When mu­sic royalty calls

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SHOWBIZ - By Jon Bream

Prince marches to his own time. We’ve known that for years. His guy called late Satur­day night while i was re­view­ing the Bruno Mars con­cert at Xcel en­ergy cen­ter in St. Paul, Min­nesota in the United States: Prince wants to play you his new al­bum tonight.

When you ar­rive at Pais­ley Park, you switch to Prince time.

Af­ter nearly an hour’s wait, i was ush­ered into Stu­dio B about 1am. This is a new Prince al­bum, not to be con­fused with the one he made with 3rdeyeGirl, Plec­trum Elec­trum, which hasn’t been re­leased.

The ever-pro­lific rock Hall of Famer hasn’t is­sued an al­bum in the US since 2009.

My next two hours at Pais­ley Park would be filled with funk, frus­tra­tion and funny lines – all cour­tesy of Prince.

Sud­denly, the phone rang. it was Prince. Via speaker phone, we chat­ted. He said he be­lieved in al­bums, not sin­gles: “i’ve fi­nally got some­thing that is a co­he­sive state­ment.”

He didn’t men­tion the al­bum’s ti­tle or re­lease date.

But he did dis­cuss the dif­fi­cul­ties of get­ting in con­tact with top ex­ec­u­tives at Warner – his old la­bel, with which he signed a new deal this spring – and com­plained about how slowly wheels turn in the record busi­ness.

“ev­ery no. 1 song, ev­ery Top 10 song, ev­ery song in the Top 40 is at least six months old,” he said.

“We should be able to make mu­sic and put it out now.”

He also carped about ra­dio, won­der­ing if pro­gramme di­rec­tors re­ally di­rect their pro­grammes.

“i don’t need to be on the ra­dio,” he said.

“i’ve been on the ra­dio all my life.” Prince ex­plained that one of the songs, This Could Be Us, was in­spired by a meme of him and Apol­lo­nia rid­ing on a mo­tor­cy­cle, clearly a scene taken from the 1984 movie Pur­ple Rain. it’s a joy­ful bal­lad with some ec­static Prince vo­cal­is­ing.

The en­su­ing num­ber was a remix of Funk ‘N’ Roll, a sin­gle he made with 3rdeyeGirl this year.

Funkier and nas­tier than the orig­i­nal, it lived up to the ti­tle.

Af­ter hear­ing me praise his new record­ing, Prince asked if i had any money in my pocket and would i spend it on his new al­bum.

“i spent most of it at Bruno Mars,” i said. “But i have plas­tic.”

“We don’t take plas­tic around here,” he said.

ever im­pa­tient, Prince asked Wel­ton to play a tune they made re­cently with Bri­tish pop sen­sa­tion rita Ora.

it’s a rare rap song on which the mu­sic was as ag­gres­sive and men­ac­ing as the rap­ping.

Prince talked about the ur­gency of re­leas­ing that tune be­cause with Ora “time is money.”

As a celebrity with lots of en­dorse­ments, she makes money walk­ing out of the house wear­ing a cer­tain kind of makeup or sun­glasses, he ex­plained.

Be­fore Prince in­vited ev­ery­one to go to an­other room to watch a video of his re­cent Paris per­for­mance with 3rdeyeGirl, our ever-gra­cious but un­seen host asked if any­one was hun­gry. The an­swer around the room was “no.” “Good,” he said. “Then i don’t have to come cook for you again.” — Star Tri­bune/ Mcclatchy-Tri­bune in­for­ma­tion Ser­vices

Prince hasn’t is­sued an al­bum in the united States since 2009.

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