Prince Speaks About Maroon 5's Cover, Slams Madonna
Prince says Maroon 5's "Kiss" cover is unnecessary
In a recent interview with Billboard magazine pop veteran and Minnesota musician Prince spook a few words about Maroon 5's rock and roll twist on the cover of "Kiss", and shared his thoughts about Madonna's fame life.
Maroon 5 recorded a cover of Prince's No. 1 1986 hit single "Kiss", which was off of the album Parade. The pop rock band went out of their comfort zone and reevaluate the song's texture and sound by adding a lengthy rock 'n roll spin on to the track. "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."
The "Kiss" cover is featured on Maroon 5's deluxe edition of their fourth album Overexposed, released last June., peaking at No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart.
Prince and Madonna, also 54, famously tussled in the public eye after briefly dating in 1985 and collaborating on Madonna's track "Love Song" from her 1988 album Like a Prayer. "It was always about Madonna," he tells the magazine, explaining why his relationship with the record label went sour. "She was getting paid, but at the same time we were selling more records and selling out concerts on multiple nights."
Prince is on the new issue of Billboard magazine. Read more about it here:
Watch Maroon 5's cover of Prince's single "Kiss" via YouTube below: