Later, Prince asks to be interviewed without a tape recorder or notepad. (Questlove tells a similar story in his new memoir Mo’ Meta Blues, where Prince’s assistant once invited him and Eddie Murphy to a roller-skating party.) After she agrees, Prince arrives at the interview in a new outfit, gives the final signature to his band 3rdEyeGirl‘s contract and answers a few nagging questions, including whether he has an iPhone. More »
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The original song is off Monae’s forthcoming album The Electric Lady, and Prince is making a rare guest spot on one of the tracks. Hear his remix below. More »
:: Jennifer Lopez reportedly wants to return to American Idol as a judge. “J.LO’s manager, Benny Medina, was in talks with Fox even before Mariah [Carey] and Nicki [Minaj] announced their departures last week,” a source said. [Radar Online]
:: Janelle Monae had a chat about her first time meeting Prince, who appears on her follow-up to The ArchAndroid. She says that she wasn’t too familiar with his music, a circumstance that actually worked in her favor. “I think it was probably for a good reason, because I would probably not be able to have a conversation with him,” she says. (Skip to 1:50:00.) [BBC]
:: The Grand Ole Opry, “country’s most famous stage,” released a tribute video to Carrie Underwood and her five years in its roster thus far. Highlights include footage from when Randy Travis asked her to join. (“Hmm, let me think about it,” Underwood said.) [YouTube]
After the jump, find out which music acts you can catch on TV today. More »
As with the Badu collaboration, the Prince track came about through friendship. “We are great friends, and he is a mentor to us, to me,” Monae said of the Purple One. “It’s not every day that he collaborates. I’m honored and humbled that he trusted me. He is forever my friend, and I am forever indebted. I can’t say too much else about it.” She didn’t reveal the Prince track’s name, but the Miguel cut is called “Primetime,” and it’s a “love duet” that interpolates Pixies‘ “Where Is My Mind?” That is also very exciting! More »
The video provides another flashback moment, as we see the Purple One himself looking not unlike he did during his rocked-out Billboard Music Awards performance this past Sunday (May 19): ageless, lithe and ever the star. The ‘fro suits him well, too. More »
That said, there were still some highlights — a handful of exceptional performances and some nice moments of shade-throwing from various members of the pop glitterati — and, well, some lowlights. (Remember when Miguel almost killed somebody? Yeah. That was a bummer.) Let’s recap! (And if you missed any performances, you can watch them all here.) More »
However! The Billboard Awards are also great because when you’re using the charts as the metric for quality, then you only hob-knob with the biggest of the big names in pop music. Thus, the collection of performers and presenters here comprises pretty much everyone who matters in music. That’s how you get Prince sharing the stage with peers like Pitbull. It’s ludicrous, but it’s also a show of music’s incredible reach. You’ve all heard almost all of this stuff. So that makes this a very populist awards ceremony, perhaps even one of the last hallmarks of the musical monoculture. Or maybe it’s just a cash-grab for acts who’ve already grabbed all the cash.
Whichever it is, you know you’ll watch it. So read on for everything you need to know about the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. (Oh, they air live on ABC from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 19 at 8 p.m. ET. You probably need to know that, too.) More »
CBC Canada premiered “FIXURLIFEUP” on Friday, in time for tonight’s Live Out Loud tour launch party in Vancouver. According to music news website Dr. Funkenberry, Prince will make a brief appearance so that he and 3rd Eye Girl could perform songs off Plectrum Electrum. Hear “FIXURLIFEUP” at CBC, then check out a brief jam session featuring Prince and 3rd Eye Girl after the jump. More »
The youngsters will have their work cut out for them, though, as Prince is also performing at the show (and receiving the Billboard Icon Award). Those four newly announced performers are also nominated for the Milestone Award, along with Pitbull and The Band Perry (um, good luck, you two!), which is determined by fan voting. More »