IAIN SHED­DEN

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music - SPIN DOC­TOR

REE al­bums are not to be sniffed at, so Bri­tish fans of Amer­i­can soul pop­ster Prince will be up early to buy their copy of The Mail on Sun­day news­pa­per, which will in­clude a CD of Prince’s new album, Planet Earth . The album, which will be re­leased here on July 21 by con­ven­tional means — that is, record com­pany Sony BMG — is a 10- track mix of his familiar slick soul and gui­tar- rock in­dul­gences, but if you’re a fan it will be worth adding to your col­lec­tion. The un­prece­dented move of giv­ing away his album is the re­sult of ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the star, his man­age­ment and the news­pa­per. It hasn’t gone down well with Sony BMG, how­ever, which will not be re­leas­ing the album in Bri­tain. The Min­neapo­lis muso is get­ting more char­i­ta­ble, it seems, in his mid­dle age and not just by giv­ing away his mu­sic. In what seems to be an in­creas­ing trend, the au­thor of Kiss , Pur­ple Rain and 1999 has just re­leased his own per­fume, called 3121. It’s for the ladies, pri­mar­ily, and ac­cord­ing to its mak­ers, Rev­e­la­tions Per­fume and Cos­met­ics, ‘‘ is the re­sult of a shared vi­sion be­tween the fra­grance de­vel­op­ment- con­sumer prod­uct com­pany and Prince to ex­pand the artist’s ‘ creative op­por­tu­ni­ties and av­enues of ex­pres­sion’ ’’. If that’s a lit­tle on the nose, bear in mind the star hoped to raise $ US500,000

F($ 581,500) for char­ity from an on­line launch of the smelly stuff last week­end. SPEAK­ING of mar­ket­ing slo­gans that make one a lit­tle giddy, here’s one more, again from a pop star about to launch a fra­grance. Jen­nifer Lopez and Gwen Ste­fani are al­ready on the mar­ket with their bot­tled beauty, and now Mariah Carey is get­ting in on the act. Her per­fume, M, will have its Aus­tralian launch by El­iz­a­beth Ar­den in Syd­ney on July 26. Those champ­ing at the bit to get their nose around a bit of Carey scent may like to know just what they’re get­ting, so here’s a preview. ‘‘ The scent has top notes of marsh­mal­low and sea breeze,’’ ac­cord­ing to TheCelebri­tyCafe. com. ‘‘ It is rounded out with am­ber, gar­de­nia, patchouli and Moroc­can in­cense.’’ Carey re­veals that all of the in­gre­di­ents had some spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance in her life. Those of us who have en­joyed marsh­mal­lows while surf­ing know ex­actly what she’s talk­ing about. Sur­pris­ingly, how­ever, Carey says M is the first fra­grance she has worn. One won­ders if the same can be said for Prince. And since Mariah has gone with us­ing her ini­tial, M, which is clearly a stroke of mar­ket­ing ge­nius, why on earth didn’t he use the same ploy? We may never know.

spin­doc@ theaus­tralian. com. au

Il­lus­tra­tion: Tom Jel­lett

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