peace performance with his band 3rdEyeGirl on May 2...completely free.

You can listen to the set, recorded at his Paisley Park studio in Chanhassen, below.

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The concert took place amid protests in Baltimore over the death of 25-year-old African-American Freddie Gray, who died in police custody.

A week after the concert in Paisley Park, Prince released a tribute song titled "Baltimore" and followed it up with a concert in the Maryland city this past Sunday, USA Today notes, which was live-streamed for free on Jay-Z's music service Tidal.

Given his reluctance to embrace the online world in recent years, the Star Tribune says the move "hits home how convicted he is about resolving the matters at hand," and noted that while it was not the "hits-filled, feel-good performance" of his Baltimore show, the set remains "pretty damn compelling."

The newspaper adds that at one point in the recording, Prince addresses the crowd and says: "In Chanhassen, we ain’t scared of police at night. But I didn’t always live in Chanhassen. I used to live on Plymouth, [and] Russell and Penn."

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