Prince Revives Beef With Madonna, Slams Maroon 5
The pop icon revived his beef with Madonna in a recent interview with Billboard magazine –nearly two years after they had supposedly squashed it.
Prince, who covers the latest issue of Billboard, speaks a lot about music ownership in the new interview… and at one point even calls Madonna out by name when talk turns to his time with Warner Bros. Records.
“It was always about Madonna,” he tells the magazine, explaining why his relationship with the record label hit rock bottom. “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, famously feuded in the public eye after dating in 1985 and collaborating on Madonna’s track “Love Song” from her 1988 album Like a Prayer.
“[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.”
Prince fired back several years later, when he compared the number of his chart-topping songs to Madonna’s many children.
“I got so many hits y’all can’t handle me,” he said during a 2007 concert in London. “I got more hits than Madonna’s got kids.”
In the Billboard interview, Prince also takes attacks one of today’s biggest pop groups: Maroon 5.
The Adam Levine-fronted band featured a cover of Prince’s hit “Kiss” on their 2012 album Overexposed, and to say the least…Prince was not pleased!
“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.”
Prince will be honored with the 2013 Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas on May 19.
Ashton Tyler | Elite.