You might think they have nothing in common, but Pope Benedict and Eminem have something in common. Now they both have record deals with Geffen. The pope and some priests will record music and prayers for a Christmas release.
A rep from the recording company:
Everyone thought it was a wind up when we got a call from the Vatican. But it was the Pope’s representative inviting us to Rome. Two senior managers flew out. The Pope wasn’t there in person, sadly. But we didn’t hesitate to offer His Holiness a deal.
The days of recording companies are probably passing, if not nearly passed. The pope could gather a few musical priests any time he wanted to, record music and make it available on the web for download. It would completely bypass the corporate masters of Eminem, etc., and there’s no reason to think downloads wouldn’t be in the tens of millions with very little publicity. As it is, this is a peach of a deal for Geffen. No wonder they didn’t hesitate to offer the pope a deal. Minimal outlay (if any) for publicity, and guaranteed profit for The Man.
Getting the Church out of the 16th century shouldn’t mean an extended layover in the 20th. The pope’s representatives should steer the Holy Father straight to the 21st.