In an interview with Billboard magazine, Prince discussed his long-running feud with Madonna. Now I don’t know about you, but when two of the world’s best musicians–Prince and Elton John–both have equal disdain for Madonna, I’m inclined to side with two of the world’s best musicians and not the increasingly irritating Material Girl.
Prince, who covers the latest issue, talked about music ownership during the interview, and at one point even calls out Madonna by name when discussing the dissolution of his partnership with Warner Bros.:
“It was also about Madonna. She was getting paid, but at the same time we were selling more records and selling out concerts on multiple nights.”
Prince and Madonna, also 54, first began their public feud after briefly dating in 1985 (aka the year I was born and also the year my parents danced to “Purple Rain” to cement their nuptials) and collaborating on Madonna’s track “Love Song.”
“[He] was a little troll,” she said during a 1994 interview, recalling one of their earlier dates. “He was just sipping tea, very daintily. I have this theory about people who don’t eat. They annoy me.”
Um, okay. Anyway, the two have been cattily swapping bitchy barbs for years now, so this is nothing new. What IS new, however, is Prince’s dislike of Maroon 5. THANKYOUBABYJEEBUS, because sometimes I feel like some of us at Crushable are the only people who aren’t ready to inhale Adam Levine‘s genitals at any given moment.
Maroon 5 featured a recorded version of a cover of Prince’s hit “Kiss” on their 2012 album Overexposed, and Prince wasn’t exactly thrilled:
“Why do we need to hear another cover of a song someone else did?” he quips in the interview, noting that he has no problem with artists performing covers during live shows. “Art is about building a new foundation, not just laying something on top of what’s already there.”
He says there’s a difference between paying royalties for other artists’ songs when performing them live, and actually covering them on a recorded album. I completely agree. If Maroon 5 wanted to rev up a concert crowd by singing “Kiss,” go for it. I always enjoy it when I’m at a concert, highly intoxicated, and the performer launches into a popular song. Putting it on an album is lame and cheap.