After being interviewed by Billboard just a few days ago, Prince definitely has some stuff to say. Billboard went to interview Prince because he is being nominated as Billboard Awards Icon winner for this year.
The interview took place at the artists home. Something that may set Prince apart from others…he does not allow reporters to take notes or record for privacy reasons and also because of situations in the past. So you can assume that Prince holds himself at the highest level of respect and does not have much of a tolerance for those who don’t.
According to the Examiner.com, Prince’s problem with Madonna lies within marketing. He said that the reason he started to lose popularity, and his later work was so unsuccessful, was because Warner Bros. mishandled his marketing. He then said that it was Madonna’s fault. He said that he was more popular and sold more than Madonna, but Warner Bros. gave her all the attention, making Prince start to pump out mass material just to end his relationship with the label. Yikes!
As for Maroon 5…their is no lack of marketing but maybe too much. Zap2it.com explains Prince says he’s happy to cover other artists’ songs at a live show, and pay royalties accordingly, he doesn’t support the idea of recording covers. And he posits a pretty legitimate question: “Why do we need to hear another cover of a song someone else did? Art is about building a new foundation, not just laying something on top of what’s already there.”
You can listen to the two versions here and let us know how you think the two compare.
Prince– Kiss 1986
Maroon 5– Kiss 2012
Aggression aside…if you want prince to tour you can go here 20pr1nc3.com to let him know!