No no no no no

Today, after waking up for the first time in Syracuse, I checked my email to find one new message. It was from the NPG Music Club with the subject line reading, "NPGMC: The Future." Here's what I found when I opened the mail: Greetings Family,

The NPG Music Club has been in xistence 4 more than 5 years. In that time we've learned a great deal from each other and about this brave new online world we have all chosen 2 b part of. The members we have been 4tunate enough 2 have join r family have truly made this the best music club any artist could ever dream of. And all the things we have been a part of 2gether -- the concerts, the celebrations, the soundchecks, the discussions and the un4gettable music -- have shown us what a New Power Generation can truly b. We thank u from r hearts 4 sharing urselves and ur love of the music with all of us. It has been a blessing.

Once the NPG Music Club won the 2006 Webby Award, discussions within the NPG began 2 center on what was next. What's the next step in this ever-changing xperiment? The achievements of the past cannot be questioned and we r truly grateful 4 everything that has been accomplished. But in its current 4m there is a feeling that the NPGMC gone as far as it can go. In a world without limitations and infinite possibilities, has the time come 2 once again make a leap of faith and begin anew? These r ?s we in the NPG need 2 answer. In doing so, we have decided 2 put the club on hiatus until further notice.

The NPG Music Club was a first step; the lessons learned will last 4ever. Now comes a time of great reflection and restructuring. The future holds nothing but endless opportunity and we plan on seizing it wholeheartedly. Don't u want 2 come?

Love4oneanother, NPG Music Club 4ever

NOTE: We will be sending emales when there is an update.

This couldn't be! The NPG Music Club can't go away, even for a little bit! It's an amazing Web site, so much so that it's won numerous awards for site design and such and Prince recently won a Webby for his tireless efforts to forward Internet music culture.

I couldn't believe it. No way Prince just pulled up stakes and said that's it. So I checked the site, www.npgmusicclub.com. Here's what I found:

No links. No message. No anything. Nothing. Zilch. Could be it true? Could Indepence Day really see the demise of arguable the only truly artist-independent Web site? Where are all the Prince fans going to go and what are they going to do for their xclusive Prince tracks?

I hope this is truly just a temporary shut down for a larger reboot down the road. But Prince is independet-minded enough to simply never run a site again, choosing instead to offer his music some other way. Either way, this is a gut shot, a firework fired directly into the midsection of Prince fandom.

Come back, Prince. Please, come back.