Prince's new album features a duet with Rita Ora.
The "Purple Rain" hitmaker gave one lucky reporter from the Minneapolis Star Tribune a preview of his as yet untitled upcoming album, which is expected to be released later this year and includes a "rare rap song" he recorded with the British pop sensation. Prince went on to reveal he wants to release the track, described as "aggressive and menacing," as soon as possible for it to stay current because "time is money" for celebrities like Rita who could make cash "walking out of the house wearing a certain kind of makeup or sunglasses."
Pharrell Williams wants to work with the Prince.
The "Happy" hitmaker insists it would be a dream to team up with the "Purple Rain" hitmaker and get into the studio to work on material: "I'd love to work with Prince. I would love to work with Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, I'd love to work with Elton John ... [Prince] makes us wonder why we all do this."
Adele is collaborating with Prince on a new track.
The "Skyfall" hitmaker has been discussing the possibility of recording a duet with the legendary singer for her upcoming third album. "The reason Adele only stayed a short time at Prince's gig at Ronnie Scott's in London was because it was just a business meeting and she had to get home. During their talks they got on like a house on fire. They want to work together for a track on her next album," a source said.
Prince says it's "cool" when fans share music.
The "Purple Rain" hitmaker has scoffed at reports he filed a $22 million lawsuit against 22 internet users who allegedly posted recordings of his live performances online. The 55-year-old musician insists he would never sue his own fans and is happy for them to share his songs as long as they are not doing so to make money.
Speaking at a press conference held at his friend Lianne La Havas' home to announce his upcoming London concerts on Tuesday, Prince told the BBC, "Nobody sues their fans. I have some bootlegs of Lianne but I wouldn't sell them. But fans sharing music with each other, that's cool... But when you hear something [on bootleg] you're just hearing something that's not finished."
Prince - who is about to release a new album with his band 3RDEYEGIRL - also revealed he has a large number of unheard music in the vaults at his Paisley Park home and studio, and he owns the rights to old archive of recordings that he may release in future: "A song from 1985 might come out in 2021. I have a whole organization who look after stuff."
Prince has signed a new record deal that will also help promote upcoming talent.
The "Purple Rain" hitmaker - who famously changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol in a row over musical rights with former label Warner - will allow Kobalt Music Group to market and distribute his future work, but won't lose control of his rights. Prince, 54, will also have the opportunity to provide artist development and recording services for Kobalt's newly-signed artists.
"This new venture gives Prince the flexibility and freedom he's always sought in a label partner. We're providing a high level of diverse services that will be particularly customized to his vision for each release, allowing the world to experience more music from Prince and his creative community," Kobalt President Richard Sanders said in a statement.
Traditional labels often take ownership or part-ownership of an artist's material and decide how it is used, but Kobalt - which was established in 2000 - launched an artist and label services division last year, allowing their talent to maintain ownership of their work and control over when, how and where they will release music.
The legendary Prince is currently traveling the country with his Out Loud tour, teaming up with 3rdEyeGirl, and they'll be making a stop at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado on May 12. Tickets cost $250 each, and they're sold out, so it's near impossible to get in. Thankfully, though, we've got your hookup. Continuing with our concert ticket giveaways, we are hooking you up with two tickets to see Prince live in concert on May 12th, courtesy of our friends at Monster and AEG Live!
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Muse were inspired by Prince on The 2nd Law.
The British rock legends have embraced electronic music as well as funk on their new album, taking them back to their very earliest influences. "Yep, funk! What are we doing? But 'Panic Station' is a track that reminds me of my youth. Prince, Primus and Michael Jackson all influenced that song," drummer Dominic Howard said.
Frontman Matt Bellamy took a new approach with the track "Unsustainable" and despite many people being skeptical, he is pleased with the end results. "For 'Unsustainable' I wanted to write the idea electronically and when we came to record it, we did it with real, organic instruments and got a real orchestra in. We were trying to see if real instruments could make a sound like electronica. A lot of people were sceptical about it but it works."
Thursday was an exciting day musically in the talk show scene.
Early in the day, Prince made a surprise appearance on The View – much to the surprise of the audience and cohost Sherri Shepherd. The singer, who stopped by to promote his Welcome 2 America tour, came to deliver tickets – but walked away with an awkward confession from Sherri.
“You don’t understand, Prince. I’ve wanted to make love to you my whole life,” Shepherd admitted after trying to take his gloves. (He, understandably, left quickly thereafter.)
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Prince is set to headline next year's Glastonbury festival.
The "Purple Rain" hitmaker has reportedly taken one of the top slots at the UK music festival -- one of Europe's largest -- with U2 and Coldplay also being lined up by organizer Michael Eavis.
"Michael was very keen to get the line-up sorted early and is over the moon at securing such massive acts. He is a huge fan of Prince and has been trying to nab him for years," a source told The Sun. "The fact it's been tied up so quickly is a big, but welcome, shock."
Rockers U2 were forced to pull out of their first-ever appearance at Glastonbury earlier this year after frontman Bono injured his back. Cartoon-led pop band Gorillaz stepped in to replace the band as headliners at the last minute.
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Coldplay may have finally relented and let their songs be used on Glee, but it sounds like Kings of Leon will be holding their ground.
According to the group, they have denied requests to have their music used on the FOX series “apparently everybody loves.”
Although it’s unclear why KOL made that decision (or why their songs have been heard on others shows like Gossip Girl), it’s not the first time the band has turned someone down.
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